What clients are saying...
Demos are to voice actors what business cards and resumes are to the corporate world - and you never have a second chance to make a first impression. There are many sources for demos out there, and it's tough to navigate the cluttered terrain. To make the choice even more difficult, demos are highly subjective, and everyone claims to be the best.
I know of only one way to properly evaluate a demo - am I booking more work? My new commercial and broadcast narration demos from Demos That Rock paid for themselves through fresh bookings within 15 days. Chuck clearly knows what are the current trends out there in the real world of casting directors and agents. 'Nuff said.
If you want to work in this business, you must start with THE BEST demo you can possibly put together.
Chuck Duran is always my only recommendation whenever anyone asks where to get a great demo done. He has produced top notch demos for me for more years than I care to admit, and I would never even think of going anywhere else.
Chuck's ability to capture and showcase my range of talents in less than two minutes is flat out stellar. I am represented across the nation by the best agents and managers in the business, and there is no doubt in my mind that the demos Chuck produced for me absolutely helped make that happen.
Fast, professional, fun, always positive, a joy to work with and talented beyond words, (and I'm not even sleeping with him), Chuck is hands down the best demo producer in the business. If you want your demos to rock, you'd be crazy to go anywhere else!
Genuine is the word that comes to mind when describing Chuck Duran and his work. This talented young man's, ethics and professional product go indescribably beyond measure. A close friend recommended Chuck Duran to me and I was told that he was the best in all of Los Angeles, and he is.
My session was inviting, jovial and a sheer joy. Chuck takes the initiative to know his clients, fully, prior to a session and engages in fervent study of their strengths, celebrating them in their final recording product. When searching for an agent, not only does he actively pursue the best matches possible but also monitors and follows up with each of his client's progress.
I found that Chuck's stellar reputation superseded him, landing me with one of the Top 10 talent agencies in Hollywood. He is respected among his contemporaries in the entertainment industry and I am thankful that I met and recorded with Chuck Duran. I owe the success of my career in Hollywood to him.
Hi Chuck, I have to express my gratitude for the work you did with me on my demo. Your personal attention and dedication was unending. I had specific goals and reasons for recording with you.
From the first day we spoke, your honesty, your demeanor, and your knowledge of the industry showed far above all the other Voiceover demo producers I had called. With you I felt that you didn't just want to make a demo for the money, but that you wanted to make a demo that would represent your business and your success as well.
We were able to record a demo that I was proud of and that really got some attention. And thanks to your encouragement and you're amazing work, I signed with a top V.O. agency today! That's what a "ROCKIN' DEMO" is supposed to do!
Stacey J. Aswad
When I moved to LA, I asked around for recommendations for demo producers. Everyone told me, "Beware of those $700 demos that someone records for you in their "bedroom closet home studio." It'll end up costing you way more money to fix it before an agent will give you the time of day. Don't waste your time and money, just call Chuck Duran. He is the best demo producer in the business."
I still did my due diligence and called a few other people but they did not impress me at all. I knew the first time I talked with Chuck on the phone, he was the one!
What makes him so great? Chuck takes the time in the initial meeting to get to know you and your personality. He chooses material that is current, cutting edge and custom tailored for you.
He is incredibly professional and personable and makes your recording session fun. His follow-up is truly exceptional. Chuck guides you through the entire process of submitting to agents, and his advice and tips absolutely work.
With his help, I submitted to the best agents and got several meetings. Every agent I met with said my demo was produced perfectly, really showcased my vocal abilities and was exactly what they wanted to hear. I signed with a top VO agency, and starting getting work right away.
This year alone, I have booked fifteen McDonald's commercials. Woohoo!!! I think the things that impress me the most about Chuck are that he's a gifted, creative and patient director who helps you deliver your very best read.
He also produces hundreds of real commercials and knows the business inside and out. I have Chuck Duran to thank for helping me get started in the voiceover business, he is a gem.
My demo was the best I've ever heard my voice. All of my agents called me one by one to say that it was one of the best demos they've ever heard. My manager called to say he can't stop listening to it.
And I told everybody the same thing, "Chuck Duran".
For people who are new to the voice over industry, you create a very comfortable working environment. In all honesty you're a good guy and a consummate professional so this comfort ability that your clients get really shows through in their demo.
I remember you saying, "Everything that we'll be doing to cut your demo will be no different than recording a voice over in the real world" and this is absolutely true. From interpreting copy to taking your direction to technique inside the booth. I personally left our session with a much better understanding of what casting directors seek from a voice over industry professional. I really enjoyed our time working together and look forward to recording our next one.
The thing about Chuck Duran that sets him apart, aside from being a really cool, down to earth guy, is that he delivers exactly what he says he'll deliver - personalized scripts that are both unique and cutting edge, top notch direction while you're in the booth, and most important, a demo that is so freakin' awesome you'll have listened to it 100 times by the time you're home from the last session.
And here's the kicker…after mailing out my demos on the 13th of May I got a call on the 17th from one of LA's top agents asking me to come in for an interview. Within a few days I was already out auditioning.
If you want results, you'll want to work with Chuck Duran.
I had an amazing experience at World Digital! Chuck really knows the business inside and out and was able to pick out great scripts that not only suited my voice and style but also were great examples of what's really hot in the voice-over market today.
He made me feel very comfortable so that I could feel relaxed and perform my best. The result was a fantastic demo! Good enough to have two of the biggest agencies in L.A. call me in to read for them within a month.
Doesn't get much better than that! Thank YOU Chuck Duran!
Hey Chuck, I hope you are well. I thought I would drop you a note to give you a quick update. As you know, I signed with an agency recently.
I am excited to share that just this week I booked a series of four spots for City National Bank! Now I have to join the Union....a quality problem to have! Anyway, I want to thank you again for your help with my Demos. They have been very instrumental in launching my VO career.
I took a great voiceover class at Kalmenson & Kalmenson. Really learned technique, but still needed someone to help me produce my voiceover demo reel.
After a little searching, I found Chuck Duran on the internet and listened to the samples he had posted, I was impressed and knew that this guy knew exactly what he was doing. So I met with Chuck and was again impressed by his enthusiasm and attention to detail. He was so familiar with the business and he was also so supportive of my efforts to get into the voiceover business.
So on October 15th we recorded my demo. His direction was spot on! He also did an amazing job with the foley and background music. Part of Chuck's package includes marketing. He sat down with me and explained (in great detail) a plan for packaging, submitting my demo and contacting agents.
I mailed my demo out on Oct 29th and on November 5th (just 7 days later) a major voiceover agency called me to set up an audition. They wanted to hear me do animation as well, but I didn't have an animation demo, so I called Chuck and arranged a tutoring session for animation. He listened to and helped me tweak my characters. The audition was on Nov. 11th and on Nov. 12th, CESD asked me to sign!
THANK YOU SO MUCH CHUCK!!!!! FREAKIN' FABULOUS!
Chuck not only produced a kick-ass promo and trailer demo for me, he made the whole process fun. It felt like playtime! The new demos captured exactly the sound I knew I was capable of delivering for clients. And Chuck knew exactly how to get me there. Chuck is the best in Los Angeles and his rates are extremely competitive.
Chuck Duran gets it DONE!
Hey Chuck, Just wanted to let you know that I got an agent! You were right. You said I was great and that my demo rocked and I would get an agent!
When I went on my interview, the agent said my demo was great...so kudos to you! He said he gets tons of demos submissions and mine stood out! I will certainly tell everyone to go to you for that rockin' demo!
When friends or colleagues ask me for advice on where to go to have their demo produced, the first name out of my mouth is Chuck Duran. I've recommended Chuck many times and have always been blown away by what he is able to elicit from the talent who walk through his doors. In a word, it's "impressive." In two words it's, "frickin' impressive."
Seriously, it's more than just getting the read that's right for that particular actor, it's also just as important in my mind to showcase that talent surrounded by production that screams, "National spots." Chuck's production is first rate and he has a killer ear when it comes to cobbling together a :60 second story, that showcases the voice over talent's many moods and shadings. I would recommend Chuck even if he didn't give me $20 bucks to write this.
Chuck Duran continues to be an amazing source of support through my VO career. He is, without a doubt, THE BEST director I have ever worked with - always pulling superior deliveries out of me (not always an easy feat!). And he's a hell of a lot of fun to be in-studio with, too!!
The production of my demos speaks for itself - clearly superior. Chuck was also instrumental in me landing a NY agent, and he continues to put me in touch when required.
I've worked with Chuck for the last 7 or so years, and will continue to do so as long as he'll have me. I highly recommend Chuck without reservation.
Chuck Duran goes above and beyond.
Chuck was my uncontested choice when it came to my Movie Trailer and TV Imaging demos.
I believe his VO experience, incredible "Producer ear", and pure creativity empower him tremendously as a Demo producer, enabling him to deliver a superior product.
But most importantly perhaps for us VO actors, he knows what the clients wants to hear at the other end: my clients, -old, new and potential, were all impressed by the demos and they've definitely given me an edge over other talent in landing jobs.
As far as the process, it was professional, yet relaxed, creative and fun. And his concise directions and enthusiasm were an easy grab for me; he gave me the confidence to be the absolute best I could be. His genius is obvious, even hundreds of miles away through an ISDN line.
Dear Chuck, I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how happy I was with the demo you made for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with you - you were professional and courteous, without any of the usual BS that one may encounter in the business. Not just that, but we had a lot of fun too, which is rare.
The demo has produced big results in a very short time; I got an agent straight away and have been booking gigs ever since. I am totally convinced that I couldn't have done it without the professionalism, appropriate choice of scripts and extremely high production values that you gave my demo.
I can't thank-you enough and have already recommended you to many of my friends.
I was referred to Chuck Duran from a friend who said he was the "best in the business" so I (who had absolutely NO voice over experience at all) figured I'd try him out.
Holy cow! My VO demo was so good that I got signed to one of the biggest VO agencies in the world and booked the first audition I ever went on! And it was a National!
Chuck's guidance and advice is priceless and I still think of what he's taught me on every audition that I go on. He really is, without a doubt, the best in the business.
My experience with Chuck during my promo demo session was northing short of "magical." Chuck makes you feel at ease with his great sense of humor and his wonderful hospitality. He has an innate and uncanny ability to get you to deliver a performance that is in the stratosphere. His production skills don't overpower your performance; they only complement it!
If you want a demo that ROCKS, Chuck is your man!
After considering several different producers, I made the decision to go with Chuck - and it's a decision I couldn't have been happier about.
After submitting my demo, I've gotten calls from three of the top agencies in L.A. AND New York, allowing me to select an agent, rather than the agent selecting me.
Recording a new voice demo is a big deal, right? It's going to be your vocal calling card for some time to come and it's got to be competitive in a very tough market. So relax, already, you've come to the right place.
Chuck's been working with voice clones for a long time. He's got a great ear and in terms of both delivery and technology and he knows what it takes to bring the best out of you.
In fact, he'll make you sound better than that. It has something to do with his magic mojo with electrons, buttons, filters and eleven herbs and spices, let's just leave it there. Plus, the experience won't feel like a trip to the dentist; this Duran guy is almost aggravatingly pleasant to be around.
All seriousness aside, Chuck's not only helped me connect with my own abilities and assisted with an agent change, but has also become a valued friend (and I don't like anybody). Your money and time will be well spent.
I cannot recommend Chuck strongly enough.
His knowledge of the business, combined with an intuitive sense of who you are and where you fit into that business, makes this process enjoyable, informative and productive.
Chuck helps you every step of the way, from the choice of material, to vocal technique and performance direction. And in a very short time, I had two professional sounding, professional looking demos.
And in an even shorter time, I had an agent! Chuck's the best — don't settle for less.
Before meeting Chuck Duran, I had completed a few demos with another demo producer, but I felt they weren't quite "cutting it." Then I met Chuck, and that is when my voice over career took flight.
What a genius! What a fun Experience! What a talented guy! I have never met anyone who was this committed to excellence. Chuck's demos sound like real spots pulled straight from television or radio. When you walk into his studio you are in his hands, and the magic begins.
I have to say that if you are truly ready to record a demo...you, as well as your demo, will sound exceptional after working with Chuck. I have always said that he has the capability and extreme talent to make ANYONE sound absolutely incredible. Chuck is to demos, what Michelangelo is to art. Simply the BEST!
If someone were to ask me who is hands-down the best demo producer in the country, I wouldn't have to think twice: Chuck Duran. There's just no contest.
I've been working with Chuck for six or seven years, and though we've worked together on multiple demos through several updates, we've never actually met. I've never set foot in World Digital Studios. Even though I'm NY-based, Chuck and I have been able to work very effectively with a regular phone patch. I record in my home studio, upload the raw files and Chuck does his magic in LA. Getting the finished files always makes me feel like a kid on Christmas morning!
His direction is spot-on. He keeps it playful and light-handed, yet he's always clear just where the read needs to wind up, to showcase your skills in the best way possible. I work with directors every day, and he's got an ear that's among the very best in the business.
Just this year, directly from the demos, I've booked two major national TV documentaries, increased my commercial and narration bookings , and a top LA agent added me to their roster after hearing my demos on Voicebank. You can't ask more from a demo than that!
Chuck Duran is an incredible mentor and demo producer.
A couple of months after producing my demo I received a call from one of the most sought after A-list agents for representation. He is one of a kind at his craft and has always been there for me. Long after producing my demo, I have called on him numerous occasions for everything from demo reproductions, to setting up my own studio.
He is simply the best, and I would not be where I am today without the support and guidance of CHUCK DURAN!
In my experience, the demo was the most important tool. With the help of Chuck, I have one that is top notch.
I landed a top LA agent within a few weeks and had more calling. Some friends have paid less and sadly, their demo sounds like it. Why would you scrimp on the most important tool in the voice-over business?
Having been an actress on stage and on-camera for years I had done voiceovers here and there. I decided I wanted to do more. Took the classes and honed my craft.
When it was time to do the dreaded demo I did my research, met with the top 3 demo producers and well there was something about Chuck. He did not talk in circles as if trying to keep the trade secrets.
Chuck was informative, patient and soooo willing to answer questions. I did my demo with him and had a great time. Chuck did not stop there. He followed up with agent info and any questions I had.
My first submission with Chuck's guidance and Bam! I was called by a reputable agent who loved my demo and Art ( my design, So in this case, it helped) looked further, saw produced by: Chuck Duran, so they listened! (Agent said: "Chuck always produces great demos") I never finished the 2nd choices. I had the agent I wanted!!!! Thank you Chuck!!!!!
I came to Chuck green as grass and very unsure as to how to go about my career. The time, effort and care Chuck gave me has shaped me into the performer I am today.
He made me feel completely at ease and taught me how to understand direction, projection and emotion in my reads. I account a lot of where I am today in my voiceover career to the demo Chuck produced for me. And when agents, managers and other VO actors listen and compliment me on my demo and ask… "who did your demo?" I always reply with a grin, Chuck Duran.
Serious people in the business know exactly who I'm talking about and it makes me feel great! Thanks Chuck!