13131: How Quickly Does Casting Abandon Your Audition?

Hey there, hero!

This past week or two, I’ve heard some really amazing numbers regarding two numbers – and actors and VO talent complaining about both.

We only have ourselves to blame, and we need to stop grousing and be at peace with them.

What are these two important metrics?

One is the number of auditions that casting directors get for each role, or what ACX rights holders get in terms of submissions from narrators. (The numbers are likely similar in other categories of on-camera or VO work.)

The other is how many seconds before someone reviewing your audition will move on to the next one if you’re simply not right.

You might be surprised at how minuscule that number is.

And it means you need to be aware and OK with both of those numbers…because we’ve brought it on ourselves in the quest for better access to projects.

Yep. It’s our fault, and the numbers speak for themselves.

Now that you know these numbers (watch or listen to get them), how do you feel about them? Are you thinking that they are patently unfair? Still shaking your fist at the heavens? Or are you accepting and understanding of them? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Is is strange that this podcast inspired me? LOL! I am still working on my skills and recording space so I can record my first (commercial) demo so I can get in the game at all. The small chance we have of booking once in the game feels HUGE compared to the ZERO chance of booking when we aren’t even out there yet. I am in the middle of the Voice123 courses right now and I am absolutely itching to be ready to give it a go! You can’t win if you don’t play. (But with mad skills, of course.) Woo hoo! Let’s go!

  2. What a fascinating (and very useful) statistic, David!
    And at the same time a bit of a terrifying one, when translated into the actual number of words that are likely to be spoken in those five seconds – probably no more than 12 to 14 words, depending upon the Narrator’s speed of delivery.