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!

Host of Women in Animation’s “CONVERSATIONS” w Debi Derryberry

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.Amy Ulrich Debi Derryberry

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.

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Pretty much the tone of the evening!

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.Voice-Over 101 Debi Derryberry book

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.

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EG Daily, me and Debi

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.

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Debi and the attendees in line for her new book

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!

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Stephanie Komure, me, Debi & Rebecca Davis

I had an absolute blast, as I hope everyone who attended did…and I look forward to the next one!