Client: Applied Storytelling, Petaluma, CA for Unisys.
"Inman Connect is a week-long event bringing together more than 4,000 CEO’s of leading real estate franchises, top-producing agents and brokers, MLS and association leaders, tech entrepreneurs and marketing executives to network, make deals, explore current trends and technology and learn how to embrace and leverage the change that surrounds [the Real Estate] industry."
by Patricia Fry, Narrated by Dena Dahilig, available on Audible.com
Book 1 of the Klepto Cat Mysteries
When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovers from a broken foot, she doesn’t expect to walk into a mystery, become part of a not-quite-legal surveillance team, be kidnapped by a deranged stranger and meet a steaming hot veterinarian. Beloved neighborhood cats are missing—the community can only guess at their fate—and Aunt Margaret’s life is being threatened. Is it because she has a clue to the missing cats or is it something more sinister?
"Having this story read to me was a sweet addition. I could recognize the character speaking by the voice tones of the reader. I recommend it as a relaxing easy romantic weekend read."
Client: NRG Productions, Thessaloniki, Greece
Client: Applied Storytelling, Petaluma, CA for WebMD
Come on out to Stick Night at The Guitar Merchant on Friday, April 17th to hear an evening of world-class musicians - including the inventor himself - wailing on their sticks!
Never heard of a Chapman Stick? Mine's that delicious plum beauty over on the left. The photo doesn't do him justice. He's elegant with an incredible tone and a wicked bass.
Check out Friday's line-up:
Alpine Labs, that is. And I can't tell you what it is!
I just finished my first "sizzle"... love that word! And my first phone patch, which basically means recording from your home studio in your bunny slippers while the client listens in and directs you on the phone. Yes, that's true! Except for the slippers. They were fuzzy socks with little frogs on them. I think they help.
A big "WOOT WOOT" to Tish Hicks and Maggie Walsh at The V.O. Dojo for sending this one my way!
Campbell County Health is located in "The Energy Capital of the Nation". Approximately 40% of all American coal is mined in the small Powder River Basin in Campbell County, Wyoming. Campbell County Health, with Campbell County Memorial Hospital as its centerpiece, has made significant improvements to their facilities, services and standards of care through ambitious expansion projects and an active physician recruitment campaign.
As part of refacing the organization, Campbell County Health is rolling out a new identity and community campaigns. I am so grateful to be voicing their television, internet and radio promotions during this exciting time.
Of all of the pieces I've recorded for BookheadEd Learning, these three pieces have been the most challenging and rewarding.
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit
"Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson" from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson
Wendy Shalit's style in A Return to Modesty is so incredibly engaging that words flowed off the page and into the microphone.
Freedom Summer had a terrific challenge... lyrics! So... when you're recording an audiobook with lyrics... do you speak them? Half-heartedly sing-speak a la Rex Harrison? (did I just date myself? oh, dear.) Or do you, as I did, call upon your Inner Gospel Goddess and shake the walls?
When I submitted it - thinking that I had gone waaaaay over the top and the client would hate it - my client, the amazing Allison Schneider, asked if instead I could sing it myself, with my own voice. :) Her quote says it all!
As I head into my second year as a full-time, working voice actor, I've realized that years of gainful self-employment have given me a HUGE edge in my new vocation. Seemingly unrelated experiences (the little things) culminated in stockpiles of knowledge that directly relate to voiceover. Prove it?
• work on a student film = learn the value of recording room noise for continuity
• stage manage anything = know the impact of being prompt and prepared
• design press kits for a major auto manufacturer = understand your client's image and industry
• formulate recruitment strategies = deliver what your audience wants and needs
• remind audience members to turn off their cell phones = you've got a career in live announcing!
• lead an arts organization... that's a whole separate blog post. Endless lessons in that one.
In December of 2013 I closed Arts in Action, my production-company-turned-graphic-design-firm which I opened in 1990. I had been whittling down my design clients for the past seven years, turning them over to other designers and excusing myself from the industry. My last three clients had been with me, collectively, for forty-nine years. But it wasn't a difficult decision.
What was difficult was archiving my past so that I can move beyond it. Since I first started working in the performing arts, I had accumulated 245 production credits on my resume. One hundred and sixty of those were between 1990 and 2000. Once I sat down and documented it, I was floored by the volume of incredible talent for whom and with whom I have had the honor of working; dance companies, musicians, theatre ensembles... amazing artists all.
As challenging as culling my production work was, documenting my design career is more daunting - but really only for psychological reasons. It was a career I fell into, not a career for which I had training. A temp job helping out a friend run a print shop led immediately to a full-time position as a graphic designer at the American Red Cross. It also helped that I had a small Photoshop/Quark addiction. That one job started an entire, lucrative 23-year career.
The edge it all gave me, quite simply, is maturity:
... the ability to enjoy an audition because I'm clear who I am and what I bring,
... the ease of doing good work because I understand what my clients need, and
... the clarity of vision to put my changing industry into perspective.
The curation of my past work is finished... and new creation has begun.
Honored to be the live announcer for the 50th Anniversary of the Music Center.
It was a beautiful evening. Everything ran incredibly smoothly, thanks to the amazing crew of the Music Center and the event production company Corporate Magic. Production stage manager Nichola Taylor was fabulous to work with, keeping her cool amongst the well-controlled chaos. And the big challenge of the night - a simulcast from across the street at Disney Concert Hall with the L.A. Philharmonic accompanying L.A. Dance Project's dancers on the Dorothy Chandler stage - came off without a hitch.
Yup... that's me there at the bottom. Just a little shocked to see it in print with all of these amazing companies and performers. If you haven't heard the L.A. Master Chorale perform Morton Lauridsen's "O Magnum" listen to it here. His choral music is just breathtaking. Looking like it's gonna be a great evening!
Thanks again to the lovely and talented Allison Schneider of BookheadEd Learning for sending these my way this week:
Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History by Sarah B. Pomeroy et al.
"Impassioned Arguments Mark High Court Flag-Burning" by Judy Wiessler, Houston Chronicle
First Contact: New Guinea's Highlanders Encounter the Outside by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson
The quality and diversity of content I've been recording, especially for BookheadEd's StudySync software, has been inspiring. Looking forward to even more literary enlightenments!
Thrilled that BookheadEd Learning has brought me four exciting new projects!
This week I'll be recording excerpts from:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
African Genesis by Robert Ardrey
Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California by Kevin Starr
The Father of Chinese Aviation from The Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine
A big thanks to BookheadEd's Allison Schneider for being so wonderful to work with!
Mary Pipher's ground-breaking book, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls is an open, honest look the environment our young girls are growing up in and the compromises they make in a search for acceptance. In addition to the book, Reviving Ophelia was also made into a movie with Jane Kaczmarek for Lifetime.
I'm very honored to be voicing an excerpt for BookheadEd Learning's StudySync educational software.
Having a blast recording Nelly Bly's Ten Days in a Madhouse for BookheadEd Learning's StudySync educational software! Written in 1887, reporter Nelly Bly documents her experiences going undercover to expose abuses in the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in New York City's East River. She has a distinctive style, modern for her era, that's incredibly fun to play with. The link above will take you to the text full book which is well worth the read.
A big thanks to Mike Barley and Jake Saye at CEV Multimedia for giving me the opportunity to voice educational materials for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA). I've learned a lot about the National Agricultural Education Goals and the programs the FFA offers to support them, including their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs, Career Development Events (CDE) and their degree, awards and scholarship programs.