Boss Performance: VO BOSS – CastVoices – The Winners

The results are in! “Anne of Aspercreme” has chosen the voices for her new spots. Anne and Liz discuss their choices and announce the voices of “Hopscotch” and “Walter”. Hear the winners, and get an in-depth look at the process of choosing the right voice! Congratulations to our winners!

Tune in to hear our bittersweet last episode with Special Guest Host Liz Atherton! Stay tuned in future weeks for our next special guest Co-Host and remember: Bosses Move Forward.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. We’ve narrowed down the finalists to our two winners!

  2. One winner will receive a VO BOSS Blast targeted marketing campaign, and the other will win a one-year pro membership to

  3. No matter the spec, audition submissions are all over the places

  4. Casting is a time-consuming process, hence why real-world casting directors don’t listen to all auditions or give personalized feedback

  5. In a real scenario, it’s not up for a popular vote, but it’s a decision process that goes back and forth between the casting director and the client

  6. Sometimes the first round of auditions won’t produce the right voice, and a second round of casting will go out!

  7. Don’t submit for the second round of casting unless the specs have significantly changed and you fit the new specs

  8. Often it’s the slight nuances that will book you the role

  9. Make your second read count. This is your chance to showcase your variety

  10. Follow Directions!!

  11. Studio quality impacts casting decisions, make sure you have a pro home studio

  12. Listen to the episode to hear the winners!

  13. It’s important in these trying times to have more than one thing going on, as you never know when one stream of income will end.

  14. Thank you to the Queen Bee, Liz Atherton for joining me for 12 weeks of VO Boss Cohosting! You helped bring life to the podcast, and we will miss you!

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Learn more about the VO BOSS Blast
Learn more about CastVoices
Get your studio up to date with Tim Tippets or George Whittam
Recorded on ipDTL
Badass editing by Carl Bahner


>> 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, and I’m here with the Queen, the Bee, Miss Liz Atherton. Hey Liz.

Liz: Aww, Anne! That’s the last time I’m gonna hear that for a while.

Anne: I know, Liz –

Liz: That makes me bzz cry.

[both laugh]

Anne: Liz, I’m so sad this is our last podcast together.

Liz: I know, I know!

Anne: It has been such a great ride, and I know that there are gonna be lots of listeners out there that are gonna really miss you.

Liz: Awww.

Anne: Besides myself. Yeah. I’m gonna say thank you right now for an amazing like, what has it been, 12 episodes?  Yes, an amazing 12 episodes with you, and I really, really appreciate you taking the time. And this has not been a minor undertaking.

Liz: [laughs]

Anne: For those of you out there that don’t know what it takes to put together a podcast, I have to say it’s been a great learning experience for myself over the past 3.5 years. But I’ve brought Liz into the fold too, and I think now Liz understands, you know, everything that’s involved. [laughs]

Liz: Oh my word.

Anne: In getting this thing to run. And then we decided on top of that, Liz, to do this really cool and crazy audition and casting process for our last –

Liz: Oh my gosh.

Anne: – four episodes. Wow. So I have to say it’s been an amazing journey for myself as well as I think for Liz in terms of, how do we get this podcast together and run a contest at the same time that’s interactive?

Liz: Oh my gosh.

Anne: [laughs]

Liz: And it’s not only that. You know, Anne, you’re a VO talent and you have everything set up. So each and every time that I got to visit with you via this platform, it was a different booth. And finally, on my final, my final shining hour, I have a booth where I can actually raise my head and lean back, and I’m not laying on the floor looking up or sideways.

Anne: Well, that’s pretty awesome. Well see, if nothing else. [laughs]

Liz: This has been a real honor and a pleasure for me. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve learned so much. Guys, if you want to step up your game, I’m telling you right now, Anne Ganguzza is your gal. She will not [laughs] She will not let you fail and she’ll make sure you’re – and pardon my vernacular – damn good. So anyway.

Anne: [laughs]

Liz: That’s an unsolicited, very true –

Anne: Aww.

Liz: – observation –

Anne: Thank you, Liz.

Liz: For the business.

Anne: Liz is very nicely saying that [laughs] –

Liz: No, no!

Anne: I don’t stay off of you. [laughs]

Liz: Anne, I’m not even gonna, I’m not even gonna address that last statement. [laughs]

Anne: I demand, I demand the very best. The very best –

Liz: Yes, she does.

Anne: Out of everyone I work with, and yeah. Thank you, Liz, for humoring me throughout that. You’ve been amazing.

Liz: You rock.

Anne: You know, I’m hoping to have you back very soon after, after my next round of guests, which BOSSes, keep listening, because we’ve got another set of really great guests coming up, and I’m excited for that. But yet super sad, super sad. But Liz, let’s talk about this really cool thing that we did.

Liz: Yes Anne, we’re going out with a bang. [laughs] My word!

Anne: We’re going out with a bang. Liz and I, if you’ve not listened to the past few episodes, we had a great audition contest, casting process where we invited our BOSS listeners to audition for a couple of different roles, where we specced out the casting specs as well as what the payment would be. So we had a lot of, a lot of learning points there. We had people audition, we had a great response. We had 73 people audition. And we came up with our shortlist. We talked about our shortlist. We invited people to comment on all of those auditions as well, so they could be casting directors.

Liz: Gosh, I’m tired already all again.

Anne: Got to experience what it’s like to actually go through and listen, and then we of course extended that and even commented. And so I think everybody got a great idea, Liz, of what it was like to cast.

Liz: I’m telling you, it was at an times arduous process, but one of the things we did is we said, if you’re gonna vote, you gotta go listen, you gotta comment, and you’ve got to give feedback to people. What I hope people took away from this is one, auditions are all over the place, no matter what the spec, what comes in is all over the place. In our case we got really lucky with some extraordinarily talented people. But it’s the time consumption. We just had 73. And granted, Anne, casting directors aren’t gonna sit and give feedback to every single one. No, no. But it’s still a big, ol’ task to listen to them all, and I hope that’s what people took away from it is that casting is difficult. It’s a difficult job. And then on the other side of what you and I did, Anne, even though you were Anne of Aspercreme –

Anne: [laughs]

Liz: Is that [laughs]

Anne: Liz of CastVoices. [laughs]

Liz: Liz of CastVoices, Anne of Aspercreme, in a more real scenario, it’s not up for popular vote. It’s a decision process that goes back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth. Sometimes the casting director might present her or his top five, and the client says no. And then it goes to 10 or 15. So you know, we had some little nuances at the end, but I think it was a really good exercise for everybody to maybe step up their game and learn something. So it was good.