Audio: Being Able to Live Up to Your Voiceover Demo

by Kevin Delaney

At a Webinar I hosted with my VO agent Ilko Drozdoski (part of my Voiceover Demo Domination program), Ilko and I talked about the importance of having an awesome demo that accurately represents your abilities & talent. Check out this clip… (4 minutes)

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It’s a frustrating phenomenon, but sometimes an artist will have a demo that’s better than he or she is. The agent hears the demo, falls in love — only the artist isn’t able to reproduce the high level of quality heard on the demo.

Voiceover Demo DominationI caution artists not to make a demo — indeed, not to begin marketing themselves professionally at all — until they’re prepared and able to work at a high professional level.

It’s possible to craft a demo that sounds much better than the person whom it’s intended to represent. Such a demo isn’t a marketing tool, it’s false advertising.

You can still join Voiceover Demo Domination! As soon as you register, you’ll get instant access to 6 recorded audio Webinars, plus admission to upcoming members-only Webinars! (This Sunday we’ve got Steve Reisberg, booth director & “gatekeeper” at the famed TGMD Agency in Hollywood.)

For full info & to sign up, visit www.VODemoDomination.com

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Bair November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

Ooooh man this is exactly right where the rubber meets the road kind of info. The nitty gritty real world stuff. Good to know the agents dilemma. So important to deliver.

Dan Friedman November 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for bringing this issue back into the spotlight Kevin. I wrote a blog about this back in January. Check it out if you get a chance.

http://sound4vo.com/are-you-ready-to-make-a-voiceover-demo/

Dan Friedman
http://www.sound4vo.com
http://www.procommvoices.com

Dana Detrick-Clark November 21, 2011 at 4:36 am

Thank you for this! As a producer, there have been several occasions where I’ve been sold on a talent’s demo and gear list – and lived to regret it! If you can’t reproduce the quality of your demo in a real-life situation, don’t use it until you can. It wastes your clients’ time and money and ultimately makes you memorable – for the WRONG reasons!

Garrett July 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I think it is very important to have a demo that is accurate of your abilities. I recently ran into an issue where a client wanted to use a particular artist based on his VO demo. It really sounded great, BUT, when it came time to do the job, it wasn’t so good. The audio quality was poor and his voice sounded nothing like it did in the demo. I always want to deliver the best product possible and we had to redo the project out of pocket.

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