Tips on Scouting
Having no luck with scouting out your cast? Check out these helpful tips!
Every now and then I'll get a PM from someone who is interested in scouting me and I will either a) accept the scout, b) decline the offer, or c) ignore the PM. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has done this before, right? The response from VA's depends on a few factors:
1) Sell your project and yourself.
It's not enough to send out a PM/email saying, 'I want to use your voice for a project. Respond back if you're interested.' You will either get ignored for your lack of information or you will get a response back declining the offer (even though the voice actor had no idea what your scout was for). Unless you're really close to the person, you should always present a shit ton of information on your project in the first PM/e-mail to that voice actor. This may be an amateur community, but it wouldn't kill you to act a little professional. Include in your message things like:
- Why you're scouting them.
- What project are you scouting them for.
- Details about the project.
- Details about the character you are interested in them voicing.
- Examples of projects you have done in the past (and links to them!)
Every piece of information counts. By including these things in your message, you're giving off the impression that you are serious about your project and you are ready to get down to business.
2) Do you, as a producer, have any experience?
So what exactly have you done? Obviously if a voice actor on here has any standards, they will want to check out your previous (or current) work (of course if the person you're scouting is a newbie, they will most likely not care about what work you may have done). Regardless of who you are scouting, you should always be prepared to show the voice actor(s) any work you have done.
What happens if you don't have any examples to give? Who knows? You may want to try your luck and just be as detailed in your message as possible (#1). As long as your serious about your project and you're not scouting someone (who's been here long enough) to be part of your "full series fandub", your chances of catching the voice actor's interest should be pretty high.
3) how do U rite up ur mesag???!!1
Net speak isn't going to get you anywhere. Most of you have been through elementary school and high school, so write messages like you've actually been educated.
4) They didn't respond/They don't want the role! Don't get "butthurt".
So let's say you've done points 1-3, but the person doesn't respond to you (even though you've seen 'em around lately). Don't go off on the voice actor just because they didn't respond to your scout. Either send a friendly reminder to them (maybe give them a week to respond) or message them (FRIENDLY PLEASE) and tell them that you're in a rush and need to move on, so you're going to have to go on without them. Things like "man fUk u i NO WARE U lIVE and i wiLl fiND U and BEat U UP!!1" will make that person look down on you, and chances are if that person has plenty of good connections around the forum, they will just tell their friends not to accept any offers from you. Internet reputation -50.
Sometimes people may decline because they're not interested or they're busy. Respect the voice actor's decision and move on to someone else.
5) Are your goals realistic?
Are you planning on scouting for a full series dub? Crap like that is looked down upon because about 99% of the people who start one never finish it, or are newbies who don't know what the fuck they've gotten themselves into. Don't be surprised if older members (or anyone) decline your offer. Simple is always best. Start with short scenes and if you can work with that just fine, move on to something a little longer (like half an episode).
6) I caught their interest, they want the role--now what?
Well, if you've already done point one right, there's not much else to do except to either ask for sample lines (but if you're sure that their voice is THE voice, then just ignore that), ask for their contact information so you can send them a script or whatever, and thank them for accepting the scout (or being interested).
In short: Being professional about scouting (or anything for that matter) goes a long way. Present yourself and your project in the best way possible, and you should have little to no problems scouting voice actors for your project.
Here's an example of a typical message I would send out to people I'm scouting (if I don't know them very well). This is one I did recently for High School of the Dead:
Originally Posted by Sapphire