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Voice actors spend most of their time in a vacuum. We send out auditions and hardly ever get feedback. So how can we tell if we're nailing those auditions?
How do you know if you've nailed that audition?
How do you know if you've nailed that audition or not? Well, that's a pretty simple and yet complicated answer, <laugh>. So first of all, you're not really gonna know if you've nailed the audition in the client's eyes unless you get hired by the client. So a lot of times, and sometimes this is very frustrating for voiceover actors, is that they will submit an audition and then never hear again about the audition. They won't get any feedback, and that can be very frustrating, especially when you're excited about the job or you really want that job, and you're really aiming to get that job, and you just don't hear anything about that audition.
Now, you can certainly feel amazing about the audition, and I'm going to concentrate a little bit on that first, because if you feel, if you feel as though you've nailed that audition, in my opinion, you have absolutely nailed the audition, especially when you talk about a feeling versus when you listen back -- did that sound like a great audition? Again, you wanna make sure that you're not listening to the sound of your audition. If you can feel good, if you can feel the story, if you were in the scene, if you were able to tell that story, and you were able to feel it and guiding the listener along, then you've nailed that audition.
But if you're listening to how you sounded while you told the story, that's another story. That's actually not being in the scene, That's not actually being the actor that you're being required to be when you want to nail an audition. Unfortunately, unless the client comes back to you with feedback or your agent, sometimes if you are, you know, if you have a good relationship with your agent, and you really want some feedback, and you inquire about that and not being too, uh, annoying about that. But if you inquire, your agent may give you feedback on that. And even after a job, if you ask your client for feedback, I'm sure they can give you feedback if you'd like. For the most part, you're not gonna get feedback to understand if you've nailed that audition unless you get the job or you've specifically asked, uh, for feedback.
But keep in mind that when you are auditioning, keep in mind what it feels like, and make sure that you concentrate on feeling the story, because that will mean that you're telling the story. And when you tell the story and you're like, you know what? That just felt good -- then you're gonna know that you nailed it. You nailed the audition. You are the voice actor that you are meant to be.
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Anne Ganguzza is a professional voice actor and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills - including voice over Coaching and Genre-based Demo Production. She specializes in conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, eLearning, Technology, and On-Hold Messaging. Located in Orange County, California, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students via ipDTL and Zoom.