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  • Hey Roger -

    Can't say I know any agents in Kentucky. A lot of the answers to the other questions should be within the various threads posted for this group. If you haven't already done so, check them out, and if you still can't find the specific answer to your question, shoot me a new note.
  • Hi Corey,
    I'm a new kid on the block and a "recovering announcer" trying to start VO career. I'm at a point where some have suggested I should seek representation.
    I live kinda in the middle of no-where, central Kentucky, and don't know exactly who to approach in this area. Do you really have to select an agency in close proximity?
    I do have a home studio for doing auditions and I have done finished files for clients. I am far from having IDSN, but do have a phone patch capability, which I've not really used.
    There is a local studio with ISDN capability who I have worked with.
    Some "casting" agencies have accepted me to place me on their roster and website, but they don't actively represent talent.
    Do you have suggestions for selecting an agent and any particular agencies I should check-out as a relative new-comer (hate the word newbie)?
    Thanks for any help,
    Roger
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  • Frank -

    It's always good to be versatile, but I firmly believe it's tough to please everybody all the time. For the talent my company represents, we prefer specialists and "one-trick ponies" versus "utility infielders."

    When you meet with an agency - hit them with the reads you are best at first. You'll be more confident in your presentation, and you'll increase your chances of getting signed.

    Good luck!
  • Corey

    Can some be good a more then one area of voices overs? The reason I ask is because I know my voice is good for Radio Imaging, TV promos, and spots. (I've been told I should try movie trailers too, but I haven't had time to make a movie trailer demo yet)

    Anyway..I know I'm good at what I've done already but I LOVE doing voice characters! Can some be successful at doing more then one area of voice acting?

    When I see this agency next week, I need a little advice on what to show them first. Anyway, ideas?

    Frank
  • Hi Allison -

    Categorized demos are fine, but I would lead off with a short compilation containing your best bits of each.

    Regarding how to send out your demos: everyone has their preference. I can only tell you that I rarely get a CD anymore. What I think makes the most sense is to email a link to a demo that is posted on a website, that way you are not clogging up email inboxes with large attachments and you decrease the risk of your email getting trapped in a SPAM filter. Just put your thinking cap on to come up with an attention-getting subject line.
  • Hi there, It's so nice to be able to get some feedback from someone who has their finger on the pulse of this business. Thank you.
    I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give me regarding demo distribution. I've compiled a list of union and non union agencies and I would like to send some of my work to them, obviously in the hopes of receiving representation. I have an assembly line of demos in the works and would like to know if I should first contact the agency before I send anything or should I just send them out cold with a cover letter? Some of their websites specifically state no phone calls and to send demos on CD to their address, rather than emailing an mp3, and others don't even address the issue. As you know sending out CD's can be a spendy venture, especially if you're sending them in bulk. And what specifically do agents look for in a demo. I've read some of the past posts and I understand that if you don't hook 'em within the first 10 to 15 seconds, they just toss your disc. So, should the first commercial cut on the demo be a hard sell? And is it acceptable to send a demo with 4 different demo tracks on it i.e. commercials, narrative, characters, etc, with a 60 second limit on each track?
    So, any advice you can give me regarding this issue would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks again for being there...
    Peace
  • Hey Frank -

    Unless you have an exclusive contract with an agent, there's nothing wrong with joining an on-line casting service (or two, or three, etc). I know plenty of talent that wear both hats like that. The one thing you should do your best to avoid is burning the candle at both ends if both entities present you with the same lead. My advice, establish UP FRONT with each party that you will accept work on either a first-come, first-serve basis, or that the internet agent will always be second fiddle. Ultimately, you may have to adjust that decision based upon who is is your bigger meal ticket.
  • Corey

    Here's my first question for you.

    I'm sure every agency is different, but do you think an agency would frown upon me joining a pay-to-play site like Voices.com or Voice123.com. I'm thinking, on one hand I want the agency to get me work, (and I'm sure they will) but on the other I can't let the agency do all the job searching for me.

    Do you know talents that belong to agencies AND voice job site like Voices.com, Voice123.com or VOPlanet.com?

    Frank
  • Frank -

    Ask away when you are ready. I'll do my best to help.
  • Amaly -

    ISDN will always be there, but there's plenty of work to get sending out audio primarily on the internet. If you can't access ISDN or if the upfront investment to install it is too steep, don't sweat it.

    Good luck!
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