I wouldn't apply for professional work with a self-made demo reel. The mix is really off with the voice occasionally underpowered compared to the music. I also don't feel like this shows your full acting potential. It's a hit or miss with the acting. These two reasons are the main reasons why anyone in general shouldn't self-produce a demo reel. A sound engineer would be able to mix down the track to where sound effects and music wouldn't overpower your voice. A good demo producer would help direct you and push your acting to the best it can be (at least for your first few demo reels). Since this is your first demo reel, I can reasonably guess that you're also inexperienced with voice acting. Therefore, you simply don't have the experience to self-direct and push yourself to be your best (hey, I don't have the experience either).
If you're serious about professional work, here's my equally serious feedback. You kept it to a minute long and that's good. Keep it that way. You should start your reel with a spot that uses your real voice instead of a character voice. It's the voice professionals will be looking for and it's the voice that you'll sustain the best during work. Your accent is also a little strong and I had trouble understanding what you're saying in English. I'm making a reasonable assumption that English isn't your first language and that's fine. I suggest studying the American neutral accent if you hope to pursue North American work. Otherwise, your options for professional work is going to be very limited.
Unfortunately unless you're able to ditch the accent, honestly I think you're gonna have a lot of trouble finding any quality work unless you decide to specialize in characters with your specific accent (I couldn't really tell what it was, but made everything incredibly hard to understand). Voice Actors are a dime a dozen so when people are looking for a specific dialect, they're generally gonna cast people from said region (something that really hits you hard if you're unable to do a really convincing American and/or English accent). I also agree with the above comment that the Demo Reel could use better mixing in order to allow you to shine more. Although I'd have to disagree on not applying for professional work with a self-made demo reel. If you manage to make a Demo Reel in the future that's really good and also really plays to your strong suits, I think there's zero problem with using a self-made one (unless you're at the point where you're ready to get yourself an agent and really go pro in which case yeah get it professionally done for sure).
Post by hedonisticactor on Jul 5, 2017 0:02:52 GMT -8
Thanks for the feedback. My accent (Finnish but people have also mistaken it for Swedish, Russian, German or French) has indeed on occasion cost me roles so generally when I audition I just hope my performance is enough to make project leaders to look over it. This does sometimes yield results as shown by this sample work (one the scene's where I'm in starts at 2:05): www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33HxJVJxeM But if I should try to learn better at mimicking American "neutral accent" what region would you recommend?
Now that I think of it I should probably lower the music level even more. I did start and end the reel with my normal voice but should I make the introduction longer?
The Hollywood American dialect (which to me seems like no accent at all, but that's probably because I'm from California myself). That's how everyone in the world views the American accent because that's where LA is which produces so much of the world's entertainment stuff like movies and videogames and what not.
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lanieuwer: in case it turns out I hate voice acting (unlikely) or I'm just too lousy to be successful (more likely)
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vytamind: The thing is that it is more about the quality of the sound than your level of acting or performance. Good equipment with a well-treated environment goes a long way
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vytamind: there may be good prices on mics somewhere. Maybe even looking at pre-owned equipment?
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lanieuwer: Okay, thanks again for the tips
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aaronlucht: Hey guys! Glad I found this spot, can't wait to meet ya'll.
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zell: sent you an email via your contact page off the site. Please send me some lines and I can audition for the role for you!
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Kh4n: hi there. I'm just checking out if this forum could be useful for a project I'm working on. I remember hearing about it a long time ago but didn't know if it still has same/similar rules. Best.
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zell: this forum is pretty good for it for sure
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Kh4n: cool. Hoping my project leader approves casting people from here.
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