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3 Skills Every Voice Actor Working Today Needs To Have

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 2, 2013

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Bulls eye target, three arrowsDo you ever wonder if your audition will really appeal to a client?

Choices you make, whether technical or artistic, can make or break your auditions.

The role of Voice Actor has evolved and requires you to use your gift as an artist, audio engineer and businessperson in order to succeed in today's marketplace...and as many voice artists are finding out, there are more hats to wear than you might think including agent and director!

In today's VOX Daily, I'll be sharing a little bit from my VoiceWorld Toronto presentation that speaks to three critical skills every voice actor working from home needs to have to confidently submit their best audition.

Are You Equipped To Audition From Home?

Working from home, although awesome, can be isolating. Each and every audition brings with it the opportunity to give it your all, but do you ever wonder if what you're giving is really everything you've got?

There are 3 skills that all voice actors, particularly those working from home, need to have in order to confidently audition and increase your booking to audition ratio.

Those 3 skills are:

  1. Thinking like an agent
  2. Approaching a script like a detective
  3. Being able to direct yourself

Thinking Like an Agent

One concept that is becoming more and more important for voice actors is to think like an agent. That means being more selective with opportunities and only auditioning for what you think best suits your voice or abilities. This also goes for meeting technical requirements or scheduling needs. Being more selective saves you time, produces good first impressions with clients and also better positions you to be awarded jobs. Talent who adopt an agent mindset usually see an increase in their audition to booking ratio. Voices.com has developed a means for you to quickly see how close of a technical match you are for a given job. The feature I am referring to is called VoiceMatch. The higher someone's VoiceMatch score, the better their odds of booking the job or being considered as a strong contender.

Approaching a Script Like a Detective

Something else you can do is approach each script you read as a detective would. When artistic direction is lacking, this is a particularly awesome skill to possess. You glean details about the role that you may not find otherwise by using critical thinking and connecting the dots. When reading through a script or developing a character, draw upon all of the information presented to you. Depending on how much you have to work with, you could do some research to further inform your read or infer details from clues in the script.

Being Able To Direct Yourself

Lastly, self-direction is an absolute must. You'll need to know how to apply all of your detective findings! There are many different techniques and strategies for self-direction. Some talent use visual aids such as photographs to inspire their read or have another set of ears listen to their first crack at a voice to see if they are on the right track. Sometimes a producer will want to direct you via Skype. This is also a great way to work with a client if you are unsure of what they want.

Your Thoughts?

I'd love to hear your thoughts about thinking like an agent, investigating the script and directing yourself. Be sure to comment to join the conversation!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

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Comments


    This is great, look forward to reading the full text.

    Possible typo: I suspect that "an increase in their audition to booking ratio" should be "an increase in their booking to audition ratio"!

    Posted by:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Hope to meet you in person. I was thrilled to be chosen as the voice of the "Dummy" for your "Voice Acting for Dummies" podcasts.
      Robin Leonard

      Posted by:

        My favorite kind of advice - simple, straight-forward and useful! Thanks for your thoughts. See you at VoiceWorld Toronto.

        Posted by:

          Hi Stephanie

          I throughly enjoyed your book, "Voice Acting for Dummies." Thank you

          Nolan

          Posted by:
          • Nolan Barkdull
          • May 3, 2013 3:03 PM

            Brilliant advice, wish someone had told me those three when I started. The first one especially rang true, being selective enables you to do an even better job on the projects you know you're good at doing, instead of spreading yourself thin in the hope you get more work.

            Posted by:

              I like the idea of approaching a script like a detective...very interesting.

              Posted by:
              • Sam
              • August 5, 2013 11:39 AM

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