Next WIA Conversations…comin’ right up! But last year?! Whoa!!! AMAZING.

TWO INCREDIBLE EVENINGS. Honestly, I’m not sure where to begin, which is why it’s probably taken me so long to write this post.

As I look back at last year and realize that I sat down and hosted two such out-of-this-world evenings with women I so greatly admire, my head spins. And to think of what’s to come…hehe!

At the beginning of 2017, I once again hosted Women in Animation‘s Conversations event, with our guest being Laraine Newman. I mean…what can I say about that, really, that would do it justice? Held at Dreamworks’ Campanile Theater, I was SO honored to share the stage with her, to help share her journey in front of a live audience.

Really, if you’re reading this, you should just become a member of WIA, so you can see what an f’ing insanely awesome conversation we had. The audience AND Laraine seemed to dig it, including her fam and friends in attendance. Laraine Newman?!! Are you kidding me?

She brought her talent and wit, and as I always try to, I shared some pics and stories that she perhaps didn’t expect…a good thing for her and the audience. Hysterical, insightful, random…so great.

When it comes to surprises, I loooooove doing that for the guests we have for our Conversations nights. I did something similar for the super fab Kari Wahlgren later in the year.

In addition to a kick-ass audience in attendance, a few of Kari‘s closest friends were in the front row, there for support as I brought on tears of joy as we talked about her some of recent roles, one of which being the role of Dorothy in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, which Laraine is on, as well. I mean, come on now!

There were SO many special moments throughout both of the chats, I do highly recommend you become a member, so you can not only help out a killer organization that’s making serious waves, but by doing so, you can also watch these super duper interviews..chats…Conversations might I call them?!?!

They’re the most fun. If you can attend in person, please do! We’re in the planning stages of the next one. Stay tuned and check out www.womeninanimation.org for more info!

Wow, 2016…Just WOW. Let’s do this, 2017!

Wow. 2016. Ups, downs, lefts, rights…it was hard to keep up! I’m betting it was the same for pretty much everyone out there.

15027368_10154085925885959_8461266288555284572_n2016 reminded me of how important it is to stay fluid and flexible. If I hadn’t been, I would have missed out on so many opportunities that came my way, but instead, I was open to them…even when it seemed impossible to make things work. I was consistently reminded that it’s important to stay true to who you are, be genuine, bring YOU to the table, give back, keep on keepin’ on. The best thing you can do for the world is be the best YOU.

I digress…Getting back to last year…here we goooooooo!

From LoopTown, to voiceover, to hosting and acting, to managing my daughter’s budding career to still making time for family and friends…it was a very full 2016!

LoopTownLOOPTOWN IS SWINGIN’. When I think of where Kelly Jean and I were just at the beginning of last year and where LoopTown has come, how it’s grown in heart, talent and partnerships, connections to killer sound studios, producers, directors, film makers, animators and more…it makes me so incredibly proud I want to burst! I can’t say too much at this point, but 2017 is going to be amaaaaaazing for all-things LoopTown, and I can NOT wait!

Amy Ulrich Debi DerryberryI’m also now the host of Women in Animation‘s live “Conversations” event. I had a phenomenal time chatting with and interviewing the incomparable Debi Derryberry in August in front of a live audience, and I’m not allowed to say who’s next (tee hee), but I’m heavy into research and contacts for the next one coming up soon!This is another where…I CAN NOT WAIT! Trust me, y’all. It’s gonna be awesooooooooome.

14650473_10153994846675959_6348057482740558177_nAs a host, I’m also now helping raise funds for KPBS! I’m one of their on-camera and radio hosts, and am thrilled to be a part of the KPBS family. I’m a PBS “nerd” to begin with, and when I was asked to help them fund raise, I didn’t hesitate to jump on board. KPBS is a public broadcasting network to be reckoned with, and I believe 100% in what they provide from their educational and informative programming to their overall mission. It’s absolutely a joy to be a KPBS host!

13240723_10153646263735959_6783867281923600873_nI also had SO much fun hosting PlayKids 20-Second Parenting Tips! As a mom to a most precocious little girl, I know first-hand how helpful really great parenting hacks can be, and these are awesome and useful. If you haven’t checked out the PlayKids app, you should. It’s a phenomenal resource for all-things-kids. My daughter loooooooves it, and as a parent who is cautious about what she is exposed to, I’m most definitely a fan.

amy-voIn the voice over world, I’m continuing to knock out ADR / voice matches for movie trailers, commercials and narration. Some of my more recent clients have been Proactive, iBotta App, Bai Drinks, Microsoft Hololens, Banda-Sil, Hunter Academy and AMGEN, among others. Voicing projects is such a passion of mine, and I feel so incredibly lucky to do what I love.

I also had an amazing time being a part of Joseph Leo Bwarie‘s hit single M-O-T-H-E-R, from the soundtrack from Garry Marshall‘s film “Mother’s Day“, and acted as lead in a film teaser. It’s a hush hush project, but let’s just say the character is one that was waaaaaay out of the norm from my typical casting. So often cast as a mother or best friend or wife, this was all about horror, terror and SO welcome! Again, let’s be genuine, right? Let’s try new things! Step out of the comfort zone a bit. We can all be a little scary from time to time, no??? When I can share more about this project, I will.

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Charlotte as “Belle” for Jakks/Disney

And lastly but not-at-all least-ly, I’ve been helping my daughter, Charlotte, get her foot in the performance door. Let’s just say she hasn’t needed a lot of help in that department…She started booking commercial, print and voice over jobs almost immediately. She’s 7 going on 17, and I can’t help but be extremely proud of her!!! The apple doesn’t fall far…truly.

I’m tremendously thankful and grateful for the opportunities and the support of my family (esp my insanely talented and loving husband!!!), friends, agents, manager…and cat, Roosevelt.15589628_10154169374345959_466063524052573286_n Gotta’ thank the cat, right? Ha!

What. A. Year. And what a year ahead…already! Here’s to 2017 being another to contend with. Love! Let’s do this!

What a year! So grateful and ready for an even more incredible 2016!

What a beautiful difference a year makes! I started the year with a new voiceover site, and I’m ending the year having added an array of voiceover clients from narration to commercials and ADR/voice matching that I couldn’t be more proud of:

Band-Aid, Kimpton Hotels, Lucky Buddah Beer, Proactive, ESPN, Cricket Wireless, Miller/Coors, Beezid.com & Harvard University, to name just a few. 😉

In the on-camera world, I was honored to be cast in commercials for Mattel (Barbie) & California Psychics, and I had an absolute blast hosting a couple of spots for AOL and Bank of America’s “Savings Experiment“. It’s never a bad thing to learn how to save $$$!

And as a proud mom, I must also share that my daughter has decided on her own, in her 6 year old dramatic soul, to also pursue on-camera work and has just recently booked a few Disney modeling jobs. 12274510_10153258896700959_1866383698770130266_nWith my Disney commercial from a couple of years ago, I think it’s such fun that she is also representing the magical world of Disney!

My agents, manager, family, friends…all help make it possible for me to perform, continue to work and help out clients as needed, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves this year.

There is much to come in 2016, most of which I can’t share quite yet…But it’s all most exciting!

I’m over-the-moon thankful and wish all of you a happy, safe holiday season and the happiest of New Years!!! Bring it, 2016!