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Naked Auditioning: The Art of Self Direction

10 years ago, voice talent waited by the phone for auditions, drove to cattle calls at recording studios, to be recorded by an engineer, directed by a producer, followed by more waiting for a booking.

Today, casting sites like Voice123, and ACX, and the very nature of internet-based collaboration removes the waiting from that process. Casting decisions are being made in moments, not weeks.

And voice artists now find themselves auditioning at home.


Late at night.

Wearing little or no clothing.

With no one to give them adjustments, feedback, direction or cheerleading, their auditions can become cookie-cutter, listless, or fall back to familiar archetypes of announcery, generic reads that lead to frustration, not bookings.

Let's take volunteers from the audience, put them on mike, direct their performances, and give them the tools, the vocabulary and the processes that all in attendance can use to make their auditions stellar.


  1. How can I make my VO auditions world-class, and compete with established VO artists?
  2. How can I figure out what the hell they want in a character or a read?
  3. How do I give myself a break - and not be so hard on myself?
  4. How do I avoid audition fatigue?
  5. How can I possibly live without a director or engineer to adjust my read for me?



David H. Lawrence XVII, Actor/Voice Talent,

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