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Rodney Saulsberry Shares Why You Have to Know When to Stop

By Lin Parkin

June 3, 2013

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Rodney SaulsberryDo you read take after take trying to get your audition just right?

Are artists the masters of their own demise?

A paradox of the creative process is definitely over editing.

Whether that's reworking a sentence until the meaning is lost, adding more detail to a painting until the image is obscured or editing an audition until the voice is raw, we have all experienced the nagging urge of perfectionism.

On his blog renowned voice actor and voice over coach, Rodney Saulsberry, shared how you can save time and energy by avoiding the pitfalls of perfectionism and offers this expert advice in today's VOX Daily.

Are you spending more time and energy nitpicking reads than you should?

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You Have to Know When to Stop

By Rodney Saulsberry

Most of our auditions these days are recorded in our homes. And what do we do? We beat ourselves up doing take after take after take.

You have to know when to stop. Just because you send out only 2 to 3 takes to your agent or online audition website, don't think I don't know what really goes on in your home studio. You are continuously recording takes because you are never quite satisfied. I feel your pain, I know your pain, but you have to know when to stop.

Did you know that your first takes are often your best takes? First of all, you are at your strongest vocally at the beginning of the recording process. The first takes are not overly rehearsed. They are not perfect. There is something authentic about the imperfect performances that turn out to be the best performances.

There will always be in our minds, better takes in the middle and at the end of a recorded audition at home. We feel that way because we figure they have to be better, because we were more familiar with the copy. However, you should always consider including one of those first takes in your submission of only 2 to 3 takes on an MP3. Why? Because there is something spontaneous and magical about those first takes that shouldn't stay locked up in a home studio.

Save time and your voice by trusting that you got it right the first few times. Don't burn yourself out. You have to know when to stop.

About Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country. He is also a published author with two voice over books, "You Can Bank on Your Voice" and "Step Up to the Mic." He is currently the voice of Zatarain's, Instant Tax Service and Interactive Brokers.

For expert voice over coaching become a member of Rodney's Consultant's Club. Check out his website at www.rodneysaulsberry.com

Related Topics: advice, Auditioning, creative process, Rodney Saulsberry, voiceover


    Oh yes. Obviously I'm far less experienced than you Rodney, but while at first I laboured over several takes, now it is usually T1 that goes out and gets picked if I send an alternate or two.
    On a short single take audition, needed fast, I record two straight off and then use my T2 as a resource for a ready-made matching pickup on a word or sentence, no more.

    Posted by:

      That's true! Often, I find myself trying to get the perfect take, and Rodney is right when he says that many times the first take is the right take. Great advice.

      Posted by:

        So, so, so, true! Thanks Rodney!


        Posted by:

          Thanks, Rodney! You hit me between the eyes on this post. I'm a perfectionist to a fault in trying to move up in this field. Over the years, there have been times when I actually missed submission trying to do just one more take that might be better than the others. Your advice will be taken to heart.

          Posted by:

            Thank you Rodney. As someone told me, I am my worst critic of my voice. And I do believe the more takes we record, we do lose the effect. Great advice! That's why I let my girlfriend listen and she has really helped me. I was working on medical related narrations and I used her experience in the medical field to give me some wonderful feedback

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            • Bill Shelton
            • June 25, 2013 10:08 AM

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