Make a Great Demo!

In the old days, voice demos were about 5 minutes. Now, your demo should be no longer than 2 minutes. We suggest keeping it to a :90 seconds. Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig? His cartoon demo is just :45 seconds!

Casting directors have a short attention span. You have to grab them in the first 5 seconds or you’re toast.  One L.A. casting director we talked to says she plugs all the CD demos into her car on the way home from work.  She gives them all 5 seconds and if she doesn’t like them, she tosses the CD into the backseat, never to be heard again.

Here’s a short list to keep in mind when making your demo:

1) Get a professional to do it. You’ll get great sound and nifty sound effects that will make your demo sing.

2) If you’re a guy, get a girl to slate it. If you’re a girl, get a guy.  Even better if the person has an accent. It catches the attention of the listener.  For your slate, all you have to do is say your name. Or your name and what it is. For example: Pam Jones, commercial demo.

3) Make sure your first couple of pieces show your best work and make sure they are contrasting. If you start with a piece about a giant snake squeezing the life out of someone, then you might follow that up with a funny character spot. Variety is key. 

4) You can do an all ’round demo but you should also have separate demos. We suggest doing a commercial demo, a narration demo and a cartoon demo.

Soundswrite just started producing demos – people kept asking so we finally said “yes.” We only take on two clients per week due to heavy volume in our studio. So give us a call and we can find a demo session at a price that works for you.

Want to hear a sample. Here’s my latest demo:

‘Til next time…Pam