I know, sounds a bit ridiculous doesn’t it? But that’s what happens when you don’t give yourself the tools to properly market yourself in your chosen profession. Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to intern at a local casting office. This is a very busy casting office with sometimes several different sessions going on all at once. Working in the room was great but I also really liked working at the front desk. I like greeting everyone, telling them which waiting room to head to and then shushing them when they got too chatty and loud. Right up my “I’m the boss/big sister/know-it-all” alley. When a talent would come in to audition, they present their headshot with a resume of previous work attached to the front desk so we could attach an info sheet for that particular casting. I was continually amazed at how many experienced working actors would come in without a headshot, or the picture was in black and white still (meaning it was at least 5-6 years old) or they were bald and the photo clearly has hair.
Voice Talent does the same thing. They sit on a demo that was produced back in the mid 90’s with a style that clearly is no longer current. They don’t have a website. They don’t promote or market themselves to those that can hire.
To me, this is tantamount to going into a Starbucks and being told they don’t have any coffee. Really? This is what you do for a living people. Get the beans. Grind the grounds. Foam the foam. Overcharge me. Ok that last one wasn’t really relevant but I couldn’t resist. Just so Starbucks doesn’t feel as if I’m picking on them, it’s as if McDonald’s didn’t have any burgers or the pretty Apple store with no overpriced Macs. There I go again.
Having the proper tools, up to date and relevant to today’s work and world is a basic responsibility of a talent. It’s hard enough to get hired, why make it harder on yourself by using old materials. Do yourself a favor, lose the 10 pounds, think about the image you want to portray and get thee to a photographer. Or not. But no griping when there are no calls or coffee for you.