18/07/08 Researching into demos.....................wishing I was in L.A, and reading voice over guides!!

Today I have been researching demos, and pouting that I don't live in L.A. I feel so determined to move there, allowing me to go circling things in newspapers, and finding an agent................. but no, I have to slow down, and relax. These things don't happen overnight. I'm doing a Creative Writing course at University, and am on the verge of taking my second year.

I'll go to America, but after I've got my degree. I'm only 19, I have time to do things. I'm sure I am not the only person here though that is determined to make it into the competitive world of cartoons and audio books.

Anyway, I'm also planning on making my demo for my page. I've researched on the net about demos, and saw that you need a professional client to put something together, but I'm sure I would be able to make something relatively good on Dad's recording studio. We'll have to see. So far I have planned out lots of character demos, animation demos, narratives/trailers/and advertising demos. I'll let you know how it goes.

I've read "Making Money In Voice Overs" by Terri Apple (the voice of Tommy Pickles from the Rugrats) and I recieved Rodney Saulsberry's "You can bank on your voice" which has been equally helpful and informative.

Yesterday, I recorded a whole strand of voices on my phone, when I was running the bath. (Well, it's a way of passing the time!!) and am eager to get going with these demos. I have 'Audacity' but I don't know whether recording the demos on this programme will be ok for uploading to the site? If anyone has any thoughts on this, please let me know. I'm just a beginner and would appreciate the help. :)

Will keep you posted.

Edit: Due to what Philip Banks said, I have given my details to VoX Training who are sending me an information pack. Thanks for referring me to them, they look really good! :)

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Comment by Rachel Brooker on July 18, 2008 at 1:41pm
Thanks so much everyone!! Your advice is greatly appreciated and I will contact A1Vox training for more info and prices. Oh and Michael, thanks for your reassurance, I think I just felt overwhelmed by all the events and classes that happen in the US. It's so good I can get to speak to you all about this, and James, I'm relieved Audacity will be fine. Thanks again, people.
Comment by James Clamp on July 18, 2008 at 1:17pm
Audacity is fine, Rachel, an mp3 with a bit rate of 160 or higher (320 is the highest) is perfectly acceptable for auditions. Also, at this rate, they will open quickly when people click on them. You can control all these things via the Preferences section in Audacity. James
Comment by Michael Schoen on July 18, 2008 at 1:11pm
Keep in mind, being in L-A, you are also competing with many young people, such as yourself. It's not so easy to get an agent.
As far as going it alone and posting -- also keep in mind you only get one chance to make a first impression. You should find a professional to work with -- and spend a few pesos to gain the skills to make a good demo. Agents don't easily listen to unsolicited materials -- and when they do, they have to be blown away early on -- else they hit the stop button.
These days, you can work in voiceover from wherever you are -- once you have the skills and the minimal amount of professional grade equipment and the smarts to connect with people doing the hiring.
Best of luck. It's not easy -- but it is a wonderful profession.

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