…As recently promised (or threatened, I can’t remember which) there have been new levels of cosmic creativity, cataclysmic collaborations and new opportunities giving voice to the phrase ‘Fire in ‘The Hole’!!
One of the really cool thingies that I’m happy to talk about is the recent introduction of ‘Armando, the Trained Armadillo’! He’s a foolish little helper (read ‘troublemaker’) that was inspired in St. Louis while I was working for a law firm. I recently talked with (or should I say begged) the creative titans at Meindbender Animation Studios in Goteburg, Sweden and they were eager to help come up with a great look for a new weirdo! Cora and I met Michael Bengtsson and Olov Burman at the 2012 Annie Awards–thanks to a gracious invitation from none other than MJ Lallo; animation producer, casting agent, voice actor and teacher par excellence.
The whole point of this ‘Armando’ thing is this. Even though I dreamed of a character 30 years ago it took seasoning, sharing, collaboration on a higher level and making the most of a lifetime opportunity.
The voice acting community is full of very talented people who look forward to working with YOU–no matter how weird your idea (or character) may be. The Bible speaks about ‘iron sharpening iron’–meaning that to be tempered and experienced, it takes one of temper and experience to sharpen your gift. I’ve always touted Voices.com as THE premier source for all things voice over. Between the ‘Voice Over Experts” podcasts, scripts, resources and the new book “Voice Acting For Dummies” (written with me in mind), they consistently remove all excuses for not going for it!
There are also countless teachers, producers, artist and dreamers just like you who pretty much ignore and move past the ‘I can’t’ stuff on their to creative reality.
Incidentally–there are many voices and characterizations that reside in ‘The Hole’ and not all of them are voiced by me.
If you think Cora did a great job on the “SEO Market” skit (see audio demos), wait until you hear her sing…