Dan's Voice Acting Do's & Don'ts


A stock image of a chess board with black and white pieces facing off. Strategy. You have to have one to succeed.

The following is an ever evolving list of Dan Foster's voice acting, "do's and do not's" acquired over years of experience. Some are regarded as business standards, none of it is either right, or wrong. It is up to you to build a strong business strategy that works best for your individual voice over business.

 

DO: AUDITION SMART

Focus on what's in your wheelhouse. But never limit yourself.

DON'T: BE AFRAID

Take chances. How can you make your read distinctive, yet still you?


DO: SUBMIT ASAP

Even if the deadline is days away.

DON'T: TREAT EMAILS LIKE TEXTS


Professional work emails don't involve emojis. Keep it short. Time is money.


DO: RECORD SMART


Your home studio audio quality, should be at professional recording studio level.


DO: STAY CONNECTED

Keep your finger on the pulse of the industry. It is constantly changing.


DON'T: GIVE UP

90% of auditions result in "FAILURE." The truth is, you didn't actually fail, lose it, blow it, F it up...it was never yours to begin with. But if you give in and give up - you will miss 100% of the auditions you don't take.

- Jack Angel


DO: BE ON TIME

When you're on time, you're late. When you're early, you're on time. 10 minutes.

DON'T: SAY NO. ASK QUESTIONS


You are in the business of creating real, authentic characters and telling their stories with a team of creatives. If anyone at any time ever asks you, "Do you have any questions?" you say YES! That's your chance. You alone are not creating this character. You should have questions from the minute you read the specs, the character brief/bio, the script, etc. up to the minute you're on set/in the booth. Who knows, maybe you even have questions after the project is released! Anything from artwork to music, to the copy and the you speak could change at any given moment up to the day of recording.