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It can be tough when you're auditioning to know when you've done the best you can. When is it good enough? How long should it take to get it perfect? How come you're not booking? Anne talks about how to get better and book more work.
Mastering the Art of Auditioning
Are you a budding voiceover artist or a seasoned professional struggling to master the art of auditions? Have you ever wondered how to leave a lasting impression and nail that audition every time? The answer is more than just having a good voice; it's about understanding the essence of storytelling and connecting with your audience on a deeper level.
Getting Audition-Ready: The Homework
Preparing for an audition goes beyond practicing lines and focusing on the tonal quality of your voice. It starts with a thorough understanding of the script and the casting specifications. Knowing the company, the product, or the character you are voicing for can make a significant difference. Spend some time on Google, and familiarize yourself with the company's mission, the product's features, and the target audience. For character auditions, understanding the backstory, the character's motivations, and the overall plot can significantly enhance your performance.
Creating the Scene: The Power of Storytelling
One of the most crucial aspects of successful auditions is the ability to tell a story. Regardless of whether you're auditioning for a commercial, corporate narration, medical narration, or animation script, you need to understand the story you're telling. Creating a mental scene, picturing who you're talking to, and understanding the emotions you're conveying is vital.
Empathy: Connecting with Your Listener
Empathy doesn't imply feeling sorry for your audience; it's about understanding their perspective. Knowing your listener's joys, pains, frustrations, and aspirations, and reflecting these emotions in your voiceover can create a deep connection and make your performance stand out.
The Perfect Take: Avoiding the Vocal Rut
While practicing your lines is crucial, I suggest not exceeding three takes for each audition. Overdoing retakes can lead you into a vocal rut and disconnect you from the story. It's not about achieving the perfect sound but about immersing yourself in the story and conveying it naturally.
The art of auditioning extends beyond technicalities and voice modulation. It's about doing your homework, creating compelling narratives, empathizing with your audience, and knowing when to stop practicing and start performing. By incorporating these strategies into your audition routine, you're sure to master the art of captivating storytelling and unlock the secrets to successful auditions.
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About Anne Ganguzza
Recipient of multiple Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Narration Demo - Anne Ganguzza is California-based Voice Over Coach and award-winning Director & Producer specializing in target-marketed voiceover Demo Production. Anne's production team creates SOVAS-nominated demos across several genres, including Commercial, Corporate Narration, and eLearning, and her VO BOSS podcast is the winner of SOVAS Outstanding Podcast in 2022.