A recent thread on one of the voice over message boards got me thinking about auditions. Years ago, when I started in this business, a voice actor did all of their auditions in person. Sometimes it was in front of your agent, sometimes it was in front of a client.
There were many advantages to this type of audition:
1. You knew your audition was being heard.
2. You often received instant feedback and could change your audition to client specifications.
The only disadvantages were the time it took to get to the audition, and the money spent on gas.
Since more and more voice actors have built home studios, very few auditions are done in person anymore (I average 1-4 per month in person).
The advantages to the at-home auditions include:
1. Unlimited re-takes.
2. Being able to hear your audition before submitting.
3. No travel time or exense.
However, there are some distinct disadvantages:
1. One never knows if their audition is actually listened to.
2. The client doesn't have the option to critique you or ask for a different read.
3. No one to offer you kudos for an audition well done.
4. No human contact (which is the strangest part of the home studio experience).
One of the many reasons I am thankful to work at a variety of local studios is the opportunity to get out of my house and actually converse with people. It is drastically underestimated! I've also been known to offer to do my auditions via phone patch, just for the opportunity to speak with my client.
My advice to anyone that is disgruntled with the audition process, is to find a way to change it. Think outside of the box and consider ways to exceed your clients expectations, while enhancing your own daily voice over experience.