What are voice over demos? If you are someone who is interested in getting started in the voice acting industry, this is a question that you need to know the answer to and today, voice actor, Chris Edgerly is giving you that answer.
What Are Voice Over Demos? Answers From Voice Actor Chris Edgerly
What Are Voice Over Demos?
Voice over demos are a means of showcasing your voice over skills – similar to a portfolio. Many voice actors put together voice acting demos that are specific to the part that they are auditioning for. For example, if you are auditioning for a live announcing role, you may put together a voice over demo that exhibits your talent in this niche of the industry. In other circumstances, you may create a voice over demo that is a compilation of your various voice over skills in multiple niches. This type of demo can be particularly useful if you are creating an “introduction to me” video for your website or if you are seeking an agent and want to show them your versatility.
How to Make a Good Voice Over Demo
Since your voice over demo is going to speak for your talent and be the tool that determines whether you have a shot at a voice-over role, it’s important that your voice over demo is done well. One of the best ways to go about this is to have a professional help you to create a demo. Having a professional help you will ensure that you get the best quality out of your “portfolio” and sell yourself. Of course, it IS possible to make your own voice over demo, but if you do this, you MUST make sure that your demo is pristine. Create an in-home studio or rent a voice-over booth, and invest in your future rather than creating a crackling amateur demo that will possibly sink your career before it starts!
What Should Be On a Voice Over Demo?
So, what should be on your voice over demo? For your portfolio, introduction, or general interest demo, you should include the highlights of your career (if you have one yet!) and examples of your best talent.
If your voice over demo is for a specific audition, pay attention to what the director is looking for. Do they mention a specific voice for the part? If so, cater your demo to that request. Sure, you could send them what YOU think they would like from your array of talent, but you run a significant risk of being beaten out for the part by someone who actually listened to the director’s request.
Are You Interested in Knowing More About Voice Acting?
If you’re interested in knowing more about voice acting, Chris Edgerly has created an extensive video series called “#VONotes“. This series is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions in regards to the voice over industry and includes many great examples from Chris Edgerly’s own experiences as a voice-over actor. You can check out the #VONotes video series on the Chris Edgerly YouTube channel.