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If You Want To Lose Your In-Person
Voice Over Auditions, Here's How ...
August 13, 2015

By Hugh Klitzke
Casting Director and Coach

Five things to never do at an in-person voice over audition: 

1. Gossip  
Gossip is like a photocopy. (Remember photocopies?) Repetition after repetition makes the best image distort until it's unrecognizable. That thing you said "as a joke”? Yeah…  

2. Be Distracted
Be present for the opportunity in front of you - not in the headspace of the next thing on your agenda.   

3. Warm Up in the Booth   
Hit the door ready to go. Not almost ready to go.    

4. Lie  
If you can't do Mid-Western or Northern Californian or something else, decline the opportunity graciously and move on. That will get you respect rather than wasting someone's time.    

5. Check Out  
"Well, I can’t do this ... I’m not gonna bother trying … There’s always another … This isn’t why I became an actor …  I don’t really care about this…”

Wanna know who works? People who care.
Hugh P. Klitzke is studio manager and voice casting director for a leading bi-coastal talent agency, who has directed more than 95,000 auditions for all voice over genres. Based in New York City, he is also a coach specializing in teaching voice over for actors, and writes VO4TA, a twice-weekly blog with helpful voice acting tips.


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Comments (2)
Dan Price
8/15/2015 at 12:33 PM
Since I live in a VO dead zone, here in Central Florida, and I'm relatively new to VO, only practicing (2 and change years). I would - as suggested by some of the "Pro's" I keep in contact with, and my mentor - be appropriately dressed, business casual. I don't know any gossip. I'd be warmed up, and ready to enunciate ,do my best to correctly interpret the copy, and follow directions... I'm there to get a job, not mess around. Lying never gets you anywhere! I would give it all I've got to Impress a booth director, or Agent, Audio Engineer, Producer...Just let me, STAND there.
Kent Ingram
8/14/2015 at 7:12 PM
Right on, Hugh! I've always lived by and advised others to do the same: always act like a PROFESSIONAL. Time is not only valuable to YOU, it's money to a studio and production crew.
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