How To Prepare A Voice Over Demo

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How To Prepare A Voice Over Demo


Are you considering a career in voice overs? One of the most important steps you can take, is to prepare a demo that showcases your voice talent.

The ideal way to create your demo is to enlist the help of a voice coach and a top studio or company that specializes in creating demos for voice artists. If you don’t have access to any of these resources, you can still do the demo yourself. Why not do some research, and see what makes the top voice over artists so successful? I suggest visiting some voice talent websites, and listening to their demos.

Whenever you are ready to record your demo, select a script for each category of voice overs business. Sample categories may include: audiobook narration, commercials, on hold messages, cartoon/character voices, e learning and any other business category that interests you. Find a script that interests you, and record it over and over until it sounds right.

Showcase Your Range

The number one goal of the demo is to show exactly what you can do. So, you want it to showcase your range.

Here are some things you can do:

· Expose people to your signature cartoon voices.

· Read a radio spot so that people can hear how you’ll sound in commercials.

· Grab a book and read a paragraph or two.

· Read through a short script similar to those you’d find in corporate training materials.

In other words, you want to do a little bit of everything, making sure to really highlight the things you are good at. For example, if you love reading books out loud, you may want to consider adding that clip towards the beginning.

On the other hand, if you don’t have any unique voices, you can leave it out. It all depends on where your skills are. There is a market for nearly every kind of voice. All you have to do is figure out where you want to focus. You want your demo to sound as professional as possible, and it is very difficult to get the kinds of results that you’ll need to win jobs at your home studio unless you are an expert at production. Even though it can be expensive, it is a worthwhile investment. Once your demos are ready, you can showcase them on your own website, or can post them on various voice talent websites.

Now that you have the demo, your next step is to use this demo to help you land your first job and pretty much every other job after that. Once you are more established, you may get a lot of repeat clients who won’t need to see your demo again.

Who to Submit the Demos To

Your first step is to figure out who you will submit the demos to. There are some ideas:

· Local agents to see if they will represent you.

· As a response to a gig listing that you find online or in the local area.

· Creative directors at major companies and at radio stations

These are just some ideas. Remember that since you are new to the game you shouldn’t rule anything out until you’ve at least landed your first job. It also helps to be aggressive in your approach and send out demos on a daily basis until you get the work you want.


Source by Julie Ambrite

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