How to audition for voice acting jobs

Getting voice over jobs starts with creating successful voice acting auditions. So, we’ll highlight what are voice acting auditions, share tips from voice over experts on how to audition for voice acting jobs, and provide a free checklistwith 10 tips to create successful voice acting auditions.

What are voice acting auditions?

Voice acting auditions are the first step to securing successful and recurring voice acting work. 

Before a client can hire you for voice over work, they typically listen to voice over samples or voice over auditions to find a voice that resonates with their project. So, successful voice acting auditions lead to winning jobs, recurring work, and establishing strong client relationships.

But in 2022, voice over auditions have to adapt to things like shorter deadlines and different project requirements. At Voice123, our core purpose hasn’t changed. We help voice actors and clients to create meaningful connections. Ultimately this happens through a voice over audition.

So we’re here to guide you on what are voice acting auditions, as well as how to audition for voice acting jobs to land your next Voice123 booking!

We’ve also included a special, free checklist of 10 tips for successful voice acting auditions.

Make your auditions online count

Voice acting auditions are the first step to voice acting jobs, which means that auditioning is just like a job interview. So, you need to put your best foot forward.

That’s because there is no second chance for voice over auditions online. If you mispronounce a word, submit the wrong file, or worse, fail to deliver the brief, there’s no going back. Auditioning is a ‘one shot, one chance’ stage that requires acute precision and careful execution.

So, how to audition for voice acting in 2022 and make it count?

  • A) Read the description, hit the studio, and record the audition?
  • B) Read the script, hit the studio, and record the audition? 

Neither would be wrong if your goal was simply to record and submit a voice over audition. But what if your goal was to record a voice over audition online that left the client with only one thought? ‘This is the voice we need.’

Then, you should choose option C. 

  • C) Study the project description, analyze the client’s requirements, think about the end goal, read and practice the script, then record a winning audition!

Harness your art and hone your craft

Voice acting is talent and nothing can diminish that in its truest form. However, honing it as a craft and improving your voice acting skills helps to elevate your performance and increases your chances of securing voice over work.  

Art + Craft = You’re hired!

Let’s add some client perspective to voice acting auditions by stepping into a client’s shoes.

Listen to the two auditions below to analyze the ingredients for a winning audition! 

 

voice acting auditions

Were your first thoughts rushed, inexperienced, noisy, unprepared?

It’s evident that the voice actor didn’t create that voice acting audition with a balance of art + craft. A client’s first impression would probably be, ‘delete.’ 

In fact, when our quality control team evaluates voice acting auditions, they often come across the very same problems; hiss, noise such as from a fan or AC, lack of preparation, mouth clicks, and plosives. Most of these are a result of recording in a noisy environment, too much saliva in the mouth, and recording too close to the microphone. 

Let’s try it again.

 

Did you notice the way the voice actor paused, emphasized the keywords, and used a good balance of pitch, pace, and modulation? It’s clear that a great deal of thought went into the reading and preparation of the script, the equipment, the recording location, and the audio post-production.

10 tips for successful voice acting auditions

  1. Read the project description carefully: This will give you a glimpse into the client’s mindset.
  2. Study the project script: Think of it like planning the pit stops for your next road trip. The destination? A polished voiceover.
  3. Strategize: You wouldn’t pitch up at the office the moment you roll out of bed, so don’t record when you’re not ‘feeling it’, or when you’re unprepared.
  4. Add a creative edge to your voice acting auditions: Provide something that would make the client think, ‘Oh that s interesting!’
  5. Don’t reinvent the wheel:Become whoever is needed to make your voice over auditions a success.
  6. Be proactive: Offer two takes in the same audio file. 
  7. Hydrate before you hit the studio: Also, eating a green apple can also help to reduce mouth clicks. 
  8. Test – Test – Test: Test your mic and recording equipment before you hit record. 
  9. Protect your voice over work: Slating, watermarking, leaving out, or changing a word is up to you, but check if the client has specified a preference. 
  10. Check. Double-check. Triple-check: Make sure you submitted the right file, format, editing, and suitable cover letter.

Download our free checklist with more information on these 10 tips

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Voice over auditions: advice from pros

To help you learn how to audition for voice acting jobs, we interviewed two seasoned and talented voice actors; Courtney Greer and Gwendolyn Carter.

Together they have a combination of 13 years of professional experience getting voice acting jobs through successful voice acting auditions.

As you listen to their comments, think about the tips that you can glean and use to improve your voice acting auditions online. 

A lack of preparation, devoid of character, hesitancy or uncertainty in your voice coupled with audio noise, hiss or distractions will ruin your chance of being hired in a fraction of a second. Click To Tweet
Courtney Greer Voice123

Courtney’s been a member since Aug 2, 2013, and has been a professional voice actor for nine years.  

Gwendolyn Carter Voice123

Gwendolyn’s been a member since Nov 11, 2018 and has been a professional voice actor for 4 years.

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