13114: Applying The Jiu Jitsu Of Quality Over Quantity

Hey there, hero!

How many times have you approached decisions around the choices you make when doing auditions as “Sure, I can do that!” …when you clearly are not the type the character demands?

Like, way outside your age range, your lineage, your vocal style and more?

What about taking the time to choose your auditions based on how much you align with that character? Using a little jiu-jitsu on the situation?

We can sometimes go overboard in our zeal to be “versatile” or “agile.”

This podcast episode discusses the pitfalls of that and how to avoid them.

Do you find yourself forgetting just how good you are, as opposed to how many options you can create, when performing? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. This is good stuff David. Versatility and range have been such catch phrases of voice acting since I started. Ive always been told that these are MAJOR skills a voice actor MUST have in order to be more appealing to casting agents. And yet I know brand, natural voice abilities, and the other qualities you mentioned, are so readily available to use without going beyond. I dont know if this is what you meant. I am trying to do what is next in VO, vs. what I wish. What is next is sort of fitting in what you mentioned here. What is next is to make the small adjustments that are simple, and can work. And less of what doesn’t. As you say!

  2. RE: Podcast 13114.. Applying the Jiu Jitsu..Excellent reminder, David. I remember the popular thought years ago was to try and develop your weaknesses, but now, it’s all about IMPROVING YOUR STRENGTHS. Your Kit Kat bar was a great example. Another example is the Ferrero Rocher chocolate hazelnut balls, a great favourite of mine. Recently I saw their version of a hazelnut chocolate bar on sale for a ridiculously low price. I tried one but it wasn’t anywhere as good as the balls! Like you always say…”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”