By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 13, 2010
Are you seeing the bigger picture?
Many voice talent struggle with the art of auditioning in order to get work and often resent this necessary process. Although auditioning is ongoing, there's good news... you don't have to see it as a struggle!
One shift in your perspective could make the difference between struggling and succeeding.
Find out more in this eyeopening article from Voices.com member, Randy Anderson.
The Intrinsic Value of Auditioning
Submitted by Randy Anderson
No one said VO work was easy, and I know auditioning over and over and over with seemingly no results can cause doubts on continuing with this business. I have asked all the questions, why keep sending auditions to the same client? Why should I audition at all if there seems to be no return? How do you compete with so many other talents? (you know the 200+audition ones).
Voices.com being the leader in the VO Marketplace has always been there to help, I sounded off to Stephanie on many occasions, and she always got back to me with some sort of direction or training aid. I decided to, at least once a day, look at the blog/buzz section and see what other talents have to say. Dana Detrick turned a light switch on for me about auditioning.
I echo what that article said, there is no way you could ever walk into several talent agencies, ad agencies, production houses etc, ask for a custom script for an upcoming project, audition that script, and present yourself and your fee structure and services.
Think about how many people get to see what you can do via auditions on Voices.com.
Auditioning allows you to perfect your craft, you get to interpret scripts everyday, challenge your vocal range, learn a new skill, market yourselves. This happens every time, even if the job is awarded to someone else.
This sets the tone for a positive attitude to do the audition.
Don't compare yourself to other talents, be you, find your signature voice and just do you. It will be the "right voice" for someone, and again developing that voice comes from... yes auditioning over and over.
I started watching my "listens," and I noticed that after a long week of auditions, the "listens" start to increase, sometimes one or two, other times the increase is several.
Another benefit from auditioning is the private invitations that seem to roll in after rounds and rounds of auditioning. I use to look at the general audition to job ratio, that didn't work for me as it looked as if I was just spinning my wheels. So I thought my personal chart will be the private invitations to job ratio, in baseball terms I am 4 for 6, that's a good day at the plate. That is what keeps me moving forward in this great business. I'm new to the business after leaving radio and VO in the early 90's, I entered back last year 2009, it's not the same world as it was in the 80's and 90's.
With a company like Voices.com, success is not only possible, it's almost certain.
Remember you can't measure your success by how other talents are doing, success is a personal thing and can only be measured by what standards and goals you set for yourself.
Good luck to all, I am off to audition more, read Vox Daily and the blogs...
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