THE HEART OF THE VO BIZ.
The bulk of the voiceover business is not cartoons or video games, it’s commercial. If you want to make a living exclusively with “funny voices” you’re choosing to travel a very difficult road.
DO I NEED A DEMO?
Different people have different answers to this question. The one thing that everyone agrees on though, is that you shouldn’t put a demo together until you’re ready. And it must be great! Be prepared to spend some money. A good demo can cost between $1,100.00-$1,800.00. DO NOT PUT IT TOGETHER YOURSELF. Demos are taken at face value and quality matters. You wouldn’t use a selfie as your headshot, don’t do it with your demo.
A really good audition makes the casting director, the producer, and the director really happy. You gave a good audition, you got put on avail . . . and then you didn’t get booked. Why?
I can assure you it is nothing that you did wrong. So if it’s nothing you did wrong, what could it be?
The callback is the time the spot takes shape. Many variables come into play.
Here Are Five Reasons Why You Might Not Get Booked
1. The Spot Has A Certain Look
All variations and combinations of looks are considered. During the callback selection process, as the spot takes shape, your look might not quite fit in. I have seen a group of six people chosen and upon final consideration, the creative team noticed everyone was brunette. One person was randomly taken out of the group and replaced with a person with lighter hair. I remember feeling an “ouch” for the person taken out of the group.
No matter how confused or disillusioned you may feel, you have the capacity to move towards clarity and happiness at any given moment. But, it’s hard to help yourself when you’re sleepwalking through life. Here are just a few of the symptoms: feeling like life is unfair, blaming others for your difficulties, wishing you had someone else’s life instead of your own, constantly feeling deprived and envious, doing the same old thing and expecting different results.
Commercial actors should never believe they are less than 100% in charge of their own success.
Ok, I just started right out with a lie. I have no doubt you could rattle off a list of things that are out of the control of you, the commercial actor. I can! There are a few things, admittedly, that are out of your hands. It’s likely you find these things frustrating. I hear actors talking a lot about the topic. Too often it’s a focus, in my opinion. Too often it’s an excuse. Yep, I said it.
I recently met my good friend, Bonnie Gillespie, for a long, leisurely lunch and gab. Bonnie is a longtime friend of actors from both a casting and coaching perspective, with a pretty ace track record: just last fall, an actor she’s brought in for years, Kim Estes, took home an Emmy—no small accomplishment, and one any actor would love.
Welcome to the start of 2018. It’s that time of year. You are refreshed and pumped up, renewed and ready to start the New Year on the right foot.
I’m always asked what makes someone successful in this business. Stating the obvious would be you need to know the basic strong foundation of acting, know the technique of the venue you are working in and be aware of how the business works. The good thing is there are lot’s of classes to take and articles to read to arm yourself to be the mighty worrier to learn what it takes to be competitive.
However, I am going to share with you the other things that makes an actor successful, that people just can’t seem to articulate.
One of the great mysteries (and frustrations) in the casting world is why some actors don’t show up to their audition appointments. Right now you, the actor, are either shouting at your computer in exasperation because you would never miss an audition, let alone be unprepared or late. Or, you are going though the list of what seems to be legitimate reasons an actor (ahem, you) sometimes miss auditions. And while I’ll fully admit those legitimate excuses exist, I’m sure it’s not nearly as often as I hear them. What’s the big deal? That’s well covered territory, but a quick recap: it’s a BIG deal. So, what gives?
Commercial actors should never stop assessing why they don’t show up. read more
Time-tested tools to keep you on track
After spending a chunk of the holiday break shredding old tax documents, I can definitively confirm what I have long suspected: that I used to be more addicted to acquiring tools than using them wisely. read more
The New Year arrives wrapped in a glistening layer of Hope. There is a sense that one can start over. The slate is cleared. All our mistakes and misfortunes are joyfully replaced by visions of abundant opportunities arising in the future. The word “new” is such a delicious word. It comes packed with the thrill of experiencing something good. The hope of finally getting what you have desired. read more
Social media is a way of life and should not, and cannot be avoided. It’s worth looking at the pros and cons of social media in your career.
NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS
A big question seems to be, “does it matter how many followers I have?” “Will I get more auditions or book more commercials if I have more followers?” “Can the number of followers I have help me get more bookings?”