Voicing a Two-Headed Monster…For a Beautiful Cause

I know…I know…typecasting, once again, right? I mean, my hubby would probably joke that it I didn’t have to reach too far emotionally to embrace the character of a two-headed monster. BUT in this case, the character is a teacher, Mrs. Headly, and she’s a kind, understanding teacher to young kids…not a scary one! Ha! It was an honor and such fun voicing her.

She’s just one beautiful creation, one of many in an incredible animated short film, “Returning to School“, which is one of twenty that make up the Imaginary Friend Society. It’s brought to you by The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, as a partnership with RPA, musicians, illustrators, animators, sound studios and other organizations.

As it states on their site,

“A cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone, but for a child it can be even scarier. They’re bombarded with terminology and procedures that are intimidating and unfamiliar. Things like radiation, hair loss, blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and surgery. Just to name a few.

That’s where the Imaginary Friend Society comes in. A cast of characters inspired by the imaginations of kids themselves. Through a series of 20 animated short films, our imaginary friends explain a wide range of complicated cancer topics in a way that kids can understand. Because the more they understand about their treatment, the less scary it will be.”

It took a village! For this one film, “Returning to School” was a collaboration of RPAHandyMartianLime Studios, Strange Beast, ELASTIC, and Jeremy Turner.

ALL of the films are just beautifully produced, and I can only imagine the impact they will have on kids who will benefit from watching them. It’s so wonderful, and from the bottom of my heart, I’m honored to be a part of such a creative and selfless endeavor.

And if you know of a child who has been battling cancer or families with children who have cancer or are recovering from it…SHARE THESE FILMS.

OR you can even get your own kids involved! They can DONATE AN IMAGINARY FRIEND. To “help bolster the spirits of kids with cancer, [they’re] taking the imaginary friends that you donate and turning them into dolls, motivational posters, coloring books and journals. That way, they’ll always have a friend at hand when they need one.”

A huge THANK YOU to AB2 Talent and The Voicecaster for the opportunity! Here’s to doing for others, loves!

 

Voicing Eleanor Roosevelt for “The Quiet Philanthropist: The Edith Gaylord Story”

Voicing impressions and characters is one of my favorite things to do, as it requires truly stepping outside of the norm and making another person or character come to life. And when it’s asked of me…AND the producers are thrilled with the performance, what a rush!

That’s exactly what happened in the case of “The Quiet Philanthropist: The Edith Gaylord Story”, a historical documentary, directed by the talented Bryan Beasley, and premiering at the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 13th, 2014.

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The documentary is “A personal portrait about journalist and philanthropist Edith Gaylord.  Edith was a ground-breaking journalist in the 1940’s helping to break through the glass ceiling of the male dominated newspaper business.  Later in life, Edith devoted herself to philanthropy, anonymously giving millions away to the arts and the downtrodden.”

You can hear my narration of Eleanor Roosevelt reading one of her letters to Edith here:

If you happen to be in Oklahoma City on June 13th, you should check it out!  You won’t be disappointed!

Voicing the role of Stripper-Dominatrix on FX’s “Chozen”

To say that I had a blast voicing the character of a stripper/dominatrix on FX’s animated show “Chozen” is a complete understatement. I usually am hired to play the nice girl, the mom, the friend, the wife or girlfriend, and I love playing those roles!  But there are different sides to all of us, and I was given the opportunity to step out of the box and take on a sexy, demanding, dominating persona. And it was just awesome.

For the episode “Boy’s Night”, which aired in March of this year, I was directed by the extremely talented creator, writer and producer Grant DeKernion, whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years. Needless to say, I was honored to be a part of his show, but more than that, I thoroughly enjoyed bringing a character to life that was so strong and domineering.

I gave it my all, and it was a thrill seeing the animated character I voiced come to life.

While I’m unable to post the entire episode, you can find a clip of “Boy’s Night” here:

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi3954748697?ref_=nm_rvd_vi_1

And then, to see my name in the credits alongside such incredible talent?  I am humbled…And looking forward to more character voice over work! It’s more rewarding than you can imagine. I’m one hard working and lucky girl. 🙂

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