Auditioning is no doubt one of the most important parts of your job as a voice actor! Some people love auditioning…some people not so much. If you’re a voice actor, chances are you spend a good portion of your day auditioning for work. I did another blog post about auditioning from home a little while back.
Today I wanna talk about doing multiple takes on auditions. And the big question here…should you do multiple takes on auditions? We all wanna be heard. And when you spend the time recording your auditions you hope that each one will always be listened to from start to finish. If you’ve done multiple takes you’re hoping that your listener will at least think one of your takes is spot on for the job right? In a perfect world that would be great.
Unfortunately, today’s world moves faster then a speeding bullet. And the reality is…at least this is what I think…often times your audition doesn’t get listened to in full. Your listener will perhaps go through 5-10 seconds and then decide if you’re “possibly” right for the job or perhaps not. If you are, they may add you to the “short list”. When they go back and listen again, at that point they will more then likely listen in full or least more then 10 seconds worth.
But this brings us to the question of doing multiple takes. If my theory about auditions being listened to for 5-10 seconds is correct…the first thing you have to consider when doing multiple takes is that chances are your additional takes may never see the light of day. So more often then not I usually only do one take. Yep. One take is really the norm for me. That said if you wanna do additional takes here’s a couple of ways I approach it.
Make sure that take one is what you think is the “money read”. Always approach it from a winner take all perspective. Assume that your first take is all ya get. So send your best stuff right off the bat.
If you do send more then one take I follow some guidelines depending on how long the script is. Short scripts up to 15 seconds…up to three takes. 30 seconds…no more then 2 takes. And 60 seconds or above…absolutely no more then 2 takes and one take is probably the best approach when it’s a long script.
Try your best to really give your listener something different if you give multiple takes. You may think your takes sound completely different but chances are they’re not as diverse as you might think. The last thing you wanna do is have your listener go through your whole audition only to come to the conclusion that take two and three sound almost identical to take one. So really make a conscious effort to make sure take two and three are different.
As mentioned earlier, more often then not I’m a one take kind of guy.This isn’t to say you shouldn’t do multiple takes…it probably won’t hurt you.There are certainly times where I do multiple takes.But when time is a factor consider that doing multiple takes may not be the best use of that time.Be bold in your choices.Know what you wanna do.Do it with confidence.And try to get it done the first time around.Take one is key…everything else is just icing on the cake.Bake the cake first…then worry about the icing!