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April 17, 2013

by edgeadmin

Here at Edge Studio, we cast, record, and audition a LOT of voice actors. We are shocked at the number of voice actors who don’t follow instructions. As a result, many voice actors lose work from us and/or our clients.

In this series, we’ll highlight common mistakes made in our studio and give you friendly reminders to increase your voice over work.

PART II

Take Direction Well

It is essential to follow instructions that your client gives you. But many voice talent get too involved in their client's role ... sometimes to innocently provide constructive criticism, sometimes to show-off their writing/directing/engineering ability ... regardless this sometimes rubs clients the wrong way.

Rule of thumb: If you have any doubt as if you're going too far, then don't say it. Rather feel it out, make subtle hints, tell the office manager about your concern and let them address the client.

DOUBLE TIP: Do what you can to ensure that the client thinks that you think they are smart. The client will like you and is therefore more open to hiring you again.

Remember: when you are hired for a job, you imply that you’ll deliver what the client wants. Whether or not their direction makes sense is irrelevant. We have seen countless clients stop working with voice actors because the voice actor didn’t follow the client’s direction.

So suck it up, smile along, go for it... When someone is paying you, it's your job to do it their way. Just like hiring a painter: You hire the best painter, but still instruct them as to which walls to paint which colors. And they do so, whether or not it would be their first choice.

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March 25, 2013

by edgeadmin

Here at Edge Studio, we cast, record, and audition a LOT of voice actors. We are shocked at the number of voice actors who don’t follow instructions. As a result, many voice actors lose work from us and/or our clients.

In this series, we highlight common mistakes made in our studio and give you friendly reminders to increase your voice over work.

PART III

--YOUR SLATE--

A slate is… your introduction to your audition, recording, etc. It could be as simple as your name, and as detailed as name, date, title of script, and more. It is imperative that you slate as you are told. If you are only asked for your name, do not add anything extra. Though you may think you are being cute or more interesting by adding things, ultimately you are not following instructions. This will immediately turn off the casting director. Also, if asked to slate your name, that does not mean you say, “Hi there, my name is Jane Smith.” It simply means you say, “Jane Smith,” pause and start reading the script.

Also… your name needs to represent you. While you are not reading the script yet, the slate is just as much part of the audition as the copy. If you say your name confidently and then continue with a great read, you are likely to get noticed “positively.” If you mutter your name under your breath, but still have a great read, the impression given by your slate will stay in the casting director’s mind, and you probably won’t get that job.

In conclusion… Your audition represents you as a whole, from the moment you open your mouth to “thank you” at the end. Make sure to follow directions all the way through. And remember that it is possible to slate the way you are asked, yet still convey a sense of you.

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