The first part is two private sessions, with a voiceover audition coach.
These one-hour sessions take place on separate days, via Zoom.
- Private session 1 – Technique drill: You and your coach will quickly identify which voiceover genres are most relevant for you to audition in (e.g.: commercial, audiobook, animation, documentary, corporate, eLearning). This is always important – matching your pursuits to your interests and capabilities and to the VO marketplace is a key part of the Edge Studio coaching curriculum.
- Find out what it is that you need to know.
- Learn to determine which posted voice acting auditions will be most relevant to you.
- Know which genres might have less competition.
- Identify voiceover auditions where it might be easier to stand out from the crowd.
Then, using actual audition scripts, your coach will drill you on groundwork techniques.
- You’ll get straightforward feedback
- Audition script break-down and analysis
- And you’ll get direction to help you submit more marketable auditions
Let’s repeat that – It is SO important to have this insight before you begin auditioning. The industry is full of talent who don’t know what they don’t know … but think they do. As a result, they make performing and technical mistakes that instantly brand them as less than fully professional.
Even if you have experience in a related field (say theater acting, corporate presentation, singing, disc jockeying, comedy, improv, reciting poetry, even the debate club), it can cause you to overestimate what you think you know. This session will fill in your knowledge gaps, in areas that can make or break your audition. Without this knowledge, you might fail every audition you enter. With this insight, winning your first job or two should pay for this course, as you go on to greater auditioning success.
- Private session 2 – Audition drill: This is critical. Your coach will focus on “best practices” audition techniques specific to your most marketable genres. You will learn how to provide clean, clear, useful audition recordings. You’ll also come to understand why this is so important in attracting the attention of voiceover agents, voiceover casting pros, and clients at online pay-to-play casting sites. You need to pay close attention to this if you want them to pay attention to you! And surprise!In addition to providing simulated client-direction, your coach will also work with you on SELF-direction. Because that’s how virtually every audition works. When recording your voice in your home studio, nobody is there to guide you. This is one of the most valuable takeaways from this program.The Edge Studio teaching process and learning techniques ensure you’ll know how to:
- Select the auditions you have the best chance of booking
- Incorporate “best practices” when auditioning
- Follow the audition instructions fully and correctly while adding your personal interpretation
- See what opportunities for ingenuity exist in the script
- Self-direct, and “hear” your own performance objectively
- Submit auditions at online pay-to-play casting sites for the best chance of getting heard
- All that, and more
Part two is three group classes, with voiceover experts.
These 90-minute group classes ALL INCLUDE Q&A TIME, and take place on separate days, via Zoom.
As with Edge Studio’s core VO training, group classes can be equally instructive as VO education. You’ll benefit from seeing how other students respond to direction, what choices they make, and what questions they think to ask. Some choices will be typical ones – possibly the audition choices to avoid – others are often idea-inspiring, that you hadn’t thought of.
These group classes will be conducted remotely, covering all three essential auditioning considerations:
- Important VO techniques
- Factors that help your auditions meet clients expectations in performance, clarity, and professionalism
- Creating a home studio on a small budget
- Group Class 1 – Technique 101 Fundamentals: In order to audition in more genres and expand your audition reach, it’s necessary to review industry-wide techniques. These are core principle techniques that apply to nearly every voice acting audition and recording job.Learning these generally applicable techniques helps voice actors supplement their voice acting income by working in numerous genres. It will also help you record in more styles for clients in your core genre(s). Many of these techniques are common to most or even all voiceover applications (as opposed to techniques and practices that are specific to auditioning). Even veteran voice actors benefit from reviewing these fundamentals. (We know – a lot of working VO pros come to Edge Studio for refresher lessons to spot and fix bad habits, and to expand their capabilities.)And some techniques are especially important in certain genres. For example, the audience’s mindset for a commercial is different than with a training video. Your mindset needs to take that into account. This session covers the full gamut of such VO techniques.
- Group Class 2 – Audition 101 Fundamentals: What do active, successful pros know about auditioning that you don’t … yet? Quite a lot, actually. There are a lot of standard practices that are not mentioned in audition instructions. And a lot to be read between the lines.In this session, you’ll learn to interpret typical client audition expectations so you’re on par with long-time pros. Learn how to break down client directions into functional bits, to figure out what the client expects to hear. Learn script analysis and how to know the copywriter’s intent. Learn what technical audio editing is expected (in fact, essential to winning most auditions) and how to do it. For example, breath removal – when should your remove breaths, and when not? Learn two proof-listening techniques (the audio equivalent of proofreading) that catch a surprising number of errors. Learn about audio file formatting, to ensure your audition is accepted. And learn a whole bunch of “been there, done that” tips.By incorporating these practices and avoiding classic audition errors, you’ll skip the trial-and-error phase of self-education. It’s critical that you and your recording sound fully professional, and avoid marking yourself as an amateur.
- Group Class 3 – Home Studio 101 Fundamentals: If you do a great read, but the quality of your recording is technically insufficient, it will likely cost you the job. Even if the actual job will be recorded at the client’s studio, your audition should sound technically good enough to be considered professional. The good news is that you can easily create a broadcast-quality home studio – for under $250. This class will explain how to outfit a nook in your home, converting it into a high-level, broadcast-quality home studio space. You’ll also learn how to use it for auditioning and recording paid jobs.
This program can pay for itself with your first successful audition.
Schedule and register now.