Why Voice Actors Need a Professional Voice Reel

Al Black

By Al Black

21 February 2023

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Even though Voicereels is the new kid on the block, we are anything but inexperienced. The trusted team behind Voquent are running the show – and we have years of history in the audiovisual and voice-over industry.

Whether you’re an established actor looking to supplement your income with voice acting work or a complete beginner entering the industry for the first time. It all starts with quality voice reels. In this article, Voquent co-founder Al Black explains why Voicereels will change the industry.

✔️ Offers excellent value for money
✔️ Provides the best support and advice from audio professionals who book talent daily
✔️ Expert script and music selection, so your demos stand out
✔️ Reels are mixed and mastered by expert producers who know what clients want to hear
✔️ Get heard in more casting searches with demo packages in a range of styles and tones
✔️ If applicable, your home studio is verified to help you stand out on Voquent and beyond

Why Voicereels will change the industry

Do you dream about becoming the next Mark Hamill or Tara Strong, renowned for their roles in animations, video games and films? You’re not alone.

Thousands of performers enter the VO industry every year, eager to take advantage of its tremendous growth—all fantasise about winning the best roles in video games or film. It’s enormously competitive, but there are always opportunities for those willing to put the work into their craft.

So, how can you stand out and become a successful voice actor?

Answer: Get the best demos you can afford.

Tara Strong

Tara Strong, Saturn Awards 2019. Source: Shutterstock

I’ve produced thousands of voice-overs, and my biggest frustration when casting was listening to irrelevant or poor-quality material. Having to listen through entire reels to find a clip was deeply frustrating. And sending poorly edited clips to my end customers was never appealing.

Voquent was my attempt at fixing this, and when Miles and I launched the business in 2018, it revolutionized the industry. Casting by Sample is now fast becoming the norm.

Each day on Voquent, my talent team listens to hundreds of audio demos. Moderation ensures all demos are of adequate quality and accurately described. Search results are always relevant for clients.

Yet, whilst many demos pass Voquent’s quality threshold, they aren’t all likely to win jobs. The competition for that language/style/tone combination may be intense—the average-sounding demos get passed over.

Poor or average-quality demos have a litany of minor issues:

  • Poorly written scripts
  • Bad mic technique or recording practices
  • Lacking consistency in vocal delivery
  • Annoying music or long intros
  • Distracting SFX or radio style idents
  • Muddy mixing
  • Over-processed or over-compressed audio

I could go on and on.

It’s critical to remember that the competition isn’t necessarily better than you; they’ve just invested time and money in their vocal training and demo productions.

Demos with popular dialect and style combinations like General American English in a Commercial style with a Conversational tone include some of the industry’s top voices (and best demos).

The harsh truth is that average demos don’t stand a chance.

When you take your voice acting work seriously and want to get shortlisted for quality roles – never skimp on your voice reels. voice reels are a marketing cost and an investment in your business. A quality reel could be worth twenty times what you paid for it or more.

So why choose Voicereels?

Thousands of small-time producers create voice reels globally. Many voice actors, too, attempt to make their own. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but the problem is that neither the producer nor the voice actor is the customer. And if they aren’t the customer, how do they know what the customer wants to hear?

They might believe a flashy-sounding reel will blow the customer’s mind, but the customer will often be annoyed and hit skip.

The team behind Voquent and Voicereels never make guesses. We cast voices daily and know what sells. We know what works, what lands voice acting jobs paying 5 or 6 figures and will inject that knowledge into your demos.

We’ll help you create a set of scripts and music that is unique to your vocal skills and needs but still sounds attractive to customers. We’ll then set you up in a verified local recording studio or your home studio (if it is of sufficient quality). We direct the session and help you to get the best out of your voice, and the same audio producer is responsible for mixing and mastering ALL your reels.

You’ll get demos that immediately reassure customers you are a top pick for the role(s) they have in mind.

With access to an ever-growing library of scripts and expert audio producers happy to talk, you’ll get the best advice possible.

Always practice and get feedback.

Coaching is a vital step. A voice reel is a significant investment, and to get the best return (getting picked for more roles), you need to sound at your absolute best.

Whether you are a complete newbie or an industry veteran, we recommend getting some vocal coaching. When you order, we can put you in touch with a reputable online voice coach in your time zone. We know all the best coaches.

Ready to get started?

If you’ve still got questions, please get in touch with us by phone or email to learn more before ordering.

Please remember our team are all English speakers. You must be able to speak and receive creative direction in English so we can provide the best service to you.

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