As you sit there in the waiting room, getting set to go in for your on-camera audition, who’s the actor that’s going to give you the biggest run for your money?
As you submit your VO audition, you know that many other performers are doing the same. Who’s your biggest competition, and how will their auditions sound to the casting team?
The answer to this might surprise you. I hope it gives you comfort.
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I enjoy your daily videos. They are full of great information. I had a similar experience when I audition for a play with our community theater. I was additional in for one of the small rooms because I thought I wasn’t good enough and I ended up with the lead. When they gave it to me I didn’t even know which character it was because I didn’t audition for that one. It was funny and I had a blast although I had to learn a ton of lines. The play was a success but I had ruled myself out without even thinking about it. You make great points in this video.
In the audiobook world I’ve had situations where I questioned myself when I want to post in my workflow on a audiobook Group on Facebook. I mention that I use garage band to record my audiobooks and I’ll kinds of people jumped in and said you can’t do that garage band isn’t made for audiobooks. I started looking for other software. This was advice from people I thought were better than me in the audiobook world then I just said heck I recorded over 50 audiobooks with my workflow I’m just going to continue this way. Now I have over 80 and I still use garage band. Just an example of how your mind can be pressured into thinking that you’re not good enough for what you do is wrong. Maybe I don’t do it the best way but I still get it done. Thank you so much for these videos. They are a constant reminder that you got to just keep going along no matter what other people say.
Don’t give what they say a second thought. They made fun of me as well, when I said I use Audacity, and don’t use punch-and-roll, but rather a method I created called the Stair Step method. Guess what? Over 500 clients and 3200 audiobooks from those clients and me later, and they still think they know everything.
“Worry is like praying for something you don’t want” – Unknown
Thanks, David. It occurs to me as I am listening that as I have aged, I have also gained a better perspective on whether to worry about my competition, or anything else for that matter. I don’t worry about a lot of things that used to send me into agonies of worry. Much of that comes from all the wise advice I have received from people like you, and my mom, and former bosses I respect, but also as I have had my own experiences, I have seen the truth of all that good advice played out in my own life. I have heard it said so many times since starting in voiceover that I am only competing with myself, as I am unique, and the casting agent might be looking for someone just like me or someone very different. I would imagine the same could be said for on-camera acting as well. At any rate, thanks once again for these jewels of wisdom!
I haven’t submitted auditions yet, but my insecurities become my adversary at times. I’m confident I can do VO but my introverted nature sometimes causes my confidence to fluctuate. I “get in my own way” sometimes, but I’m working on it. Thanks for the video David.
In the video you used the expression, “… daily business filled with rejection.” Ha! Ain’t that the truth!
Look, I get it. And it’s best early on to understand that’s part and parcel of the business. While we should constantly be striving to improve, the sheer numbers alone say you’re not going to land every audition. And it’s OK to be OK with that.
I absolutely Agree