Saturday, March 1, 2008

My "Elevator Demo"

We've all heard of the "Elevator Speech," right? Being able to tell someone what you do/sell yourself in :30 or less, basically in the time it takes to ride an elevator.

Well, when it comes to Voice Over, demos are already pretty short, and getting shorter. Anything much longer than :60 these days is considered "too long!" And people say that if you don't grab the listener in the first :10, they'll stop listening and go on to the next talent.

So my friend Philip Banks threw out a challenge to those of us on the VO-BB:

"Sell your voice in a 10 second demo.
Your sounds, your experience,
your reads, your personality in 10 seconds."

WOW! It was a challenge, and I had fun putting mine together.

Here is my contribution:

Think about it. If you truly only had :10 to showcase what you do....could you? Give it a shot & let me know, I'd love to hear it!


MCM Voices said...

Liz, this was indeed a fun challenge that grabbed my attention right away!

For my 10 second demo, I knew it had to have stuff about birds in it, and something medical/anatomical, and something German, and something characterish. So a bit about avian anatomy, something about birds in German, and a character at the end and the 10 seconds was gone. It's at I was so tickled by the whole thing I linked to it on my home page.

I thought yours was terrific and you got my vote!

Bob Souer said...


As you know, your demo got my vote too. Really well done.

Be well,

Liz de Nesnera said...

Thanks so much to both of you!
It was a wonderful challenge, and of course THAT was the fun of it! It was SO great to listen to everyone's 10 seconds....I just hope "the powers that be" don't require "regular" demos to be THAT short! ;-)