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Voice Over Idol

Voice Over Idol Rules

The deadline has been extended! Entries can now be submitted until May 14th, 2016

What Is VO-Idol?

VO-Idol is a competition for amateur/aspiring voice actors to put their acting skills to the test. Contestants will be asked to perform different aspects of voice over – not just anime. There are three rounds total. Auditions will be submitted prior to the convention, while the second and final rounds will take place at the convention.

General Rules

  1. The contest is open to all registered convention attendees. You must have a valid member badge for the days of the contest. There is no additional cost to register for the contest.

  2. No professional vocalists/actors may enter the VO-Idol competition. If you are found out to be a professional, you will be disqualified. A “professional” is monetarily compensated for his or her work as an actor in any form.

  3. The contest will be split into three parts for both divisions: Audition, Second Round, and Finals. In order to compete, you must be able to attend the second and final rounds at the convention if you advance to second round. If you are involved in multiple events or panels, we will try our best to work with you. The rounds will be scheduled as follows:
    • Audition: Must be submitted by 11:59PM on May 14th, 2016
    • Second Round: Friday (June 3rd) Time & Location TBA
    • Finals: Sunday (June 5th) Time & Location TBA

  4. Contestants must be at least 13 years old.

  5. All monologues must be in English.

  6. This is a solo contest. Groups/duets will not be permitted.

Audition Rules

  1. Auditions for VO-Idol will be sent in prior to the convention. There will be no on-site auditions.

  2. Contestants must choose a monologue at least 30 seconds long, but it must not exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds. Any monologue running over 1 minute and 30 seconds will be disqualified. Slating will not count against your recording time.

  3. Monologues must be related to an anime, video game, manga, visual novel, webcomic, or printed comic. Fanfiction, theatrical plays, TV/Film monologues, and original works created by the contestant will not be permitted.

  4. Contestants must record and upload their monologue to YouTube, SoundCloud or similar website. Contestants are not required to be in the video, just their voice.

    Contestants choosing to upload their videos online - please do not make the video private as judges will not be able to access your audition and you may be disqualified.

    Contestants may also submit their video/MP3 via email if they do not want the video available to the public.


  5. 5. Each video/recording must be slated with the following information:
    • Contestant Name
    • Convention Name & Year
    • Name of Monologue
    • Monologue Information (For example: Series, episode, exact point in the episode the monologue begins/ends)

    Contestants will be disqualified if they fail to provide this information in their recording.

    When emailing your audition, contestants must put the following in the subject line: A-Kon 27 VO-Idol Contest


  6. Contestants may use a corresponding video for their monologue, but it is not required.

  7. The recording must be ‘raw’. Do not add special effects, alter pitch, or any other editing magic. Auditions must be fresh. This means you may not submit something recorded weeks or months ago. You may not submit anything used at a previous convention.

  8. Contestants may submit their audition only once. Make sure you are 100% happy with your work before you submit it.

  9. Judges understand not everyone owns top of the line equipment. As long as the monologue can be heard clearly, it will be accepted.

  10. Any entries received after 11:59pm on May 14th, 2016 will not be considered. Do not wait until the very last minute to submit your audition!

  11. Winners of this round will be announced in the A-Kon website/Facebook page within two weeks of the end of the submission date. Those who advance will also be notified via email. Those who advance must be prepared to compete at the convention.

All auditions must be emailed to MEK@a-kon.com by 11:59PM on May 14th, 2016

Second Round Rules

  1. Contestants who advance to the Second Round may check in 15 minutes before the Second Round begins. It is highly suggested contestants arrive early for this round.

  2. This round will be used to demonstrate how well contestants can adapt to cold reading. Cold reads are a normal part of professional voice over and should be a skill all aspiring voice actors should learn and experience.

  3. All contestants that advance to this round will be given a chance to choose a script toward the start of the round.

    Each contestant will have 10 minutes to choose a script from a collection provided, look over their script, and make any notes they wish. After 10 minutes, all scripts will be taken up by the judges and will only be handed back to contestants for their turn. Contestants should use their 10 minutes wisely.

    Due to the tight schedule, any contestant who arrives late will be disqualified.


  4. Since this is a cold read, do not attempt to memorize the script.

  5. Scripts will be pulled from various places as chosen by judges. Scripts may cover anything from commercials, audio book narration, games, etc.

  6. Monologues should run one minute to one minute 30 seconds. If the contestant runs over time, they will be politely cut off by the judges.

  7. Contestants will read their script twice. The first time will be the cold read with voice choices made by the contestant. After the first read, contestants will be asked to read the script again but with direction chosen at random by the panel of judges. Contestants will be judged on the first read as well as how well they adapt to the direction for the second read.

  8. Second Round will be open to the convention public which means there WILL be an audience. Contestants are encouraged to bring in family or friends for moral support.

  9. Winners for this round will be announced at the end of the event as well as posted at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth.

  10. Judges will have score and comment sheets for you available for pick-up after the contest at the Mu Epsilon Kappa (MEK) Booth in the Trinity Ballroom (Artist Alley).

Final Round Rules

  1. Contestants who advance to the Final Round may check in 15 minutes before the Final Round begins. It is highly suggested contestants arrive early or on time for this round.

  2. All contestants that advance to finals will be given a chance to choose two scripts toward the start of the round – one character script and one commercial script.

    Each contestant will have 10 minutes to choose a script from a collection provided, look over their script, and make any notes they wish. After 10 minutes, all scripts will be taken up by the judges and will only be handed back to contestants for their turn. Contestants should use their 10 minutes wisely.

    Due to the tight schedule, any contestant who arrives late will be disqualified.


  3. Monologues do not need to be memorized. Contestants may read from their script.

  4. Monologues should run about one minute in length or less.

  5. Each contestant must slate their monologue with the following information:
    • Contestant Name
    • Script Name

    Contestants will be disqualified if they fail to provide this information during their turn.


  6. Contestants will perform their monologues once. They will then be directed live by one of the judges on the panel. After being directed by the judge, the contestant will perform the monologue a second time.

    Commercial script round will go first, followed by character script round.


  7. Contestants will be judged on their first performances as well as how well they take direction for their second reads.

  8. In the event of a tie, contestants will have a cold read. Contestants will be given a script and perform for the judges.

  9. The Final Round will be open to the convention public, which means there WILL be an audience. Contestants are encouraged to bring in family or friends if required for moral support.

  10. The winner of this round will be crowned the Voice Over Idol for A-Kon 27.

  11. Judges will have score and comment sheets available for pick-up after the contest at the Mu Epsilon Kappa (MEK) booth in the Trinity Ballroom (Artist Alley).

Judges and Judging

Judges for VO-Idol are chosen from a pool of people who have an extensive history or professional career in voice over and theatre arts. In some cases, judges may be voice over guests of the convention.

Contestants will be assigned a numerical score from 1-10 by each judge based on different criteria relating to voice over and performance. The scores from each judge are then tallied to come up with a total score for the contestant. The winners will be determined by the total sum of their scores.

All decisions made by the judges are final.

In each round judges will receive a judge sheet for each contestant. Along with scoring area, there will be areas for judges to write down constructive criticism/suggestions, and anything else they feel is helpful. After each round is over and judging is complete, contestants can pick up their sheets at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth to keep.

Additional Information

First place winners of VO-Idol may not compete in another VO-Idol contest run by Mu Epsilon Kappa for two years. For example, if you win at A-Kon 27 (2016), you may not compete at A-Kon 28 (2017), but you may compete at A-Kon 29 (2018).

During the contest, Contestants may not touch or approach the judges' table.

All aspects of the act, including but not limited to costume, conduct on stage, and script, may not exceed a PG-13 rating.

The only persons allowed in the performing area are the MC, convention staff, Mu Epsilon Kappa staff, convention special guests, judges, and contestants.

Decisions made by Mu Epsilon Kappa or the convention are final and non-negotiable.

All rules for the VO-Idol Contest are subject to change without notice. While we attempt to keep you up to date of any changes via the convention website, these changes may occur at any time.

For ALL questions, suggestions, issues and/or requests for confirmation regarding VO-Idol, please contact MEK Staff at MEK@a-kon.com.

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Presented by:
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Venue Info

Fort Worth Convention Center
A-Kon® 28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center

The Fort Worth Convention Center is within walking distance of thousands of downtown Fort Worth hotel rooms, a variety of delicious restaurants and fabulous shopping. It offers more than 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, nearly 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, an impressive 28,160 square-foot ballroom, a 13,500 person events arena, and a 55,000 square foot events plaza that connects to the one-of-a-kind Fort Worth Water Gardens.

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