Wowing them twice…

I was inspired to write today because I had a really great audition at Endeavor Studios. I went in for a national radio commercial audition, a bilingual script for the Hispanic market, so I was very excited (English and Spanish in the same script, one of my specialties!) and I was eager to impress this particular casting director, who had never met me before. Well, as soon as she heard my speaking voice, she had me switch to reading the 15 year old girl’s part since she thought I sounded young. Those of you who know me know I’m used to hearing this. I confidently put forth my best teen voice and she said I nailed it! But it gets better… I then asked if I could read the mom part and assured her that I could make my voice sound older. She said OK. After I did it, she said, “Wow, I’m so glad you offered to do that! I think you have a good chance of getting either!”

THIS is why I love voice acting!

So, to all my fellow actors, singers, and voice actors out there: Even after a great audition reading, monologue or song, you should always offer something more if you have something truly different and equally great, because if the casting director is willing to hear it, you could find yourself up for more than one role and get to wow them twice!

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Voiceovers from Home Sweet Home!

I recently booked and recorded a bilingual (English/Spanish) voiceover job from home thanks to a referral from fabulous fellow “Voxy LadyLisa Biggs. Being a new mother, I’m now submitting more voiceover auditions from home so that I can enjoy being with my baby girl as much as possible. Most of my voiceover work has taken place in various recording studios throughout New York (and elsewhere), so I’m still learning how to best pursue, book, record, and deliver voiceover jobs from home. As a SAGAFTRA actor, I thought there would not be many opportunities for me to work from home since union voiceover jobs tend to record in the city, but I have heard several top agents say that they are now requesting that all of their talent be able to record and deliver quality files from home, even if only for auditions. With all the advances and ease of new technology and equipment, recording from home is becoming quite common for professional union jobs!

For any other voiceover moms out there, another “Voxy Lady” and work-from-home voiceover talent, Heather Costa, has some good tips on how to “fit everything in” as a working mom in this great blog post.

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Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!

I’m featured in this blog post on The Girl’s Guide To Voiceover so I just HAD to share!  It’s for a GREAT cause: The Children’s Holiday Magic Project.  Many thanks to the Voxy Ladies for organizing this.  I am very proud to be a part of such a worthy cause.  I am contributing a delicious King Cake Package from my hometown New Orleans! Tis the season for giving! King-of-Carnival--Traditional-~vo

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Donate a Halloween Costume & win a microphone!

It’s that time of year again: the annual Halloween Costume Clothing Drive!  As a Voxy Lady, I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this wonderful clothing drive, benefiting children throughout the US and Canada.  And if the feel-good feeling and good karma of doing a good deed isn’t enough, visit www.voxyladies.com/events for all the info & the scoop on how to enter to win a brand new NEUMANN MICROPHONE when you make a donation! Many thanks to Sennheiser USA!

1229920_571598502900243_530235123_nThere are drop off locations throughout the US and Canada, however, I am partial to the donation box I created for the Edge Studio in NYC.  They have graciously offered to partner with us for this worthy cause, so if you’re a New York actor or voiceover artist familiar with the Edge Studio, please donate there!  (115 W. 45th St, between 6th & 7th) All New York donations are going to Jersey Cares.

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Welcome sweet Colette

Sorry I haven’t written a blog post lately, but I have an excellent excuse… I’m a mother!  I’m taking some time off to spend with my beautiful daughter, Colette.  I love her so much.  She is amazing.

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IN A WORLD- A movie about a female voiceover actor

I was very excited to see this great movie trailer today and thought I would share it on my website.  As a professional voiceover actor, I was able to identify immediately with Bell’s character.  Here is the trailer along with a terrific short article and interview with Lake Bell: IN A WORLD- Trailer

From the article: “I love the idea that you aren’t judged by what you look like, but you can literally take on any social group or age or gender, even,” Bell said. “So you have this beautiful tool that you can manipulate and play with and express yourself with.” And she worries that young women today are not utilizing the power of their own voice.

Lake Bell in the recording studio (in a scene from the movie IN A WORLD)

Lake Bell in the recording studio (in a scene from the movie IN A WORLD)

Me in the recording studio

Me in the recording studio

Read the full article for more from Bell.  She echos many thoughts I’ve shared in the past regarding this profession, especially as a woman.

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Update Your Profile With SAG-AFTRA!

This past week was a great work week!  My jobs included recording voiceovers (looping) for a TV show, and I had one of the best voiceover sessions ever for a wonderful movie. The film session was particularly enjoyable because there were ten incredibly talented voice actors in the studio, capable of doing over a dozen languages and accents between all of us.  It really keeps you on your toes to work with such an impressive group of actors.  Best of all, I enjoyed working with friends.

The looping voiceover jobs I work on are SAG-AFTRA day player rate jobs, meaning they pay $842 each, plus residuals, going up to $859 in July. (See SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Wage Tables here.) Having special skills with languages and/or accents as a union actor is one of the best ways to break into this lucrative line of work, and yet, many union actors do not update their profiles with SAG-AFTRA or promote these skills!

The day I worked on the TV show, the casting director told me she had a hard time finding union talent who could do certain voices because actors had old profiles at SAG-AFTRA. She had booked me because she needed my Southern accent that day, but she also needed some fluent Hungarian speakers.  She eventually found a couple of stellar actors, but not without a search.  She was actually getting old answering services when she called people.  Who still has an answering service?!

Your website may be up-to-date and your agent may have your latest resume, but don’t forget to update with SAG-AFTRA!  Not all roles are filled via breakdowns and agent submissions.  Many people like to find talent on their own and will book you directly.  It’s not enough to have a great agent or to promote yourself with a fantastic website or to update friends and followers on Facebook or Twitter if someone who has never met you is searching for talent with specific skills directly through SAG-AFTRA. Make sure you can be found easily through key words on your resume (such as any languages, accents or dialects), and that you are easy to get in touch with so you don’t miss out on work!  You can update your profile with SAG-AFTRA here.

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