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Inman Connect - San Francisco 2017

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"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."

Sotheby's International Realty's Brian Hopper shares his five favorite productivity tools at INMAN Connect 2017 San Francisco

Something's Brewing in the Labs

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!

Hospital Gets New Face and New Voice

:30 Television "Campbell County Health Main Clinic"

2:14 Internet "Our New Name is Only the Beginning"

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.

I'm a Rockstar, Baby!

Wait! Are you telling me that those singing voices are you?! WHAT??? Dena! You are a rockstar! That changes everything. Haha, you are a chameleon! I love it!
— Allison Schneider, BookheadEd Learning

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!

Congratulations on 50 Years!

My view from the booth before the show.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She's still a beautiful, elegant girl.

The L.A. Opera Orchestra with conductor Grant Gershon rehearsing onstage.

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.

Friday Night's Star-Studded Rehearsal

The beautiful Dorothy Buffum Chandler. (far right) Actress Judith Light.

Narrators Judith Light (far left) and John Glover (far right)

L.A. Dance Project rehearses "Helix" with LA Philharmonic on simulcast from Disney Hall across the street. The Phil is playing live in front of an audience here during our rehearsal.

(at center) Dale Kristien and David Gaines from the Ahmanson production of "The Phantom of the Opera" with performers from Center Theatre Group productions.

(at center) Dale Kristien and David Gaines from the Ahmanson production of "The Phantom of the Opera" with performers from Center Theatre Group productions.

Edward James Olmos rehearses an excerpt from the ground-breaking play "Zoot Suit".

Video still from the Center Theatre Group production of "Gem of the Ocean" with Phylicia Rashad. Ms. Rashad performed an excerpt as part of the 50th Anniversary show.

"Programs! Get Yer Programs!"

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! 

Ancient, Arguments and New Guinea

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!

"Reviving Ophelia"... not another Hamlet adaptation.

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. 

Ten Days in a Madhouse (no, not my house)

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.

4/6/15 UPDATE: 10 Days in a Madhouse: The Nelly Bly Story opens in theaters September 25, 2015 starring Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Julia Chantrey and Kelly Le Brock! Watch the trailer here.

CEV Multimedia helps grow the National FFA

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.  

Ah... when postage was only 3¢.