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Part of the auditioning process for Voice123.com is submitting a proposal. I’ll be honest and say that, in my experience, not every client reads the remarks you send along with your demos. However, you still need to include something and it should be thorough, but concise.

Here’s a few tips to make your next submission better.

Five Things To Consider While Writing Your Next Proposal

1) Keep it brief: If a client requests and receives 50 auditions, that’s 50 proposals they’ll have to read. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Would you want to sift through 50 novels? Stick to the facts: your revision policy, budget (if the project is labeled as “flexible” or “to be determined”), and, most importantly, thank them for listening!

2) Spell check: This should go without saying, but from my own experience as a Voice Seeker, it needs to be said. Please, for the love of all things voice over, spell check your proposals! Spelling mistakes tell the voice seeker you don’t pay attention to details. It also wouldn’t hurt to check your grammar and punctuation while you’re at it.

3) Personalize: If the audition instructions include a company name or, even better, the first name of the voice seeker, personalize your written proposal by including them. Where failing to spell check says you don’t pay attention to detail, personalizing says you do!

4) Read the audio notes: If the client specifically requests an MP3 at 192kbps delivered by Dropbox, don’t write into your proposal, “I can give you WAV or AIFF files and upload them to my secure FTP.” You just failed the audition.

5) Read the directions: Most of the time the client will tell you exactly what they’re looking for in a voice and a read. This saves you from guess work. It also saves you from submitting a completely inappropriate audition that wastes your time and the potential client’s time, and might also cause you to get a bad ranking.

Good luck with your next proposal and audition. I hope you nail it!

QUESTION: Got any tips you’d like to add? Share them in the comments below.