Voice Over CD Demos

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Here you'll find everything you need to know about creating a CD demo - including dimensions, wording, contents, a dictionary of terms, and a clarification of what the different types of labeling and CD cases really are (you'l find this very helpful)!

CD dimensions

Dimensions

What text goes on a CD demo?

Your CD demo represents you and must appear professional to obtain work. We suggest the following:

header & title

  • your name
  • your profession
    (e.g.: "Voice Over Artist", "Voiceover Performer", "Voice-Actor",...)
  • what the CD is
    (e.g.: Demo")

contents

  • track information > include what kind of demo is on the CD.
    E.g.: "Commercial Demo".
  • include the track number if more than one demo.
    E.g.: "Track 1 Commercial Demo, Track 2 Narration demo..."
  • optional: demo length > include how long the demo is.
    E.g.: "Commercial Demo - 1:12".
  • optional: segment length > include how long each segment is.
    E.g.: "Fed-Ex - 0:12".
  • optional: media > include mention of where the voice over would be heard.
    E.g.: "Fed-Ex: employee training video".
  • optional: description > include words to describe your voice and/or delivery.
    E.g.: "Fed-Ex: corporate style".

marketing information

  • your "sound"
    (e.g.: 40-50 Corporate Female.")
  • your "specialty"
    (e.g.: "Corporate Industrials" or "Audiobooks")
  • union information
    (e.g.: "Non-union talent" or "Member Sag and Aftra")
  • agent information
    (talent who are NOT repped by an agent usually say nothing)
  • home studio information
    (e.g.: "Home studio provides immediate turn-around for auditions!")

contact information

  • your name
  • your contact information: telephone, email, website
  • your location (some talent like to list their address, but this is not necessary)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • include all the above information on the CD, the front card, and on the tray card
  • include the "header/title" information on both spines
  • make sure the telephone number listed has voicemail with your voice on it

THIS EXAMPLE INCLUDES ALL THE ABOVE (EVEN THE OPTIONAL INFO)

Jane Smith - Voice Over Artist

Providing Corporate Voice Over for Training Videos, Tutorials, Telephony, and more!

Quick Facts: 40-50 female, non-union, 24/7 home-studio

Track 1: Commercial Demo - 1:04

1. Ford: radio spot - carefree, easy going - 0:12
2. Macy's: television spot - energetic, intruguing - 0:10
3. Dell: radio spot - fast, powerful - 0:09

Track 2: Narration Demo - 1:12

1. Fed-Ex: employee training video - straightforward, articulate - 0:14
2. Microsoft: online tutorial - educational, engaging - 0:13
3. National Geographic: wildlife documentrary - soft, sincere - 0:15

Contact Me:

Jane Smith
123-456-7890
Jane@JaneSmith.com
www.JaneSmith.com

Dictionary

burning

Burning is the process of putting audio onto a CD-R using a home computer. Note that when people say they are burning a CD, they actually mean a CD-R.

CD

Abbreviation for "compact disc." A CD is a data storage medium that holds numerous types of data-files, ranging from audio, video, megabytes, and so forth. A CD cannot be burned on a home computer.

CD replication

The process of copying the contents of a CD or CD-R onto a CD.

CD replication process

CDs are encoded in specialized manufacturing plants through an "injection molding process" where microscopic pits are pressed into the CD from a "glass master." Note that CDs cannot be burned with computer burners.

CD-R

Abbreviation for "recordable compact disc." A CD-R is a data storage medium that holds numerous types of data, ranging from audio, video, megabytes, etc.

CD-R duplication

The process of copying the contents of a CD or CD-R onto a CD-R.

CD-R duplication process

CD-Rs are burned using consumer computer CD-R burner (the type included with most home computers). CD-Rs have a 95% success rate and therefore occasionally do not play on certain CD players (usually old/inexpensive CD players). Note that when people say they burn CDs at home, they really mean that they burn CD-Rs.

dressing

Dressing is the process of putting design (graphics and text) onto the CD, front card, and tray card.

front card

A front card is a paper insert which fits into the top of the CD case, covering the CD. It can have printing on the front and on the inside. While front cards are not absolutely necessary, they complete a very professional looking 'package' when marketing.

glass master

A glass master is a large glass disc used in the process of CD replication. While it is very expensive to create, the glass master allows the CD replication process to be automated, streamlined, and significantly less expensive than CD-R duplication, which is a manual process. However due to the initial cost of the glass master, replicating small quantities of CDs are very expensive, and therefore small orders are burned onto CD-Rs.

tray card

A tray card is a "U" shaped paper insert which fits into the back and sides (spines) of the CD case. It can also have printing on the inside of the case. Tray cards are very necessary, as they allow information (name, telephone number, etc) to be visible on the spine of the CD, making it simple to find your CD when it is stored in a CD case.

jewel box

The most common type of CD case. Jewel boxes have 3 components. A "tray" hinged on the inside holds the CD. Small clasps on the inside of the top cover hold the "front card." And underneath the "tray" snuggly holds the "tray card."

4/0, 4/1, 4/4

These numbers refer to the number of colors used for printing both sides of a "front card" or "tray card."

  • 0 = no color
  • 1 = one color
  • 4 = full color (also known as "CMYK" which stands for: cyan, magenta, yellow, black)

For example, a front card printed in full color on one side and one color on the other side is 4/1.

CD labeling - two types

Which works better for you?

direct imprint CDs

Ink is 'stamped' directly onto the CD. This method is generally used on orders above 1,000 quantity and on 'black ink' orders under 1,000 quantity.

adhesive label

Adhesive labels are adhered onto the CD. This paper is laser-printed and offers a large splash of color without glare. This method is generally used on orders under 1,000 quantity except 'black ink' orders which receives direct imprint.

CD cases - four types

Note that some cases are not compatible with front and/or tray cards (read the descriptions).

clamshell

This soft plastic case is the shape of a seashell -- round except for one straight edge. More durable than hard plastic cases, thin and good for mailing. Clamshell cases do not fit in many CD storage cases. Nor will they hold optional front and tray-cards. Note about colored cases: other than transcluenct, clamshell cases are difficult to see through, which is a problem if you want your CD to be visible through the front.

slim line

This hard plastic, slim CD case looks like a jewel case from the top, but it's much thinner. It is very thin, making it good for mailing and carrying around. It protects the CD, and easily fits into CD storage case. Built in tabs secure optional front-cards. However this case is too thin to hold optional tray-cards. Note about colored cases: Slim-line cases are clear on the top - only the back is colored, so CDs are visible through the front.

jewel

This hard plastic case is the most popular style case (most store bought CDs come with this style). It protects the CD, and easily fits into CD storage case. Built in tabs secure optional front-cards. Optional tray-cards fit in the back. Note about colored cases: Jewel cases are clear on the top - only the back is colored, so CDs are visible through the front.

tyvec paper

This rugged paper envelope has a clear front window, allowing the CD to be visible from the front. This case is ideal for mailing, as it's light weight and therefore costs less. No plastic parts to break. However it will not protect the CD. Tyvec cases will not fit in most CD storage cases. Nor will they hold optional front and tray-cards.

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