About your next voice over audition

About your next voice over audition

So…you’re getting ready to launch your voice over career (or thinking about it).

One of the thorniest issues I see newcomers struggling with is auditions.

These days, with all the on-line casting services, getting auditions isn’t the problem.

It’s booking the job (and actually making some money) that frustrates people.

Some people do hundreds of auditions without booking a thing.

They lose confidence, throw in the towel and put their equipment up for sale on eBay.

I call that “the voice over walk of shame” and it’s ugly.

They assume that the reason they are not successful is because there’s something wrong with them.

And that’s just flat out wrong, and it breaks my heart

You see, the reason for their failure is …

They’re playing the wrong game and they don’t even know it!

In this week’s Inside Voice Over training video I explore the issue of commercial auditions for anyone struggling to start or grow a voice over business.

Check it out below I think you’ll find the inspiration and help you need.

And after you watch the video I want to know your thoughts, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve at this awhile.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box. I want to read about what’s on your mind so I can support you.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company

8 Responses to About your next voice over audition

  1. Hi Susan ~ Thank you for you newsletter and the latest video message. I have been reading and following your advice for several years more or less voyeuristically. I have been doing Voice Over on a part time basis for 7 or 8 years with minor success. Since I work full time at a rather demanding job, the time I have to devote to the VO is somewhat limited.

    You where spot on when you recognize how many times aspiring VO artists will simply give up from lack of bookings. I can’t tell you how many times I have been ready to throw it in, but have always managed to get encouragement from many of my tutors and teachers in the biz, many whom, I’m sure you know or recognize. They, like you, say the same thing: “NEVER GIVE UP!”

    The thing is that I probably barely break even on a yearly basis considering how much I generally spend on training, travel, equipment, etc. I will be retiring from my full time job in just under a year and a half and intend to devote much more time to the VO business which I am hopeful will result in more worthwhile bookings.

    Sorry this is such a long-winded message, and if you are still reading, bravo! 🙂 Thanks again for all your great advise and encouragements over the years and I hope you keep it up because I would, one day, like to meet you and perhaps get some personalized training form you. I believe my weakest element is marketing, so anything you might suggest along those lines would be much appreciated.

    Best Regards
    Thomas Dunn
    Austin, Texas

    • Hi Thomas,

      Good for you for hanging in there! As you are discovering building a voice over business on auditions alone is no business at all! You need a customized marketing plan and accountability to follow it and get the job done. That’s what we specialize in and help people do at The Great Voice Company so if you need help, please give us a call at 800-333-8108 or talent@greatvoice.com. To your voice over success- Susan

  2. Hi Susan! Always love to hear your “tips of the trade”. Such good advice and insight. Thanks for all of your help.

    Am using Audacity and having a problem with getting good quality sound on the MP3’s with the USB mic. Have a good one (Rode, but can’t seem to get the level right. Maybe some video tips on using the Mics and/or diff software? Know you prefer WAVE software, so maybe a short clip on the pros and cons of each program. Thanks for considering.

    Hope all is well. Ursula

  3. Great advice thanks. I have done some voice over work that I’ve gotten paid for; but I know I could get much more if I market myself better.

    • Hi Ursula,
      Great to hear from you again! We can definitely help you with this. Please get in touch and ask about a SKYPE session with our audio engineer, Chris. 800-333-8108 or talent@greatvoice.com
      To your voice over success- Susan

  4. I have always loved the idea of doing voice overs but never knew how to get started. I’m excited to have found your website!!!

    • Hi Cherie,

      Welcome! We’re so happy you’re here. When you’re ready for the next step, be sure to register for a voice assessment with our talent advisor 800-333-8108 or talent@greatvoice.com

      To your voice over success,


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