How do I make a voice demo?
Some people were born with a talent for doing voice work. However, even those talented few find it extremely beneficial to take courses in speech, voice and diction. If you have this type of training, or even if you are just starting, your next step should be to cut a voice demo. There is quite a lot of work in voice: it's a lot of fun and you could make a carrer out of it or just a hobby.
Your demo should consist of approximately 2 to 5 minutes worth of various texts and demonstrations of unique character voices (accents, cartoon voices, etc...)
Voice demos typically consist of:
1 15 or 30-second radio commercial
1 30-second documentary style narration
1 30-second corporate video style narration
1 30-second book excerpt
1 30-second monologue
3-5 short segments of character voices or accents
Do not just send a bunch a commercials. That will only limit what you will be considered for.
Do not try to do something that is beyond your abilities. If you cannot do a TRULY CONVINCING Scottish accent then DON'T DO IT!
Stick to the things that will make you shine.
We highly recommend that your demo be recorded at a professional recording studio. There are many studios in Montreal that can all be found in the Yellow Pages. Most studios charge between $50 and $200 dollars per hour. Of course, you can record from your home PC and send us an e-mail containing a few samples of your voice. It won't sound as professional, but it would give us an idea of what you can do.
Take the time to select your segments wisely and according to the type of voice you have. Once you have selected your material, PRACTICE, PRACTICE and PRACTICE!!! That way you will become comfortable with your chosen material and your voice demo will sound that much better. Additionally, it will reduce your time in the studio. If you are well prepared, your demo should not take any longer to record than approximately 30 minutes, however the entire process including editing can take up to 2 hours. Finally, it is important that all segments be saved as separate MP3s files on a CD ROM.
Once you have multiple copies of your voice demo, it will be your responsibility to distribute them directly to all the casting directors in town or through a talent agent.
Voice demos services provided by Agile Sound Studio - 400$
Please contact us at 514.940.0514 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Offer includes: Private coaching session 1h before recording. Texts are included
-30 second narration
-Characters (max 3)
-Professional audio engineer for recording session
-In-studio voice director
-MP3 or WAV files
Want to do a voice audition but it is too far or you are not available on the date your agent would like to send you?
Self-voice audition in our studio: $50 and we email it to you and your agent in wave or mp3.