ALL DEMOS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
WHO ARE YOU?
WHAT CAN YOU DO BEST?
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
Voiceover is a business. First and foremost. It requires an investment, which means you need to have one of two things: disposable income or willingness to put yourself in debt. The coaching, the $3000 professional demos, headshots, workshops, equipment...it's a lot. Which means that the industry favors the wealthy. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to succeed for those people & cultures statistically less likely to have disposable income. Do you have to work harder? Yes. Is it fair? No. But the industry is changing & becoming more open than ever to People of Global Majority & willing to give unvetted new voices a chance. The problem with that however, is you still need money - the great equalizer.
I believe in leveling the economic playing field as much as possible to give a chance to people who wouldn't otherwise have one. I know that it doesn't take a $3000 demo to book professional work because I've worked with exclusive national agencies & managers, producers & corporations with a self-made demo. Do I recommend everyone do that? Hell no. But it is possible to at least get your foot in the door with an Indie Demo. And that is what I provide - an Indie Demo - something to at least get your foot in the door until you can afford to work with "the big boys".
I prioritize People of Global Majority / BIPOC voice actors & those who are economically disadvantaged. This means my rates are lower because I am not a "professional demo studio".
Your demo is not for you. I know that sounds strange, so I'll say it again. Your demo is not for you. It's for casting directors & clients. Your demo should communicate that you understand your clients needs & can provide for them. It is not about "look what I can do"! It takes time & study to understand market trends, where you fit, & what you can do. So, If you have not received any coaching or booked any major work in the field you want your demo, STOP NOW. Don't waste your money. I could take your money & drag you through a good performance & give you a great demo - one that you will outgrow quickly & need to spend more money on to re-record. If your instincts aren't honed, you will fail in the booth. Not only is that false advertising, but it shows a deep misunderstanding of the industry, unprofessionalism, & it wastes your client's time if they have to recast. BE KIND TO YOURSELF & get some coaching before you try to do a demo. If you would like help with that, I am happy to help you with coaching classes and happy to refer you to other great coaches!
Myself and many producers & agents believe that a demo should show not just what you can do, but who you are , what makes you unique, and what you do well. VAs should come to the demo process with at least a general understanding of what genres your voice works well in, which you'd like to target, & some idea of the character types you want to highlight that are your best.
But don't worry - I provide a FREE consultation to assess your individual goals & demo readiness, get to know you, your talent, your dreams, and your mindset to get you a demo that is YOU! Not sure if whether you're ready or not? Take the ...
MAKING AN AWESOME DEMO
WHAT IS AN "INDIE" DEMO?
Professional demos are written & recorded in-studio with a professional production company whose sole purpose is to make demos. Those production companies have a "signature sound" that varies from place to place that lets agents & other producers know that you spent the $$$ BIG BUCKS $$$ (generally between $2000-$3000). While I am not a recognized production company, I have worked in every facet of VO, work with writers who work in professional studios, and engineers who work in professional studios. All of them believe in giving a shot to the underrepresented. Your demo will be considered an "indie" demo, something to at least get your foot in the door until you can afford to work with "the big boys". It is ideal for those who are getting their first demo or are still honing their talent & expect to outgrow their demo in a year or two. My prices reflect this, and it is important to me that I do not represent myself as more than I am, and you are armed with all the information you need to appear professional and be successful.
The man with the magic ears, in charge of making your commercial demo sound silky smooth. Sound designer, voice actor, worlds most okayest dad and person who is easily entertained. Lover of Indie artists/musicians and spaceflight hobbyist.
Resident audio ninja, and literal podcast doctor, in charge of making your character demo sound magical. Known for his work on award-nominated immersive audio dramas from AudiOhm such as How I Died, Crowley, and more!
Let's meet to talk about your experience, your specific demo goals, and what styles you'd like to target and work toward.
These are no GENERIC scripts - these are made specifically for you and your strengths! Price is for choice of one Commercial OR Character demo script.
Have Paytrk lend his magic ears to listen to your space and provide basic feedback & evaluation of your recording space for demo readiness.
Hire me to direct your demo at home or at a professional studio to bring out your best performance! Price does not include studio rate. Most demo sessions are one hour per set. Budget for 1.5 hours for safety.
One of our amazing audio engineer partners will make you sound silky smooth & production-ready with SFX & mixing of your demo.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO YOU CHARGE PER HOUR FOR DIRECTION?
I round to the nearest half-hour. The average studio charges round-hour rates, meaning if your session lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, you're charged for 2 hours. I charge per half-hour instead. This means that if you go over the minimum anticipated 1 hour, you will not be charged for 2 hours but 1.5. Keep in mind that if you choose to record at a studio, you will need to pay their rate (and whatever their rounding policy is) in addition to my direction rates.