Death by Home Studio
You can kill your career if you start auditioning from home before you’re ready:
Switching from auditioning at your agency to auditioning at home could be the worst thing to happen to your career! True, it can free up a lot of time spent driving to and from your agent. But it can kill your ability to produce a good audition.
Many voice actors aren’t yet ready to take the reins as their own director and sound engineer.
Switching to home auditioning can lose you valuable input from your agent’s booth operator. Reading solo at home means you must now “diagnose” your audition copy, self-direct, record and edit yourself without feedback. That’s a lot of specialized hats to wear!
The ability to do all this well is something that few newbies yet possess (though they may not realize it). This often results in a significant (even catastrophic) drop off in audition quality and bookings.
Be very careful about making this transition! Seek a lot of feedback from your agent to make sure your performance is as good as it needs to be. I still do!
Home auditioning is a terrific convenience and freedom for those ready for it, just don’t let it kill your career!
An exception here might be if you have an ISDN set up in your home studio, and your agent (if they are up for it) could dial in and direct you and even record you at their end. This option isn’t cheap. You pay for line usage with an ISDN and the hardware is a sizeable front end expense. But this option can offer you the direction and feedback you may still need while giving you the freedom to audition (and possibly even work) from home.
Thanks to voice-director Donna Grillo for suggesting the “perils of home auditioning” theme!