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Voiceover Agent's perspective on the Voice Acting Business: Podcast with agent from LA Voice Talent Agency, AVO | The Work: Ep. 14

Voiceover Agent's perspective on the Voice Acting Business: Podcast with agent from LA Voice Talent Agency, AVO | The Work: Ep. 14 | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Casting director Bonnie Gillespie and crew interview voiceover agent Jermaine Johnson from AVO Voice Talent in LA. Good info and advice for both professional actors looking to break into voiceover; and professional voice talent looking for LA representation. Valuable insights that could save you time, money and aggravation. BTW He also confirms what most of us have already figured out...Demos on CD's are dead.

Please note that interview with Jermaine starts @7:15. Also make sure to listen, until the very end, b/c additional valuable tips are shared after the "end" of Jermaine's interview.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: This podcast is geared to actors who are living and auditioning in LA, so the basic assumption is that their listeners are trained actors and have some professional acting auditioning experience. If you have no prior acting training or experience, you'll need to look for and get high quality on-camera acting and voiceover training first, before you can even think about approaching an LA agency. Otherwise, don't waste their time and yours.
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Trying to get a (or another) voiceover agent? | Karen Commins' Blog

Trying to get a (or another) voiceover agent?  | Karen Commins' Blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Good, informative post from Atlanta-based voice actor/blogger Karen Commins. Straightforward, practical advice and some additional links to other helpful articles on getting representation.

Karen Commins: "Suddenly, I am receiving a rash of emails with the question: "can you direct me to some Atlanta voiceover agents?...In order to land a voice-over agent, you have to show that you are a marketable commodity and can offer them something that they don't already have among the people they represent. You should listen to the reels of their talent to determine whether and how you might fit on their roster.
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How To Think Like a Voice Talent Agent | Voices.com

How To Think Like a Voice Talent Agent | Voices.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices.com makes some very good points in this short video about how you're more likely to be successful at booking jobs from online casting sites, like hers, if you're able to take a step back and view yourself and your strengths as a voice talent honestly and objectively, as an agent would.
InsideVO Adds: Same good advice applies anytime you're developing and creating materials to promote yourself---from demos to logos to websites.

Voices.com: "Wish you were booking more of your auditions? When auditioning on your own, it's important to think like an agent. During this video, you'll learn how to ge... (RT @bnjackson: Check out this new video from @voicesdotcom. "
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Best Voiceover Demo Advice You Will Get This Year...| Voiceover Canada

Best Voiceover Demo Advice You Will Get This Year...| Voiceover Canada | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Cannot recommend this post I just happened to come across, enough! Roger King, President of PN Agency, Canada is 1000% right...

Why so many voice actors fail to lead off their demos with their best stuff is a mystery for the ages. A producer who has never heard you before doesn't give a crap about your range. He/she wants to hear your most competitive stuff; your signature voice----what it is you do as well as or better than anyone else in your market---right up front. Give them that.

Roger King, PNA/Voiceover Canada:"...A talent I used to represent started her demo with a commercial that had a dramatic music build. The problem: Her voice didn’t come in until the 10 second mark! “It’s something different for me.” But a producer who has never worked with her before doesn’t know that and doesn’t care...Lead with the read that gets you work most often. Why would you turn your demo into a vanity project? Any why on earth would you chance it that the person hiring voices is going to stick around for 10 seconds - a lifetime in the voice over world - to finally get the first taste of your voice?
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Inside Your Agent’s Office: Advice from an Actor | Brains of Minerva

Inside Your Agent’s Office: Advice from an Actor | Brains of Minerva | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Smart, practical advice from an industry 'insider' on how to interact successfully with your talent agency courtesy of the savvy team at Brainsofminerva.com, "a career and lifestyle guide for the enterprising LA actor."

Though this article is directed more toward the on-camera actor, most of the tips and suggestions apply equally to voice actors: furnish your agent with up-to-date marketing materials; follow instructions carefully; be considerate of others and their time; be well-prepared for auditions and jobs; don't embarrass your agency; use common sense and common courtesy.

Any of you who work at talent agencies out there, are welcome to chime in...

BrainsofMinerva.com: "S.M. is an actress who regularly works in television and voice over and interns for a boutique agency in Los Angeles. She requested that this piece be published anonymously."
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Voice Actors: Reject the tyranny of being picked by talent agents or clients ─ pick yourself! │Seth's Blog

Voice Actors: Reject the tyranny of being picked by talent agents or clients ─ pick yourself! │Seth's Blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Seth Goodin puts into words what many of us have been wondering: "Are the "gatekeepers─the pickers─indeed fading away?"

If so, what are the implications for voice actors?

Those of us who have been around the voiceover industry for more than ten years have already witnessed significant shifts in "gatekeepers," as more and more clients have turned to online data bases (e.g., Voicebank, Voice123) to find talent for their projects; often bypassing traditional voice talent agencies altogether. And with constantly improving, cheaper, and more portable technology, the landscape ten years out may look totally different, yet again...We may have a totally new set of "gatekeepers;" either human, or possibly even digital ones.

At any rate, I think that voice actors would do well to take Seth's advice that you shouldn't just be waiting around for someone to "pick" or "annoint" you to heart, because way too many of us, use this excuse as a justification for doing little or nothing while we wait (present company included). Ultimately there is only one person who is responsible for advancing your career and you don't have to wait around for him or her to pick you. Tag─you're it!

From Seth's Blog: "...It's a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, "I pick you." Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you--that Prince Charming has chosen another house--then you can actually get to work."
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