HINT #2:  "Putting Together Your Audition Tape"


             PD's, VP's/Programming and many consultants agree: You have to knock 'em out

             with your Audition Demo.  Your Presentation Package may be flawless, your cover

              letter compelling,  your references impeccable, but if your Audition Demo doesn't get

             their attention, you get tossed into the "Nice Try" pile.



             If you are just starting out in the business, the term "Audition Tape" is a misnomer,

            dating back to the '60's and '70's when indeed air talent DID send out audition tapes

            on 7 1/2 ips reel-to-reel tapes.  Later, the industry standard became high quality

            cassettes.  Today, it's highly recommended to send out your demo on CD, but more

            on that later.



               For talent seeking jobs other than Morning Drive, your audition demo should be no

            longer than 3-3 1/2 minutes long.  For Morning Show applicants, no more than 10

            minutes of your best work. Cherry pick your best bits, then digitally edit the living

            crap out of them, only including what bare minimum needs to be there.



              Including a 14 minute long interview with an artist, star, or celeb just won't fly in

            your audition demo.  Take the best of your best and edit them together.  If you wish,

            you may use personalized sweepers/imagers from your show, or even a quick imaging

            SFX to segue between the bits.  Try to keep individual bits to less than 30-40 seconds

            long, max.  Shorter is ALWAYS better in your demo.  Especially in CHR formats,

            keep those edited breaks SHORT.



            Always place your very best bit first.  For the most part, most hiring decision makers

            will only listen for 45 seconds to a minute, so you have to grab 'em up front.  Place

            your SECOND best bit at the END.  Why? Always leave them wanting more.  The

            first bit gets them to keep listening, the last bit is the one that compels them to pick

            up the phone and call you.


           One thing is for certain,  if you edit and produce your own tape, you will always be

           second guessing the quality of the bits you chose.  Get used to it, it's perfectly




           If you are lucky enough to know a great production/imaging person you can trust

           your audition demo production to, then have them listen to an hour or so of your best

           possible bits candidates, and put the demo together for you.  If you are afraid to trust

           someone at your station with this "secret" project (no one wants the boss to get wind

           that you are putting a demo together), email us here at RockRadio1, and we will be

           happy to put you in touch with some major market production/imaging geniuses that

           can help.



            What's the best medium to send your demo to PD's, VP's/Programming, and

            consultants? As mentioned above, the current industry standard is CD, it's even

            gotten to the point where burnable CD's are cheaper than good quality cassettes.

            Don't have a CD Burner, or know a friend who does?  There are services on the

            internet and in radio trade magazines that can help you. Many new PC's have a CD

            burner built-in. Upgrading to a new PC could mean you'd have your very own CD

            burner.  Get the Avery (TM) computer software for "Media" that allows you to make

            your own CD labels and CD jewel case art.  It will end up looking like a factory did

            your CD's for you, when indeed you did the entire thing on your home PC.  If these

            options are not available, send out your demo on a good quality cassette with a neatly

            typed label.



            In the mean time, air check yourself on the best possible equipment.  A digital

            mini-disk recorder/player can easily be hooked between the board and your

            headphones, they've come down in price, and disks can hold up to 74 minutes of

            material, and are easily editable.



            If  you have further questions, or need more information, feel free to email

            RockRadio1 at any of the conveniently located e-mail links on this site.



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