Boss Performance: VO BOSS – CastVoices – First Listen

Our VO BOSS Cast Voices contest is underway. After receiving 73 auditions, “Anne of Aspercreme” and Liz Atherton are listening to each entry and providing comments via dropbox. Auditions were also opened up to our listeners for comments. This special episode gives you a sneak peek into the real-time process of casting. Listen to Anne and Liz’s thoughts so far, an in-depth critique of one audition, and then stay tuned next week for our shortlist of finalists!


PLEASE NOTE:  Thanks for playing! Our Audition is now closed!  Feel free to give a listen to our entries for a limited time here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Audition%20with%20Anne%20and%20Liz . You can listen to the finalists and vote on your favorites and stay tuned for our casting decision.



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. VO BOSS and Cast voices created a public audition for “Anne of Aspercreme” in our first-ever VO BOSS Cast voices contest

  2. The VO BOSS Cast voices audition contest received 73 auditions

  3. We opened up comments to our listeners, and have received valuable feedback in dropbox

  4. Listeners had to listen and comment on all 73 entries, to have an idea of the casting process

  5. Liz likes to give verbose feedback. In-depth feedback can be a lengthy process for the casting director – in four hours, Liz is less than a third of the way through!

  6. Casting directors get busy. When it comes down to creating a short-list, you’re slammed and must use a method of culling the herd quickly

  7. First step: possibly eliminating auditions with errors

  8. Beyond that first step, each casting director has their own methodology

  9. Some casting directors only listen to the first 10, and others listen to every audition

  10. For this contest, Anne and Liz are listening to EVERY audition. This is a hugely time-consuming process!

  11. Anne’s method: start by listening to the first auditions, and as I go on, I put good auditions on the shortlist. If this were a real casting, I might complete my shortlist before listening to all auditions, due to time constraints

  12. If you’re a casting director and trying to cast four projects in a day, you’re going to power-through and have specific rules for creating your shortlist.

  13. If you’re amongst the first auditions submitted, you have a better shot at being listened to by the casting director.

  14. Talent agents get frustrated when files aren’t named a specific way. It takes time to rename files. This could get your audition thrown out!

  15. If a voice caught her ear, Anne didn’t necessarily throw their audition out if the file wasn’t named correctly. However, she was annoyed in the back of her head, which could impact her decision later on

  16. Different casting directors have different technical expertise, so don’t make their jobs complicated by failing to follow directions

  17. If you can’t follow directions in your audition, it could be a sign that you aren’t directable in a session

  18. When going through these auditions, Liz will look up a voice actor for more information on who they are, as well as peruse their social media channels

  19. Giving two reads is great if you can give two completely different reads

  20. Adding in humor when appropriate can keep a casting director listening

  21. Great acting and a confident style makes a casting director believe that you are directable into any type of read

  22. What gets you the audition may or may not be the real spot

  23. Your audio quality has a big impact on if you make the shortlist, especially while we are all recording at home.

  24. Tune in next time for our shortlist, feedback, and your chance to help us pick the winner!

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