Make a Commercial from ANY Voice Over
No prior experience needed! (Just want to sign up? Click here to signup). This is a production-only class; there is no live recording during class.
In the first five minutes, each student will make a complete commercial clip with music, sound effects and then turn it into a video! This voiceover dad made nearly $1 million in five years with these skills. Adding production to voiceover skills is really a no-brainer nowadays.
It’s so brain-dead simple because of the awesome resources we have access to. Including FREE audio and video editing software.
What You’ll Learn:
Whether you bring your laptop or not, you’ll learn how to:
- Make your own commercial voiceover demo(s) using Audacity and the AudioBlocks music library.
- Earn while you learn! Make demos for other talent. There are jobs for this immediately—let me know if you’re interested.
- How to analyze a performance and a script to create the perfect sound design of music and sound effects. (Learn how to use the Worksheet for Creating Emotional Sound Design)
- Make money doing commercials for clients. There are almost 300 ad agencies in the Twin Cities.
- Best of all, we’ll share how to get into the over two billion dollar annual business of corporate, internet and e-learning videos both as a voice talent and as a producer!
You’ll come away with both Audio editing skills in Audacity and music and sound effects matching skills, and some video editing skills as well! We’ll offer advanced skill classes later in May and June.
What You’ll Need:
Bring a laptop if you can, but everyone who attends will have a chance to create a commercial regardless. If you want to use your own voice over audio, make sure you can access it from that laptop. We’ll provide everything you need otherwise.
You’ll need copyright access to music and sound effects to have license to put audio on your computer, so choose an AudioBlocks subscription length at the bottom of this page. ALL the audio you use during class is YOURS to keep forever, with complete, unlimited copyright for ALL uses by you, the copyright owner.
If you’re bringing a laptop, install the latest version of Audacity for audio editing (for Windows • for Mac • Linux). Be sure to open it at least once before you arrive so you know how to open it. And once you receive your AudioBlocks subscription login, be sure to login before class on the laptop you’ll be bringing.
Where to Go:
This is a LIVE, in-person class with hands-on training by Dave and Sarah Larson. The location will be just West of Minneapolis. We’ll send you an email before the class with the exact location, and confirm by text or phone. The class will take place either at the School of Voiceover Training Center, or the Hopkins Center for the Arts Upstairs Classroom.
Question or need before signing up? Let us know!
Bonus: A Demo Track Creation Workflow
Workflow just means the steps and procedures you follow when working. This assumes you are using Audacity, but holds true for other software as well. (“DAW” means digital audio workstation, and usually just means the collection of equipment and software you are using.)
Be sure you have read the rules of commercial demos before beginning.
Edit takes a bit when you record. Particularly, delete things you know you won’t be using later, such as conversations between a talent and an engineer. Make sure you make the script easy to find and access later when you are creating your demo clips.
When you choose which takes you prefer to try out as commercial demo clips, be sure to specify the exact time to avoid errors later, such as :05.5–:11.2
Creating Commercial Clips
If you have several different scripts recorded, you should save them all in one project. Then, when you begin editing, put all the takes from one script you want to experiment with into a single project.
Imagine your main Audacity project is called “Commercial Demo Takes from three scripts.aup”. That’s good. But before you edit, you should create an individual project for each script, such as Takes from script #1.aup • Takes from script #2.aup • Takes from script #3.aup
Initially, you should probably get all your takes onto one track with the project, then duplicate that track. Name one of the duplicate tracks something like “source takes from script #1” and name the other track “first edits”, or “edit #1” or simply “#1”. Then do NOT edit the track named “source…” ONLY edit the copy of that track. As you make more edits, you may simply want to duplicate the “first edits” track, and name the duplicate “second edits” and make further edits to that.
This way you never lose any of your previous work and can go back to it if you:
- Realize you have incorporated an error accidentally at some point.
- Want to go back to earlier edits
- Decide to experiment or take a different approach but want to save your other edits
Putting Multiple Tracks Together
If you are creating more than one clip, work on each clip just enough to get a sense of what is good and what is problematic about each. In other words, get an overview before working on any one clip. Make notes about such things as initial length, ease of editing to shorter lengths, style.
Do NOT try to adjust or fix things before deciding what you probably use. You want to limit the amount of work, and avoid working on something that you end up not using.