You Have to Know When to Stop
Posted By Rodney Saulsberry
Most of our auditions these days are recorded in our homes. And what do we do? We beat ourselves up, doing take after take after take.
You have to know when to stop. Just because you send out only 2 to 3 takes to your agent or online audition website, don't think I don't know what really goes on in your home studio. You are continuously recording takes because you are never quite satisfied. I feel your pain, I know your pain, but you have to know when to stop.
Did you know that your first takes are often your best takes? First of all, you are at your strongest vocally at the beginning of the recording process. The first takes are not overly rehearsed. They are not perfect. There is something authentic about the imperfect performances that turn out to be the best performances.
There will always be in our minds, better takes in the middle and at the end of a recorded audition at home. We feel that way because we figure they have to be better, because we were more familiar with the copy. However, you should always consider including one of those first takes in your submission of only 2 to 3 takes on an MP3. Why? Because there is something spontaneous and magical about those first takes that shouldn't stay locked up in a home studio.
Save time and your voice by trusting that you got it right the first few times. Don't burn yourself out. You have to know when to stop.
Rodney Saulsberry is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country. He is also a published author of two voice over books, You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step Up to the Mic. He is currently the voice of Zatarain's, Instant Tax Service and Interactive Brokers.
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