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3 Tips for Giving a Great Audition

Ah, the audition.

Auditions are a big part of many voice actors' business models. Many do it, but most don't know how to do it effectively. What do I mean by that...?

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"Once I finish an audition, I don’t give a rat’s ass what happens next." - Tom

Why Audition?

Sounds like a silly question, right? To book voiceover work, of course!

However, I think there's more to it than the A Chorus Line "God I hope I get it" mentality. When you audition for a given project, you're also auditioning your recording space as well as your potential to be cast in future projects. That means every audition is an investment in your voiceover business. Therefore, you must demonstrate your value on multiple levels every time you audition.

How do you do that?

Tip Of the Week

  1. Demonstrate you can take direction by following the audition specs TO THE LETTER. If you can't do that right, you're telling them that you can't take direction. If you can't take direction, you are useless as a voice actor.

  2. Demonstrate your technique by honoring the genre. That means your commercial auditions sound different than your eLearning auditions and your audio book auditions. Different genres require different energy levels, pace, and content & context focus.

  3. Demonstrate your skill by making strong acting choices. Good voice actors are good actors, you know! The ability to narrate copy in such a way that you are following the specs AND not reading it the way everyone else is reading it is critical to be seriously considered for the part.

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Tom Dheere

Tom Dheere is the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. He is also a voice actor with over 25 years of experience who has narrated just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


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