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How To Ace the Audition # 12
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'Did You Look At
The Storyboard?'
Stephen DeAngelis
Casting Director
Grey Worldwide
By John Florian
"I'll ask people, 'Did you look at the storyboard? Do you have any questions (about the script)?' " says Stephen DeAngelis, a long-time veteran of casting for voice, on-camera and theater.
"And they'll go, 'Oh no, I didn't look.'
Or, 'No, I'm just going to do it'" – meaning, wing it from the script.
"OK, that's fine. But I'll have more opportunity to help when I know what you're thinking," says DeAngelis, who casts for Grey Worldwide, New York.
DeAngelis wants to dig out the best in you.
"If I know where you're coming from (in interpreting the copy), then I know the why of what you're doing," he explains.
"If we need to make an adjustment, I can give you direction relative to that – and not lose the elements I like of what you are doing."
Therein lies the importance of knowing the storyboard, if available, and of mining the script for imagery.
"You have to be very specific about the function of the voice relative to the picture," he says. "You need to show humanity, as a bridge to the audience watching the commercial."
What will ace an audition?
"Oh God, it's so subjective," DeAngelis says. But a "distinct edge" goes to talent with an "internal clock" – to people "who know how to deliver the copy within the timeframe given."
And what do people do wrong?
"They spend way too much time socializing in the waiting room, rather than seeing if a storyboard has been posted" or studying the script.
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Comments (8)
Mary Ann Keiser
4/20/2017 at 7:19 PM
Very good article and advice. Thank you. I read all of your pieces and I appreciate learning from you.
Thank you.
Jim Rogers
5/4/2014 at 11:40 AM
Yes, Stephen is spot-on regarding the importance of a storyboard, studying the script and the importance of an "internal clock."

Are there actually practicing voice artists who don't know [or neglect] these necessities? If there are, they're probably too lazy to be seeking advice!

Gina Lynn
6/11/2011 at 9:32 AM
Excellent advice! And yes, actors do spend a lot of time socializing before auditions. Even in theater :)
5/9/2011 at 4:10 PM
very good
Mark Maurer
3/23/2011 at 4:11 PM
The 'internal clock' thought in Stephen's missive here is excellent; instinctively knowing how to 'string those pearls' (words) effectively within a given time frame and still convey the message.
jill goldman
9/21/2010 at 8:17 AM
excellent advice, mr. deangelis - thank you so much! i'll look forward to checking out storyboards in the future. my guess is it also helps the people you are working with know that you take your job seriously and understand the ins and outs of what goes into doing a quality job.

thanks again,
jill goldman
John Florian
12/7/2009 at 10:31 AM

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Phoebe Roome
12/7/2009 at 10:09 AM
I am with Voice 123...I have a BAD system...when I record it always has background hums Could you tell me exactly what to p urchase (not too expensive) so I can do fine auditions from home? I am not an ENGINEER and it has to be easy...or else I have to go to the studio..which I do , when the job pays over $500.00 thanks Phoebe
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