Career Advice for Filmmakers, Actors and Artists

A helpful selection of articles to help you in your career.

Creating a voicereel should not be a posh and stressful process. In fact, tons are often said for going back to basics. Ask yourself, "What makes me the type of voiceover artist someone would want to employ?" Is your unique point your clear, booming voice?

Does your ability to travel from cartoonishly crazy to sensual and seductive in 60 seconds flat set you aside from the others? Perhaps your strongest skill is in how you interact together with your clients, recognising their needs, and using your voice to assist them meet their goals.

The voice reel should quickly deliver a sign of your style, both on and off the mic. It should provides a firm indication of your vocal tone and - from between the lines - speak volumes about your professionalism.

Have a believe the type of labor you want to require . If you are a versatile artist, voicereels are great places to point out off this ability - but remember, casting directors don't need to plough through hours of audio to urge the voice they have , so believe creating variety of tailored voicereels with titles like 'Commercial', 'Corporate' and 'Drama' to extend your exposure. When applying for employment , always point the employer to a tailored voicereel in your gallery that closely matches their role.

Top tips:

  • Make every second earn its keep. Think hard about why you're including each clip. If it doesn't add anything, cut it.
  • Make sure your first few seconds are as strong as they possibly are often . Unfortunately, you cannot assume that anyone goes to twiddling my thumbs with you.
  • Showcase your ability to satisfy an employer's needs. Experienced voiceover artist Jay Britton advises that you simply exerting to match your voice to the product: "[There's] no point putting a Coca-cola advert on your reel if it doesn't sound like a billboard Coca-coca would run!"
  • Prepare a spread of scripts that reflect your different styles. VO artist John Harley suggests that "a good commercial read, an honest corporate read and an honest dramatic read" are "the basic 'building blocks' of a demo."
  • Shop around. Research voice reel companies, and appearance at the artists they need recorded to urge a thought of what they will provide you with .