Auditions are Like Dates
Auditions are like dating and LinkedIn is like Tinder.
In this strange example, I’m on LinkedIn and say I post a voice over project that I worked on recently. Now instead of swiping right (or is it left, I’ve never been on Tinder) you send me a direct message, we start a conversation, then you have me audition your project.
At this point, you think I sound good, there’s an attraction, but am I crazy…are you crazy? That’s why we go on our coffee date or audition.
During the audition you are trying to figure out if my voice will fit your project, but I also have a feeling you are trying to see:
What does my studio really sound like?
How long will it take for me to respond?
Do I ask good questions?
Do I seek clarification?
Do I self-direct well?
Do I give you multiple takes?
How’s are my production skills?
How do I interpret your script?
How do I deliver the audio?
How do I follow up?
Am I annoying to work with?
Am I crazy?
Do I mess up? And if I do mess it up, how do I handle it? (Because we’re all humans here, I believe it’s all in the recovery.
SO that’s what you are trying to figure out about me.
Here’s what I’m trying to decide:
Do you communicate well?
Are you looking for quality or just a transaction? (I’m after those who seek and understand quality voice over and not just a transaction.)
What kind of projects do you work on? Is this something I personally believe in, which doesn’t always have to happen, but it’s nice when it does.
Is this a client I could refer one of my other voice over friends to?
Sure an audition is about seeing if I can pull off the job, but it’s also a laid back way to see if we both work well together and want to continue to work together.
That is why auditions are like a coffee date…on that note I’m so glad I’m married, because real dating sucks!
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