Have you auditioned for voicover jobs that you thought were perfect for you, and didn’t land? The world of voiceovers can be funny and frustrating at times. Think of all the auditions that we send out, all in the hopes of landing each and every one. There are some you think you nailed but no call back. And there are some that you don’t expect to land and you end up getting the job.
What Are The Chances?
So, funny story. Before I went full-time with my voiceover career, I worked at a few other jobs. One of them was at an online university. One day, the school put out a notice that they were holding a voice competition as they were looking for someone to help with some marketing and promotion projects. Wow! A voice contest? Here? Perfect! I was already doing voiceovers part-time and here my current employer is looking for a voice talent. What are the chances of that?! After all, I had already landed many other jobs with companies like McDonalds, Nationwide, Hewlitt Packard, Nikon, even other colleges. So, yeah, I was feeling confident.
Everyone in the building – 1000+ people – were invited to try out. Auditions were sent in and reviewed, and eventually a shortlist of finalists was made. To help decide the winner, they held a blind listening competition for the final candidates in front of everyone who worked there.
I didn’t make the finals – I wasn’t even in the top 10. Actually I don’t even know where I ended up. And you know what? I was ok with it.
A Voice Doesn’t Fit Every Job
I don’t know the reason, nor did I really care. Just like all of the other hundreds of auditions that I didn’t land before, this was no different. You can drive yourself crazy wondering why. But it all comes down to a simple fact.
My voice does not fit every job.
My voice may not fit every client. It may not appeal to every producer, creative director, promoter, or every person. My voice may fit a certain audience for one project, and a whole other audience for a different project. Everyone has different preferences. If you think you are going to fit every one of their preferences all the time, then you need to rethink your approach.
Sure, there were plenty of jobs for which I thought I would be perfect, but then nothing. I thought back to all of the jobs that I auditioned for that were a complete long shot, and ended up landing! I thought back to times when clients may not have preferred my voice at first but eventually hired me.
Whatever the reason, this just goes to show that auditions are subjective and sometimes don’t make sense. The reason may not even be anything you did wrong. But don’t be surprised when you don’t land the job. Don’t get angry about why you didn’t get a call back. Don’t demand reasons. Perseverating over an audition is completely counterproductive. Get in the mindset of submitting your audition and forgetting. Submit and forget. Let’s say that again – submit and forget. Just enjoy the jobs you land and be thankful that you do appeal to someone. Like an old Weather Channel commercial said, “how can you appreciate the sun, if you don’t have the rain.”