Must-Have Demos to Showcase Your Voice Acting - dummies

Must-Have Demos to Showcase Your Voice Acting

By David Ciccarelli, Stephanie Ciccarelli

Part of Voice Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As a voice actor, you need to have recorded demos that indicate your abilities and skills to prospective clients. Voice-over demos fall into four main categories, each having their own purpose, style of performance, intended audience.

  • Commercial: These demos last 60 to 90 seconds, and they’re usually a montage of four to five snippets from radio and television ads. They should highlight a full range of emotions, selling styles, moods, and characters.

  • Narration: These demos last 60 seconds to five minutes, and they usually are a read excerpt that gives your listener a taste of the narrator’s style. With this type of demo, you want to demonstrate your ability with narration, characterization, and consistency in tone and pace.

  • Animation: These demos last one to two minutes that demonstrate a wide range of characters. You want to showcase your ability with humor, characterization, accents, and comedic elements.

  • Promo: They should last one to two minutes and promote a comedy, a drama, a news intro, and a movie trailer.