If you are already a Premium member, your profile is complete and your demos were uploaded (ideally one per every recording purpose you offer on 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 clients who’ve hired you before or found you in our Voice Actor database using our search function. Sometimes, clients will send you a message with a link and verification code. These are still considered direct invitations even though they don't show up in your Invitation Inbox and will appear in your Audition Outbox once you've auditioned.
SmartCast invitations are sent by our patented algorithm that matches Voice actors to projects posted based on the requirements for each casting.
Because all invitations are time sensitive, we recommend submitting auditions as soon as possible, especially Smartcast invitations which are sent in batches. Make sure to link your Voice123 account to an email that you check often.
SmartCast makes sure that auditions don’t turn into cattle calls and that we’re sending you auditions that best match your talents. Be selective and audition for projects that you truly believe you're a great fit for in order to keep your auditioning percentage below 200%. We recommend auditioning between 1 to 3 times a day. If you over audition, you run the risk of receiving fewer and fewer SmartCast invitations.
It might sound counter-intuitive not to audition for every opportunity that comes your way, but think of it this way: the more selective, the higher the chances that you'll be a better fit for the job.
Recording a Custom Demo
Some clients will ask you to send a generic demo as your audition. In this case, choose a demo from your profile that’s similar to the project you’re auditioning for.
If a client asks for a custom demo, you’ll have to record a short snip of the script they’ve provided. There’s a time limit on auditions so make sure you see the script (available on the project posting) before you go to the “Submit Audition/Proposal” page.
Prepare the Custom Demo and keep in mind the following:
- Watermark your audition: 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. We encourage this practice for auditions to prevent clients from using your sample without compensation.
- Read only part of the script: Statistically, clients only listen to the first 7 seconds of audio before deciding if they like it or not. Read only a part of the script to prevent spending too much time auditioning and to protect yourself from having clients use your audition as is.
- Record several takes: This allows clients to see a variety of ways you can read the script and gives you a better chance of finding what a client 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. 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 for submitting an audition, the process is quite easy.
If the client 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. 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 2MB
- 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.
If the project is a fixed rate, you'll see what the client is willing to pay for the project. 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 the turnaround will take you. 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.
- SmartCast invitation limit: If a client is only looking for 10 auditions, only 10 will be accepted even if the deadline is in the future.
- 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 email@example.com!
Hope but don’t expect, look forward but never wait
After you submit your audition, the process is out of your hands. You’ll have to wait for the client 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 go over 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 a failure in the voiceover industry.