Be a Voice Actor: Making a Living with Your Voice
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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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Created by Laci Morgan
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • 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. :)
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 63 Lectures Collapse All 63 Lectures 02:52:23
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All About VO
10 Lectures 21:11

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.

Preview 00:32

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

Commercials
01:31

What is a promo? Learn here!

Promos
01:44

All about animation voiceover jobs.

Animation
02:12

What kind of work can you find in video games?

Video Games
02:18

Educational and informational voiceovers

E-Learning and Education
01:37

VO work in the business world

Preview 01:59

Press 1 to learn about phone voiceovers...

IVR
01:54

All about audiobooks

Audiobooks
03:43

Put your knowledge of section 1 to the test!

Section 1 Quiz
7 questions
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Finding Your Voice
11 Lectures 21:17

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

Let's Get Real Here...
02:27


Practice varying your pitch and intonation with this homework assignment.

HW: Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!
00:52

The "Real Person" Read
01:56

HW: Real Person Read
00:53

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

Tone and Placement
02:17

HW: Tone and Placement
00:39

How to find the characters hiding in your voice!

Creating Characters
07:52

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

HW: Creating Characters
00:15

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

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

Learn all about what to do with your best celebrity impersonations

Impersonations and ADR
00:50

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

Section 2 Quiz
7 questions
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Setting Up Your Studio (Say THAT 5 times fast!)
7 Lectures 23:45

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

Time to Mic Up!
07:38

Choosing hardware and software to support your voiceover business

The Tech Stuff
01:51

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

HW: The Tech Stuff
00:12

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

It's All About Accessorizing!
03:04

Figure out which materials you need to buy

HW: It's All About Accessorizing!
00:19


A video tour of Laci's home studio setup

Welcome to My Studio!
04:10

Test your knowledge about all the gear in the studio.

Section 3 Quiz
7 questions
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Ready, Set, Record!
6 Lectures 11:25
Mic Placement
02:51

Try out what you've learned about mic placement

HW: Mic Placement
00:25

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

Warming Up
01:52

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

HW: Warming Up - Tongue Twisters
00:26

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

Avoiding Mouth Sounds
02:49

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

Pressing the Red Button
03:02

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

Section 4 Quiz
7 questions
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Basic Audio Editing for Voiceovers
6 Lectures 31:21

A basic intro to editing your audio

Intro to Audio Editing
02:21

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.

Noise Removal
06:11

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

Editing out mistakes
03:33

Removing clicks, pops, and plosives
09:37

A look at tools like EQ, DeEssing, and Compression

Filters and other fun stuff
07:44

Best practices for saving and sending your files to clients

Saving and sending files
01:55

A short and easy quiz about audio editing

Section 5 Quiz
5 questions
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Making A Demo
9 Lectures 15:11

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

Preview 01:18

HW: Hearing Vs. Listening
00:08

How to figure out what your most successful sound is

Finding Your Sweet Spot
02:10

HW: Finding Your Sweet Spot
00:39

Learn how to determine what should be going on your demo

What Goes on My Demo?
02:40

How to write your very own custom scripts

Writing the Ads
03:45

HW: Writing the Ads
00:07

A bit controversial look at making a demo

Putting it All Together
03:25

HW: Putting it All Together
00:58

What did you learn about making a demo?

Section 6 Quiz
6 questions
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Marketing Yourself
7 Lectures 16:18

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

Creating a Brand
01:46

Homework for "Creating a Brand"

HW: Creating a Brand
00:24

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

Logo or Headshot?
04:27

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

Websites and Profiles
03:51

What should you charge clients for your work?

Pricing
02:21

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

Business Practices
03:01

HW: Business Practices
00:27

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

Section 7 Quiz
8 questions
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Finding Work
5 Lectures 23:25

Where can you find voiceover jobs?

Where's All the Jobs?
00:47

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

Pay to Play Sites
14:02

A closer look at the Audiobook Creation Exchange site

ACX
04:49

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

Agents
02:16

Finding jobs on your own

Direct Marketing
01:31

Do you know where to find voiceover work?

Section 8 Quiz
5 questions
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Closing
2 Lectures 05:38

*sniffle* You're all done!

Goodbye and Good Luck!
00:40

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

Laci's Favorite VO Resources
04:58
About the Instructor
Laci Morgan
4.3 Average rating
76 Reviews
1,331 Students
1 Course
Voice Actor

Laci Morgan lives in a world of cartoons. On any day she might be voicing an animated character, drawing an illustration for a children's book, or studying the latest hit kids series as research for upcoming coaching. And she wouldn't have it any other way. 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 loves to perform, active in musical theater and voiceover work. Laci has recently voiced ads and characters for companies like Mattel, Nintendo, Hasbro, and Sephora, as well as various video games and audiobooks. Her favorite jobs so far have been playing the singing and speaking voice of Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony for a live traveling show, and April in the VR Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.