100+ auditions... still no work.

guylanglois
guylanglois Member, Voices_Premium

Hello,

I've created my account a couple of weeks ago. I've been a professionnal voice actor for 10 years, working both in English (North American accent) and French (my native language).

I've submitted more than 100 auditions over the course of 2 weeks and a half, with an average of 7 auditions/day. So far, I've been shortlisted only once, and half of my auditions haven't been listened to. Which is kind of frustrating.

I always try to be in the middle range in terms of prices, and I also work with professionnal equipment. My profile is completed and my submissions are always detailed. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'm starting to feel this platform is eating a lot of my time for mediocre results... Any tips? Thanks.

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  • chriselle
    chriselle Member, Voices_Premium
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    I'm in a similar situation. I hope you get an answer!

  • Andrew Zuber
    Andrew Zuber Administrator
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    Hi @guylanglois, thanks for posting about this. You certainly have the skills, experience, and equipment to earn work, and it's clear that your profile and demos don't leave anything lacking, which is the common first issue to come from these sorts of frustrations.

    I can only assure you that you're on the right track, especially with the work ethic on display to pump out that many auditions over that short time. My recommendation if you continue to feel frustrated at the lack of results is to speak with a member of our talent team directly at [email protected] They will be able to provide more direct feedback about how you can see the success that you are on the road to achieving.

  • timbrefox
    timbrefox Member, Voices_Premium
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    Dude, I'm at almost 700 auditions and only one paying job. There were some very good reads in there. I have tweaked, replaced, upgraded, changed almost everything a dozen times. I've been told by the talent team that my stuff sounds great. I have gone to outside sources with auditions and been told I have exactly what's needed. I put in an audition with 100% match, nail the read, it's getting listened to....nothing. I feel the clients just go with who they know. How you get 5 star reviews and great testimonials, I'll never know. I did one job. The client was thrilled. I gave above and beyond what was requested of me and even asked the client if they wouldn't mind tossing a rating and or review my way to help attract these clients with blinders on. Nope, nothing. I have been doing this full time for 12-16 hours a day, 10-20 auditions per day for 5 months...I've changed my profile, 20 times, my proposals 20 times.... It's just not open for anyone to jump into. very clichy.

  • timbrefox
    timbrefox Member, Voices_Premium
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    …and I’ve invested between 8-10k bucks in my gear and room.

  • essynuves
    essynuves Member, Voices_Guest
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    That appears to be a problems with many apps that say they can get you work from home. They set up the app, we pay, and they leave it up to you to hit or miss. Maybe these jobs aren't real. Could be.......that would suck!

  • Andrew Zuber
    Andrew Zuber Administrator
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    @essynuves I can assure you the jobs are real!

    However, the reality is that voice acting and voice over is a competitive creative industry. Simply signing up and being on the platform is not a guarantee that clients will decide to hire you. To make a comparison: buying a guitar and writing a song does not mean that you will immediately be played on the radio. There are high end professionals with plenty of experience also putting in the time and hours to land work in the industry.

    It is going to sound reductive, and probably not be the "Just do ___ and the success if bound to follow!" immediate fix most hope to find, but the reality is that continuing to put in the work day in and day out is the only way to have continued success, not just on our platform, but in making this a serious legitimate career path. It is, at the risk of borrowing a cliche, a marathon and not a sprint.

  • ekgabriel
    ekgabriel Member, Voices_Platinum
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    @guylanglois , @chriselle , @timbrefox OK, so here’s the easy way to book work on Voices…..Be the right voice, with the right read, recorded in the right room on the right equipment, at the right budget, and deliver it to the client at the exact right time. So simple isn’t it! Look, I’m not Brad Ziffer, Dean Wendt, or David Kaplan (the male talent big hitters on voices…look ‘em up THEY ARE AWESOME!) but this is what you have to do. If you don’t check any one of those boxes, you may miss out on the job. But you have to keep in mind that there are tons of great talents on this site that are checking all those boxes…so even if you do too, the client may just prefer another voice. You have to play with all these things until you start booking. Easiest thing to knock out first is the room and equipment…get with an engineering buddy or pay one to listen to and critique your quality of recording. Take all suggestions to fix your room and/or your gear. The harder part is the read. I hear so many people that say: “I have a great read, I know it!” When in reality it’s, um, well, not. If you have your gear dialed in and you still aren’t booking, move on to fixing your read with a coach. It may take a few tries to get a good match, but the right coach is well worth it!  Moving on from that…When I was starting out on Voices I would always be at the low end of the budget, because I was saying: “Hey, here’s a reason to take a chance on someone without a lot of reviews (or no reviews)”. Still not booking? Make sure you are one of the first ten applicants for the posting. Yes, that means you need to be able to knock out a great audition in just a few minutes. I read EVERY JOB I WANT TO BOOK, but sometimes I do a poor read, or after editing say to myself: “Jeez, I guess I can’t pull that off” and DON’T SEND IT. Read all you want, but never send a bad audition…a bad reputation is as bad as a good reputation is good…And there’s also offering some things that not all talents (even the tenured ones) have, like SourceConnect and phone patch capabilities. Aside from that it’s cranking out the auditions and getting better. And there is only ever one person to blame when I don’t book a gig and that is me (and I don’t book a ton, and I mean a ton, of gigs for which I’ve auditioned). There are so many, many talented people in this industry and more are joining everyday. So I have to be better today than I was yesterday, and that falls on me. Truth is, this is a very competitive industry and not all will be able to make a living doing it, but it is absolutely possible! Keep with it and see where it takes you….best of luck!