If You Can't Or Won't Listen As
A Voice Talent, You Won't Make It
April 21, 2016
By Tom Dheere
Voice Actor and Coach
Recently my manager sent a casting notice to their talent roster and asked us to help spread the word.
It was a "seeking non-actors for a TV commercialĒ casting notice, so I posted it in a few places online.
Among the specs were:
I checked what I posted about this job, and as far as I can tell, the specs were pretty clear.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
So, why did people ask to be considered anyway - even through the casting notice clearly disqualified them?
I think itís for one of two reasons:
WASTING EVERYONE'S TIME
I have helped cast numerous on-camera, theater, and voice over projects over the years, and you would be astounded by the number of people who ignore the casting notice specs and submit anyway, thinking that even though weíre not looking for their type for this particular project, weíll consider them anyway.
They are wasting everybodyís time by doing that.
This is why the majority of aspiring actors and voice talents fail: they donít listen. If you canít or wonít take direction regarding the casting notice, why would you listen to anyone when youíre in rehearsal, on set, or in the booth?
Good voice actors are good listeners ALL of the time, not just when itís convenient or important to them.
If you canít or wonít listen as a voice talent, you wonít make it.
Over nearly two decades, Tom Dheere 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, coach at Edge Studio, was the marketing consultant for the Voice Over Virtual online conference, and is also writer/producer of the new sci-fi action comic book Agent 1.22.
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