Become a professional Voice Actor in 7 easy steps.

Voice Overs is Acting. Learn how to become a voice actor.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Hi there. I’m Marinda Botha

Thank you for considering taking this course. The voice over industry can sound very glamorous but the truth is, it takes a lot of hard work to achieve success in this business.

I have been in the voice over business for 14 years and 8 of those I spent working in the British voice over industry. I now work from my home recording studio, in South Africa, with numerous clients from across the world. I am also a lecturer with 6 years teaching experience. I hope this combination will serve you well.

Now in this course I start off quite technical, looking at microphone technique but then we move on to the essence of voice over performance, which I believe is acting. We look at dissecting your script, using and ignoring punctuation, finding your target audience and unearthing subtext from your script.

What tools do you need to enroll in this course? All you need is your computer and a willingness to learn. YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY A MICROPHONE. To be able to do the exercises, you may use the microphone on your mobile phone, or the one in your computer.

Acting for voice overs can be super fun. You can act the whole day long, even though you may have a bad hair day and want to stand barefoot behind the microphone. You can! All the listener is interested in, is the sound of your voice J

So if you are ready for the challenge and serious about becoming a professional voice actor, please enroll. There are 7 lessons to complete and a bonus video on the end. Hop to it!

What are the requirements?

  • You do not need any prior knowledge or experience, other than a hunger for knowledge and the commitment to practice the techniques.
  • Students interested in public speaking or those wishing to improve their overall articulation or inability to speak clearly in front of others, are welcome to take this course.
  • For this course you don’t need to buy a microphone. To be able to do the exercises, you may use the microphone on your mobile phone, or the one in your computer.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Express and apply knowledge of the self-directing process for the audio performance
  • Possess a basic command of vocal technique in response to various corporate and commercial voice over scripts and in performance.
  • Express working knowledge of the actor’s approach to analyzing the audio script.
  • Express and demonstrate a technical know-how on microphone technique

Who is the target audience?

  • This 7 part course can be taken by complete beginners to advanced students.

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: Want to become a professional Voice Over Actor?

Video Lecture 1 - What to consider when wanting to become a professional voice actor.

Expanded notes on Video Lecture 1
5 pages
Section 1 Audio Lesson: Visualization Exercise
Section 1_Questionnaire
4 pages
Section 2: Fearing the microphone. Become tech-savvy!
Fearing the microphone. Become tech-savvy!
Expanded notes on Video Lecture 5
7 pages
Section 2 Audio Lesson
Section 2_Exercise sheet
8 pages
Section 3: Your Target Audience. Speak to your one-person audience.
Your Target Audience. Speak to your one-person audience.
Expanded notes on Video Lecture 9
6 pages
Section 3_Exercise sheet
3 pages
Section 4: Marking your script
Marking your script
Expanded notes on Video lecture 12: Marking your script
6 pages
Section 4_Exercise sheet
4 pages
Section 5: Punctuation - When not to use it.
Punctuation - When not to use it.
Expanded notes on Video Lecture 15
6 pages
Section 5 Audio Lesson
Section 6: Subtext- How to hook your listener
Subtext- How to hook your listener
Expanded notes on Video Lecture 18
5 pages
Section 6 Audio Lesson
Section 6_Exercise sheets
3 pages
Section 7: Hold onto the meaning!
Hold onto the meaning!
Expanded noted on Video Lecture 22: Carry the thought through.
6 pages
Section 7_Exercise sheet
3 pages
Section 8: Bonus Video: Being a foreign voice over artist
Bonus video! Being a foreign voice over artist
Section 9: What's next? Final thoughts.
What's next? Final thoughts for your career ahead.
3 pages

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Instructor Biography

Marinda Botha, Voice Actor and Trainer

I am a bilingual native speaker of Afrikaans and have a very neutral English accent. I am also experienced in the British voice over industry, as I spent 8 years living and working in London before moving back to South Africa. I am now based in Centurion, Gauteng, working from my home recording studio.

My voice has been described as warm, earthy, sensual, clear and authoritative. It lends itself well to corporate scripts like IVR, medical narration, e-learning, telephony and videos for web.

I hold a Performing Arts Degree and love stretching my acting muscles in the booth. I also trained at The Actor’s centre and did an Advanced Acting for Radio course in London. I have also been teaching at a tertiary education institute in South Africa for 6 years.

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