Auditions are the life-changing events in one’s life, says Peter Salzano a famous blogger and a voice-over actor by profession. Preparations and tips to perform better are what an aspiring voice actor keeps looking for until the last minute before the audition. This happens with everyone and each one going for an audition needs some help and motivation in form of the tip and other information that is necessary for one to know before going for an audition.
As a voice-over actor, Peter Salzano feels that the tips by experts or the experience shared by the people who went for the audition are considered as material for preparing for the audition by the aspiring ones.
To help you with the preparations for your voice over auditions here are some tips shared by Peter Salzano that you shall consider:
Get in Character
A perfect audition does not exist, sometimes an audition can end as soon as you read the first word of the script. That one word can do wonder, but for that, you need to be ready. Generally, at first, you are nervous and may require one more take to bring out the best in you. But this golden opportunity may not come your way.
You should be in character before the audition starts so that the very first word or sentence can be delivered as perfectly as required. Don’t wait for a second chance, just keep one thing in mind that you do not have the whole script. The only dialogue you have is the first few words of the script, so make them perfect.
Say the Words Right
Another important thing to remember is that you pronounce the words correctly. Be sure that you pronounce the product name correctly, as that is the deciding factor.
In case you are confused about how the words are pronounced, take help from Google or before the audience starts to take help from the audition staff there who provides you with the script.
Besides keeping the focus on the pronunciation, look for performance clues in the script itself.
Briefly Slate in Character
If you have given an audition before you will know what slate is. But for those who are going for an audition for the first time, let me brief you about the term slate. Your name and the character you are auditioning for is but on the slate that you hold before you start with your audition.
This is a golden chance for you to put front your talent and be in the character. This will help you quickly transition into the script. Keep the slate brief and don’t overthink.
Generally, we get a little nervous at the audition and in the pressure to give our best we sometimes unintentionally ignore the directions that are given to us.
But this should not be done, casting directors’ directions are important to be followed, so just remember to pay attention to what they say.
Study the Casting Spec and Script
The auditions of a voice-over actor are usually reviewed by the copywriter that wrote the script. The writer writes the casting spec ( it is generally a short project synopsis). It is your best way to know what the writer is looking for as you may find some extra details as well.
Also, there are many clues in the script too, so reading the script carefully is the primary requirement to understand the character and to decide if you want to do this or not.
These are the top five tips for a voice over audition, other than this just remember to give your best and do not lose hope. There are thousands of opportunities that will come your way, some will be rejected by you, some will be passed on by you, and some you may miss, but surely you will achieve what you are looking for, says Peter Salzano a professional voice-over actor and producer.