Your Voice Over Demo

Your professionally produced voice over demo is your calling card to a lucrative and successful voice over career. Just as actors and models need professional headshots, you need a voice over demo that showcases your voice and puts you in the best possible light.

You simply cannot succeed in voice over without it.

When you're ready to record your demo, you deserve the best. After all, voice buyers will make a yes or no decision within the first few seconds of hearing your voice.

Here are my guidelines for producing a voice over demo that will get you noticed and get you work.

1. Do not record your demo at home
When you do your demo, you want to be focused on one thing and one thing only: giving the best possible performance. Even though your home studio may sound good, for the all-important demo session, you don't want to have to worry about being producer, director, audio engineer and talent at the same time. Do yourself a favor and book studio time in a professional studio for your demo session. Don't choose a music studio. Choose a studio near you that specializes in spoken word. This type of studio will have the proper microphones and the right kind of sound isolation booth.

2. Record your demo with an experienced coach/director
It's almost impossible to direct yourself, especially if you're inexperienced. You need an experienced voice over coach to direct your demo. The best coaches will help you select the best possible scripts and prepare you for your demo session ahead of time so you can go into the studio relaxed and assured that you'll do your best.

3. Niche your demo
There are 14 niche markets in voice over and voice buyers are looking for specialists in every niche. Instead of recording a demo where you do a little bit of everything, you'll be much more successful if you record specific demos for various niche markets. Our students typically begin with a Commercial and a Non-broadcast corporate demo. Other popular niche markets include: E-learning, Medical, Political, Telephony and Audio books, although we don't recommend that beginners record an audio book demo as their first demo.

4. Make sure your demo spots are fully produced
Listen to commercials on TV and Radio. They typically have music, and sometimes sound effects, behind the voice. The proper choice of production music is key to make you demo sound like real spots that ran on the air.

5. Keep your demo short, sweet and to the point.
The optimum length for a demo is :60-:90. Demos typically feature 4-5 selections within that time frame.

6. Show as much range as possible within the niche
Vary point of view (in the action or outside observer), voice quality (hard or soft sell), type of product or client, real person or character.

TIP: Even corporate audio uses character types to make their productions more engaging.

At the Great Voice Company we offer a variety of custom training and demo packages that may even include a ticket to one of our upcoming Voice Over Bootcamps! To find out more, call us at 800-333-8108 x229, info@greatvoice.com or send us your contact information below:

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