Commercial Audition Techniques
Learn the trends, how to prepare for an audition, and how to hone your delivery and direction skills.
Trends in Commercial Work
Is there a contemporary commercial sound? We’ll discuss the expectations for delivery styles among casting directors, agents and producers. We’ll survey samples of trending ads. We’ll explore what sounds sell for specific products and services, and how to create your own commercial signature inside and outside these trends.
What’s involved in optimal preparation? We’ll go over simple warm ups and keys to vocal health. We’ll practice the methods of the blank slate, mapping, and varying your reads. We’ll begin to establish a prep process that works for you.
How do you land the chance to be heard, and increase the amount of times you are? We’ll walk through research and rehearsal techniques. We’ll cover commercial demo guidelines, and how to design and craft a demo that showcases you. We’ll review the top 3 methods for securing an audition and the top 3 rules of networking etiquette.
Delivery and Direction
How and how much is delivery informed by direction? We’ll review and record copy in major commercial genres with and without specs. We’ll learn to incorporate direction through our own interpretation. We’ll investigate the 2nd take, and make alternative choices organically.
Carol Monda is a veteran actor of stage, TV and film, and a voiceover artist whose clients include Turner Classic Movies, McDonald’s, Discovery ID, The Guggenheim, NY Historical Society, HSBC, Red Cross, CitiCorp, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She is also an Audie-Award winning audiobook narrator of over 450 titles across many genres. She has designed and led classes in acting, voice and speech, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis, accent reduction, audiobook narration and a broad range of commercial and narrative voiceover. Carol has been an adjunct professor in both commercial voiceover and narration at NYU’s Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. Currently, she coaches, teaches classes and directs VO demos. Carol is a member of Actors’ Equity Assn and Sag-Aftra, where she serves on its National Audiobook Steering Committee.
Class Notes: no special prep is required.
May 16, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm
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