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Why You Need A Demo Reel - Now

By Carmi Levy

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Reel to Reel - 320.JPGAs a voice professional, how do you market yourself?

Do you have a demo reel? If you don't, what's keeping you from making it happen? If you do, is it a one-size-fits-all package or have you more precisely targeted the kinds of work you'd like to do?

In today's increasingly attention-challenged market, demo reels - also known as voice-over reels - are rapidly becoming your most important marketing tool.

Read on for more information on getting the most out of your demo reel. Or reels.


How To Sound Like a Pterodactyl

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Cearadactylus model from the Cretaceous Period in a Dinosaur ParkAre you a fan of trying new things with your voice?

At VO Atlanta 2014 during Bob Bergen's keynote, attendees learned how to create a number of interesting animal sounds including how to bark like a dog, sounding like a parrot and screeching like a pterodactyl.

If you've never heard a couple hundred voice actors creating those sounds, boy are you missing out!

One voice artist in particular stood out for his pterodactyl voice and has graciously shared with us how he developed the sound.

Hear about Rodney Higgins' creative process in today's VOX Daily!


Want More People To Hear Your Demo? Here's How!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Girl teaching about Profile Basics 101, purple outfitThe purpose of a voice over demo is to show prospective clients what you can do.

That being said, are you doing as much as you possibly can to attract people to find your demo and then click play?

Learn how to position your demo so that it is listened to by a client hiring voice talent!


Music in Demos? Let the Debate Begin!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Children playing in the schoolyard with musical instruments (Percussion)I recently received a question from someone starting out who asked if music was necessary to include in a voice over demo.

As I got to thinking about it, music can either be a beneficial thing, a good thing or completely inappropriate depending on the type of work that is being represented in the demo.

What do you think?

Join in the conversation now by adding a comment.


The Liabilities of Using Audition Spots on Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female client being consulted by a male lawyerWhat happens when you use auditions as spots on demos?

Who does the custom voice sample of work you've auditioned for but not booked belong to?

In this article, we're going to discuss the consequences of what might happen if you use an audition spot on your demo and publicize it online.


Boot Me Up, Scotty! How To Get Your Demos To Load Faster

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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AutobahnHow can you get more clients to listen to your demos?

Wouldn't it help if the audio itself played a role in championing your cause?

Learn more about how you can make your demos ultra attractive and more easily listened to here at Voices.com.


Why You Should Have More Than 1 Voice Over Demo

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Variety of breadsIf you go shopping for a loaf of twelve grain bread, would you pay much attention to pumpernickel, sourdough, or raisin bread?

Not likely!

You're decidedly going for something very specific and only want the twelve grain bread... everything else is a distraction, no matter how good or healthy it appears to be.

That's exactly what clients go through when they are looking to cast a voice for their project, however it's important to realize that their being picky doesn't necessarily mean that a good selection isn't appreciated by them for future reference, either.

A fine balance? It doesn't have to be!

Get a quick history lesson and discover a number of reasons why you should have a demo for every major application of voice over that you offer your clients.


When Is It Time To Record a New Voice Over Demo? 10 Indicators!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Old fashioned gauges

How do you know it's time to revamp your voice over demos?

There are a number of indicators, some that jump right out at you, and others that are so subtle that it may take another set of ears to discover them.

If it's time for you to do a self-analysis of your demos, or you feel that your demos may soon be on the way out, better take a good look at this list!


Not Getting Work? Consider A Voice Over Demo Review

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Magnified water drops on a leaf

"I'm not getting any work through my auditions? Do you think my demo might have something to do with it?"

"Can you listen to my demos and tell me where I can improve?"

"I've been told that I have a great voice. Do you think I have potential?"

You've likely come across these questions at some point; perhaps you've been on the asking end, perhaps on the receiving end.

What's to be done? A little magnification, as well as some listening, may go a long way.


Writing Spots For Your Voice Over Demo

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young woman sitting at her desk in a green office

Conversations carried on from last week about demos have provided more food for thought regarding what can or cannot be used on them.

One way to make sure that your copy is original is to write it yourself!

Learn more about how you can do that now.


10 Signs That You May Need To Update Your Voice Over Demo...

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you have a demo that needs to be updated?

If you can identify with any or all of the following 10 symptoms, your outdated demo is way passed its expiration date!

Check in here to see if your commercial demo is aging!


7 Steps to Take Before Making a Voice Over Demo

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman holding a CDWould an aspiring singer perform in a recital before taking any lessons?

Would an entrepreneur go to a banker asking for money without a business plan?

Would an agent want to receive a demo CD from a voice actor who doesn't have any training?

Find out which baby steps will get you to where you want to go in the world of voice acting.


Using Brand Names in Your Voice Over Demo?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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David BourgeoisIf you're using brand names such as McDonald's, Ford, or Pepsi and you actually didn't record for them officially, read this post.

David Bourgeois at Voice Coaches commented on my previous post about demo critiques and raised a very important point; one that could save you from bearing the nuisance of legal activity!

Unless you are the voice of an official campaign, it may be safer to stick to fictitious company names or leave the product and or company name out altogether.

What's in a name? Find out at VOX Daily.


Ever Had Your Demo Critiqued?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over Demo CritiqueLooking for ways to improve your voice acting or voice over demo?

At VOX Daily, we've compiled some of the most applicable and interesting tips from industry professionals on the Hot Seat Panel at VOICE 2007, sharing them with you to learn from and prosper by!

Check some of these tips organized by category. I'm sure at least one of the nuggets of wisdom presented will be of use to you.


Education and Voice Over Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman Driving CarAn automobile is only of use if you know how to drive it! The same can be said of using your voice as a vehicle to acquire voice over work.

Find out why it is important to hone your voice over skills before you set out to get work - and also how go about doing it.


The Psychology Behind Custom Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Why custom demos are more attractive - for different reasons than you may think!


Voice-over demos and a Eureka Moment

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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One of the most exciting aspects of this blog is that we can introduce topics and write about them exclusively in a new medium! Today, I'd like to chat with you about recording a voice-over demo.

This may seem like old hat to some of you, but for aspiring talent, it's one of the most significant hurdles to getting started as a voice-over talent. Questions arise such as "how do I record a demo", "where can I record a demo", "do I need any special equipment?", "where can I find scripts to record from?", and "how much money does it cost to record at a studio?"... the list can be endless when an inquiring mind wants to know!