What is a voice-over demo? Do I need one?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in voice-overs, you will need an example of your work, much like a portfolio, to present to possible employers, clients, and agents. A demo is an edited selection of your voice taken from several different pieces of copy.
Commercial copy is shorter in length and includes PSAs, promos, and product advertisements. Narration copy is longer in form and includes documentaries, pharmaceuticals, in-house business industrials, and audiobooks. Animation and character work make up another substantial part of the industry.
Most voice actors choose to have two or three demos, which showcase their skills in the areas where they are most likely to find work. These demos compliment each other and give potential clients a sense of the actor’s range and skills. The standard industry length of each demo is sixty to ninety seconds, with the exception of narration demos, which are longer.
Students in and around the New York City area usually record their demo(s) in Manhattan with Ellie and David. If a student wishes to record their demo in another city, Ellie can help answer questions about where to go and what to ask. Ellie can also coach students during the recording session itself via a phone patch. Whether in New York City or someplace else, Ellie is able to coach her students throughout the demo recording process.
For more information on voice-over demo production and rates, please contact Ellie directly.