If you are already a Premium member, have filled out your profile and have uploaded your demos (ideally one per every recording purpose you offer at your profile) then the next step is auditioning! Here's how:
There are two ways to get auditions on Voice123: Direct Invitations and SmartCast invitations. Your Invitation Inbox & Audition Outbox will say what kind of invitation you’re dealing with.
Direct invitations come from buyers who’ve hired you before, found you in our Voice Talent database or found you using our search function. Sometimes, buyers will send you a message with a link and verification code. These invitations don’t show up in your Invitation Inbox but if you audition, they’ll show in your Audition Outbox. We still consider these direct invitations.
SmartCast invitations are sent by our patented algorithm. A buyer will post a project and we look at the project requirements and match them with talents that fit the project as requested by the buyer.
All invitations are time sensitive and SmartCast invitations are sent in batches so we recommend submitting auditions as soon as you can so you don’t miss a spot or an opportunity. It’s a smart idea to link your Voice123 to an email account that you check often. It’s even smarter to link that email to your phone so you get notifications even when you’re away from your computer.
Thanks to SmartCast, Voice123 makes sure that auditions don’t turn into cattle calls and that we’re sending you auditions that match your talents. To keep SmartCast working fairly, you’re responsible for only auditioning for jobs that you really feel that you’ll excel at. If you over-audition you run the risk of getting fewer and fewer SmartCast invitations, the ideal is to keep your auditioning percentage up to but no more than 200% (you can find your auditioning percentage by going to My Stats).
It might sound counter-intuitive to not audition for every opportunity that comes your way but think of it this way: if this was dating, you have a better chance of finding a partner if we only send you suitable matches and you only go on dates with the matches that you’re really into.
Recording a Custom Demo
Some buyers will ask you to send a generic demo as your audition, we call this a Related Demo. Choose a demo from your profile that’s similar to the project you’re auditioning for. This is why it’s a good idea to have multiple demos that you can attach to different projects. If that’s all the buyer asks for then your audition is a quick one!
If a buyer asks for a custom demo, you’ll have to record a short snip of the script they’ve provided. Keep in mind that there’s a time limit on auditions and that you can see the script before you go to the “Submit Audition/Proposal” page. Prepare the Custom Demo but keep in mind the following:
- Watermark your audition: We automatically downgrade audio quality so it can’t be used by buyers but it’s so minimal that we still recommend watermarking your auditions so that buyers can’t use them without paying you for your work. A watermark can be as simple as slating your name (saying your name at the beginning), adding a beep in the background or even changing some keywords.
- Read only part of the script: Statistically, buyers only listen to the first 7 seconds of audio before deciding if they like it or not. Read only a part of the script so you don’t spend all day auditioning for a project and also so you can record several takes
- Record several takes: This allows a buyer to see a variety of ways that you can read the script and gives you a better chance of finding what a buyer wants, ultimately a better chance of landing the job.
Recording a Custom Demo takes time but the key is being able to punch out custom demos quickly. This also preps you for success as you’ll have a quicker turnaround time when you land jobs. Then, when a buyer knows that you produce high-quality work quickly, they’ll want to hire you over and over again. You can also check the following video with the steps to submit an audition.
Filling out the audition form
After you’ve reviewed the terms of submitting an audition, the process is quite easy.
If the buyer is looking for a Custom Demo, you’ll have to upload the file you’ve saved either by dragging it into the light blue square or browsing your files and attaching it from your file explorer. Whether you're uploading an audition for a project or a demo to your profile, please be sure that your audio file is in the following format:
- File smaller than 3MB
- Sample rate: 44.1kHz
- Bit depth: 16 bit
- Channel: Mono
- Bitrate: 96 or 128 Kbps
If you get an error while uploading, please be sure to check these parameters! Most of the time, errors occur because of incorrect file formats/parameters.
Next, you’ll choose a Related Demo that shows the buyer some of your other work. You can choose one you already have on your profile or upload a new one.
If the project is a fixed rate you’ll notice a message that the budget is fixed and you’ll see what the buyer will pay you for the final file. You can audition and then try to negotiate but for the most part, you should only audition for these projects if you agree with the price. If the project is "To be Defined" or "Flexible", you’ll have to quote the price you’ll work for. Remember that time and experience play a big part in compensation so be realistic about how long it will take you to work on the project should you be hired and keep in mind your experience level so you can ask for something that’s both reasonable for you and the buyer. You can also keep in mind the suggested Average Industry Prices for Non-Union Work.
Use the remarks section of your audition wisely. Make sure you include your personal contact info and why you’d be a good fit for the project. Think of it as a cover letter except that you have to write it in 1000 characters or less.
If you have any problems with the auditioning process, make sure to check the following:
- Project deadline: make sure you’re applying before the deadline and check the time zones before you start working on your Custom Demo. There’s nothing more frustrating than working on an audition only to have it close while you submit. After that, there’s absolutely no way that we can send your audition to a buyer.
- SmartCast invitation limit: Like the project deadline, it’s important to pay attention to the SmartCast invitation limit. If a buyer is looking for 10 auditions we won’t send them anymore so be careful when starting to work on an audition if the limit is approaching.
- Audio Format: Your audio must be in the correct format, otherwise we won’t accept it.
- Cache: Any funny behaviors in the process might be due to your browser settings. Clear your cache and cookies and make sure to use Google Chrome for the smoothest auditioning experience (here's How to clear cache files).
If you need to contact us, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hope but don’t expect, look forward but never wait
After you’ve submitted your audition, the process is out of your hands. You’ll have to wait for the buyer to contact you if they want to hire you. It’s very unprofessional to chase buyers down to ask about the status of a project or audition. If a buyer wants to work with you, they’ll contact you to set up the next steps. If you don’t hear back from an audition, move on. We post hundreds of new projects daily and each audition is a new lesson learned. Move on, hone your craft and keep auditioning. Remember that rejection isn’t failure in the voiceover industry.