By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 30, 2010
Is it true that people can still get work straight off their demos?
Can you book a voice over job by simply uploading a number of voice samples, positioning them well and being found by the right person?
The answer to these questions is YES!
Hear more about how this happens in today's VOX Daily.
Bookings By Demos
Recently, there have been a number of success stories pouring in from talent who are being found in the Voices.com search engine or via the Directory who are booking directly off of their demos.
Sound strange? This isn't unheard of and it happens more frequently than you might expect.
What does this mean for pro voice talent?
Simply put, the marketplace is more than just a venue where you audition... it's also a promotional vehicle that works best when you have demos showcased and at the ready for prospective customers to find.
Real World Examples
When I set about writing this article, I had been inspired by a success story sent in (and published today) about Brent Halfyard and his booking of a national CARFAX spot because someone heard his character demo at Voices.com and decided to pursue him as a potential voice for Car Fox. Needless to say, Brent booked the gig as the new voice of the character Car Fox and the spot is now airing nationally across the US and can also be viewed on the web.
Two reports about bookings from demos sent in as success stories on the same day may seem coincidental to some people but I'm not one for believing in coincidences... that and there's more work going on than most people realize, even the staff at Voices.com.
Case in Point
When asking around this afternoon to see if other people could report of instances where they'd booked off their demos featured at Voices.com without having to audition, I received 10 responses within a short period of time.
"I landed two jobs at Voices.com from my demos posted there. A Spanish TV commercial in Portland, Oregon and and Elvis Presley impression job in Phoenix, Arizona."
"I've landed a few from people that have just searched the profiles on Voices.com and found me. I have to say I was very impressed. One was for a long form podcast too!"
"4 International jobs (from companies that did not want to do an open call), and a couple of translation/VO jobs for local clients who did not want to have to hassle with auditions. I always ask how people found me, and these companies said Voices.com All paid the full rate, and all were great to work with!"
-- Dan Hurst
"Last fall, my very first audiobook came from a publisher who found my profile on Voices.com All he did was contact me directly via email from voices.com and offered me the opportunity. No audition. Just the job with residuals. Some other audition free jobs came my way as well: Indie film trailer, a few corporate IVR, & a 2 radio imaging gigs (which made me their official voice for their stations). These particular gigs yielded long term clients for me. They found me on Voices.com, contacted me directly and paid me directly. They were friendly, professional and easy to work with. Thank you Voices.com for all you do for the voiceover community."
-- Roy Bunales
"I've been hired through my demo for a few things. One in particular was asdsourcebook.com which has led to recurring work."
"One for elearning for people trying to get LEED certification, and they just keep coming back for more. Many others as well."
-- Vanessa Hart
"I have been hired off my demo on voices.com many times, it's great ! Especially for ethnic voices, and a couple of times for Afrikaans."
-- Adam Behr
"I worked with someone on a project a couple of weeks ago. We were able to get i done quickly and easily. I was also able to bring in another talent I know locally and get him some work too. Good experience all around!"
"Yes, one job for Chumbonus, hired from my demos."
-- Robin Wolf
A Pleasant Surprise
Sometimes an audition leads to other work. One audition could book you different gigs than it was intended for!
"Hi Stephanie, actually I have not booked work from that scenario per se, but rather from another one close to it: I was not chosen for one job, however that person sought-out and hired me for another role. 'Am not sure if it was my demo or the audition for the first job that did the trick. So, not the same thing you were looking for, however a bit similar."
Do You Have a Story to Share?
If you have had similar experiences, I encourage you to comment here on VOX Daily or to share your success stories with our team here:
StephanieRelated Topics: acting, bookings, demos, hired, radio, success, TV, voice overs, voices.com