Are you nailing all of your auditions? Do you feel confident when you come out of the booth that you gave your absolute best performance? There are a couple of techniques that you can use to ensure you are recording your best work and at the same time, not overthinking it.
Today we're gonna talk about audition strategies and I'm gonna give you three top tips to really nail that audition to get that gig.
I have a few audition strategies that I'd like to share with you. The very first thing you want to do is if the company name is listed, you want to actually go and research that product or company. There's a whole lot that you can tell about a brand or product by how it's being advertised on the Internet. You can also do some research and look up and see if there are any commercials or any videos about that product already on YouTube or even on the website. That can really tell you how a company wants to portray its brand to its potential customers. That's number one, getting an understanding of how the brand is presented.
Number two, I want you to make sure each of your takes is completely different. A lot of times what talent will do is for two takes is they'll actually pitch up or pitch down. It'll be like "here's my first take", and then lower, "here's my second take". It really isn't enough to showcase a difference. I think a really different take is what you want to go for.
So what I want you to do is when you go for your second take, think of a different emotion or different scene that leads to a different emotion that will help you to really authentically react and tell that story in a different way. That could maybe take those casting agents by surprise and will actually really make their ears perk up. Because if they're listening to more than one audition more than likely they're listening to 200 or maybe 300 auditions, you have to be that color that really makes her ears perk up and stands out. So go ahead and do those two takes, or two or three takes differently, and then just let it go.
The best thing you can do is audition and then forget it because if you start to really think about the audition and wonder how you did and hope for any kind of feedback from your agent you're more than likely not going to get that. Unless you get a callback, but even then it's rare. So the best thing to do is just forget it. Audition and forget it!
Lastly, when editing your auditions make sure that you are making that sound as perfect as possible. Because that will give an indication of your studio capabilities and today it is more important than ever that you can create a really good sound coming from your studio. It does make a difference, as a matter of fact in the past Casting calls that I have participated in if it came between two talents, the one that had the better sound is the one that I tend to lean towards because it was gonna be less of a headache to get that quality recording from them.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.