Composing the Audition Email

Assuming you’ve already identified a pool of potential actors for your project, you now have the task of contacting them and asking for their submissions.  If you’re new to hiring voice talent here’s a run-down of best practices to ensure that you get the best possible responses to your audition query. A well-designed audition email will accomplish two things: You’ll get better performances from your talent pool. You’ll save yourself from the administrative nightmare of multiple emails and other organizational challenges. To begin, let’s look at this sample email audition request from our friend, Mr. Big. I [...]

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Scratch Track or Audition?

Not long ago a potential client asked me to record a scratch track for her project.  It’s a request I hear from time to time that generally requires a handful of emails to sort out.   When I see the term scratch track in an email subject line, I start to feel itchy because I’m never sure exactly what I’m being asked to do. Let’s clarify the difference between a scratch track and an audition. Scratch Track To quote my colleague Tom Dheere: Scratch tracks are used as a placeholder to assist in the timing of a video [...]

By |September 14, 2023|Categories: Blog, Featured, For Producers: Working with Voice Talent|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Scratch Track or Audition?

VO Newbie: Part 2 Resources

This is a short list of resources to get you started on your VO journey.  I’ve used many of them myself and others have been recommended by trusted colleagues. Classes for all levels Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, ongoing education will always be part of your career. Here are some excellent places to check out.   Choose from in person and on-line education. The Voice Actors Studio  (TVAS) Founded by Melissa and Troy Moats in 2015.  Based in Las Vegas, NV, TVAS offers a range of classes and workshops in VO techniques and the business of voice [...]

By |August 8, 2023|Categories: Blog, Featured|Comments Off on VO Newbie: Part 2 Resources

VO Newbie: Part 1 Getting Started

I'm often asked for recommendations on starting a career as a voice actor. So, I thought I'd post  some suggestions here, for all to see.  I’ve identified four key ingredients for getting off to a good start. Once you read this post please read the VO Newbie Part 2 blog post for a list of related resources. One word of advice: Focus on acquiring skills and learning about the business for the first several months. Don’t be in a hurry to make a demo or look for an agent. You’ll get to that later.  Be patient.  Learn to walk [...]

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How explainer videos are evolving in 2023

Today, businesses use video to teach and educate their teams in a more engaging and memorable way. Contrary to previous years, where marketing videos reigned supreme, the most common videos made by businesses were actually training videos. These videos are much more engaging than traditional live video conferences, and they allow viewers to pause and consume the information at their own pace. This is a real benefit when you're in your own space and trying to complete these training videos on your own time. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Composing the Audition Email

Assuming you’ve already identified a pool of potential actors for your project, you now have the task of contacting them and asking for their submissions.  If you’re new to hiring voice talent here’s a run-down of best practices to ensure that you get the best possible responses to your audition query. A well-designed audition email will accomplish two things: You’ll get better performances from your talent pool. You’ll save yourself from the administrative nightmare of multiple emails and other organizational challenges. To begin, let’s look at this sample email audition request from our friend, Mr. Big. I [...]

By |September 29, 2023|Categories: Blog, Featured, For Producers: Working with Voice Talent|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Composing the Audition Email

Scratch Track or Audition?

Not long ago a potential client asked me to record a scratch track for her project.  It’s a request I hear from time to time that generally requires a handful of emails to sort out.   When I see the term scratch track in an email subject line, I start to feel itchy because I’m never sure exactly what I’m being asked to do. Let’s clarify the difference between a scratch track and an audition. Scratch Track To quote my colleague Tom Dheere: Scratch tracks are used as a placeholder to assist in the timing of a video [...]

By |September 14, 2023|Categories: Blog, Featured, For Producers: Working with Voice Talent|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Scratch Track or Audition?

VO Newbie: Part 2 Resources

This is a short list of resources to get you started on your VO journey.  I’ve used many of them myself and others have been recommended by trusted colleagues. Classes for all levels Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, ongoing education will always be part of your career. Here are some excellent places to check out.   Choose from in person and on-line education. The Voice Actors Studio  (TVAS) Founded by Melissa and Troy Moats in 2015.  Based in Las Vegas, NV, TVAS offers a range of classes and workshops in VO techniques and the business of voice [...]

By |August 8, 2023|Categories: Blog, Featured|Comments Off on VO Newbie: Part 2 Resources

VO Newbie: Part 1 Getting Started

I'm often asked for recommendations on starting a career as a voice actor. So, I thought I'd post  some suggestions here, for all to see.  I’ve identified four key ingredients for getting off to a good start. Once you read this post please read the VO Newbie Part 2 blog post for a list of related resources. One word of advice: Focus on acquiring skills and learning about the business for the first several months. Don’t be in a hurry to make a demo or look for an agent. You’ll get to that later.  Be patient.  Learn to walk [...]

By |August 8, 2023|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on VO Newbie: Part 1 Getting Started

How explainer videos are evolving in 2023

Today, businesses use video to teach and educate their teams in a more engaging and memorable way. Contrary to previous years, where marketing videos reigned supreme, the most common videos made by businesses were actually training videos. These videos are much more engaging than traditional live video conferences, and they allow viewers to pause and consume the information at their own pace. This is a real benefit when you're in your own space and trying to complete these training videos on your own time. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

By |June 22, 2023|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on How explainer videos are evolving in 2023
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