Applying for more than one role

  • Declan McHugh

    Voice Over:English

    How are you meant to apply properly for more than one role?

    Mandy says "If you wish to put yourself forward for multiple roles please mention this in your application. Remember you can only apply for one role per job".

    I don't understand how this works in practice.

    For example, there's a job right now seeking a variety of voices, and they say " happy to accept applications for multiple roles if you have a versatile voice".

    So I created three different demos for three characters. In my covering letter I told the prospective employers that I was applying for three different characters, and named them, and said that they could expect two other audition files from me.

    But the demo I sent out first for the first of the three characters was automatically used for all three characters, which is not what i wanted at all.

    Plus I don't see how I can get in touch with the potential employer to explain what happened, and let them hear the other two lovingly-crafted demos.

    I am possibly being a bit dim here since I am new to the ways of Mandy.

    What should I have done?

    This is sounding a bit like an exam question, or an E-Learning module, but you get the gist....

    • 4th Dec 2020
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  • Brendan McCoy

    Voice Over:English

    Hey Decian,

    Yeah this has been a bug bear of mine for a while with using Mandy as well, I'm afraid the only work around I've found is to put all the demos in to one file and hope the client listens to all of them. And on that note try to still keep the demo under 1 minute if all possible so not to lose their attention.

    I know it's not Ideal, but it's the only work around i've found that works okay as some clients really don't like being contacted outside of the application process they have set up... although that said, I have contacted a couple company's directly to send additional demos files when I have forgotten make them in to one file, and just been extremely apologetic for contacting them directly and keep the email really short with a simple link to my profile, and I've actually booked the jobs after doing that.

    Any I hope the advice helps a little. :)

    • 26th Nov 2020
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  • Declan McHugh

    Voice Over:English

    Thanks Brendan,

    I had thought of doing just that but then I thought "No, I am sure they will let me post 3 different demos - one to each of the relevant character postings". But no.

    Anyhow, I am liking my free month on Mandy, and intend to join when the month is up - but that's a site screw-up...

    I would contact the employers but they call themselves just Joe and Rory, so how am I meant to proceed!

    It sounds like you are getting regular work on Mandy. Good for you! What's your ratio of Auditions to wins, if you don't mind me asking?

    I am also on Voices.com and Bodalgo but I've had no luck yet in the 6 weeks or so that I've been on them.

    I have a feeling that Mandy just might be a little easier to land a job through, since some VOs will turn their nose up at the amount of money average jobs on here will give you.

    At this stage of my career it would do just fine!

    Declan

    • 27th Nov 2020
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  • Brendan McCoy

    Voice Over:English

    No problem dude!

    Yeah it's one of those things, but no platform is perfect. They all have there own foibles.

    I do okay, although most of my work still isn't through Mandy, but it seems to bring me in enough to justify keeping going and I've managed to pick up a few regular clients from the site too, which is good. But I currently favour Bodalgo not just for the better rates on their but because Armin seems like a genuinely good guy out to help make the VO industry a better place... And because I've got more work from there than here this year.

    I'm afraid I don't keep track of my applications to win ratio... that's too much like admin and I already do more of that than I'd like to in my life.

    I don't know if Mandy is any easier there's still loads of completion for gigs, I spoke to one client recently that said they'd had something like 1000 applications... and at those sorts of levels you're lucky to have a demo listened to at all, let alone book the job.

    But anyway, enjoy your time on all of these places, try not to get down hearted if things take a while to take off, it's all a bit of a numbers game, the more you apply for gigs the more you'll learn and the more you'll eventually book.

    All the best! :)

    • 27th Nov 2020
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  • Declan McHugh

    Voice Over:English

    I am on Bodalgo too, and I also like Armin. Had no success yet on his platform though! But it's early days.

    I could do without hearing about 1000 applications. Gulp.

    I agree about the numbers game, and also it's probably best to get in early which I am currently not doing but trying to correct.

    Best of luck to us!

    Declan

    • 28th Nov 2020
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  • Carla de Wansey

    Voice Over:English

    I do the same as. Brendan . I put several reads on 1 file and just mention it in the covering letter....but edit it so no long gaps between.

    • 4th Dec 2020
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  • Declan McHugh

    Voice Over:English

    Thanks Carla. That's exactly what i will do in future....

    Declan

    • 4th Dec 2020
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