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VOICE OVER ACTING -Instruction in Commercials Animation&more

Get exciting Commercial, Animation and Video Game Voice-Over reads to be a VO actor and book your next voice over job.
Michael Christopher
6,079 students enrolled
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Understand and approach Voice-Over copy with confidence and strength so that you can get great agents and book more Voice-Over work.


For the month of DECEMBER only, this course will be a part of Udemy’s sales program!

Normal pricing ($199) will continue afterwards so grab it now while you can and happy learning


Right now included in your purchase of Voice-Over 101 Plus you will also automatically receive the entire “Speak With Confidence” series.

This includes the ‘Speak With Confidence’ Ebook, the 10 ‘Speak With Confidence’ videos and the MP3’s!

Not only will you get the Best-Selling Voice-Over 101 Plus program (description below) but also ‘Speak With Confidence’ (a $149 value)

Here’s what’s inside ‘Speak With Confidence’:

The Ebook:

Chapter 1: Speaking Plainly But Effectively: The Key to Success
Honor the Idea
Be Yourself
Use the Shorter Word
Cut Down the Description
Communication is Your Top Priority
Add the “You” and “Me”

Chapter 2: Research And Plan, Then Research Some More
Knowledge is Power, And Power is Confidence

Chapter 3: The Power Of A Pause
Types of Pauses

Chapter 4: Don’t Forget About Your Body Language
How to Emphasize Your Point Through Body Language Things to Avoid

Chapter 5: Say Goodbye To Filler Language For Good
Think a Bit Before You Speak
Slow It Down
Build Some Pauses In Your Speech
Drink Water
Why Is Filler Language So Bad?

Chapter 6: Speaking With Confidence In the Era of Zoom and Other Digital Formats

Chapter 7: Practice Makes Perfect

Chapter 8: Speaking Techniques for All Situations
Know Your Topic
Have a Plan
Vocal Exercises
Composing Yourself Before the Big Moment

The Videos:

  • 5 Best Breathing Techniques to Calm Speaking Jitters

  • 5 Secrets for Sounding Confident

  • 5 Tips for Settling Nerves Before the Big Pitch

  • 5 Vocal Exercises Public Speakers Swear By

  • 5 Ways to Recover After Bungling Your Words

  • How to Demand the Room as an Introvert

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

  • The Power of Speech In and Out of the Office

  • The Power Of The Phone- How Your Cellphone Can Help You Prepare For Any Presentation

  • Why Nobody Wants to See You Fail

PLUS here’s what you get with Voice-Over 101 Plus:

***BONUS VIDEO just added:

Due to the high demand from students I’ve uploaded a new video which walks you through what you’ll need to get started with getting your Voice-Over career off the ground

It’s  an interview with NBC’s The Voice contestant Ashley Levin as she asks me questions about what to do to make things happen

I’ll talk about Voice-Over demos, agents, pay-to-play sites, having your own website and more to help you hit the ground running

Best-Selling Course Author Michael Christopher presents the breakthrough Voice-Over video program that started it all:

Voice-Over 101 Plus.

Thank you to my over 5k students in 90 countries worldwide for being a part of what has become a best-selling and highest rated program!

Voice-Over 101 Plus:

Do you have a calling to use your voice for cartoons, video games and/or commercials?

Have people told you that you have a great voice but you just weren’t sure what to do to get yourself out there and get started in the world of voice-over?

You’ve come to the right place 🙂

With Voice-Over 101 Plus you can:

  • Start turning your voice-over dreams into reality

  • Learn insider techniques to make your voice-over auditions pop

  • Access a toolbox full of high-quality acting techniques to unlock your voice-over potential

  • Have fun with your voice and break barriers that have been holding you back

  • Study in an organized fashion with a variety of clear techniques that reduce physical and mental strain and effort

  • Save hours time from endless internet research on how to get started and start now

  • Connect to the growing VO community via the Q&A and open forum

  • Feel an overall feeling of wellness and joy knowing you are taking  action to follow your dreams

  • Get motivated to make your life better and experience joy

  • Learn the techniques to make money with your voice

  • Try the entire course risk-free with Udemy’s 30-day hassle-free money-back guarantee

5-Star Review***** 

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) 

So it’s final! Very excited to share with you that I am now on board with Atlas Talent Agency in Los Angeles as my VO agent! Once again, many many thanks for your directing and coaching!’– Jit Sarkar

UPDATE: 2 weeks later and after a private coaching session with me Jit wrote this:

“I booked and recorded for my role in Curious George. Thanks a lot for coaching and tweaking my audition!  And you are right – the director went with my second take 🙂  Really appreciate your insight! “

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, Curious George, 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!


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! 

To follow on Instagram: @mykalmusic

See you inside!



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Welcome to Voice-Over 101 Plus!

Welcome to Voice-Over 101 Plus!

Welcome to Voice-Over 101 Plus! :)


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!

Reviews and dealing with Udemy's 'pop up' review system

This video explains Udemy's 'pop up' review system and how to deal with it. You can review the course at any time, and click 'review later' anytime it pops up.A 5-star review is the highest that you can rate the course and you are free to choose how high you'd like to rate it.

Have fun :)

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 :)

Essential ingredients for connected voice-over reads

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

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.

3 Elements of Great Performances

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.

Your Story, Your Voice

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.

How to breakdown Voice-Over copy

"Specs"-What they are and how to approach them

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.

Breaking Down Commercial Copy-Introduction

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

Breaking Down Commercial Copy-Part 1

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.

Breaking Down Commercial Copy- PART 2

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-Conclusion

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 Animation Copy-Introduction

Get ready to breakdown some animation copy!

Breaking Down Animation Copy-Part 1
  • 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.
Breaking Down Animation Copy-Part 2
Breaking Down Animation-Conclusion

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. :)

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

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!

Scoring Your Script

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

How to Slate

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.

Voice-Over Coaching (see text description)

***UPDATE 9/22/2022

Group Coaching is no longer available, but One-one-One private coaching is:


You can email me at :


I get a lot of inquiries about private instruction so I wanted to answer some of those questions here:

I do offer one-on-one private coaching.

My regular coaching package is 3-months (4 lessons per month x's 3 months= 12 lessons) and is $500 per month (total=$1,500)

I realize not everyone is prepared to make this kind of commitment but 3 months minimum is the time I have found where my students have gotten the best results (booking Video Games, Commercials, making Voice-Over demos, etc.).

I'm also willing to work month to month with the right students so feel free to reach out if this speaks to you.

I get that the financial  jump from a $99 course to $1,500 is a pretty big jump but keep this in mind:

If you want to work in this field you must be able to perform at the Olympic level.

Television and Movie Voice-Over work is the equivalent of the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NHL, etc.

I've never seen anyone get to that level in Voice-Over or acting without investing time, money, and hard work to get there.

Most of your favorite Voice-Actors have studied for many years to hone their craft.

The Voice-Over world has changed now too so that you must wear many 'hats'.

The modern-day Voice-Actor is not only the actor but the Recording Engineer, Producer, Marketing Director and Accountant.

In my lessons I will share my knowledge on all sides of the business so that you are not just an amazing Voice-Actor.

No longer is Voice-Over work something you can approach as a 'side-hustle'.

The people that tell you that you can do a 'side-hustle' with Voice-Over and that it's easy are simply tapping into your dreams and your wallet. Be careful of people like this.


There are many options for Voice-Over instruction so don't rule out your local community Colleges and Universities for VO classes too.

These are oftentimes overlooked gems that you can take advantage of for a reasonable investment.


'Mick is nothing short of a fantastic teacher, and I’m extremely grateful I was able to have him. The most important insight I received from him is how things in your personal life affect your work, and vice versa. And as a result, you have to have the courage to understand your vulnerabilities and emotions and address them head-on. Mick was instrumental in imparting this to me and crucially, applying it to voiceover, both in terms of the business and how to approach copy and characters. On top of that, he was also able to offer valuable insider experience, and of course nuanced suggestions and directions for reads, on both a character and a technical level. Not only do I feel that I have all the tools ready to start my voiceover career, but I feel that I'm better prepared to take on life as well. He is experienced, enthusiastic, and above all devoted to his students. Thanks so much Mick!'-John Chiarella

Killer iPhone/Smartphone Recordings

Killer iPhone/Smartphone recordings-Introduction
Killer Smartphone recordings-Part 1

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
Killer iPhone/Smartphone recordings-Part 2

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-The process

Breathing and Voice Warm-Up exercises

Vocal Warm-Up:The Basic Outline

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

Vocal Warm-Up:Breathing

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

Vocal Warm-Up:Finding Resonance

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

Vocal Warm-Up-The "Motorboat"

A fun way to get your voice ready for performance!

Vocal Warm-up:The "Zerbert"

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:Conclusion

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. ;)

The "Performance Trainer"-the Ultimate Practice Tool for V.O.

How much should I practice?

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. 

The Performance Trainer-the Ultimate Practice Tool

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!

Life-Coaching and Guidance for your Voice-Over journey

The Bridge of Adventure

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

Right Here, Right Now

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. :)

Affirmation Obliteration

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

Trust yourself

Trust yourself. 

True Success

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.

Voice-Over Tips, Tricks and Techniques

The Smile :)
The Shoulder Shrug

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.

Energy and Emotion

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!

Accessing the different "Versions" of you.

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.

The 'Crazy Laughing' technique.

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

One with the Voice

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.

'Drunken Master' technique

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.

Extra Tips

Removing Mouth Clicks

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.

Water-Good vs. Bad

Not all h20 is created equal.

Voice-Over 101 Plus-Conclusion

Tribute to Don LaFontaine

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.


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:


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


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

Career Tools

What you'll need to start your professional career- interview with Ashley Levin

In this video I interview Ashley Levin an aspiring voice actor and contestant from NBC's the Voice.

I share with her what she needs to get started in making a career in Voice-Over, and answer a lot of the same questions that I'm always asked about what you'll need to start booking jobs.

You can find Ashley on Instagram @ashleylevinmusic

Bonus Lecture

If you've ever wanted to sing but were afraid to damage your voice, check out my Sing Therapy course!

This is great too for improving your vocal stamina, finding your natural resonance and improving your mood.

Great for Voice-Actors!

I have this and a few other courses here that are available to you if you search 'Michael Christopher' in the search tab, including a course on how to create your own Voice-Over demos.

Thanks for being a part of the VO family and best of luck to you!



'Speak With Confidence' Ebook

'Speak With Confidence' Ebook

This is the 59 page PDF that helps teach you how to speak in public with confidence so that you can feel strong the next time you get up in front of people!

'Speak With Confidence' Checklist + Resource Cheat Sheet + Mindmap

'Speak With Confidence' Checklist + Resource Cheat Sheet + Mindmap

5 Best Breathing Exercises to Calm Jitters

5 Best Breathing Exercises to Calm Jitters

5 Secrets for Sounding Confident

5 Secrets for Sounding Confident

5 Steps for Settling Nerves Before The Big Pitch

5 Steps for Settling Nerves Before The Big Pitch

5 Vocal Exercises Public Speakers Swear By

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