Chris Edgerly is here again with the tenth video in the #VONotes series and today he’s talking about voice over work outside your comfort zone AKA off-site auditions! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer questions that you may have about the voice acting industry and it offers some great tips and references for any aspiring voice actor! If you missed the first few videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
Voice Over Work Outside Your Comfort Zone AKA Off-Site Auditions #VONotes
What’s up, everybody? It’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m gonna talk about off-site auditions.
An off-site audition, in my opinion, is any audition that happens away from your comfort zone.
Your comfort zones as a voice actor tend to be at your agency, where you can read with the engineers that you know well and, of course, at home!
99% of my auditions I do at home, but occasionally, they have me go to places off-site, meaning far away on the other side of the city, a lot of the time!
There are some rules you want to follow to make sure you have the most effective audition possible…
- Be early if possible! Be on time at the least, and if you’re going to be late, call ahead! You’d be surprised at just how flexible they are.
- When you get there, respect the space. There are probably going to be other actors there and they’re going to have their own process for getting ready. I like to talk and chat and shoot the breeze because that’s how I get loose. If I don’t know anybody else in the room and I can tell that they’re really intently looking at their copy, I leave them alone, I check my phone, do whatever I need to do to stay loose.
- I look at the copy minimally. If it’s animation and it’s really more involved, great, I will take extra time to make sure I’ve got the character down, but at that point (usually) an off-site audition for animation is a call-back, so I’m already kind of familiar with the character.
Most off-site auditions are going to be commercial. Thanks to my stand-up comedy background, I’ve got a pretty good feel for the rhythm and the pace of most commercial copy – especially the comedic copy.
- Once you’re in their reading, pay attention to any last minute bits of advice or direction they want to give you.
- If they want you to ad-lib, be ready!
- And then, as soon as you’re done, leave! Don’t hang around and try and shoot the breeze some more an ingratiate yourself further. Leave them wanting more of you!
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