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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Instructed by Laci Morgan Music / Vocal
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  • Lectures 63
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Ever been told "you've got a great 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.

What are the 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. :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: All About VO
Meet Laci

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

7 questions

Put your knowledge of section 1 to the test!

Section 2: 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.

Don't Be Boring ... Use Intonation!

Practice varying your pitch and intonation with this homework assignment.

The "Real Person" Read
HW: Real Person Read

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

HW: Tone and Placement

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

7 questions

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

Section 3: 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

Do I Need a Sound Booth?

A video tour of Laci's home studio setup

7 questions

Test your knowledge about all the gear in the studio.

Section 4: Ready, Set, Record!
Mic Placement

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.

7 questions

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

Section 5: 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?

Removing clicks, pops, and plosives

A look at tools like EQ, DeEssing, and Compression


Best practices for saving and sending your files to clients

5 questions

A short and easy quiz about audio editing

Section 6: Making A Demo

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

HW: Hearing Vs. Listening

How to figure out what your most successful sound is

HW: Finding Your Sweet Spot

Learn how to determine what should be going on your demo


How to write your very own custom scripts

HW: Writing the Ads

A bit controversial look at making a demo

HW: Putting it All Together
6 questions

What did you learn about making a demo?

Section 7: Marketing Yourself

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

HW: Business Practices
8 questions

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

Section 8: Finding Work

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

5 questions

Do you know where to find voiceover work?

Section 9: Closing

*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

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Instructor Biography

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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