A. Get a demo reel together, get an agent, audition for roles, get a better reel.
This is my current casting proecess
- Post a breakdown on Breakdown Services (North America) or Spotlight (UK). Generally I will only send it to agents, because those actors are already “curated.”
- They send me submissions of people with demo reels.
- I listen to the demo reel. My #1 criterion is “do I believe this performance?” Does the actor sound like they’re reading lines, or do they sound like a person in a situation.
- My #2 criterion is vocal charisma. Does their voice “pop”? Some actors sound a bit generic. Some have a distinct voice I want to hear more.
- I ask some of the submitted actors, through their agents, for an MP3 of them performing sides - a scene I’ve written for the audition. Here’s where having a home studio is better than just having a phone to record the audition, but so long as I can clearly hear the performance I don’t care about sound quality.
- I listen to those. Same criterion. Obviously, are they right for the part? Do I believe the performance? Do they have charisma?
- I direct (and record) an audition over Skype / Facetime / Google Meet. I see how well they take direction.
- I pick an actor.
To give you a sense of the scope, I just got 200 submissions for a role, listened to maybe 50 demo reels (I was pressed for time), asked 8-10 people for MP3's, and called back about 4.
I have no idea what other people do, but I think I spend more time on casting than other voice directors.
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