Full script reads for auditions

Matt Jamie
Matt Jamie
Voice Over: English

I'm noticing quite a few castings where the client is asking for a full script read (sometimes a dense side or more of A4) for their casting. At the risk of sounding lazy I feel that for an initial casting this amount of work is not needed.

There's the question of protecting our work (if we send off a complete perfect recording someone could just use that as it is - though I'm aware that's unlikely).

But also the vocal quality/tone/style of delivery for say an educational voiceover, will be pretty clear from one paragraph of text as it would for 9 paragraphs.

Also recording, editing, and uploading 4 or 5 such auditions in a day is, basically, a days work.

Would anyone else agree that clients should be encouraged to send "sample scripts" rather than enitre pieces? Or shall I just pipe down and crack on...

Matt Jamie

Editorial Comment Hello everyone,

Just to make you all aware that in response to this feedback we have updated the guidance text for employers who post requesting that that they do NOT attach the full scripts, and instead include just a short sample so that you, the artists, are not faced with this difficult choice. The purpose of the demo is only to preview your vocal qualities, to help an employer decide who they would like to discuss the project further with and engage the professional services of.

Best wishes,

The Mandy Admin Team

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Helen Bolitho
Helen Bolitho
Voice Over: English

Hi Matt,

I agree with what you say.

My feeling is that it would be great if P2P’s request clearly in their t’s & c’s that clients don’t ask for a full read and/ or limit the number of words for sample scripts. That way we’re not in the position of having to decide whether or not to do as prompted (and potentially losing work if we don’t fulfil the audition brief).

A short sample of up to a minute max for long-form and 30 seconds for most other projects should be totally sufficient in my mind.

Best wishes,

Helen


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Shelley Anderson-Tahiri
Shelley Anderson-Tahiri
Voice Over: English

Hi Matt
I know I am new to this business but I agree. Some texts can be lengthy and I am sure a client can get the idea of an audition with a shorter sample.
As you say, the preparation, recording and editing takes time, it's definately not laziness.
All the best
Shelley


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Rhys Jennings
Rhys Jennings
Voice Over: English

I totally agree Matt. In fact, I said exactly this on another thread here a few days ago. I believe Mandy should be actively encouraging and advising employers to ask for a short sample initially.

I'd have no issue recording a longer sample if I was then shortlisted, but it seems like a monumental waste of everyone's time to be requesting a two minute audition from everyone under the sun, when I'm pretty certain they only listen to the first ten seconds of most of them.


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Don McCorkindale
Don McCorkindale
Voice Over: English

I agree with you all. It should be a no brainer. Most other sites also advise leaving out a line or two in case of theft, cos that's what it is.


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Vicky Holding
Vicky Holding
Voice Over: English

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to chip in and say that I totally agree with you. There have been a couple of very lengthy demo scripts recently, along with the usual shorter samples (which seem a better way of getting a feel of voices quickly).

I have to say that I have only been sending sample recordings of the longer scripts (several paragraphs instead of a whole A4 side, for example), as I am wary of whole script recording files being used...


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Erol Birced
Erol Birced
Voice Over: Spanish, European

Hello all!

I am happy to see that I am not the only one that thinks this - I have recently applied to an audition which asked for a read of the whole script. I sent over a read of the first paragraph (as it was almost a minute by itself), as I was wary of the full script read to be used.

When I first started auditioning, I did not put much thought into it and simply applied to everything I could – then I realised that I could not apply to more than four auditions a day if they asked for full scripts instead of samples, making it just that tiny bit sadder when I did not hear back from them.

I hope that moderators and developers of Mandy can see this forum and implement some way to encourage employers to ask for samples instead of full scripts.

Erol Birced


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