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Be a Voice Actor: Making a Living with Your Voice

Learn the tools and techniques to get started working from home (and making money!) in the world of voiceovers
Instructor:
Laci Morgan
2,967 students enrolled
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Discover your "money voice"
Learn how to market and brand yourself
Identify the type of equipment you need to build your studio
Learn good recording skills and studio ettiquette
Learn basic audio editing techniques for a clean sound
Create a demo that showcases your skills
Learn where and how to book your first jobs
Develop a bag full of characters that you can perform as

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

1
Meet Laci
2
Opportunities in 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.

3
Commercials

Learn the types of commercials you can find voiceover jobs in.

4
Promos

What is a promo? Learn here!

5
Animation

All about animation voiceover jobs.

6
Video Games

What kind of work can you find in video games?

7
E-Learning and Education

Educational and informational voiceovers

8
Corporate/Healthcare/Public Services

VO work in the business world

9
IVR

Press 1 to learn about phone voiceovers...

10
Audiobooks

All about audiobooks

11
Section 1 Quiz

Put your knowledge of section 1 to the test!

Finding Your Voice

1
Let's Get Real Here...

Can you get by in voiceovers with just a "great voice?" I'll discuss a little bit about what you REALLY need here.

2
Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!
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HW: Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!

Practice varying your pitch and intonation with this homework assignment.

4
The "Real Person" Read
5
HW: Real Person Read
6
Tone and Placement

Learn how to manipulate your vocal cords to create different sounds.

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HW: Tone and Placement
8
Creating Characters

How to find the characters hiding in your voice!

9
HW: Creating Characters

Now that you've found some characters, develop them further with your homework assignment.

10
Wouldn't it Be Loverly to Learn an Accent?

What about doing voiceovers that aren't in your regular accent?

11
Impersonations and ADR

Learn all about what to do with your best celebrity impersonations

12
Section 2 Quiz

Think you know a lot about finding your voice? Put your knowledge to the test!

Setting Up Your Studio (Say THAT 5 times fast!)

1
Time to Mic Up!

Learn all about which microphone might fit your voice best, where to find them, and how to score a great deal.

2
The Tech Stuff

Choosing hardware and software to support your voiceover business

3
HW: The Tech Stuff

Research time!!! Which is the best DAW for you?

4
It's All About Accessorizing!

What else do you need in your studio, besides a microphone?

5
HW: It's All About Accessorizing!

Figure out which materials you need to buy

6
Do I Need a Sound Booth?
7
Welcome to My Studio!

A video tour of Laci's home studio setup

8
Section 3 Quiz

Test your knowledge about all the gear in the studio.

Ready, Set, Record!

1
Mic Placement
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HW: Mic Placement

Try out what you've learned about mic placement

3
Warming Up

Helpful tips for stretching out those voiceover muscles before a recording session

4
HW: Warming Up - Tongue Twisters

Try out some tricky tongue twisters to add to your warmup routine.

5
Avoiding Mouth Sounds

How to avoid clicks, pops, and unwanted "mouth noise"

6
Pressing the Red Button

Ready to record!!! Now what? Learn a few studio etiquette tips.

7
Section 4 Quiz

See if you've been paying attention and quiz yourself on mic technique, warm up habits, and studio etiquette.

Basic Audio Editing for Voiceovers

1
Intro to Audio Editing

A basic intro to editing your audio

2
Noise Removal

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.

3
Editing out mistakes

What do you do if you made a mistake during the recording?

4
Removing clicks, pops, and plosives
5
Filters and other fun stuff

A look at tools like EQ, DeEssing, and Compression

6
Saving and sending files

Best practices for saving and sending your files to clients

7
Section 5 Quiz

A short and easy quiz about audio editing

Making A Demo

1
Hearing Vs. Listening

There's a difference between hearing and listening...have you been listening to voiceovers?

2
HW: Hearing Vs. Listening
3
Finding Your Sweet Spot

How to figure out what your most successful sound is

4
HW: Finding Your Sweet Spot
5
What Goes on My Demo?

Learn how to determine what should be going on your demo

6
Writing the Ads

How to write your very own custom scripts

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HW: Writing the Ads
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Putting it All Together

A bit controversial look at making a demo

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HW: Putting it All Together
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Section 6 Quiz

What did you learn about making a demo?

Marketing Yourself

1
Creating a Brand

Figure out what your brand should look like, and what to do once you've decided on it

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HW: Creating a Brand

Homework for "Creating a Brand"

3
Logo or Headshot?

Is it better to use a logo or a headshot to represent your voiceovers?

4
Websites and Profiles

We'll talk a little bit about how to set up free profiles and websites to showcase your work

5
Pricing

What should you charge clients for your work?

6
Business Practices

Learn how to develop good organizational skills and where to go to find software that will help

7
HW: Business Practices
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Section 7 Quiz

Let's see what you remember about the Marketing lessons...

Finding Work

1
Where's All the Jobs?

Where can you find voiceover jobs?

2
Pay to Play Sites

Take a closer look at Pay to Play sites, and see what it's like to use them

3
ACX

A closer look at the Audiobook Creation Exchange site

4
Agents

What is an agent, and how do you find one?

5
Direct Marketing

Finding jobs on your own

6
Section 8 Quiz

Do you know where to find voiceover work?

Closing

1
Goodbye and Good Luck!

*sniffle* You're all done!

2
Laci's Favorite VO Resources

Some of my favorite places to learn more about voiceover! Includes links to blogs, forums, podcasts, software, and places to buy gear

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