What to Record on a Demo
Now that you have your microphone, computer, audio interface, software and quiet room, you are ready for your demo. You may ask yourself what on earth to say on said demo, how long it should be, should you make it at home, etc. Well that is today's topic.
In answering these questions myself, I had my differences with EdgeStudio. They advised I make a demo for commercial, another for business, one for IVR etc. They advised I separate the demos into each language I speak. Well, while they are most likely right on all counts, I simply didn't have the money to professionally produce that many demos.
Here is what I did. I speak three languages, most of the narration jobs I come across are corporate narration, so I opted for showcasing the languages I speak on one 90 second demo. This demo mixed alternate voice mail prompts, airport announcements, pharma, e-learning, that were all voiced in my three spoken languages. Edge Studio did a fabulous job of engineering the audio and adding royalty free music to the tracks and that was money well spent. I now had a professional demo to put on my website or a=on any of the previously mentioned P2P sites.
However, in watching Edge produce my demo, I figured out how to do this at home. I eventually made other demos that catered to the specific niche I was aiming to audition for. After practice, you will be able to produce your own demo fairly competently.
Now, about the script itself... I chose to write it. For one, I am a writer, but secondly I know where my talent is, I can translate my copy, and those were also skills I wanted to showcase. However, if this is not your thing, there is no reason why you cannot borrow copy. Whether you google scripts, mimic commercials, or read from something, those 10-15 seconds for each bit on your demo are fairly easy to come by. What you must keep in mind is selecting script that best shows your talent, your skill, your abilities, what you sound most natural and efficient reading.
Later on as you book jobs you can also select potions of your narration to compile a reel. That is to say, not only are you showing what you can do, but what you did do. Clients like to know you have been hired before, so when you can get your hands on your finished narration jobs, do, and piece together your best work.
Until next time... when we speak of pricing... have a wonderful week.