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Voice Acting and Rejection – The Not Silent Blog 4/13/21

Rejection is a way of life in the voiceover industry.

Recently I saw a social media post regarding a “PFO” email the poster received. PFO stands for “Please **** Off”. It was a “Thanks for your audition! We loved it but decided go to in anther direction.” email. That post and the discourse that followed really rubbed me the wrong way.

Why would you assume the voice seeker is lying and actually telling you to **** off? Why would they bother to write that email in the first place? Do you really think they took the time to write that email just to stick it to you?

Is it possible they really DID like you and your audition but they went in another direction for a valid reason?

Is it possible that the end-client changed the casting specs? (FYI this happens all the time)

Is it possible they will discover your unprofessional, insecure social media post and make sure they never, ever consider you for another project?


How do you handle rejection in voiceovers? What can you learn from being rejected?

Rejection in the voiceover industry is part of the game. You will audition thousands of times and most of the time you will not land the gig. If you can’t handle it, find another vocation.

Get over yourself. The voiceover industry does not revolve around you. Don’t take rejection personally. It’s not about your feelings, it’s business.

With all that mind; if you find yourself experiencing an excessive amount of rejection (you can’t book any gigs or get on any rosters), ask yourself:

  1. Did you follow the casting specs to the letter?

  2. Did you submit a quality audio file that was properly slated & formatted?

  3. Can you improve your training, resources, skill sets, or self-awareness to lower your rejection rate?

If you can’t or won’t do what needs to be done to become an effective voice actor, maybe the constant rejection is telling you something…


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Tom Dheere is a voice actor with over 20 years of experience narrating just about every type of voiceover you can think of. He also helps other voice talents navigate the voiceover industry as the VO Strategist. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


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