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posted by Andres Beiger on November 11th, 2009 at 3:53 PM

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Join Voice Over Expert Roger King in his lecture, "Tips on Getting Representation." Roger shares a number of immediately applicable tips that will keep you in a voice over talent agent's good books. Hear some quick bullet points from a talent agent's perspective on what they expect of you, the qualities they look for, and how they want to be approached.

 

Roger asks, what about the talent themselves?  When a voice talent contacts him for representation, like any employer, he first look for signs of sanity.  Of course Roger wants to rep someone who is talented but he also wants someone to be normal, professional and hopefully likeable. 

Little clues about the personality can emerge, even from a short cover letter or introductory e-mail.  Is it riddled with spelling mistakes? Do they appear not to know anything about my agency?  Have they attached files or links that don’t have anything to do with voice work? (A photo is always nice but he doesn't need the 11 jpg’s and 4 Quicktime files).  Some of the above may seem like nitpicking but the agent-talent first impression is much like a blind date.  You get a sense early on whether you want to stay for dinner or not (metaphorically speaking).

And these little things are general signs of sloppiness.  Is it much of a stretch to suggest that the person who doesn’t proofread his e-mail might not show up for an audition?  How much does this person care about his career or people’s perception of him if he can’t even take 45 seconds to review grammar and spellcheck?

Roger is also amused by people who don’t think they need any training.  A couple of weeks ago he had one guy e-mail a MP3 of him literally reading one sentence!   He wanted Roger to evaluate his potential for a career in voice work based on 6 seconds of audio. 

In general, talent agents want the people they represent to have some experience or at least training and speak in complete sentences - both on microphone and off.  If you can give some indication that you’ve heard of Roger's agency, that’s a bonus.  And if you actually make a proper voice demo that is 1:00-1:30 in length, well now we’re talking.  And maybe you will be too - for a living!

last edited on December 18th, 2009 at 11:35 AM

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