Do you have more questions?
Here's a list of the most commonly asked questions with answers:
If I purchase the course, how long do I have access to it?
You will have access to the course for 1 year. And the course is video-based, so you can move along at your own speed. And, you can watch the videos as many times as you want.
Is this course current and up to date?
Yes! Updates are made regularly to this course.
Do I really need to purchase my own recording equipment?
Yes, you will need to purchase recording equipment. You cannot do professional recordings on your phone.
I live in a small apartment/trailer/mobile home/etc. can I set up a recording space there?
This is challenging. You will need space that is generally quiet for long periods of time. And you will need to be able to treat the space to control echo. Ask yourself if you can do that in the space you are thinking about using as your recording space.
How long until I can start earning money?
When you begin a voice over career, you are learning new skills and starting your own business. Your success depends on you. How well you follow the instructional videos matters, how much you practice your new skills matters, how much you audition and market yourself matters. It’s not like a normal job where you are hired and work is handed to you. You have autonomy and flexibility in this career, but it also means that you have be committed to the work. Many students have booked work within just a few months of enrolling in the course.
What does the future of voice overs look like?
When you think about all the places that voice overs are used (commercials, eLearning, web videos, live presentations, telephone system, audiobooks and more…), I believe that there will always be work available in the field. Businesses will always advertise, learning will always need to happen, and the web will always provide ample opportunities. I believe the sky is the limit on future opportunities.
Do I get access to the whole course after I enroll?
Yes, after you enroll (in either the payment plan or the one-time payment option) you will have access to the entire course and can proceed at your own pave. You will have access to the course for 1 year.
Do I need to create my own business?
This career is unlike other “jobs” where you are employed by a company and they tell you what to do and pay you on a regular basis. You are your company and are responsible for your own auditioning, marketing, bookkeeping, etc. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.
How do I know if I have the right voice for a voice over career?
For starters, there is no “right voice.” All kinds of voices are needed in the voice over world. But, in general, you do need to have a voice that is easily understood – you need to enunciate your words well and you need to be comfortable making a script come to life. Do you like giving presentations? Reading stories to your kids? Singing? Acting? These are all good attributes for a voice artist.
What other expenses can I expect other than the cost of the course?
At this point, I am assuming that you already have a computer that you intend to use for recording. So, a computer is not included in this estimate. Then, there are 3 areas where you likely will have other expenses. First, in getting your recording space ready to use. Most people have many of the things they need (like thick blankets) available to them, but you may choose to purchase some extra things. Budgeting $100 or so would be helpful. Secondly, the recording equipment itself – Budgeting around $300-$350 if you have really good headphones already, or add $100 if you need headphones. And the third area to budget for is to join an online casting site for auditioning. You don’t have to do this, but I encourage joining for a year. This can range from $200-$500. There are places you can audition for free, but for a year I do recommend joining an online site so that you have access to many auditioning opportunities.
I can’t afford the course at this time, what should I do?
The course will be available for the foreseeable future. Check back in later when you feel you are ready financially.
Do you have voice over jobs I can audition for?
I am not a casting director. I am an instructor. I will teach you where to look for audition opportunities.
My son/daughter are interested in voice over? Would this course help them?
It would be helpful to them, but an adult must purchase the course and work along-side the student. Other suggestions would include getting involved in certain classes and activities in school: Speech class, Vocal Music, Acting/Drama and Audio Engineering.
Are refunds available?
Refunds are not available because you have access to all the information at the time you enroll in the course.
Is this a career I can do while traveling?
An important aspect of professional recording is consistency. You want your recording space, microphone setting and sound to all sound consistent from one recording session to another. If you think you can achieve that while traveling, then you may be able to. But it is very, very difficult.
What are the computer requirement for the audio editing software taught in the course?
Most newer computers (PC and Mac) will work to run the software. Chromebooks and telephones do not work. Here is a chart with system requirements:
A CPU that supports SSE2 is required (any CPU made after 2003 should support this). Please use the legacy Audacity 2.0.6 version if your machine lacks SSE2 support.
The values in the recommended RAM/processor speed column below are for tasks like recording for an hour, or editing three 20-minute tracks simultaneously. The values in the minimum RAM/processor speed column will be fine for smaller/shorter tasks, especially if unnecessary programs are closed.
Audacity works best on computers meeting more than the minimum requirements stated above. For lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend using machines of substantially higher specification than the minimums.
Older versions of Windows/old hardware
A compatibility table that includes old versions of Windows may be found on the Audacity wiki.
Audacity 2.4.1 is believed to work correctly on Windows 7, 8.1 and Vista, though please note that 7, 8 and Vista obsolete and no longer supported by Microsoft. More information about Audacity on Vista HERE.
2.1.3 (no longer supported) was the final version to run on Windows XP (which itself is no longer supported by Microsoft).
For Windows 98, ME and 2000, also for XP without the final Service Pack see Legacy Windows Downloads.
Audacity is for Intel Macs running macOS 10.15 Catalina, 10.14 Mojave and 10.13 High Sierra.
Audacity runs best with at least 2 GB RAM and a 2 GHz processor.
For lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend a minimum of 4 GB RAM and 4 GHz processor.
Where can I get information on the full course?
Click here: Work from Home doing Voice Overs
How long does the course take to get through?
The run-time of the videos in the course is around 3.5 hours. However, there are also text materials in the course that will require time to go through. The course is set up so that you watch a few videos first (for example the first videos on setting up your recording space) and then you stop watching the videos and go set up your recording space. Then you come back to the course and watch the videos about recording equipment. Then you stop watching the videos and go obtain your equipment. And so forth. So, you don’t need to sit and watch the entire course from start to finish. You will be stopping to do the work before proceeding. And you can re-watch the videos as many times as you need, for up to a year.
I’d like to be an audiobook narrator, but I live in another country. Will that work?
The audiobook publisher I teach in the course is ACX, which at the moment works with narrators from the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the UK. You may be able to find other audiobook publishers for your own country on your own.
Can a closet work as a recording space?
Yes, a closet can work as a recording space. A walk-in closet with a little more space works better. And clothes hanging in a closet can help absorb echo.
What is the training in the course like?
It is online and video-based, so you can watch it anytime that works for you. It takes a step-by-step approach so that you don’t become overwhelmed.
Can I use my phone for recording?
No. You will need professional recording equipment.
I live in another country; will this course still help me?
This course is designed for U.S. based students. While the vast majority of the material covered in the course could be helpful no matter where you live, I am not an expert in auditioning, marketing or finding voice over work in other countries.
I have an accent or speak another language; will I be able to find voice over jobs?
Virtually all kinds of languages and accents are needed for voice over. This course covers English-based students, so if you intend to do voice over work in another language, you may need to secure coaching elsewhere.