Voiceover Neophyte Seeks Demo Advice

by | Career Advice, How to Get Started, Voice over Demos

Here is an email I received and replied to from “Loma”, a voiceover newcomer:

” I have contemplated attempting trying to get into doing voiceover work for a number of years. Though production and film related Meetup groups, a fellow member is assembling a cd of voiceover demos to be distributed throughout Louisiana as well as Dallas, Houston etc. I only just found out about the project, and quickly trying to put together a voice demo to be reviewed for inclusion on that cd. Though I have deejayed previously as well having 7yrs of telephone agent work in my past….I\’ve no remnant of any airchecks etc….I do have an aqquaintane who will provide the recording facility. Do you have any suggestions in regards to scripts etc. I am, unfortunately, hurriedly trying to assemble material for my demo. Are there printed scripts available free to use, online? I would make changes in words, brands, etc. “- Loma

Thank you for your query.
I believe you should be prepared and always try to put your best foot forward, especially with a voiceover demo. If it turns out to be substandard because of lack of preparation, training, production quality, or because you “quickly try to put it together”, the demo will reflect these factors you may make a poor first impression that could hang with you for a while and work against you.

Your acquaintance with the studio- have you listened to any of the voiceover demos he/she has already produced? And are you being charged a fee for inclusion on the audio CD? You speak of “airchecks”. Never put an aircheck on anything, unless you’re applying for a broadcasting job.

Haste makes waste. I hope you don’t throw money after something that may not showcase your “Best foot”, or voice talent, in this case.There are certainly free scripts out there for you to use. Check out : http://www.edgestudio.com/scripts.htm

I personally feel you could be rushing into making a demo before you’re ready. But if you feel you are indeed ready, by all means do it. Based on what you’ve told me, I’d recommend a few things you could read on my blog that could help you right now:

Just Getting Started : http://blog.bobbinbeam.com/categories/How%20to%20Get%20Started.aspx

There are other areas in my blog about career advice: http://blog.bobbinbeam.com/categories/Career%20Advice.aspx

and here are some very handy voiceover business resources and tips of the trade: http://blog.bobbinbeam.com/categories/Resources.aspx Keep me posted on your progress. Good Luck!

For more on growing a career in voice overs, visit the How To Get Started and Career Advice sections of Bobbin’s Blog. Check out my voice artist’s recommended reading list:


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