By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 23, 2010
Do you get deterred whenever a job you're interested in gets more than 20 replies?
How often have you decided not to pursue an opportunity based upon the assumption that the client will never review more than a certain number of auditions?
My friends, if any of the above resonates with you, you're about to get some surprising and liberating news!
Today's VOX Daily contains the proof you need to dispel these misconceptions and give you the encouragement you need to go for the gold.
Want to know more? Read on!
Yesterday I spent a goodly amount of time reviewing someone's profile who has decades of experience in the industry. After taking a number of notes, none of which are included here, I moved on to listen and review her auditions. This is part of the process.
When taking a gander, I noticed that for one job she auditioned for, she was the 78th person out of 99 respondents. At this point, you might be wondering if she should have even bothered answering at all. You might also be thinking, "Why even go to the lengths of recording a custom demo when you're #78?"
Get this... her audition, even at #78, was listened to.
A quirk, perhaps? "Maybe this client was particularly generous with their time," you might think.
The same talent auditioned for a job that received 212 responses. That's right, you read correctly. She was the 187th audition respondent. Was she listened to? YES!
Never think that clients won't listen to auditions after a certain number. Some review them all!
When I shared this information via our Voices.com Facebook fan page, I received a question that asked whether people whose budgets were higher (say over $500) were more likely to review auditions because more was riding on the choice. While I could see where he was coming from, I also know that clients cast for the most part based upon the voice, not the quote, therefore the calibre of talent and their interpretation of the script is going to outweigh any other factor. I was also able to provide proof that dispelled the notion that clients who are spending more money on the voice over are pickier and listen to each and every audition before hiring.
My answer, with regard to this question and casting, was as follows:
"It really depends on the client and if they are making the decision to listen to all the auditions. Some do as a matter of principle whereas others go with the first bang on voice and interpretation that they hear. One audition put this talent at 50 some odd out of 80 some odd responses. The budget was over $1000. Their audition has not yet been reviewed, so you can't assume that the higher the budget, the greater the odds that the client will listen to every single submission. Regardless of how they come to the decision, they are certainly aware of how greatly the choice can impact the overall outcome of the project and its goal."
Come take your place around our virtual water cooler for a moment and hear what some of your peers are up to and how they perceive auditions. The following comments were shared in response to what I posted earlier in this article.
"Just because it's later and you may have liked some of the first ones you listened to -- doesn't mean there won't be a gem later down the list."
"I've definitely been hired for things that I was way down the list in auditions for. Getting there first and being great may set the bar high, but it doesn't always guarantee a hiring!"
"I never look at that number, especially because I have had several clients specifically tell me that they listened to all of the auditions and I was number 155 or something like that. Bottom line is that if you feel you are right for a job, you owe it to yourself to try."
"Thanks so much for that tidbit. I can't tell you how many times I hit "delete" because it seems like I'm never one of the first 20 to even open the audition. I'll change my ways now!"
"My very first project for Voices.com, I was selected for a role as #88 from a total of 201 applicants--an excellent illustration of how this business works, and an invaluable lesson for me in terms of what I could expect from the process."
"That has happened to me as well. I always look at any script or opportunity as practice anyway!"
-- Robin Wolf
Don't base your decision to audition upon a number. As you've come to learn in today's post, some clients listen to every audition they receive. In your line of work, there is often more promotion and auditioning than bookings straight off of your demo. I thought you'd enjoy hearing about this and hope you are encouraged by what you read and possibly discovered today.
Keep up the great work!
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