Becoming a VO Solopreneur

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Lau Lapides

Course Overview

Transform yourself with Becoming a VO Solopreneur

In this 6-week intensive, you will receive the core training of how to's of becoming a solo-preneur in the voice over industry and learn the tools, tricks and techniques of building a solid foundation as a DBA/LLC business in the first year.

The basics of marketing and branding, creating and sustaining mindpower and focus, as well as discovering hidden gems to help you avoid common pitfalls that new VO talent fall into.

Focus on how to get the best bang for your buck in training, demo production and marketing your talents. You will walk away knowing the ABC's of becoming a voice-over professional and what you realistically need to invest/commit to become successful.

This course is the culmination of Lau Lapides' many years as President and Founder at Lau Lapides company, professional SAG-AFTRA member, head agent with Model Club Inc, and many more. Full bio below.

Course Outcomes

  • Business Ready:
    You will leave this 6 week course with an understanding of how to run your solopreneur VO business, a concrete business plan with dates, and a clear path on how to achieve the plan.

Testimonials

"When I got laid off from my radio gig, I spent 4 years doing various voice over courses. Eventually I landed back in radio but also took Lau's Solopreneur course. What stood out to me so much was the importance of getting your demo professionally produced. All these years i thought "whatever, I'm a producer I can do it myself. Why should i pay someone else a fortune to do what i can do?" Radio Commercial Producer, Yes. Voice Over Producer, No! Lau taught me the importance of your demo being a big investment of you and your business. As It is designed to be customed to your personality. That really opened my eyes about professional demos. Lau's book spoke to me on many levels. One chapter talked about how its ok to say no. Whether you got too many gigs at once or if youre offered a big city job when you dont quite feel youre ready. I remember turning down a job cause I didnt it was right for me, despite my dilemma that I felt I may not find anything better. But things only got better and I dont regret that decision."

Craig Reashore

Past student
Would definitely love a part two with how much inspiration, knowledge and motivation the first one provided. Was looking forward to getting more of that Lau wisdom every time!
Nevertheless a CET friendly time would be very much appreciated if possible, as now I do finally watch out for my sleep a bit more.
Either way, can‘t wait to taking classes with CC and Lau again. Who knows, maybe I‘ll be in a different time zone eventually?

Mateo Franke

Student

I really liked Lau’s class. It really helped me connect with other people and some really great guest speakers. It helped me connect with TIC and take advantage of all their great content & benefits.

Lau was able to help me gain more confidence in myself as I pursue my goals as a Voice Actor. Getting her “50 ways…” book really started me thinking about what I wanted and what I needed for pursuing this industry. I would recommend reading it to other VAs.” (Michael L./FanimationMik)

Michael Lewallen

Solopreneur 1 student
I wanted to say thank you to you both for taking the time to put together an excellent first class. Love the energy and already getting some great nuggets!

Dexter Howard

Current student

Hosted By

  • Lau Lapides

    Doer of Many Things
    • Lau Lapides is President & Founder of lau lapides company based in Boston with satellite studios in New York City and Miami. She is also head Voice Over Talent Agent with Model Club, Inc (Boston) & pioneer of the new Voice Over division at the agency (MCVO).

    • She holds Professional Memberships in SAG-AFTRA/AEA (Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television & Radio Artists),/AWRT (American Women in Radio & Television), AWM (Alliance for Women in Media), NAPW (National Association of Professional Women), BWME (Boston Women in Media Entertainment), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), MBA (Massachusetts Broadcasters Association), Stagesource, NETC (New England Theater Conference.)

    • Holds an M.F.A. in Acting, University of California, Irvine.

    • Lau Lapides was selected for The Ad Club's Women's Leadership Forum *100 Women We Admire* Recognition 2013*, Honors and awards include "Best Director" 4 years running at Playwrights Platform Festival, the prestigious "Women Who Make a Difference Award" in 2003 and again in 2004 honoring women leaders of the Babson College.

    • She has also been selected as a judge for the prestigious National Gracie Broadcasting Awards, held in Washington D.C. and her studio work nominated in 2 categories. Her company has been featured in numerous print and online magazines including Imagine, Talent, and Backstage Magazine.

Course Outline

01

WEEK 1: THE POWER OF MINDSET & POSITIVE THINKING!


  • A) Your voice over creative and business path will take route in your mind and intentions first and foremost, then your incisive actions.
  • B) Your structured use of time management tools and health and lifestyle balance will all aid your mind power abilities.


02

WEEK 2: CREATING THE VO SUPERHERO IN YOU!


  • A) Finding your unique style, image & value proposition. Defining your vocal presence and value added offering helps your clients & producers.
  • B) Creating a realistic Action Plan. BE the talent you are capable of being to the fullest potential rather than the one you are not able to attain. And know the difference.


03

WEEK 3: DUE DILIGENCE OF TRAINING & INDUSTRY STANDARD DEMO PRODUCTION!


  • A) The A, B, C's of Training from crawling to walking to running. Get your ducks in a row and know your stuff to be competitive in the market and create the best demo version of you.
  • B) Invest like the rest and only the best. Define and adhere to your financial, emotional and time commitment to know what you can really accomplish. Let's crunch numbers!


04

WEEK 4: CREATING A TEAM TO HELP YOU WIN!


  • A) Create a VO Village to help you achieve your goals and don't look back!
  • B) Become your own CEO and create a shingle with your business name on it. Let's cover the basics of becoming a solopreneur and all that goes with it.


05

WEEK 5: NETWORKING & CREATING POWERHOUSE ALLIANCES FOR SUCCESS!


  • A) Learning options for events, forums and meetings you NEED to be in to be successful.
  • B) Skill-building in buying industry coffee for networking meetings! Work on soft skills to build your hard growth in your ROI.


06

WEEK 6: SUM UP YOUR POWER VO PACKAGE AND GETTING TO WORK!


  • A) Now that you have the basic power tools it's time to work on getting work. Let's walk the talk.
  • B) Create an Action Plan and make it happen with hard deadlines.

Course Schedule

2-4 hours per week
  • Wednesdays

    6PM-7:30PM EST

    Our live sessions happen every Wednesday.
  • Homework

    About 2 hours per week

    It will take about 2 hours each week for homework. Please plan accordingly

Frequency Asked Questions

What happens if I miss a class?
We will record the live session for you to review.
What is your refund policy?
No refunds. Please be sure you want to take the course before you purchase it.
Do I have to turn on my video during sessions?
If you are uncomfortable showing your face on video, you don’t have to. It is helpful for instructors to watch your gestures and your movements in order to properly assess you as a student, but it’s not required.

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