Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Rule 17

Hey there!

You’re in for a long discussion if you ever ask me about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills.

It’s essential.

So, every so often, I like to roll out items from this list from Emma Coats, who used to work at Pixar as a story artist, and who serially tweeted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

I’m sharing with you one of these rules every so often, along with how you can apply each rule to your VO artistry.

Today, Rule 17…

No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.

This plays right into my plea for you to stop over-auditioning.

What do I mean by that?

I mean the tendency that some VO artists have to voice a piece of copy for an audition 5, 10, 20 times, then cut and paste from “the best” of them into one Frankensteined submission.


Don’t do that.

Instead, know that if you have faith in yourself, and you’re well trained and well prepared, you can actually get an audition accomplished in one or two takes.

And if you do that, you’ll find that you can audition for more, and that your auditions will become better. You’ll make stronger choices faster.

And no wasted effort. Leaving you plenty of time to do more stuff to help your VO career soar.

And if you make a mistake – you’ll learn from it. Just don’t waste time making a lot of them with the same piece of copy.

Kill it, and move on.



Next rule?

Artist, know thyself.

I’ll share that with you next time.


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  1. “voice a piece of copy for an audition 5, 10, 20 times, then cut and paste from “the best” of them into one Frankensteined submission.” Oh – other people do that too? I’ve stopped doing it, and I thought I was being a slacker and just not caring. Thanks for giving me permission to move on.

  2. Love this Daivd..the more you have confidence in yourself as an artist/storyteller, the more confidence you have as that artist and storyteller…and your work will show exactly that art!