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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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
*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
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. :)
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.