QUICK Q&A ABOUT VOICE DEMOS
(Protometa sent these questions by fanmail but I’m answering them in this format because this might be helpful for you too. Full disclosure: I don’t mind helping once in a while, but I am also the kind of troll who enjoys listening to shitty anime demos on Youtube. There are forums devoted to this kind of discussion which are the best resource for this stuff. If you’re just getting started and you want to find a community to help foster your development, I recommend doing some googling. Anyway, caveat emptor.)
1) Structure. What are absolutely necessary parts to a demo? What kind of things do I need to say for an intro/outro?
The only truly necessary parts to a demo would be your characters. A lot of kids like to do these fancy intros with their name/year/date/time/current body temperature but it’s tacky and you can skip it. Don’t do an outro, no one is listening that far. If they want to cast you, they’ll know within like the first ten seconds.
2) Focuses. Multiple different voices? Wide ranges? Straight up acting ability?
Honestly though, if I’m listening to your demo, just don’t bore me. If you can make me laugh, that’s great. Don’t worry so much about trying to show off range if you don’t have any.
3) Material. Write my own? Or use pre-existing quotes?
Yes. Just be smart about it. None of this ‘I’m Sonic the Hedgehog’ shit. On second thought, go for it. You might not get the part, but it’d be hilarious.
4) Music. Necessary or no?
Music, sound effects, compression, whatever supports your performance. Ultimately, your performance is what matters.