By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 2, 2011
Are your auditions really putting your best foot forward?
Do you wonder if something you may be doing could be holding you back from getting the gig?
Deb Munro shares 13 things to avoid when auditioning whether in person or online through the voice over marketplace.
By Deb Munro
1. Don't direct.
2. Don't re-write the copy.
3. Don't point out any mistakes unless you have worked with this client in the past and know it's safe to do so.
Each of these traits are taking away someone else's job and putting you in charge. You are in charge of the choices you make but ultimately it's the clients/directors who are in charge - so know your place in the room.
4. Don't come in with only one choice prepared - always have a back up plan.
5. Don't ask to redo something if they are saying they are fine with what you did.
6. Don't apologize - a big pet peeve among directors - in fact they bet on how many times an actor apologizes in an audition.
7. Don't come in close minded and not willing to make different adjustments or choices.
8. Don't ask what they want with this character - that's your job and you're suppose to know. After all, you're the expert.
9. Don't show up late or point out that you were late - they may not know it.
10. Don't draw attention or point out your mistakes....just make them in character, have fun with them, laugh them off and keep on going. If you need to pick it up again and redo it if it was a very obvious mistake etc.
12. Don't worry about all you have to do when the engineer is trying to adjust your mic.
13. Don't be too chatty or a distraction - make sure you are there and focused and paying close attention.
By employing over a dozen years wisdom in voicing and acting, Deb Munro puts her talents to work to meet the challenging demands of today's fast paced voice market. Tired of not receiving constructive feedback on how to improve her craft, Deb Munro set out to make a difference for actors by creating, The MIC & ME Workshop Series. Keeping focused on the Global Freelance market, Deb has combined her extensive Voice Over, Acting and Off Camera training into a series of practical, exciting workshops that will take you to that next step, no matter what your level.
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