Why Would You Want To Turn Down
A Voice Over Audition? Let's See ...
By Tom Dheere
Voice Actor & Coach
Do you receive notices about auditions for voice over jobs that you don't want to do?
Me? All the time.
I get auditions from my manager, multiple agents and regular clients pretty much every day - and I often turn some down.
1. The rate is too low.
Most of the time I just delete it, but if the rate is outrageously low (like for a national chain) sometimes I'll make mention.
BTW: Often the voice seeker adds a note in the casting notice like,
Notes like that have shown up more and more over the past few years.
2. I'm not right for the role.
Recently I got two casting notices and the voice references were Michael Clarke Duncan, Ving Rhames and Dennis Haysburt.
These guys are wonderful but they all have VERY deep voices. If I try to mimic them I sound like a 19-year old trying to get served at a bar.
3. I'm not comfortable with the terms.
Honorable Mention #1:
Sometimes I'm too busy recording actual voice over bookings and I don't have time to do some of the auditions that come my way. A good problem!
Honorable Mention #2:
I'll get auditions for cartoons or video games that will wreck my voice for the rest of the day, so I just don't do them.
That may sound like sacrilege to you who dream of booking those genres, but tough choices have to be made sometimes. Yes, I try to save them until the end of the day, but sometimes I'm gassed out after a full day of recording and I just can't do the required exertions.
Honorable Mention #3:
Sometimes I've had political objections with the company the voice over is for: which causes they donates to, candidates or values they support, etc.
HOW TO REJECT THEM ...
If you get auditions that you don't wanna do, don't do them.
Should you let the voice seeker know that you won't do certain auditions they've sent you? It depends.
Over more than two decades, Tom Dheere - AKA 'The VO Strategist' - has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries and voiced more than 40 audiobooks. He is also a voice over business consultant, a coach at Edge Studio, was the marketing consultant for the Voice Over Virtual online conference, and is also writer/producer of the sci-fi action comic book Agent 1.22.
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