When Women in Animation approached me to host their live CONVERSATIONS evening, to interview and chat it up with the amazingly talented Debi Derryberry, I said “YES!” so fast my head spun. Well, maybe not that fast…but you get the picture.
What can I possibly say about chatting with Mizzzzzz Debi Derryberry? It. Was. Awesome. The time flew by! With Debi’s excitement in sharing her journey, her knowledge of the industry, the funny stories that some of her friends, fellow cast mates and casting directors shared with us…the hour and a half went by so quickly.
Debi is the voice of Paramount/Nickelodeon’s Jimmy Neutron, Draculaura in Mattel’s Monster High, F is for Family, the new Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and has voiced characters for Toy Story, Wreck it Ralph, and many others. She’s also a killer musician & singer, having been in the band Honey Pig and released a few children’s CD’s (Baby Banana, Very Derryberry, & What a Way to Play). More recently, she performed with fellow Tazmaniac band members & voice actors Jim Cummings and Rob Paulsen at the Voice Actors Rock concert at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood.
She also has a book out, Voice-Over 101: How To Succeed As A Voice Actor, which I read and loved. Although I have been a voice actor for a few years, there is always more to learn, especially from a talent and powerhouse like Debi. And I learned quite a few new tricks of the trade from her in this book. She’s extremely gifted in terms of her talent, yes. But she has also spent a lot of time training and learning how to add nuances to the characters she brings to life. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn about the voice acting business, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional.
It was more than obvious as I chatted with her that in addition to being a talented performer, she’s a tried and true friend (the stories her friends shared were so hysterical & heart-warming), a dedicated mom and overall just super great spirit who I am now lucky enough to know. In fact, one of her closest friends, EG Daily, attended the event that night after providing me with some great stories about Debi and the two of them, which made the evening that much more personal and special to share with the audience. It was just wonderful.
The event was held at the Animation Guild in Burbank, CA, in an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” setting, live in front of an audience. Hosting in front of a live audience is thrilling, and at the end of the conversation, the audience was able to connect more personally with Debi by asking her questions and at the meet-n-greet afterwards, where she was generous enough to offer a discount on her book to all attendees that night.
I thank the ladies at WIA, most specifically Rebecca Davis & Stephanie Komure, for giving me the opportunity to host the WIA CONVERSATIONS event. I also thank Debi for taking the time to talk with me and the other attendees that night. A night not to be forgotten!
I had an absolute blast, as I hope everyone who attended did…and I look forward to the next one!