Voice Over Demo Production
A voice over demo is the voice actor’s business card, portfolio and sampler all in one. It showcases the voice artist’s craft and how they deliver messages, whether commercial, corporate, eLearning, explainer, telephony, gaming, animation or audiobook. A great demo shows a voice seeker what the actor is capable of and is one of the most important marketing tools a voice actor will invest in.
A Top Notch Demo Director
The first thing your voice demo needs to show is your baseline voice and how you handle a simple conversational read. The second cut should always be something contrasting. Kim Handysides has directed and produced dozens of excellent quality voiceover demos for voice over actors. A long time prolific and successful voice actor herself, Kim knows on a cellular level what a demo needs to capture a clients’ ear.
30 years of experience as a top commercial voice over earner herself and industry respected for her insight into corporate and eLearning narration, Kim cares about making certain the demos she produces honestly showcase the best a voice talent has to offer. Her biggest concern is not only helping a talent get an ROI on the demo they make together but making a marketable tool that will sustain and grow a talent’s business.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Kim is terrific to work with and helps create great demos at a fraction of the cost of other producers. From script selection to live direction to production choices, she walks you through the entire process wonderfully.
“After several years away from the v/o world, I needed a new voice demo to kickstart my re-entry. I am so grateful that I had Kim’s expertise and mentorship to guide me through this step. She so willingly shares her knowledge of the industry and her being a successful woman helping other women to achieve their level of success is so commendable!”
“My demos are just EXCELLENT!!! ‘m really amazed and excited about what Kim and her team did…and so appreciative. Kim brings such focus to her demo production, creating custom tailored scripts to show your strengths and personality, and pushes until she’s confident you’ve given your best. The most important thing to her, is for you to be a success! Her standards are impeccable and her demo production is just one more proof she excels in everything she does!”
“I am so grateful to have Kim as a coach and for demo production. She will give you specific exercises so you can master a variety of reads for every genre!”
“I really enjoyed working with Kim on my voice demo. It was such a speedy return on my investment! I booked a job from my demo alone within a month of recording it. I made my money back on that one job. I learned a lot about voice work and the industry in Montreal. Kim has so much experience to share, it’s like a proper mentoring experience; not just a demo recording. Kim got to know me as we spoke over the phone a few times. She developed original material that would suit my voice and type and I think she was spot on. Kim was a wonderful director for the session, and I learned so much about my own range and sound. The final product is a professional demo that I’m proud of and I can’t recommend Kim enough.”
Are you demo ready?
If you’re a full time professional (aka people pay you for your services) voice over talent and you book regularly, you are probably demo ready. In that case, if you book demo production with Kim this is what you get:
A consult to discuss your needs, nice, markets you’re in and markets you’d like to get in. Agreement on what deliverables you’d like exactly and a timeline within which to lay that down. Next, we have…
Custom Copy Written Just for you
Each cut is written with you, your voice, your performance and marketing goals in mind. Kim works with an industry pro who’s written thousands of spots. We send you the copy with directions ahead of time and then you book your…
Recording Session with Kim
You record in your studio so the material produced on your demo is a faithful representation of the audio quality you will deliver to your clients. Kim directs you and takes the time needed to pull out your best takes, just as any director worth their salt would in a studio session. Then…
Kim works with a top-quality sound engineer, one of the best in the business. Together they do a music and sfx search and review which takes to use and which cuts go where. The sound engineer does his mix and Kim reviews, then sends you copies for…
You listen and love. If at this point you have any tweaks to propose or suggestions, Kim notes them and goes back nto production to sort that out with the sound engineer. And finally, you get your…
Payment is due upon delivery.
Pre-Demo Production Performance Coaching
Before agreeing to produce your demos, Kim wants to hear what you’ve already done to make certain you are demo ready. An mp3 of another demo or work done will suffice. If Kim believes you need coaching before she agrees to produce your demo, she will go over why. Every voice actor is different and there is no one size fits all answer to how many sessions may be required to bring you to being demo-ready. You may need one session, or you may need ten. The goal is to help you get to the point where you can consistently deliver great performances, like the ones you will showcase on your demo, so you can book voice work.