Be a Voice Actor: Making a Living with Your Voice
Ever been told "you've got a great voice…you should be in cartoons!" Or listened to radio ads and thought, "I could SO do that?" Or maybe you even have a business that you'd like to create GOOD marketing videos for, and you want to learn how to narrate them?
Well, the reality is that it takes more than just a dream and some vocal cords that can imitate funny cartoon characters. But luckily, I'm here to walk you through the steps of getting started!
I'll share my favorite tips and techniques for taking your first steps into the world of voice acting, tell you about my experiences working in the entertainment industry with giants like Universal Studios and Disney, show you the tools you'll need to get a professional sound, help you build your first demos, and give you all the "dirt" for finding work that I've learned the hard way on my own journey to voiceover success.
I'll also use my many years of experience in marketing and branding to help you put your best foot forward when you're ready to take the plunge into starting your voiceover business.
All About VO
Introductory video about the many opportunities you can find in the world of Voiceover. We'll expand on each of these in the following lessons.
Learn the types of commercials you can find voiceover jobs in.
What is a promo? Learn here!
All about animation voiceover jobs.
What kind of work can you find in video games?
Educational and informational voiceovers
VO work in the business world
Press 1 to learn about phone voiceovers...
All about audiobooks
Put your knowledge of section 1 to the test!
Finding Your Voice
Can you get by in voiceovers with just a "great voice?" I'll discuss a little bit about what you REALLY need here.
Practice varying your pitch and intonation with this homework assignment.
Learn how to manipulate your vocal cords to create different sounds.
How to find the characters hiding in your voice!
Now that you've found some characters, develop them further with your homework assignment.
What about doing voiceovers that aren't in your regular accent?
Learn all about what to do with your best celebrity impersonations
Think you know a lot about finding your voice? Put your knowledge to the test!
Setting Up Your Studio (Say THAT 5 times fast!)
Learn all about which microphone might fit your voice best, where to find them, and how to score a great deal.
Choosing hardware and software to support your voiceover business
Research time!!! Which is the best DAW for you?
What else do you need in your studio, besides a microphone?
Figure out which materials you need to buy
A video tour of Laci's home studio setup
Test your knowledge about all the gear in the studio.
Ready, Set, Record!
Try out what you've learned about mic placement
Helpful tips for stretching out those voiceover muscles before a recording session
Try out some tricky tongue twisters to add to your warmup routine.
How to avoid clicks, pops, and unwanted "mouth noise"
Ready to record!!! Now what? Learn a few studio etiquette tips.
See if you've been paying attention and quiz yourself on mic technique, warm up habits, and studio etiquette.
Basic Audio Editing for Voiceovers
A basic intro to editing your audio
A quick look at Adobe Audition’s interface, and demonstration of spectral view. I’ll also demonstrate how to remove background noise from your files.
What do you do if you made a mistake during the recording?
A look at tools like EQ, DeEssing, and Compression
Best practices for saving and sending your files to clients
A short and easy quiz about audio editing
Making A Demo
There's a difference between hearing and listening...have you been listening to voiceovers?
How to figure out what your most successful sound is
Learn how to determine what should be going on your demo
How to write your very own custom scripts
A bit controversial look at making a demo
What did you learn about making a demo?
Figure out what your brand should look like, and what to do once you've decided on it
Homework for "Creating a Brand"
Is it better to use a logo or a headshot to represent your voiceovers?
We'll talk a little bit about how to set up free profiles and websites to showcase your work
What should you charge clients for your work?
Learn how to develop good organizational skills and where to go to find software that will help
Let's see what you remember about the Marketing lessons...
Where can you find voiceover jobs?
Take a closer look at Pay to Play sites, and see what it's like to use them
A closer look at the Audiobook Creation Exchange site
What is an agent, and how do you find one?
Finding jobs on your own
Do you know where to find voiceover work?
*sniffle* You're all done!
Some of my favorite places to learn more about voiceover! Includes links to blogs, forums, podcasts, software, and places to buy gear