Occasionally, Hanging Sloth Studios looks for new voice actors to be a part of our podcasts! Below are some guidelines to make the process easier for you and for us, and a list of roles currently available to audition for.
Please bear in mind Hanging Sloth Studios is not currently in a position to pay its Voice Actors. We are independant to an extent people may not realise because we publish our podcasts under a studio name. Pippin does the majority of the work and outside of podcasting, he is a PhD student. Our podcasts are a labour of love. We want to be able to pay our actors what they are worth, but at the moment we just can’t, so all of these roles will be given on an unpaid basis. At the moment, we make no money from the podcasts, not even enough to cover the cost of hosting on Acast, and right now, we just don’t have the funds spare to compensate anyone for their time (want to help rectify that? Become a Patron!).
Not sure if you want to audition? Auditioning for stuff can be nerve-wracking and a lot of people are not sure whether to give it a go. Take a look at our list of stuff you might want to know first to help you decide!
How do I audition for these roles?
Send all audition tapes to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘AUDITION FOR [ROLE] – YOUR NAME’ in the subject line of your email. Please include a short bio, featuring pertinent information such as your pronouns. We will try to get back to you as soon as we can!
- The role(s) you are auditioning for
- Your name
- Your pronouns
- Your experience, if you have any
- Why you like this role
- A .mp3 file of your audition tape(s) with a file name in the format ‘[ROLE] – [YOUR NAME]’
- Links to other shows you’ve been in
- Whether you’d like to be considered for other roles you HAVEN’T supplied an audition tape for*
- Audio files with confusing names
- Documents or PDFs
- Links to dropbox files
- Info about experience that’s not relevant – we don’t need to know your qualifications or anything like that, it’s fine!
|Spirit Box Radio||Salim the Weather Guy||Minor||he/they||30s||Script & Info||01/06/21|
|Spirit Box Radio||Show Caller #2||One-Off||he/him||N/A||Script & Info||01/06/21|
|Spirit Box Radio||Show Callers x10||One-Off||various||various||Script & Info||01/06/21|
*In addition to the roles supplied here, there will be other roles in future which we can consider you for if you are willing for us to do so. If you have strong feelings about being one character in particular and would NOT like us to consider you for other roles, let us know. If you are PARTICULARLY eager to be considered for other roles not listed here, please let us know about that, too!
Not sure if you want to audition?
We’ve made a list of stuff we want you to know about being involved in the hopes it will help you to decide whether or not you’d like to audition!
You Don’t Need to Have Loads of Experience to be a Voice Actor
Not a single actor involved in Clockwork Bird had expecience as a Voice Actor before they took on their roles. Daisy, who plays Shelly, IS a professional actor, but she’d never performed as a Voice Actor before Clockwork Bird. Jessie and Alex’ only experiences with acting had been doing drama at school before they came on board!
Being a great voice actor doesn’t mean being able to do accents
Some voice actors have a lot of range and their speaking voices are completely different to their character voices, and some can play multiple characters in the same audiodrama without you even noticing! But not ALL great Voice Actors are like that. Some of them are known for their very particular voice – and they can’t really change it! Just think of Jonny Simms from the Magnus Archives. We’d recognise his voice for the Archivist ANYWHERE, and it’s almost identical to his usual speaking voice. On the Hanging Sloth Studios team, we have a range of ability in terms of being able to change our voices. At the end of the day, we’re casting specific characters who need the right voice to bring them to life, and that might be yours!
We won’t be discriminating based on your accent
We’re asked this question a surprising amount so we thought we’d include it here! Unless explicitly stated on the call sheet, any accent is fine for any character we list, and you shouldn’t be discouraged from auditioning if you have a non-English accent. If English is your second-language, we’d still love to hear from you, as long as you’re happy working in English and understand that as a primarily UK-based studio with a limited number of people, there may not be anyone else speaking your first language on the team.
It can take a lot of time to record
Recording a few lines of script might sound like it’s only going to take a couple of minutes, but it can take a while to set up your recording equipment, and usually it takes a couple of runs at a line to get it right. Sometimes you’ll send stuff to us that we aren’t quite happy with – it might not be a problem with the performance per se, but more that it just doesn’t quite fit in – that means you’re going to have to re-record the line, which means all the same setting up all over again. We include an estimated amount of time to record for each character in our scripts, but if you’re someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, it might take you longer than we think it will! This is particularly important to bear in mind given that at the moment, Hanging Sloth Studios is not in a position to pay Voice Actors (want to help rectify that? Become a Patron!)
We won’t be discriminating based on the gender or trans status of performers
There are characters who are cis, characters who are trans, characters who are non-binary, characters who are complicated combinations of the above, none of the above, and those where it just isn’t relevant because they only pop up once and are never heard from again. Guy with a high voice? Agender with a low voice? Feel free to audition for whoever you feel comfortable auditioning for! Whatever pronouns you use, we’ll use the right ones for you when we talk about you regardless of the pronouns used by the character you are playing. Feel free to disclose information regarding any of this to us when you email your audition tapes, but we won’t begrudge you for not doing so. Just be sure to include your pronouns, and if the ones you use publicly are different to the ones you ask us to use in the email, let us know about that too! We will, of course, never share sensitive information without explicit permission from you, if at all.
You need some audio equipment – but not loads of it!
The mic we use for the majority of recording at Hanging Sloth Studios is a budget Microphone and we use a berringer UMC2 Mini to process the audio. All together, the set up cost us about eighty pounds new. If you don’t have any recording equipment other than your built in phone mic, let us know when you email us and we’ll take that into account, and we can help find a solution if we do choose to give you a role. Not having a top-of-the-line microphone should not stop you from auditioning to be in one of our audiodramas.
Hanging Sloth Studios records remotely – you’ll be recording on your own a lot of the time
This is a given in times of COVID-19 but even beyond that Hanging Sloth Studios is primarily based online and all of our Voice Actors will work remotely, as opposed to coming into a studio to record. This might change in future but for now, that’s how we’re set up. That means you’ll be recording your lines on your own, without anyone there to supervise you. You’ll be given specific deadlines and you’ll always be able to contact us to let us know if you won’t be able to make them. We try to build contingencies for illness and similar things into our schedule at Hanging Sloth Studios, so don’t worry if you’re schedule is erratic. There might be a way for us to work around it, though do bear in mind that, as mentioned above, recording can take a bit longer than some people anticipate.
It’s okay to change your mind after you audition!
Sent us an audition tape but changed your mind about it afterwards? Shoot us a follow-up email letting us know. Got the part but not sure you really want to take it on now you’ve been faced with the reality? Just let us know – we won’t be offended!
The one thing we do ask is that if you firmly accept an offer of a part, you’re really committed to seeing it through. Obviously, nobody can account for all situations and nobody is going to be upset with you if you take on a part and are unable to actually Voice Act for us because of some disaster of any proportion. You can just let us know with as much time to spare as possible.