In the world of voiceover performance, auditioning is a critical component of booking roles. As performers, we tend to focus on delivering a flawless, seamless, and calculated performance that honors the writer's intent. However, this approach can actually make our auditions forgettable and bland. In a sea of hundreds of auditions, what sets yours apart?
The Element Of Surprise
One key element that can make a significant difference is unpredictability. In animation, being predictable is the last thing you want to be. You must keep the listener guessing by introducing twists, turns, peaks, and valleys into your voiceover performance. To stand out from the crowd, you need to be one step ahead of the listener, creating a unique experience that leaves them on the edge of their seats.
Creative & Authentic Choices
Another essential element is authentic creativity. Your goal in every voiceover audition is to bring the character to life, making the dialog leap off the page and painting a vivid scene. To achieve this, you must take the writer's words and deliver a performance that is interesting, unique, and authentic. Avoid making bizarre voice acting choices just for the sake of being different. Everything you do must come from an honest place and convince the listener that you are the character.
Leave Fun Little Gifts For Your Listeners
Finally, strive to leave a lasting impression by leaving a "nugget" of gold in each audition. This might be a short ad-lib, vocalization, or unique affectation that is specific to the character. By doing so, you create a memorable experience that sticks in the listener's mind long after the audition has ended.
To book animation roles, you must commit to making each audition memorable. Your delivery should be so one-of-a-kind that the listener can't imagine anyone else in the role. By introducing unpredictability, demonstrating authentic creativity, and leaving gifts for your listeners, you can increase your chances of booking the role and creating a lasting impression on the casting team.