"I have a home recording studio and SFX library. I can produce my first VO demo for NOTHING!"
Produce your own voice over demo and that's exactly what you'll get in terms of work...NOTHING! I listen to dozens of demos a month and I can spot a home-made demo like it's a pink toupee.
You are competing globally, no matter where you live.
That means that you are competing with the best and most experienced talent out there. Those other talent have professionally produced demos that SOUND professionally produced. That means that their cuts are varied in terms of: 1) target audience, 2) production sweetening (sfx & music) and 3) vocal/acting skill and delivery. If you can't convince a listener that the first 2 cuts of your demo were created for actual broadcast use (TV, Radio, Internet), it will be deleted after listening to those first 2 cuts. Sometimes after listening to the first cut.
Your demo will be out there for a very long time if you market it the way you should
- (to everyone you know, every recording studio in your region, every producer, ad agency & talent agent you can get to listen or house it)
It tells the world "This is the best (Your Name Here) can do". Make sure that you showcase your best as great as the rest! Have your very first demo produced at a full service recording studio, with a professional engineer and experienced director.
After that first demo is produced, all you'll need to do is update it now and then with REAL work, from then on. And you won't need a director for that!
Google "full service, recording studios" or "professional recording studios"
in your area and be sure to listen to the demo's they've produced. If you can recognize their work, you're off to a great start.
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