It has been longer than I thought since I updated this blog. I do have a few good reasons however. The first is that I just don't want to update without a good reason. The second is I have been busy on several other voiceover endeavors. To be succinct, I have been auditioning and recording like mad. I am now recording and editing my third audiobook, the Herald of Autumn, which is going quite well. This project will be much of what I will be doing over my holiday break.
Secondly, I have been striving to make sure that I audition every day that I can. Why? When I launched my little voiceover empire, I decided that I must treat auditioning as a daily routine. Primary profession skills and habits should be cultivated from the outset, and must be incorporated into one's life, no matter if one has a busy day in one's day job, or feel like one can't press on through indolence or fear.
Auditioning is an important skill for acting. The most obvious reason is that jobs will not just come to the vast majority of us. We must find them. Secondly, consistency is king in any profession. When we audition, we aren't just auditioning for this job. We are auditioning with and towards future jobs with the client.
As mentioned previously, we must audition constantly to overcome fears and prejudices. We may have fears of being inadequate., a prejudice of slanting towards reading only certain kinds of scripts. We need to audition to learn to speak other people's words with our voices. Auditioning makes us strong that way, through the twists and turns of the tongue and sentences, the long run-on sentences, strange accents and demeanors we have to tap into to make a project work.
Auditions help us rise to the challenge. When one encounters similar scenarios in the future, we've be more ready for them, more able as actors. And worrying about being inadequate? Well, maybe you and I are inadequate, or maybe we aren't. But we won't know until we lay the tracks down and give it a go.
It's important that after we listen, we listen to the auditions again before we send it to the clien. We need to listen and cultivate with a critical ear towards our own work. To try to understand what strengths and weaknesses we have, and what we need to work on.
We may even be lucky to receive critical feedback from our audition, which is extremely helpful. The more we audition, the greater chance we have at landing jobs, establishing clientele and long standing relationships within the voiceover community.
When we are new in a group, we have to many times just jump up and down like crazy to get noticed. Because this is a business also, clients will most likely be hesitant to hire us. But one thing that can help is up showing up again, and again, and again in their auditions. Because then, they know we are at least taking the process seriously. And by sheer attrition (and of course excellent auditioning!), our names will be increasingly burned into their minds. Then someone will give us a chance to prove our worth.
In conclusion, we all have to pay the gatekeepers of our profession, more so in the beginning but truthfully even when our careers become more mature. This is a just and fair process. The benefit for us newer voice talent is that the seemingly slow going process in the beginning gives us time to grow in our art and craft. Later, the auditioning process also keeps us humble even if we should be fortunate to rise enough to make a full time profession of our aspirations.
So hail to the audition! May it continue to help us in all aspects of our acting careers!