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


Strange Auditions

With voice overs, I audition almost daily and every so often we get the audition that is, well, stranger than the norm. Now, you have to realize that most auditions these days, come in the form of an email that we must print, interpret, record and then send back as an mp3. No longer are the days where we have a casting director guiding us or voice director giving us key notes and direction. Nope! Today we record in a wondrous vacuum called, “the home studio.” But hey, it totally beats traffic, and I don’t know where you live, but in Los Angeles, that’s HUGE!

Now, sometimes we get a lot of information and it can be helpful…or not. Sometimes we get a simple character description that reads:

Average man or woman ages 25-55, real not announcery” and the script will start with, “Introducing…”   Seriously? Who talks like that, other than announcers and maybe salesmen? And that age description…oh yeah, that’s specific!

It’s with scripts like these that I step into my home booth, and suddenly feel like one of those monkeys from Madagascar. Seriously, I look at the dialogue and direction and think (with  a british accent), “today I shall fling poo.” Sometimes its supreme poo. Sometimes is classic poo. And sometimes it’s just really good poo.

The other day, however, was a whole new level of  “WHAT????” I actually had to step out of my booth and consult a friend in order to fling the appropriate poo.

You see, I received an audition that asked for, “A young kid, sounding 8-10 to play a 90-year-old man in an old-folk’s home. We want him to have the sound and innocence of a child.”  The 5+ pages of dialogue that followed, had this “kid”, hitting on old women and basically acting quite lewd and lascivious with his old fogey friends.

What we ended up creating had my friend and I cracking up. It definitely sounded like a little kid with a dirty old man’s mind. It was supreme poo! Whether I get called back or flushed, is anyone’s game. As long as I’m still flinging….it’s all good!

Annie Webcast

Been busy tackling  auditions and attending some fabulous casting director workshops. Will talk more about those later.

For now, the webcast for the Annie Awards is up and running!!! You can hear me at the very beginning and throughout the show. They don’t have the end up yet, but that’s when I actually come out on stage.  Here is the link   Enjoy and have a great day! ~Dina

You want what?!?!?!

Here’s a first. In my audition the other day, the client asked me to voice match a young boy. No problem. They played the Spanish version of the kid and then asked me to match him, in English but with out the Spanish accent.  Okay, I can do that…but wait. They wanted the same sound,  pace and cadence, of Spanish, but with no accent, as a hispanic boy.  All righty then. My first attempt they thought was to close to the Texas border. ….Ya gotta laugh.