Boss Performance: VO BOSS – CastVoices – The Shortlist

The finalists are in! “Anne of Aspercreme” and Liz Atherton have listened to all 73 auditions in our VO BOSS CastVoices contest and narrowed it down to their short-list! Get an in-depth behind the scenes perspective on their casting process, and hear their thoughts on the finalists. Then it’s your turn to be the casting director. You can listen to the finalists and vote on your favorites and stay tuned next week for our casting decision.

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Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. You can listen to the finalists and vote on your favorites and stay tuned next week for our casting decision.

  2. “Anne of Aspercreme” and Liz Atherton received 73 auditions in the first-ever VO BOSS Cast Voices Contest

  3. Listening to a large amount of auditions can be tasking for any casting director. It takes a huge amount of time

  4. There were so many good auditions, that choosing was hard!Anne’s Process: First go around, jotting down anyone who catches my ear. This yielded nine finalists for both spots, which I then narrowed down to three

  5. Liz’s Process: The first pass had 16, then narrowed down to three

  6. When you have a casting director that says “give me two takes”, make those two takes sound very different.

  7. 9 times out of 10, people barely changed their second read

  8. Just because you threw improv into the second take, does not mean it’s a varied take. You really need to change up your second read.

  9. The changes can be nuanced, but they must be distinct

  10. Be sure to follow instructions. If you didn’t include a second take, you weren’t put on the shortlist

  11. Including a varied second take shows that you can be directed into any read

  12. If a casting director asks for a second take, and you don’t use that to show range, you are shortchanging yourself

  13. You hear what you want to hire when it “walks through the door”

  14. If someone doesn’t fit the specs, but you liked their read… WINNER!

  15. A typical casting is 400 voices, and this is why casting directors don’t give feedback, and might not listen to all submissions.

  16. Do your homework. Make sure you’re researching the product, and understand how to pronounce the product name.

  17. Take a look at the brand website and look at how they are branding their product

  18. Good studio sound is imperative, especially now. Voices without pro studio sound were left off the shortlist

  19. It’s important to be able to create a sound so that you can create a sound that studio engineers can work with

  20. Winners will receive a VO BOSS Blast, Targeted Marketing Campaign and a one-year pro membership to Cast Voices

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Listen to the Finalists for Hopscotch
Jason Arnold
Katie Flamman
Marie Hoffman
Andrew Lander
Lynn Norris
Susan Pritchard
Listen to the Finalists for Walter
Michelle Campbell-Jones
Bree Herbert
Michael Kerns
George Orlando
Ray Whitbeck
Vote for your favorites
Learn more about the VO BOSS Blast
Learn more about CastVoices
Recorded on ipDTL
Badass editing by Carl Bahner


[vc_column_text]>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premier business owner strategies and successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a BOSS, a VO BOSS. Now let’s welcome your host Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with the casting bee, Liz Atherton. [laughs] Hey Liz. How are you today?

Liz: Anne, I’m good. You know [laughs] it’s pretty weather. We had a thunderstorm overnight, but Anne, you and I took on something, didn’t we?

Anne: Oh my goodness, we did.

Liz: Oh Lord.

Anne: I think you BOSSes heard about it last night when we were going, oh no, I ran out of time! I spent a good portion of the weekend just, you know, focused, head down, listening to all of these amazing auditions that we had for our first ever VO BOSS CastVoices contest. And we have got some results for you, or at least Liz and I have our shortlist results for you.