You can audition for as many characters as you like! You can also audition for only the ensemble if that’s what’d you prefer. However, if you do choose to audition for a main character and do not get the part, you will still be a member of the ensemble. So regardless, even if you don’t get a main role, you will still be featured in the musical as part of the ensemble.
The actual auditions won’t be open for a little while (maybe a week or so) but this is the process we will be using:
Audition for Main Characters:
Acting Audition - There will be provided lines that you must act (just like a regular audition).
Vocal Audition: You will need to provide a one minute clip of a specified song for each character (ex. Veronica’s audition might be the belty part of Dead Girl Walking, Heather Chandler’s audition song could be the chorus of Candy Store, etc.). Along with that, we need another one minute sample of your singing voice. You can sing anything you want for this! Musical theatre, pop, whatever you want. You can also string together samples of different songs you’ve sang, like a vocal reel (example of a voice reel).
Vocal Audition - Provide a one minute clip of your singing. You can sing whatever you’d like! The more impressive auditions may receive roles like Bill Sweeney/Coach Ripper or Pauline Fleming.
After you’ve completed these, export each character audition as its own file (acting audition and vocal audition in one file) and put it up on the audition doc (which is not out yet no worries)!
Holla at the people who played Nexon Audition or are still playing on RedBana.
Lol I’m considering re-downloading redbana audition onto my computer after like a two year hiatus since it’s literally the most fun MMO I’ve played since sixth grade when it was on Nexon :B. I just remember when I first played ever there was that Natasha Bedingfield patch/event going on and Lifehouse for fucking days but those were the days of my socially awkward middle school through sophomore year days. But I would prolly cry in the process because those patches fuck with you mang and it literally would take days.
It’s like 2am and I’m having withdrawals after hearing ‘Where did your heart go missing’ on my dash and om memories.
Goddamn-if you’re still playing since pre RedBana or playing since the transfer I’m proud of y’all for sticking it out for 5+ years.
Hm... I'm enthralled now. How did you come to do voice acting? Was it a sort of, spur of the moment? Or was it more so like a passion you wanted to pursue after highschool/college? I've also begun to wonder. What do you specifically do to change the timbre of your voice? I assume its different for every voice actor out there and, given your experience, you've most likely developed a method no? Lastly, how do you land jobs? Do you need a specific talent or is it more so fitting the voice color?
I discover that voice acting is a thing. My time spent on Neopets noticeably dwindles for the moment.
(Also none of these are specific moments that I think made or broke my career, I am just offering all relevant moments in time)
A man by the name of Deven “Mac” notices my frequent postings on Newgrounds - my fervent spamming, more like - and informs me about Voice Acting Club. Kira Buckland, 10 years younger, is finishing up school soon and has begun plans for moving out of Alaska to pursue life in Cali
March 2007 - 2008
Amateur Voice Acting AHOY! I audition for a shitload of projects, mostly fandubs. Mostly Newgrounds. my voice is terrible but my enthusiasm and energy is unyielding. Mac helps me with basic tenets of voiceover techniques and I also exhibit some pretty shitty behaviors (delaying submitting lines for weeks because I’m nervous about ‘doing them wrong’).
I get accepted into Western Michigan on a scholarship. I decide to major in Film/Video/Media studies because it’s ‘the most similar to what I want to do’ (Voiceover) and decide to put more personal interests in as minors (Journalism, Japanese, Psychology).
The actual curriculum itself did jack shit for my career but it’s what I did during my time there that matters more.
Four years of college. I make friends within my interest groups but nearly all of my time is spent either in class or in my dorm room on my PC. OMGPOP is king of my time until Maplestory releases the Evan class.
More importantly, it was also the formative years of my freelance career.
I sign up for Voice123 membership. It goes horribly. Low ratings nearly all the time. I take on an audiobook job and deliver over-estimate by 7 goddamn months. Client is PISSED.
A site called VoiceBunny also crops up; more suited for quick one-off jobs that don’t need 'the perfect voice’, just a suitable one. Extremely reliant on being at your computer at a moment’s notice.
I have no social life.
This meshes well.
Within college, I am constantly involved in things related to acting/voiceover.
- On-campus Sexual Health Peer Education group (skits and lectures) all 4 years of attendance. This also gave me opportunities to record voiceover for segments needing 'voice of god’ - local radioplay group All Ears Theater (2 productions every 2-3 months, included a formal audition process and live performances in front of audiences for later broadcast via radio/web) - Audio Production class (as part of my Major) quick-learns me basic editing techniques, directly translates to my ability to do quickfire editing and turnaround now as a freelancer. - Continuing to do auditions for stuff for Voice Acting club. This is probably the most similar to many ‘Tumblr phase’ performers on here.
Over time, constant exposure + guidance from peers/my mentor helps me to hone my skills. I still tend to 'loud-act’ things, IE using an unnecessarily loud/forceful voice for simple business narration,but I’m beginning to understand the intricacies of different styles (Commercial vs. Promo vs. character, etc)
During winter break, on a ski trip with family, I learn about Anime Expo’s AX Idol competition. I tell my dad the one thing I want for my birthday present is funding to help go to this convention and compete. He obliges.
I go to Anime Expo and compete in AX Idol for voiceover.
Things DO NOT GO WELL. My victory at AX causes me to feel like I know what I am doing, leads to an almost 2 year stint of godawful delivery choices as I 'phone in’ performances like they’re just going to be good on foundation. My mentor is frustrated with me and at least one peer of mine actively thinks I don’t deserve the kinds of opportunities I’ve had over how hard he himself has worked.
I graduate from college, determine that the only way I’m going to make progress is by forcing myself into the community where the industry exists. If I’m going to get workshops and studio auditions and actual non-online work, I need to be where the work is.
Summer 2012, 2 months after graduation
I move from Michigan to California
I have enough savings to cover about a year of rent if everything goes horribly horribly wrong (including losing every single freelance client I’d slowly built relationships with during college), but it’s obvious I need to find work to continue to stay out here.
I take a Graveyard shift job at Stanley security. It sucks my fucking soul out.
Meanwhile by day, I am still doing my freelance thing. I let BangZoom know I am now local. I work with my mentor on piecing together a demo both from good bits I’d done before and fresh content written for the demo, something I can show off to clients that is good enough to be worth listening to but that I can admit “I am new to the area and aiming to get my foot in the door for more professional work so that I can update my portfolio accordingly”
The Workshop Grind
Workshops with BangZoom, with Crispin Freeman, with VoiceTrax West, etc.
Through character archetype classes, I begin to understand where my inherent strengths lie (I already had an idea from my freelance side, but now I was able to confirm those strengths by having actual professionals go “You made great choices”)
BangZoom, meanwhile, SLOWLY works me up the chain of trust. I get called in for unpaid walla sessions just to see if I can meet appointments on time and follow directions.
Then unnamed 1-time characters in a crowd.
Then unnamed characters you can hear.
Then a recurring unnamed character.
Then at some point I get audition sides for something called Sword Art Online, for Kirito and Diabel. I initially only plan on auditioning for Kirito (dem Protagonist dweams) but have a last-minute Skype Workshop with Crispin about my auditions and get feedback from him.
He recommends I still try out for Diabel because it plays into my strengths and “why the hell not?”
Pretty much my ONLY studio work is coming from BangZoom, and it’s not frequent. I quit my job at Stanley only because I had some extra savings now and wanted to force myself to 'git gud’ instead of letting a safety net of money keep me from pursuing more.
But slowly, SLOWLY, through BangZoom auditions and the occasional booking, web strings begin to attach.
Out of personal interest, I do a brief stint as a QA tester for NIS America. This also happens around the time BangZoom is casting for DanganRonpa and Fairy Fencer F. My employment didn’t affect my audition chances, but it did solidify NISA’s knowledge of me as a voiceover artist.
I do some work for Ys: Memories of Celceta for a company called XSEED. Nothing comes of it until almost 3 years later, when a new localization lead named Brittany recalls my performance from Ys and says “I think he could be a really good fit for this dude named Rean Schwarzer”.
I land work on Killer Instinct through BangZoom. The director of that LOVES my performance, proceeds to slowly bring me back now and again for recurring roles on stuff like Gundam IBO and other projects.
Back to XSEED.
I land my lead role in Trails of Cold Steel. Recording is at PCB Productions, who now knows I exist.
Everyone has a good time, I send my samples/demos to PCB (now updated further), they begin sending me THEIR audition sides as well.
At one point, a director for PCB I know well is collaborating with a studio called Cup of Tea on Akiba’s Beat. Kira has been working with Cup of Tea for YEARS but I had never had an opportunity to get in touch with them before now.
Director puts me in touch with Cup of Tea, who now knows I exist. Session goes decently, I tell them I am very interested in pursuing future work/auditions and would like to share my demos with them. They accept. For sake of time I will leave that thread where it is because I imagine you can understand what the underlying theme is.
Just a sporadic but progressive timeline of preparedness + Opportunity allowing me to expand my options.
Back to Workshop Side:
I continue actively pursuing workshops for other companies, especially VoiceTrax west. I sign up for “meet the pros” evenigns where I have a chance to perform + get feedback.
The workshop actively disclaimers that there is no expectation of getting work + it is intended to be a learning experience, but I go in with the mindset of “I’m going to leave them WANTING to work with me”.
With a much more thorough understanding of my strengths by now, I tend to do a formula of picking 1-2 characters I know I can do well, and one that is within my range but is relatively challenging. Worst case scenario I still leave a good impression, best case I completely surprise myself (and the host) and leave a lasting one.
This works out well. Said method greatly interests a representative from Mattel and one from Disney Parks (not the animation side, just the theme park side). I thank them for their time, ask if I can share demos with them/get their contact email, contact them and express interest in receiving audition opportunities.
Through one of these same workshops, I also meet my future agency, SBV Talent’s lead person Mary Ellen Lord. I do the same thing. Mary proceeds to circumvent SBV’s entire policy of “Referrals Only” representation to ask me to come to their offices to record an official application demo. Note that none of these workshop outcomes, or the workshops themselves, were things pointed to me by studios I was working for. This section was all self-driven/pursued (and also required me to be local).
Since then, I’ve been continuing the routine of doing freelance work from home, sending out auditions for studio-hosted projects when the sides are provided to me, and generally working with my mentor when I have questions about approaching a certain character. Either because of personal growth or recent portfolio additions (or both), my success rate with booking new roles has kind of shot up; I’m hoping this trend continues for the foreseeable future.
I dunno if you guys are keeping up with all the smtm6 contestant news, but a ton of really interesting rappers are auditioning instagram for it.
Naver sources say that Dynamic Duo will be judges/Producers for this season and a few months ago Bewhy said that he and Cjamm were gonna be producers (waiting for confirmation)
But Jay Moon NO:EL from Prima Music Group auditioned (You guys should remember NO:EL from Rapper school, he’s the contestant that dropped out from the competition)
Olltii is also reauditioning to SMTM, I’m really surprised by him coming out again but he did really well in season 3, and he’s been helping with the freestyle battles ever since so I’m glad to see he has a drive to return.
Heesun Lee is also a huge contender, she’s been getting both international and Korean support with her audition video and she’s just amazing <3
Sleepy of Untouchable mentioned wanting to audition. He has yet to upload a video but he might just go there in person and audition.
There are countless rappers that I’m hoping to see at the audition again. I don’t care if their idol or underground I’m just really excited. I’m hoping for Mkit Rain, Dickids, Valen Crew, Osshun Gum, Michelle Lee, Changmo etc. I would love if any of them go out ;_;
Also remember that there are Korean in person auditions, online auditions, New York, and LA auditions
does ambw have to be off anon? i'm willing to do that. can i suggest an ambw w/ rm and V where Candi (oc) is a great dancer and they find her really attractive but she's pretty shy. but she wants them too. it can be kinda rough, have fun with it. :)
Dance with Me:
Candi smiled nervously as she made her way into the bighit building looking around with excitement. She looked at her phone at the message about her audition following the long of girls and guys that were waiting outside of the studio. She started to breathe in and out of her nose deeply as she waited for her chance to come.
Candi had passed an online audition to come and dance for BTS is Korea. If she did well today she would be their backup dancer and she felt that her dream would finally come true. She had gotten everything paid for by them so of course she wouldn’t turn something like this down. But her only regret is that she wore her black spandex shorts with a long sleeved white under armor shirt, if she could redo this whole thing maybe she would’ve put on pants because the way the girls were eyeing her figure made her a bit shy.
But she knew she had looks, so instead of letting herself stress it out too much she combed through her hair letting her song play in her mind. She was going to do a dance to I’m on by Omarion and she knew that she had it down packed. She walked up slowly as the line moved watching people coming out the room with tears and she didn’t know if it was good or bad but it didn’t look like many were passing. She was also seeing quite the number of blacks as well as herself and she felt a bit better about being there.
When it was Candi’s turn she walked in the room looking around before she looked in the center seeing all of BTS sitting at a table and she felt her heart drop. They were so handsome in person and she could feel the tears in her eyes, but before she could completely make a fool of herself, their manager came and helped her set up what she needed.
She bowed at the members before the song started and she started to dance her heart out as if these were just any other guys at her house or at her local dance studio. She even had parts of the song where she shook her ass and turned her back to them. She didn’t know if this would be her only chance or not so she had to do it all. When the song was over she leaned over bracing her hands on her knees hearing claps and cheers from the table making her look at them and smile.
“Wow.. Is it Candi? I think you did wonderful.. One of the best we’ve seen here so far. I have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind.” Rap monster spoke up eyeing the girl with clear interest and want. He wanted that girl. She was beautiful brown skin, nice figure, lovely hair. He didn’t even care if it was real or not, he’d still pull it. Her ass shaking caused quite the stir in his pants and he would be lying if he said he wasn’t having perverted thoughts about the girl.
“Y-yes it’s Candi and sure ask away.. Oppa.” She said blushing softly not knowing if she should say that or not and everyone in the room smiled at her politeness and Rap Monster felt his pants stiffen up more as he coughed.
“Are you flexible? With your schedule and with your limbs. And if we hire you, will you work hard to please us no matter what?” Namjoon asked having a deeper hidden meaning under all of his questions.
“I came from the States everything was paid for, but I have my things packed because I knew it could go either way and a apartment ready to buy today if I get this. So I can be ready to work today. I am very flexible, I have been dancing forever so the limbs just got right. And I would love to please you, to please all of BTS in anyway possible no matter if it hurts, I’ll get through it!” She smiled brightly.
Taehyung groaned softly knowing what Namjoon was up to but this girl was so oblivious he just wanted to push her against the wall for being so cute and it added to her overall appeal. Namjoon nearly moaned out loud when she said she would do it even if it hurted and he wanted to test her theory out. He looked around the table seeing Taehyung shift a bit and they shared a brief look of understanding before Namjoon eyed the girl again.
“Candi, let Taehyung lead you to a dance practice room, I want you to start today, and I will come check on you guys soon.” Namjoon said with a nod before all of BTS stood up and congratulated her.
Candi screamed jumping up and down in happiness that everything worked out her way, watching as Taehyung smirked and walked to her leaning down to whisper in her ear. “I hope you’re ready to get sore.” He coed softly before he walked out the room.
Candi blushed but she followed the taller male down the hall, squealing when her grabbed her hand to keep her close to him, looking at all the fans looking at her with rage and dirty looks and she knew already things would come up behind this, but honestly she didn’t care. She was now a dancer for BTS and one of her favorites was holding her hand.
Taehyung turned the corner getting in an elevator with the girl looking down at her. “I’m glad I got to meet you, you’re going to relieve so much stress.” He said licking his lips and Candi watched him finding herself thinking dirty thoughts about him but she would keep it to herself as she nodded.
Candi walked behind him when the elevator stopped looking around at all the practice rooms watching as Taehyung opened up one and quickly pushed her against a cold mirror causing her to yelp and look at him with wide eyes.
“O-oppa what are you doing?!” She asked groaning when he kissed her lips, placing his plump ones on her own and she pulled back pushing at his chest before she felt herself blushing and glaring. “I-I am not that kind of girl, I came here to dance not to be a fucktoy.” She said with a whisper softly sighing when Tae cupped her chin making her look at him.
“I don’t want you to be a fucktoy. I want you to be my friend, maybe more, and my dancer. But can you blame me for wanting you after I had to watch you bounce that ass.. Maybe you should bounce it on my dick.” Taehyung said letting his voice drop lower and Candi shivered looking down at his crotch smirking slowly as she cupped his member.
“Oh my, Candi made you hard didn’t she? I’m so sorry oppa. I’ll fix it..” Candi said lifting his shirt up before she kissed his lips pushing him against the mirror, reversing their position and Taehyung moaned into the kiss, leaning his hands down to grab at her ass pushing her closer to him, surprised when she broke the kiss and started to trail her mouth down his body.
Taehyung grabbed at Candi’s hair as she got on her knees and undid his sweats pulling them down with his boxers. Taehyung groaned watching as she grabbed his dick starting to pump it slowly before she wrapped her lips around it sucking his head and he let his hand rest firmly behind the back of her head, letting her know she wasn’t going to get out of this. He started to thrust into her mouth slowly watching as she took him through her lips letting him hit the back of her throat as she swallowed.
Candi kept her eyes on Taehyung letting him fuck her mouth as she swirled her tongue around his member trying to find his sensitive spots. She heard the door open and when she jumped and tried to pull back Taehyung roughly pushed her head back down his dick making her choke a bit as he held her head watching as Namjoon entered the room. “It looks like someone wants to play with us.” Taehyung said watching as Namjoon stripped off his shirt and knowing him, he didn’t have on boxers.
Candi watched Taehyung would wide eyes groaning when he released her, and she looked behind her seeing Namjoon leaning against the wall adjacent to them. She felt her cheeks flush as the dimpled male made his way to her not saying anything to her just pushing her down on the ground.
“I want you.. And I don’t have much in me for foreplay. Oppa is very needed and we need to make this round quick because you need three more members to dance with you. But I will give you this, you’re something to make me want you, I never go after dancers, and I promise you will be the only one I touch. Now be a good girl and strip.” Namjoon commanded pulling back.
Candi nodded her head as she got on her knees, taking off her long sleeved shirt before her bra throwing it to the side, then laying on her back as she stripped herself of her shorts and soaking panties. Namjoon smiled undoing his jogging pants before he looked up at Taehyung.
“Do you want her mouth again or do you want her pussy?” Namjoon asked.
“I got to feel that wonderful tongue. Now you should, I want to fuck her pussy.” Taehyung said quickly putting her on her knees watching as she looked back at him, his hands coming up to jiggle and slap at her ass cheeks spreading her legs wide as he rubbed his fingers up and down her pink folds watching as Namjoon took down his pants laying down in front of the girl.
Candi crawled up a bit letting her tongue lick around Namjoon’s member, her hand trying to fist him as she sucked on his head harshly tasting some of his salty and sweet precum. She shuddered letting her head bob up and down his member slowly as she felt Taehyung enter inside of her. Candi moaned around Namjoon’s member causing him to thrust his hips up to make his member slide down her throat.
Taehyung groaned at how tight she was his hands grabbing at her breast pulling on her nipples as he started to slowly thrust into her tight walls, his dick marking her insides as his territory. Taehyung moaned when she started to roll her hips back, his mouth starting to kiss up her spine as he fucked her a bit harder and faster watching as she took Namjoon deeper.
Namjoon threaded his fingers in her hair thrusting his hips faster into her mouth, holding her eye contact as she started to slurp and moan around his member, her teeth grazing across his flesh and Namjoon rolled his head back not wanting to be to loud. He started to buck his hips a bit faster inside of her mouth trying to keep his pace with Taehyung.
Candi started to moan like crazy around Namjoon’s length letting her jaw relax as he fucked her mouth and Taehyung fucked her pussy. Both males were stretching her really good and she was enjoying every moment of it. She bounced her pussy back on Taehyung’s dick as she started to drip more her walls tightening around him as she felt her orgasm coming closer.
Her stomach tightened up as she felt Taehyung starting to pound into her pussy his hands coming down to spank her ass, turning her ass red as Namjoon continued to thrust up into her throat making her mouth sore as she continued to make loud lewd slurping noises around his dick.
Taehyung reached down starting to rub Candi’s clit harshly wanting to get her off first. He saw her arch her back a bit and he smirked curving his dick upwards to hit her spot dead on with each thrust his hand getting wetter from her juices as she squirmed around, moaning louder around Namjoon’s dick and Taehyung could they were all getting close.
Candi arched her back cumming first on Taehyung’s dick as he pounded against her spot erasing her thoughts of how to do anything right, her pussy clamping down on his member as she felt him cum inside of her with a groan and she was so happy she was on the pill. She took his cum deep inside of her rolling her eyes a bit as some spilled down her legs.
Namjoon watched the scene in front of him, Taehyung grabbing at her shoulders slamming her back slowly on his dick and Namjoon couldn’t help but cum in her mouth from the way she continued to make noise around his dick causing him to release a lot.
“Candi~!” Namjoon moaned out quietly as he watched her slurp up all of his cum and clean him off. Namjoon pulled out of her mouth pulling her face to his, kissing her lips deeply as he tasted himself shoving his tongue into her mouth.
“Yeah… I think Taehyung has a lot more dancing skills to teach us both.” Namjoon said with a smirk, which he would use that lie to get the three of them to have fun a lot and Taehyung nodded his head liking that plan a whole lot.
UGHHH I’M SO SORRY IT SUCKED ITS LIKE 4 AM AND I REALLY WANTED TO THIS BUT I AM SOOOO NOT SATISFIED! D: Forgive me anon</3
Victoria Beckham’s letter to her 18 years old self.
I know you are struggling right now. You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college. You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls. You have bad acne. You think the principal has put you at the back of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front. (This may or may not be true.)
There is a red telephone box outside the school and you have just rung your parents, crying, “I can’t do this, I miss home, I’m not good enough.” And Mum has told you to come home. “We’ll go to Lakeside and buy a new pair of shoes,” she said. It’s tempting. But then Dad got on the phone: “Stay there, prove everyone wrong.” If you’d listened to Mum, you would be going to Lakeside. (Shoes are important, just not right now.) It would be theeasy solution. And I’m writing to jolly you along, to offer consolation and encouragement, and to tell you, aged 18, to be strong.
You haven’t forgotten being bullied at school, have you? Do you recall that first day at secondary school? Most children were wearing their own coats and had the latest cool bag, but not you. Kitted out in the full St Mary’s High School uniform, you stood in the freezing playground while other teenagers walking past threw soggy tissues and old Coke cans that they plucked from the puddles. But the thick skin that you developed then is already standing you in good stead, and it will do so for the rest of your life.
Your complexion will sort itself out (in fact you will launch your own make-up brand); as soon as the Eighties are over, your perm will die down, and your weight will settle itself. At school you eat Super Noodles and boxes of Frosties because they say they are fat free, and you will endure many other silly fad diets (including an addiction to green juices). Instead, learn to embrace your imperfections – that is what I want to tell you. Let your skin breathe; wear less make-up. (And don’t ever let that make-up artist shave your eyebrows! The effects last forever.) You will always be addicted to Elnett hairspray but you will tone it down. Less of the “Hello! I just got stuck in a wind tunnel”, please. And I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs. All those years I denied it – stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.
Do answer an ad in The Stage, looking for candidates to form a new girl band. Line up around the block and audition to change your life. You love musicals – Miss Saigon, Cats, Starlight Express and Les Misérables – so you will perform “Mein Herr” from Cabaret, while everyone else sings a Madonna song. You haven’t yet heard of the internet or electronic mail or smartphones. Nor have you perfected the art of the selfie for Instagram (you can’t even turn on a computer right now, and Dad still drives to London to send a telex). But one day you will find that audition performance again online, and at the same time discover that your name brings up 47,800,000 search results on Google.
The judges of the competition will match you to four other girls, all misfits in their own ways. Together you will make it OK to look different. And, as the Spice Girls, you will sell 75 million records. You cannot possibly imagine your future life right now. You will travel on private planes, visit incredible countries, stay in fantastic hotels. (At the beginning, you will steal the hotel mini shampoos, shower gels and conditioners, but you soon realise that they leak in your suitcase – often disastrously.) You will storm into people’s offices, leap on to tables in hotels and go crazy (although you will also be the one checking that the table isn’t going to collapse). You will meet Nelson Mandela, Mariah Carey and Elton John. But please, I implore you, keep a diary. There will be so many amazing moments, and you will forget.
There will also be down days and bad days. You will often be so busy that you will be in a different country every day. And being young and a bit silly, you’ll complain and sit in hotel rooms and moan about being tired. Go out and see the country where you are. Go to galleries, go to museums. Soak up the culture. You are lucky to be there. If you don’t join the Spice Girls, you might always be that insecure person in that little shell, and you will never become who you truly are. With this in mind, be kind, be polite, be considerate of others’ feelings, because I know that every one of us would sit here now and say they’re not the main culprit, but we didn’t fully appreciate each other a lot of the time. So practise what you preach when you sing “friendship never ends”, and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
You are going to have so much fun with your clothes – PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself. Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed. Wear sunglasses a lot. Even inside. Especially at airports. They turn a nothing-outfit into something quite pulled together and cool. You are going to really like Aviators. (Then one day you will develop your own!)
On boyfriends and lasting love: learn more about football, especially the offside rule. And yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy. While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.) I’m afraid that most of your first dates will be in car parks, which is not as seedy as it sounds. It is because your manager, Simon Fuller, will warn you, “Don’t let anyone see you out together or you’ll get hounded.” At the time, you won’t understand why.
You are going to be very, very famous, both for the band you form and because of the man you marry, and then later for a fashion business you will launch in your own name. You will get used to fame. Although you cannot set a price on losing privacy, you will learn to use celebrity to your advantage. For good things. For charity. One day you will have the privilege to campaign on behalf of the United Nations to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Aids in Africa. And people will listen. Changes will happen. That is not to say you won’t be affected by what you see of yourself in the press. It will hurt you when people comment on your weight. It will continue to upset you whatever age you are, because we women are very tough on ourselves.
The paparazzi will become part of your life, their long lenses waiting. Some are nice, some not. They may make your children cry, or they may give you a compliment – but you will not be able to control every image they publish. When you are pregnant with Brooklyn, they will snap you sitting by the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles in a black-and-white bikini, and the picture will make the front page of a British newspaper. It is an unkind shot and so upsetting that for the rest of the tour you will barely leave your hotel or sit outside. And I’m the same now. Do I relax on the beach in a bikini? No. I am still hugely self-critical, and because of that I can be a little uptight. My 60-year-old self would probably say the same thing to me as I am telling you now: enjoy yourself a little more. Be less image-conscious. Learn to relax. You are going to make mistakes – of course you are. You will be super-super-successful, but you will find out that you can lose it all much more quickly than you can earn it. That is a hard lesson to learn. Collectively, I now see, the Spice Girls were victims of our own success, believing we could do anything, that the sky was the limit, that we could do it all on our own. You will learn from that, and when you have another opportunity you will not lose it again.
On being a mother: once you are a parent, you worry. And you are going to have four, so that’s a lot of worry! Mum likes to say, “You might be 42, but I still worry about you.” Children mean that you will be constantly tired and will develop big bags under your eyes. Your children will always come first, but never forget who you are and what you want to achieve. Is it possible to have it all? To be a successful working mother? You will hear this question asked by many women as you grow older. What you will realise is that by working hard, yet always putting family first, it will be possible to achieve that balance. Nothing will be perfect, but it is only now that I have learnt to appreciate all I have and all I have been blessed with. I am happy.
A word on school sports day: never wear platform heels and flares if you have to take part in the mothers’ race. And never believe another mum when she says she will stick with you at the back of the race. Because she won’t. And when they announce, “It’s the taking part that counts,” it’s not. It’s all about winning. You will shout at home but never at work. Be a nice boss. Ultimately, go with what you think, but don’t smother those who are talented. (If they are not, then admittedly I get frustrated – I’m not very tolerant.)
On marriage: have patience. Bite your tongue. Be supportive. And preserve a bit of mystique. Never let yourself go completely (at least brush your hair, clean your teeth, have a bit of a brow going on because you will always want him to look at you and feel attracted). Always make time for each other. Because if you don’t, everything will revolve around the children and I’m not sure how sexy that is! And do not forget the person you fell in love with. You will follow your man around the world, moving from Manchester to Spain, and then America. In Spain you will revel in watching him enjoy some of his best footballing days. Spain is also where you will lay the foundations for your own fashion brand by collaborating with others on denim and sunglasses.
But I need to warn you: a lot of your time there will be really hard. I’m not afraid to say now what a horribly difficult time it was. People will say awful things. You will be a laughing stock. Every time you turn on the television or look at a newspaper it will seem as though someone is having a go at you and your family. You will learn how mean other women can be. (And it will teach you always to support the women around you, to take them on a journey with you.) Others would crack under the pressure, but you won’t. Use that time to close off, to focus, work hard and protect the children. In relationships people will throw obstacles in your way, and you either manoeuvre around them or you trip up. You will never discuss with David how many children you both want; you don’t say to each other, “Where shall we live?” You don’t discuss any of that because you will be young and in love. Even when you don’t necessarily want the same thing, your support for each other will mean that you will stick together and grow up together. And it will be worth it.
Most days, you will look at your life and think, “Wow! I was never the one who was supposed to get all this.” I want to tell you that I still feel that way now. Recently I was in New York for the British Vogue cover shoot in a penthouse at the Carlyle hotel. I looked out of the window and I could see the sun shining and all the yellow cabs below and I pinched myself. You are going to have many of those moments. Don’t take them for granted.
Be More Chill is a musical following Jeremy Heere, an awkward junior in high school. After learning about the “Squip”, a supercomputer that plants itself in your brain and helps you “be more chill”, Jeremy buys one for himself. His life is quickly turned around as he is suddenly one of the coolest guys at school.
Our aim is to make an online production of this musical. We will cast actors to deliver lines and sing songs as well as find people to make animatics to accompany. We hope this will be a successful project. Starting with the casting of actors and artists, we will soon get to work on recording lines and animating scenes. All will be done in an orderly fashion. The only guidelines are:
- Have a good microphone
- Be 16 or older
- Will be required to read a few lines and sing a selected song and a song of choice
- Can audition for as many characters as you’d like
- Have a Skype to communicate with as well as an email that you check frequently
- A Casting Call Club or Behind the Voice Actors account is required for auditions, but you only need one (CCC is recommended as I find it easier to use, but either is fine as the project will be on both sites)
- Comfortable with digital art
- Have previous animatics/animations that we can see
^ If you don’t have either of those you can
-Show your art and make a mini animation/animatic after joining (you MUST be able to animate!)
- Be old enough to do the Do You Wanna Hang animatic without us getting in trouble
- Will communicate over Discord
So let’s have fun with this! Feel free to send in whatever questions you have. We hope to receive many auditions from both actors and artists alike!
One gripe I have with (free) online VA casting calls
Hey there. My name is Chazz Ravenelle and I’ve been an online voice actor for about four years.
Most of the work I’ve done was provided/presented to me through friends, creative connections and project leaders responding to my demo reel (which is in need of a major update but that’s beside the point).
From time to time though, I’ve tried my hand at auditioning for projects through free casting call websites; mostly BTVA (behindthevoiceactors.com) and CCC (Castingcall.club).
Before I cut to the chase, I want to make one thing clear: this post is in no way an attack on these sites or free casting calls in general. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting/working with some quality talent as well as being granted nifty VA opportunities of my own and I definitely intend to continue utilizing these sites going forward (once the steam has officially been blown off).
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the brass tacks….
One gripe I have with most free casting calls is a complete lack of originality.
If you’re at all familiar with these sites or use them, you’re probably thinking I’m referring to sims, minecraft, abridged, and many other fan-related banalities that continually flood open casting call catalogs–page after page.
^ If this is your guess…you’re wrong.
What I mean is a lack of originality when it comes to the voices themselves.
Whether they’re paid or unpaid, I often scope out original (sometimes pioneering) projects with the hopes of being part of something imaginative, passion-filled and potentially successful.
*me after reading the project/story synopsis*
Me: “This project looks promising. Let’s see what the director’s looking for in terms of requirements… “
Me: “Okay… high-quality mic/equipment, minimal background noise, and no reverb–that’s right up my alley!”
So far so good, right?
*what the end of the character description (normally) says*
“….Voice reference: _____ from ______”
Me: “Son of a–”
Look, I get it. Your character is probably inspired or based on the one you’re referencing. Maybe they aren’t but their voice would be a perfect fit for your own character. Or perhaps you just really like the voice you’re referencing and want someone to conjure it for that reason alone. Whatever the reason, I have no desire to dictate how you bring your stories/projects to life. They’re yours and only yours to formulate.
There are just a few things I want you to consider.
1. Even if experienced, not every voice actor has the ability or desire to do impressions. So asking for them is potentially going to limit you from working with free talent who possess good recording gear and solid work ethic.
2. Over the years there have been many voices we’ve grown to admire in terms of movies, television, video games, etc.
So, ask yourself this:
“How many of those voices derived from already existing/popular characters?”
“How many of themstarted out that way, but eventually became their own?”
“How many of them were just flat out original from the beginning?”
Or even this:
“What if the voice of my favorite character was just an echo of multiple characters with the same exact voice?”
Think about it.
If you’re looking to write and/or cast your own original project…I hope you will at least take what I’ve written today into consideration if nothing else.
More importantly: I hope you acquire the talent you’re looking for.
Bear in mind, all of these are pretty strong stuff. The series is notorious for a reason (the second one in particular for being falsely mistaken for a snuff film). Some of the other films above, such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and Bunman: The Untold Story, contain some pretty graphic and disturbing imagery.
I’m only disappointed that I couldn’t find links for Organ (1996), or Ab-Normal Beauty (2004). Also, take note that some links may require a bit of cajoling to get things started (whether it be waiting for ads, or waiting for it to load). I’m sure I’m probably forgetting a few good ones, as well. In any case, enjoy! :3
So I tried JYP online audition (actually I tried sending 2 of my video clips but after over 80+ tries, only one vid was able to send because of their website error :/) and Bighit online audition last May 1. And in bighit’s audition website, it says you’ll get a confirmation if you’ll pass after 2 weeks.
I waited all day yesterday but I didn’t received anything from them so I just gave up and thought of just sending another form and clip next week. But today, just right now.. I received an email from them and my whole body literally froze before opening it.
Thankfully it’s in english (maybe because they saw I’m a foreigner in my form) and it says there that for the 2nd step in this audition process, I’ll have to go to Apgujeong, Seoul to audition personally in their studio. They even left a kakao id of a staff in the email.
I messaged that staff and she’s actually the manager of the trainees there right now and she said I’m the second foreigner that passed the first online audition. She said if ever I’ll go there to Korea alone, she’ll personally pick me up in the airport… that’s really great but the thing is, if I’ll actually go there, obviously I’ll be paying for my plane ticket and once I got there and didn’t pass the audition, I’ll have to go back to my country..
It will be just a waste right? :/ I’m not that rich so I can’t just risk it like that..
That’s my concern right now and I still don’t know what to do :(