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

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“Agent Extraordinaire”

I love my agents! The top dog, Tom Lawless, was interviewed this morning on Kurt Kelly’s Podcast. Great guy, great agent! I’m so happy to be with  Vox. Click here to catch the podcast. http://kurtkelly.com/watch/celebrity-host-kurt-kelly-interviews-ceo-of-vox-inc-tom-lawless

Tom Lawless

Tom Lawless

Another day with Uncle Grandpa

Last week I recorded another episode of Uncle Grandpa. What a lot of fun! I love what I do, especially when you get to work with great people on a funny show!  Still… you always have to remember, that inside that fish bowl/recording booth,  just because we can’t hear the production side of the glass, it doesn’t mean they can’t hear us. Hello! The room is mic’d! ~ I’d completely forgotten that point.
I was sharing a funny story with my fellow voice actors while the production side was setting things up on their end. We couldn’t hear them, they looked busy, so I decided to tell them about this guy at McDonalds who couldn’t figure out how to split my 1 order of Sweet tea into two cups (seriously, this was a huge dilemma for him). Just as I was about to get to the punch of the story, the director hit the talk back button (the button that allows us to hear them on that side of the booth. The recording side is sound proofed, so that button is what allows us to communicate, or hear them. We have mics so they can hear us.) So, just as I was about to tell the climax of the story, the director’s voice interrupted and announced they were ready to start. Now worries, the first break we got, the guys were all, “quick tell us the end of the story.” I did and we all started laughing, because some things you just can’t make up. Real life stuff can be truly hilarious. That’s when the production manager walked into the booth and right up to me and said, “I know, I was dying to hear the end of your story too! That’s so funny.” I looked at her totally confused. Then it finally dawned on me, our mics were on the whole time, and other than the director and writer, everyone else on that side of the booth was listening to everything we/I said. Lordy! I’m so glad I was telling a good story and a funny one at that.
Mental note…don’t forget when there are mics, there are not secrets.

More “Action”

Some exciting news, Captain Action is going to MIP-Com. I voiced a new promo as Lady Action, while Wally Wingert lent his  talents as the voice of Captain Action. Fingers crossed for an “Action” series!

Lady Action

Lady Action

The (can’t mention the name) Video Game

With Chris Borders

With Chris Borders

Chris Borders directed a fabulous session yesterday. We had a great time giving the characters voices and attitudes. He is so awesome to work with! Unfortunately, I am not allowed to mention the title, as it’s a big franchise, until it’s released. However, he said I could post this picture of us in the booth! …..I think I need longer arms to do that iphone reverse camera shot.  Any suggestions on good angles for the future???

Red Carpet @ The Oscars

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40th Annual Annie Awards
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Or -Work it Baby!

As the Oscars approach, I can’t help but think of all the famous and infamous people who will be required to walk the gauntlet of photographers, reporters, interviewers and fans on the “Red Carpet”. It is an awesome, incredible, overwhelming and humbling experience. I have now walked the Annie Awards Red Carpet twice; a square inch by comparison to the Hollywood Blvd. of Carpet for the Oscars, and I definitely do not consider myself an expert or celeb. I am just the “Voice of the Annies” not a face or someone famous. I walked the red carpet for the sheer fun of wearing a fabulous dress and acting all girly. If you are nominated or are presenting, you are required to walk the carpet. Now, this walk can be really entertaining if you are of the right mind. It can also bring out the crickets! No seriously! If you are not a “face” or recognizably famous person, like most creators in film, TV, and animation, all the photographers, reporters, interviewers and fans don’t get who you are. I mean, think about it! If you are on the red carpet, you are obviously there for a reason! You have to be qualified first, and then actually introduced onto the carpet.  No one walks it without credentials. However, if you are the average, nominated, working Joe, instead of  the cacophony of people yelling your name,  “Look over here!”  Who are you wearing?!” “Turn!” a gazillion questions, and flashbulbs going off like strobe lights, you might here one camera click, a flashbulb and the proverbial… crickets. Ahhhhh Hollywood. As humbling as the carpet may be, it’s still a kick in the pants to be a part of it all! Good luck to all the fabulously talented and nominated “working Joes” this Sunday. Enjoy your attire, your designers, the hullabaloo and the whole gosh darn experience. Crickets or flashbulbs, you are still on The Carpet baby! Work it! 🙂

Red Carpet Follow Up Fun

Red Carpet by Billy Bennight

Red Carpet by Billy Bennight

I met a wonderful photographer, Billy Bennight, at the Annie Awards. These are some of his images. He wrote an article for LA Beat about the event. Click here on Billy to read his Annie experience! It is an award show like no other!

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Brian & Peggy Ochab, Jeff Jones & Me

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Brian & Peggy Ochab, Jeff Jones & Me

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Jean Thoren, Me & Mark Vulcano

David Dirks, Diana Lansleen, Jean Thoren, Me & Mark Vulcano

Another photographer, Shelly Waldman, asked to do a photo shoot about the designer, Alina Pizzano and the dress. I shot that a few days ago. When I get her pictures, I’ll post them here. Still looking for the interviews I did. I’ll give it another week, then I’ll just go ahead a share that crazy experience with you.