Archive: VOICEOVER Gossip

  • Hey!

    So did you watch the oscars yesterday?

    I hadn’t seen ANY of the movies except for The Help and boy oh boy, I thought Viola Davis should have won best actress, but I maybe should watch the other nominees in their films before I judge… but Meryl Streep again??? lol


    Awards shows usually motivate me. I just think of how dedicated these artists are to their craft. The fire-y passion they have inside to never give up on what they truly love to do.

    As wacky and anorexic (hello Angelina) as some of the “stars” are. We can learn from (some) of them– that you need to take RISKS and not be afraid to chase your dream!
    Here’s a shot of Mike and I on Hollywood Walk of Fame a couple weeks ago, where ALL the action was yesterday….


    Yesterday afternoon I took my journal and myself to the beach. I was feeling an urge to WRITE, just get all my thoughts out on paper. Sometimes it helps with clarity…


    In order to achieve your goals. You need to BE CLEAR. If you don’t know what you want, how does the universe know what to bring you?
    As I wrote I was daydreaming while watching the ocean. So much action out their. Dolphins, birds, sea-lions, surfers, so much to get lost in. Love it.


    Some questions are…stay in LA?…or go back to our homeland?… We will definitely go back soonish for some things we need to take care of, but come back? or stay in Canada….
    We ARE missing “Roll up the Rim” right now at Tim Hortons! NOOOOOOOOOOO!! haha


    I don’t feel too bad because I never win cars or trips… This is what I usually see…

    No matter what happens, all I can do is keep learning, loving and living life to it’s fullest.
    I recently finished a 6 week working pro course for voiceovers at Kalmenson and Kalmenson. (they are a huge LA based casting agency that also has an education center for voice actors) I learnt so much and am looking at my scripts differently everyday… I LOVE all the classes and workshops you can take here. The other voice actors are amazing to learn from as well….

    I feel a bit dramatic today-let’s just call it introspective and reflective…..whatever we call it…Enough about ME!…what about you? What is shaking? Is 2012 going as planned so far? Are you knocking off your goals? Taking those risks or challenges you said you would?
    I hope so! You can do it!! Tomorrow is a new day. MAKE IT COUNT!

    xoxo

  • Hey Gang!

    What’s shakin this weekend??

    Me, I’ve just been shopping in the JR. section at JC Penny. I know, pretty rad!
    Ok, take a close look at my new neon pink bunnyhug (we call them bunnyhugs where I come from!)

    I know your wondering, WHY are Amanda’s hoodie strings in her ears????

    hoodie buddy
    They are ear buds…oh my…what fun I can have listening to music and audiobooks on my way to pilates and while walking on the beach. When I was little I used to lose my mittens, so I’d need that string attached to the mitts that went through the back of my jacket. Now, this is like the big person version of the mitten string….A hoodie that has ear buds in the strings…

    bunny hug buddy

    This may be more of a high school kid novelty, but I LOVE them:)

    I also got a new pair of really comfy slip ons, since Painter has pretty much destroyed my other 2 pairs of flats that I have with me here… These Rocket Dogs were only $25… Feel like slippers on…

    rocket dogs, neutral

    I took my new shoes and my new sweater on a walk to visit a fellow voiceover artist whom I hadn’t met in person yet. Her name is Lisa Biggs. Guaranteed you have heard her before on your TV. She is the voice on many, many cartoons, animations, commercials, videogames, kids toys, etc. She just voiced a toy dog for Fisher Price, And Hasbro hired her to be the voice of a new Pound Puppy toy coming out next year!

     (btw-doesn’t it look like that fish on the wall is telling me a secret? haha)

    Lisa has even been a character on The Simpsons! She is amazing… I don’t really do character voices or animation, but it was soooo cool chatting with her about the biz. She has been doing it for about 12 years and knows so much about the industry.


    Check her out at www.lisabiggs.com

    We went for lunch at a fun mexican restaurant by the beach.

    Can’t wait to hang out again:)

    Earlier today we took Painter to the dog park. I am teaching him to STAY in the back seat when he’s in the truck.


    He’s been doing really good at staying back there! Good boy…

    I don’t think I’ve showed you my little studio set up down here. Pretty cute hey? lol… The curtain comes down when I’m recording.. It looks like some kind of weird green space missle…

    voiceover, home studio

    It’s really doing the trick though. Been keeping busy with a variety of fun, interesting projects. One project I’ve been loving is voicing an on-going course on Global Warming for the University of San Franscisco. I’m totally digging it!

    Oh gosh, I better go.. Painter is crawling on me like a jungle gym.


    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!!

  • Hey Friends!

    Have you ever tried Pilates? Like the reformer pilates on this crazy machine called a “reformer”?

    Today was my first day. I keep hearing how amazing it is,so I bought a pass to a location near me and I am going to give it the ol college try! It is a limited group of 10 people (since there are only 10 machines) You need to sign up well in advance to reserve your machine, which is nice because you can walk in right before class and know that you have a spot. (no roaming and scoping the room for a space to put your yoga mat—not that that is a big dread, but you know what I mean;)

    So I sign up for class and above your class fees you HAVE to buy a pair of their non-slip tread socks. Ok, I get it, you need the grip, but for $17, they don’t really seem to special to me.. I picked the ones with stars on them.

    These are the exact pair I got (but not my feet- I spared you..)

    I’m ain’t buying more than one pair, so I guess I’ll get good at washing them.

    Hey, check this shot out from a photo shoot I did with my bff Janna from Swoon Photography when she was here visiting last week.

    I had such a fun time with Janna and the stylist Diana.

    Janna is in Las Vegas now attending a world renowned Photography tradeshow. Go Janna! Taking over your market with your amazing talent.

    Last night I made a new video-voice demo so I could upload it to my voice.com profile, but the darn site is not accepting my video right now. I tried to call the head office, but I was soon reminded that it was family day in Ontario (as well and Alberta and Sask) I think those are the only provinces that celebrate family day. Here in the USA, I went to buy stamps at the post office and they were closed in honor of Presidents Day…

    Anyway, here is my new video-voice demo. I still have more videos I want to add/exchange, but this is all I could track down for now.

    Woot woot.
    Alrighty then, time for me to sleep and get ready for another day behind the mic and on the reformer!

    Hope all is well in your world. Happy Family Day, Presidents Day or just DAY! YOU Day!

    xo

  • Hey! Happy Friday!

    So today was a busy one! I woke up this morning and one of my clients says, “Are you available to record today?” Ummm, “Always!” lol So he sent over a TV commercial for Honda, I voiced it, sent it back and he sent me 4 more commercials! I didn’t even get to the other stuff I meant to voice today. I will have to get caught up tomorrow. I love days like this though…. They are tiring, but exciting.

    Most of the commercials were for Southern States, like Georgia.

    Ok, I have to share….Some bloopers from my day! Being high -energy for hours on end is sure to frazzle one’s brain! haha

    LISTEN:

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    Mike also made our own version of the “That was Easy” Staples Button….

    CLICK TO HEAR OUR “THAT WAS EASY” BUTTON:

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    Um ya, he plays that all day long after we finish something…. Never a dull moment….or to many?? lol

    Oh- here is something sooo NOT dull. A rocking band called Falling For Scarlet.


    Yes, my good friend is the lead singer. I have written about her on my blog quite a few times on the blog.

    She was at my Bridal shower/stag thing….

    Here’s us catching up at Starbucks. (me n my brown hair!)

    Here is another coffee date. So funny, she had her pup in her purse the whole time and I didn’t even know until the very end of coffee! Sneaky! Talk about a purse dog! Painter would have jumped on every table and drank everyone’s coffee within moments of arrival!


    ANYWOO, my reason for talking about her is- Her band just released a single called “army of one” and it’s starting to get spun on stations across the globe!
    I invite you to check out her facebook page and “like” it. So we can all say we knew her “when”  Lee’s band

    And here you can check out a sample of the new single:

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    YAY for Lee! Can’t wait to see her live.

    and….Painter can’t wait until another trip to the dog park! His new favorite thing is laying under the water tap.

    Thirsty!

    We MAY go to the dog park tomorrow, but first things first is something I want to do something for me. Whether it be a jog on the beach, a yoga class, a mani/pedi…or all of the above!

    I hope you too do something for YOU this weekend. Have a really, really great one!

  • Hello!

     

    How was your weekend? Hope it was nice!

    Today we were running some errands and low and behold I noticed a Farmers Market on a trendy LA street called Larchmont Blvd.

    Have to stop and smell the roses….


    They had fresh, organic produce and tons of samples from all sorts of different vendors. (hummus, nuts, breads, popcorn, jams, skin care, that kind of thing)

    I LOVED seeing all the produce, even in the middle of “winter”. Painter was NOT welcome, lol. Service dogs exempt…. umm, don’t think he could pull that off.

    larchmont farmers market, no dogs allowed

    We apparently drove through the Hollywood Media District.

    Speaking of media, Mike and I were doing a little media ourselves for a tv video branding company. I hosted their intro video. Mike filmed. Dynamic Duo, lol

    In the office, here is where the sales staff sits…except we were in on a weekend, so the office was quiet!

    Drive by on Hollywood Blvd. Someone was rapping, or dancing, or something. Sure drew a crowd.

    Chinese Theatre

    graumans chinese theater

    These lights can mean 2 things….EITHER:

    A) someone forgot to take down their Christmas decorations…

    OR

    B) MEXICAN!!!!

    B) was the winner!

    Now it’s time to dive back into this:

    I’ve been yoga-ing and jogging this past week and I plan on continuing that momentum!

    I’m excited for the week ahead..full of pure potential. I hope you are ready for an amazing week!

    Here we go! Be in touch soooooooooooooon

    xo

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