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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
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  • 2+ hours of high quality content
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  • Laci Morgan Voice Actor and Professional Designer

    Laci Morgan has been honing her acting skills for years, culminating in a wide variety of knowledge and abilities. Having worked for giants in the industry like Disney and Universal Studios Hollywood, she has a unique working knowledge of the entertainment industry and what it takes to survive there. She is an avid performer, active in musical theater and voiceover work. Laci has recently voiced ads and characters for companies like Nintendo, Sephora, and Nordic Naturals, as well as various video games and audiobooks.

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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
2 reviews

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.

Category: Music / Vocal
    • None to take the course, but some kind of microphone and recording software will be helpful for practicing homework
    • A good imagination and the ability to read a script
    • Willingness to look and sound a little silly. :)
    • Over 63 lectures and 3 hours of content!
    • 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
    • People looking for a fun job working from home
    • Anyone interested in learning about voiceovers
    • Actors who want to expand their opportunities
    • People who enjoy reading aloud
    • Business owners who want to narrate their marketing ads and videos

CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    All About VO
  • 1
    Meet Laci
    03:41
  • 2
    Opportunities in VO
    00:32

    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
    01:31

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

  • 4
    Promos
    01:44

    What is a promo? Learn here!

  • 5
    Animation
    02:12

    All about animation voiceover jobs.

  • 6
    Video Games
    02:18

    What kind of work can you find in video games?

  • 7
    E-Learning and Education
    01:37

    Educational and informational voiceovers

  • 8
    Corporate/Healthcare/Public Services
    01:59

    VO work in the business world

  • 9
    IVR
    01:54

    Press 1 to learn about phone voiceovers...

  • 10
    Audiobooks
    03:43

    All about audiobooks

  • 11
    Section 1 Quiz
    7 questions
  • SECTION 2:
    Finding Your Voice
  • 12
    Let's Get Real Here...
    02:27

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

  • 13
    Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!
    01:30
  • 14
    HW: Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!
    Text

    Practice varying your pitch and intonation with this homework assignment.

  • 15
    The "Real Person" Read
    01:56
  • 16
    HW: Real Person Read
    Text
  • 17
    Tone and Placement
    02:17

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

  • 18
    HW: Tone and Placement
    Text
  • 19
    Creating Characters
    07:52

    How to find the characters hiding in your voice!

  • 20
    HW: Creating Characters
    Text

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

  • 21
    Wouldn't it Be Loverly to Learn an Accent?
    01:45

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

  • 22
    Impersonations and ADR
    00:50

    Learn all about what to do with your best celebrity impersonations

  • 23
    Section 2 Quiz
    7 questions
  • SECTION 3:
    Setting Up Your Studio (Say THAT 5 times fast!)
  • 24
    Time to Mic Up!
    07:38

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

  • 25
    The Tech Stuff
    01:51

    Choosing hardware and software to support your voiceover business

  • 26
    HW: The Tech Stuff
    Text

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

  • 27
    It's All About Accessorizing!
    03:04

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

  • 28
    HW: It's All About Accessorizing!
    Text

    Figure out which materials you need to buy

  • 29
    Do I Need a Sound Booth?
    06:31
  • 30
    Welcome to My Studio!
    04:10

    A video tour of Laci's home studio setup

  • 31
    Section 3 Quiz
    7 questions
  • SECTION 4:
    Ready, Set, Record!
  • 32
    Mic Placement
    02:51
  • 33
    HW: Mic Placement
    Text

    Try out what you've learned about mic placement

  • 34
    Warming Up
    01:52

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

  • 35
    HW: Warming Up - Tongue Twisters
    Text

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

  • 36
    Avoiding Mouth Sounds
    02:49

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

  • 37
    Pressing the Red Button
    03:02

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

  • 38
    Section 4 Quiz
    7 questions
  • SECTION 5:
    Basic Audio Editing for Voiceovers
  • 39
    Intro to Audio Editing
    02:21

    A basic intro to editing your audio

  • 40
    Noise Removal
    06:11

    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.

  • 41
    Editing out mistakes
    03:33

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

  • 42
    Removing clicks, pops, and plosives
    09:37
  • 43
    Filters and other fun stuff
    07:44

    A look at tools like EQ, DeEssing, and Compression

  • 44
    Saving and sending files
    01:55

    Best practices for saving and sending your files to clients

  • 45
    Section 5 Quiz
    5 questions
  • SECTION 6:
    Making A Demo
  • 46
    Hearing Vs. Listening
    01:18

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

  • 47
    HW: Hearing Vs. Listening
    Text
  • 48
    Finding Your Sweet Spot
    02:10

    How to figure out what your most successful sound is

  • 49
    HW: Finding Your Sweet Spot
    Text
  • 50
    What Goes on My Demo?
    02:40

    Learn how to determine what should be going on your demo

  • 51
    Writing the Ads
    03:45

    How to write your very own custom scripts

  • 52
    HW: Writing the Ads
    Text
  • 53
    Putting it All Together
    03:25

    A bit controversial look at making a demo

  • 54
    HW: Putting it All Together
    Text
  • 55
    Section 6 Quiz
    6 questions
  • SECTION 7:
    Marketing Yourself
  • 56
    Creating a Brand
    01:46

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

  • 57
    HW: Creating a Brand
    Text

    Homework for "Creating a Brand"

  • 58
    Logo or Headshot?
    04:27

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

  • 59
    Websites and Profiles
    03:51

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

  • 60
    Pricing
    02:21

    What should you charge clients for your work?

  • 61
    Business Practices
    03:01

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

  • 62
    HW: Business Practices
    Text
  • 63
    Section 7 Quiz
    8 questions
  • SECTION 8:
    Finding Work
  • 64
    Where's All the Jobs?
    00:47

    Where can you find voiceover jobs?

  • 65
    Pay to Play Sites
    14:02

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

  • 66
    ACX
    04:49

    A closer look at the Audiobook Creation Exchange site

  • 67
    Agents
    02:16

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

  • 68
    Direct Marketing
    01:31

    Finding jobs on your own

  • 69
    Section 8 Quiz
    5 questions
  • SECTION 9:
    Closing
  • 70
    Goodbye and Good Luck!
    00:40

    *sniffle* You're all done!

  • 71
    Laci's Favorite VO Resources
    Text

    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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REVIEWS

  • Stephanie Butenhof
    Learned Even More Than I Expected!

    Laci's voice is very engaging, her coursework is colorful and well-laid-out, and she provides plenty of examples and 'homework' for you to practice what you're learning. She goes over all the questions that I had very thoroughly, and if I had any questions or comments, she replied very quickly. I actually bought my new equipment through one of the companies she recommended, and discovered a whole new world of VO work I wouldn't have known where to find, otherwise. I'm very impressed, and I have already recommended it to other new VO people I know. :)

  • Dee Partridge
    Comprehensive and Entertaining

    This is a great course that's loaded with info on what it really takes to become a voice actor. The lectures are short, to the point, and fluff-free - Laci covers a lot of material that will give you a sharp advantage in a competitive field.

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