by Jason McCoy 

Updated May 2020

In this episode of the Voice Acting 101 Podcast, you'll learn:

  • Pros and Cons of hiring a demo producer
  • How to build your demo AND make clients happier
  • How to improve by having your demo and audio quality checked

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  • Thanks for this! I’m in radio and have been pondering a VO career for far too long. I’ve read everything that’s out there that said the same thing-get a professionally produced demo. So it’s refreshing to hear you say a VO career can be achieved without paying through the nose. I’ve got dozens, probably hundreds of spots to choose from. Now I just gotta get off my butt and do it. Thanks for your podcast. I appreciate that they’re short and to the point. Great job! Aloha!

    • Thanks Michael! Glad you like the podcast. Just make sure the spot your choose are the best of the best.

  • Alan Wuertenberg says:

    Jason, thank you so much for discussing this topic. This is one that has bothered me for some time. Good to know that others felt the same way.

    • Happy to help Alan! It’s always nice to know something isn’t as hard or expensive as first thought.

  • Christian J says:

    Outstanding topic this week Jason! This has been the number one thing on my mind since I’ve been working on getting into VO. I had always heard “ you’ve got to have a professional demo “. My wife’s medical condition has made it impossible to afford a “professional demo”. But my question has always been, if a client is going to base his decision off my pro demo that sounds wonderful, what’s going to happen when I have to record the work he wants in my home studio? I decided a while ago that I’m going to take the time and learn my DAW and all the technics to produce my own professional demo. That way when they hire me from my demo they’re going to get their work with the same quality. I signed up for an excellent audio course that has taught me how to produce high quality VO sound. You podcast has lifted my confidence! Thank you Sir!

      • Christian says:

        Hello! I would be happy to answer that question, but unfortunately I’m not sure if Jason would be cool with me doing that on his site, as he may offer his own courses. Check with him, and if he’s ok with it, then I will gladly give you the answer that you seek. I would need to see a confirmation from him. Maybe could put it with my comment. Thank you for understanding.

      • Christian says:

        Hello! I would be happy to answer that question, but unfortunately I’m not sure if Jason would be cool with me doing that on his site, as he may offer his own courses. Check with him, and if he’s ok with it, then I will gladly give you the answer that you seek. I would need to see a confirmation from him. Maybe could put it with my comment. Thank you for understanding.

  • Thanks Jason! You helped to clear up a lot of confusion I had about this.

  • Hi Jason,
    My demo is self-produced. I haven’t gotten any hires as a result..yet. I have auditioned for ACX and got hired to do four books so far. But that wasn’t because of my demo. I’m using Upwork right now, but not hires so far.

    • Hi Granita, an evaluation can tell you exactly what’s missing from your demo and give you an overview of anything preventing you from being hired.

    • Hey Granita,
      How did you get hired to do books? I would love to, but I’m not sure how to get started.
      Thank you!

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