“Latinos, we’re connected…” As a Hispanic voiceover actor, I was honored to be hired by ColectivaLatina to narrate the informational video on their website. ColectivaLatina is an exclusive community of diverse and highly influential Latino bloggers. We produce high-quality content for brands that speaks to our culture through our familias, our traditions, and our experiences. Check it out!
I just got back from Lotas Productions where I was able to record a quick audition with the nicest guy in the biz (aka Jim Kennelly), but best of all, where I dropped off the big collection box for this year’s costume drive! That’s right folks, it’s time for the spooktacular Voxy Ladies Halloween Costume Drive! Want to help kids? Want to win a chance at a new Sennheiser 416 microphone? Here’s how!
1. Make a donation of a new or gently-used costume. Here is the collection box at Lotas Productions in NYC! (Notice that you get some free candy when you donate)
2. Take a photo of yourself donating (like this fuzzy picture of me)
3. Post on the Voxy Ladies Facebook page: facebook.com/VoxyLadiesor tweet it @VoxyLadies
A drawing will be held for the 416 from all those who participate. NYC’s costume donations will be given to the kids of The Carver Center! www.carvercenter.org
A great big THANK YOU to the fabulous Jim Kennelly at Lotas Productions for sponsoring our costume drive in New York City!
What a day! Two voiceover jobs back to back! I got to do a Southern accent y’all, AND speak Spanish and English with a Cuban accent, all in one gig! (Complete with yelling Cuban obscenities. Mami would not have been proud.)
Oh, the life of a voiceover looper… I sure love it. People often ask me what makes a good looper, so here are four things that are key: being good at improv, knowing multiple languages and/or accents, doing your homework (research topics covered in scenes), and being a team player. The people I work with consistently impress me and keep me on my toes as I aim to match their energy, wit, and savvy improv dialogue, one minute sounding like young teenagers walking along the streets of Brooklyn, and in the next scene sounding like an elderly ER doctor and Hispanic nurse discussing the medical condition of a patient… it’s voice ACTING. Like background actors who also play an important part, our voices help bring to life so many of the scenes you see in TV and films. Net time you watch your favorite TV show, see if you notice any voices other than the principal actors, and if you do, you’re listening to a looper!
New Yorkers! Yesterday, I had a great job doing some post production looping and ADR for a new sitcom called, Manhattan Love Story, and I finished recording early enough to meet my husband, David, for pizza in Brooklyn (no better place in the world for pizza than New York)… Well, we both agreed it was the best pizza we had ever had, so I just had to share! http://www.ilportobrooklyn.com/ You’re Welcome.
On this Labor Day, I am so grateful to my union, SAG-AFTRA for giving me a steady income of residual checks during a year in which I worked very little, a year of wonder with my now one year old daughter. I am grateful to my employers, many of whom I am lucky to also call friends, friends who have patiently waited for me to say I can return to the voiceover, acting and singing jobs I love. I am grateful to my husband, David, for his hard work at his job as well, which also made it possible for me to focus on taking care of our daughter this past year. Thanks to my union, I can work jobs that pay extremely well for just a day of work, and then continue to receive residual checks for a long time. Only union jobs provide this sort of income (residuals and royalties) to artists who may otherwise not be able to make a living doing what they love. Because it is Labor Day, and because I am now returning to work jobs in the city (without my baby, as much as she enjoyed her last visits to the recording studio) I wanted to post this thank you on Labor Day to the people who work so hard to give me a fulfilling and creative work life that I love: THANK YOU to my husband, to my employers, and to my union.
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!
Fellow actors, and people in the industry should watch this beautiful video of Maysoon Zayid… actually everyone should watch it. At first, I just scanned the transcript, but pretty soon I was reading it all, and then I found time to go back and watch the whole thing. It is 14 minutes long but worth every single minute.
I’m a big fan of TED talks, and this one definitely spoke to me as a multi-cultural performer and woman. “With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.” She’s funny, inspiring, and I was just so impressed by her that I had to share. Here is Maysoon’s website if you want to read more about her!