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VOICE-OVER ACTING-Instruction in Commercials,Animation&more!

Get exciting Commercial, Animation and Video Game Voice-Over reads to get the agent and book your next voice-over job.
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Created by Mickey Caputo
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 24 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Understand and approach Voice-Over copy with confidence and strength so they you can book get great agents and book more Voice-Over work.
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Requirements
  • All you need is a positive attitude, an open mind and your voice. :) It is also helpful to have something where you can record yourself as well, like a smartphone, tablet, voice recorder, etc. Anything that records your voice will do.
Description

5-Star Review***** (January 2017)"This is the perfect class for busy voice actors to get training and the motivation to succeed in their career. You can work at your own pace and get personal attention from a top industry coach. There are great pro tips and tricks that help you to polish your performances every day and learn to love the art of voice acting throughout your career."

-Janet Wilcox (author of Voice-Over:Techniques and Tactics for Success) 

With Voice-Over 101 Plus you will:

  • Learn the techniques the pros use for breaking down voice-over copy for Commercials, Animation and more.
  • Eliminate confusion and understand exactly what to do to make your voice-over reads pop!
  • Learn simple and effective warm-up techniques that will strengthen and loosen up your voice.
  • Get voice-over acting tips and tricks that are not available anywhere else in any other course.
  • Take the course with you anywhere,anytime via your phone or tablet.
  • And so much more!

The techniques taught in this course have personally helped people book voice-over jobs for Disney, Dreamworks,GoDaddy, Maybelline, Freshly, Wellmark and many more. I want YOUR voice to be heard. Voice-Over 101 Plus helps you unleash your unique voice so that your voice can be heard loud and clear in Commercials, Animation and beyond.This course is designed for anyone looking to take their Voice-Over career and reads to the next level. 

Has any one ever told you 'You should do Voice-Over?'. So many people have been told this and mistakenly think that a nice voice is all you need to work, but 'HUGE spoiler alert' it is NOT. You need to have a solid, easy-to-use, 'go-to' structure of techniques that you can use over and over again so that your reads pop every time, and I will show you how to do this. I don't waste half of the course talking about microphones and which gear to buy. Why not? Because a.) that is the easiest part of all of this(***read a little further down in a sec) and b.) even if you have the most expensive gear, if your reads suck you won't book it anyway. c.) you can learn about mic placement and editing in your manuals or on youtube for FREE. The truth is that you don't need the best, most expensive and amazing gear to book V.O. work (although it doesn't hurt to have awesome gear!) but you DO need reads that pop, and that is why I created this course.

Sometimes all you need is an iPhone or smartphone to practice and/or book a job, and I show you how to turn bland and noisy phone recordings into recordings that are punchy and awesome. Another thing that Voice-Over 101 Plus has that no other course has, is the "Performance Trainer", a practice tool that makes you stronger and stronger every time that you use it, and you can use it through your smartphone and/or tablet so you can practice anytime and practically anywhere with it!

My goal is to help you de-mystify how to get great Commercial and Animation/Video Game voice-over reads and to make it fun for you at the same time. That is what Voice-Over 101 Plus is all about. Plus, there is a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It's time to unleash your inner Voice-Over acting power right now, so try Voice-Over 101 Plus today!

-Mickey

P.S. - I am going to be adding more content to the course with time, so those things will automatically be included in your course as well. If there are any topics you want covered that can help you,I want you to let me know.


P.S.S. - I want to make sure you feel like you have support so I will be answering questions and being active here to make sure you get the most out of the course. If anytime you have questions, just let me know. Let's do this! 

Catch up with me on Twitter too: @ghosthawkmickey

See you inside!

-Mickey Caputo

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone looking to improve their Voice-Over craft by teaching you solid, easy-to-use, 'go-to' methods for creating killer Voice-Over reads that pop! Even if you have never done Voice-Over or Voice-Acting work before, this course teaches a variety of methods and tools so that you can let your unique voice be heard. The cool thing too is that you can apply the techniques immediately!
  • This course is not only great for beginner's but also for anyone stuck in a rut, that just can't seem to break through to the other side of booking regularly. We all no there are no guarantees in life, but when you are armed with all the tools to help you, your odds can increase dramatically. My goal for you is to book more work and help you discover your inner confidence so that every one of your reads pops with confidence and personality.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 47 Lectures Collapse All 47 Lectures 04:41:18
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Welcome to Voice-Over 101 Plus!
3 Lectures 06:14

Welcome to Voice-Over 101 Plus! :)

Preview 01:55

Get ready to learn how to make your Voice-Over reads pop with how to breakdown copy to get amazing performances! Also included are vocal warm-ups, breathing techniques, life-coaching videos and more. Looking forward to seeing you inside!

Preview 01:15

If this is the only lesson you ever take away it will be worth it. Have fun! In all of your work and practice, having fun is a huge part in making your reads pop and enjoyable to the listener. Let your joy shine through and have fun :)

Have fun :)
03:04
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Essential ingredients for connected voice-over reads
3 Lectures 39:01

These 4 components live in all professionally produced Voice-Over spots. Bring these 4 components to all of your reads and your reads will be strong.

The 4 C's-Four essential components in pro voice-over spots
17:47

These 3 elements will be used throughout all of your reads. Learn what these are now so that you can access them immediately so that your reads come to life.

3 Elements of Great Performances
16:26

All of your life experiences, good and bad, can be used to fuel your performances and create and exciting and interesting reads. When you bring your real-life experiences to your reads, your voice will naturally be interesting to listen to no matter how much you may dislike the sound of your voice. Check out how to do this inside.

Preview 04:48
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How to breakdown Voice-Over copy
12 Lectures 01:39:22

Learn how to approach specs in the real world and book the job even when you don't fit all of the specs that they are looking for.

"Specs"-What they are and how to approach them
16:24

Get ready to learn how to breakdown Commercial Voice-Over copy!

Breaking Down Commercial Copy-Introduction
01:59

How to breakdown Commercial copy part 1. Take as much of this in as you can. See which techniques seem easier for you and take any and all of the techniques here and apply them to excite your reads.

Preview 10:57

How to breakdown Commercial copy part 2. Take as much of this in as you can. See which techniques seem easier for you and take any and all of the techniques here and apply them to excite your reads.Here we add the 5 W's to the mix. Take whatever you connect with most and apply those to your reads. Sometimes certain things will work more than others, depending on the copy you get. Have fun with it! :)

Breaking Down Commercial Copy- PART 2
21:28

Whew! You did it! Remember, don't feel like you have to do every single step, every single time you get copy BUT, learn what works for you and what doesn't, and use what works. Feel free to experiment with different techniques here and see how your reads change for the better! Remember this too, you don't need to think about every single piece of information you discovered in your investigation. Know that in your investigation of the copy, you brought specific things to the surface, and when you perform you can trust yourself and just let it go. Have fun!

Breaking Down Commercial Copy-Conclusion
02:24

Get ready to breakdown some animation copy!

Breaking Down Animation Copy-Introduction
01:42

  • How to breakdown Animation/Video Game copy part 1. Take as much of this in as you can. See which techniques seem easier for you and take any and all of the techniques here and apply them to excite your reads.
Preview 14:05

Breaking Down Animation Copy-Part 2
08:29

Congrats! You did it! Keep in mind that once you ask questions and bring those answers to the surface, you can let go and have fun! In other words, you don't need to keep all of the information in your brain when you are performing your copy, just trust in the work you've done, and let it go. :)

Breaking Down Animation-Conclusion
02:16

If you are looking for a fast and easy approach to connecting to your copy on a personal level, this is it. You can watch this before or after you watch the other videos on 'Breaking Down Copy', but please make sure you do so you get the complete picture. This is the condensed version of many of the techniques described in those videos. Enjoy!

Who, P.I.E.?The QUICK and EASY Formula
08:00

Learn how to score your script so that you can get the performance you want.

Scoring Your Script
08:58

When you audition you will be asked to perform a "slate". Here we cover the easy way to do this so that you make a powerful and trusting first impression.

How to Slate
02:40
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Killer iPhone/Smartphone Recordings
4 Lectures 14:10
Killer iPhone/Smartphone recordings-Introduction
00:09

After this lecture you will be able to:

  • record auditions with your iPhone/Smartphone
  • discover you can record if you do not have a proper studio setup at home
Preview 03:03

After this lecture you will be able to use plug-in processing that will make your iPhone/smartphone auditions punchy and professional.

Killer iPhone/Smartphone recordings-Part 2
10:58

Killer iPhone/Smartphone recordings-The process
2 pages
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Breathing and Voice Warm-Up exercises
6 Lectures 32:46

Get ready for some voice warm-ups! These are some fun exercises to get the motor running before you perform.

Vocal Warm-Up:The Basic Outline
00:57

Some breathing basics so that you know how the mechanism works so that you can maximize your intake.

Vocal Warm-Up:Breathing
16:14

Here is an easy way to get your sound buzzing inside of yourself so that your body cavity resonates without effort.

Vocal Warm-Up:Finding Resonance
07:45

A fun way to get your voice ready for performance!

Vocal Warm-Up-The "Motorboat"
04:42

What's a "zerbert"? Only THE most effective exercise I know to get your voice and the muscles around it flexible and free!

Vocal Warm-up:The "Zerbert"
02:07

Feel free to do whichever exercises you like the most to before you perform! Just remember: do them BEFORE you go to the audition/job/etc. ;)

Vocal Warm-Up:Conclusion
01:01
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The "Performance Trainer"-the Ultimate Practice Tool for V.O.
3 Lectures 10:53
How much should I practice?
03:51

This is an explanation of what intentions are, a few examples and how you will use them in your VO practice with the Performance Trainer, your auditions and your VO work as well. 

Intentions
02:02

Use this tool whenever you want to practice on your own. Experiment with different:

  • intentions
  • attitudes/energy/emotions
  • number of takes

Your performance technique requires some practice and this will help you with that in a big way!

The Performance Trainer-the Ultimate Practice Tool
05:00
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Life-Coaching and Guidance for your Voice-Over journey
5 Lectures 26:32

You are in one place. You want to get somewhere else. It's an adventure! Get ready to travel onto your bridge of adventure!

The Bridge of Adventure
05:31

Watch this video whenever you get frustrated or down about, well, anything really! This video helps you to get grounded and to understand that you are everything that you need to be right here and now. :)

Right Here, Right Now
04:56

Get ready to learn THE best tool to have whatever inner qualities you feel you have been lacking in your life.

Preview 08:39

Trust yourself. 

Trust yourself
05:01

In this video I invite you to measure your success not by how many jobs you book, but rather the effort and practice you are putting into your VO practice and also practicing speaking and expressing your self  in every day life as well.

Preview 02:25
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Extra Tips
2 Lectures 02:48

Not all h20 is created equal.

Preview 01:45

Mouth clicks will kill your auditions and your performances. Granny Smith apples work for this, but if you have a hard time digesting apples try this.

Removing Mouth Clicks
01:03
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Voice-Over Tips, Tricks and Techniques
7 Lectures 23:42
The Smile :)
04:49

Here is a simple and cool little technique to get your reads to sound more conversations and thrown away. Sometimes when they ask for a 'millennial' sound this technique can really come in handy.

The Shoulder Shrug
01:22

Using your own energy and emotion in your work is really important. Your own energy and emotion is unique to you and rather than try to 'act' it, I encourage you to use what is already inside of you: your unique energy and emotion. Use it to propel your reads!

Preview 05:42

We all have different sides of our personalities, or different 'versions' of us. Sometimes we are a brother, sister, Father or Mother...a teacher, nurse, electrician, friend, husband, wife, etc. Sometimes we are happy, sad, angry, loving, protective, vengeful, comforting, etc.All of these different versions of ourselves can be used inside of the VO spots we are voicing by choosing the version of you that makes sense for the spot. The key is that it is s version of YOU, vs. acting like an idea or stereotype of what you think you should be.

Accessing the different "Versions" of you.
03:02

When a VO really clicks and is believable, there is no separation between the person and their voice. It's as if the person's physical voice, body and point of view are all one thing. I explain it in this video.

One with the Voice
02:45

For those of you who sound more polished and 'announcer' this simple and fun technique can help lighten up you reads to sound more conversational.

'Drunken Master' technique
03:42

Do this to add more joy, energy and lightness to your reads.

The 'Crazy Laughing' technique.
02:20
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Voice-Over 101 Plus-Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:49

The legend. If you don't already know about him, you need to. I have provided some info for you here to do just that.

Tribute to Don LaFontaine
01:07

Don't forget to check out the downloadable pdf's before you go. Another great website to visit which is not in the pdf's is Dee Bradley Baker's website. It has some extremely valuable information about Voice-Over there and I highly recommend it. Here is the link:


www.iwanttobeavoiceactor.com


All the best to you and looking forward to hearing about your success!


-Mickey


P.S.-Stay tuned for more content soon too!

Conclusion
01:42
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
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215 Students
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Los Angeles-based Voice Actor/ Coach

Prior to joining the roster at Sutton, Barth and Vennari as a Voice-Actor for Animation, Video Games,Commercials and Promos and prior to becoming a Voice-Over coach/director at the SAG Foundation's Don Lafontaine Voice-Over lab, Michael "Mickey" Caputo spent time on the other side of the glass. First as a dialogue recordist on some of the most popular animated shows from the early 2000's from Warner Brothers, Universal and others, to working as an actor on stage and on-camera. 

From winning co-star and guest star roles for such shows as ABC's "Son's and Daughter's" and WB's "the Gilmore Girls" to having original music currently running on such TV shows as "Say Yes to the Dress", to "Tiny House Nation" and more. 

Mickey has used the techniques in his Voice-Over 101 Plus course to help people book national commercials, animated series, video games, e-learning, audiobooks and live-announcing. Clients have booked jobs for companies like: Disney, DreamWorks Animation,GoDaddy, and Maybelline to name a few. 

Mickey is currently represented as a Voice-Over artist in Los Angeles by Sutton, Barth and Vennari. Mickey is also the creator of the self-empowerment program "The System of Strength" and works as a one-on-one coach, helping people unleash their inner voice and power. His latest Voice-Over bookings include the role of "the Elder" in Hidden Expeditions and the "Shadow God/Candlemaker" in the upcoming Dark Parables game, both to be released in early 2017. Mickey is currently based out of Los Angeles California.

Follow him on Twitter @ghosthawkmickey


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