The Do’s and Don’ts of Today’s Voice Over

Fabulous women on the panel

The fabulous women on the panel

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Women In Animation Event and tweeting all the interesting, funny, and informative quotes of the evening. Check it out at #WIAevents tonight from 7-10.

Lori Alan, Susan Palyo, Donna Grillo, April Stewart, Sue Boyajian & Heather Vergo

Uncle Grandpa

Flight Attendant

Flight Attendant

One of my episodes of Uncle Grandpa just aired. Funny, I think I wore that outfit in college!

Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle

May I present a typical craziness that goes on in the vo business. It comes in all forms and formats, but here is today’s typical kerfuffle. Monday night I got an audition for a pretty standard cartoon character, attached to a pretty standard looking drawing of said character. However, the directions from the client said to, “Think out of the box with this role – avoid the obvious.” Okay… So, I took this character to a workshop yesterday and had my fabulous director, direct and guide me with 2 appropriate fun and funny, yet outside the obvious, characters! Just as I was done recording my second character, and everyone in the room was laughing and applauding my choices, (sorry to sound braggy, but it really did feel good), my phone chimed with an email from my agent. The client has decided they want this character to sound like a certain tv actress from the 70’s, attached is a youtube clip. Whaaaaat?!?!?!! After we were done with the head shaking and eye-rolling, I realized the good news is that I still get a shot at the role. Sometimes this can happen after all our hard work is turned in, and they decide to run a new casting session with a new set of people. Very disappointing and frustrating. So, today I feel like I’ve made the callback! I’ll be recording and submitting the producer’s choice.  Although, I think I will attach yesterday’s characters in case they change their minds again. Wish me luck

Ron Clements & John Musker

Ron Clements & John Musker

Ron Clements and John Muskar, are the men behind such classics as, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet the Frog and the Princess, and more. Besides having amazing films to their names, the two are a hilarious comedy duo. During their award presentations, they had the audience laughing at every turn. But what surprised me the  most was when these two incredibly talented men, stood out on the Annie stage, and thanked me for all my years of announcing. I really didn’t think anyone noticed, but did they proved me wrong. I can’t thank them enough for their kind words. I am sincerely touched. I look forward to seeing them again next year and honestly, I hope I get to work with them in between!

Guess who’s coming to the Annies?!

The fun happens this weekend!

The fun happens this weekend!

Seth Green -Star of film, TV and Robot Chicken,   Sharlto Copley -King Stefan from Maleficent,  Richard ShermanDisney Legend  (and the man who wrote the songs to It’s A Small World as well as the series I just did), and Garfunkel and Oates -A comedy–folk duo, are just a few of the amazingly talented people I will be meeting (and introducing) at the Annie Awards this weekend! Not to mention all the awesome nominees…click “Annie” to see a complete list of nominees.

Annie Award Nominations Announced

web-slider-nom-announcedI’m super excited for this years contenders for best animated picture.

 “Best Animated Features nominations include: Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Cheatin’ (Plymptoons Studio), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation SKG), Song of the Sea (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon), The Book of Life (Reel FX), The Boxtrolls (Focus Features/Laika), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures), and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (GKIDS/Studio Ghibli).” From PR Newswire

I haven’t seen all these movies, yet. The ones I have are great. It’s going to be tough. I’d love to know what your favorite is!

What is so wonderful about the Annie Awards is that they acknowledge all areas of animation. Quoting Frank Gladstone, ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director “The Annies are a true celebration of the best talent in the animation industry, from big studio features to indie films, television series to internet shows, games, shorts and student films alike, as well as a wonderful group of juried award recipients again this year.”

For the list of this years nominees, visit Annie Awards

Animation's Highest Honor

Animation’s Highest Honor

Woohoo! Just been confirmed as the Announcer for the Annie Awards on January 31, 2015. This will be my 10th anniversary! With all the great animated shows and movies this year, I’m looking forward to a great event!