My agents have a rule about slating which is short and sweet.
Name only. Not even the role. Put that in the file name.
The intent is to curb the behavior of some actors who think that rude noises, mini-biographies, or lame attempts at being funny during the slate will make them more memorable when in fact producers and casting people find them annoying and a time suck.
So what’s a voiceover performer to do? Especially with a name like mine. Two syllables.
Well, more than you might think. Pat Fraley has some notions on creative slating in his audio seminar “Quick and Slick Voiceover Tricks available on Dan O’Day’s website. You also get tips on how to add layers to your “triplets” or those three-in-a-row readings and a discussion on whether or not you should add processing or production values to auditions once in a while, assuming you are auditioning out of your home studio.
Pat has a very entertaining way of teaching and has some nuggets in there for you.
Disclosure: For plugging the audio seminar I receive bupkis. I just think it’s good.