A friend and I have started up a new channel on youtube (and soon twitch) called Let's Slay! We each enjoy different aspects of games, both old and new, and just decided to share that experience online (be warned, commentary can be a bit of a word vomit haha) If you're ever board or are interested in seeing old or new gameplay, come check us out.
Just finished up 6 classes at the Groundlings and it was a blast! Met more than a few cool people during my stay. I feel that improv is a great place to start for anyone interested in performing as it helps build a solid foundation to build from. Teamwork, making connections, and being mindful of the present are a few great things that improv teaches you. Now that I'm back in Birmingham, I'll be continuing my classes with Positively Funny Inc. and moving my way through their program while I keep building myself up. My overall goal is still to get into animation voice over, but I'm more than happy to move diagonally forward just as long as it's forward!
I found a nearby studio that I've taken classes at (Boutwell Studios). Two workshops there so far with the first being taught by Marie Prater and Ken Osbourne and the second being led by Greg Bass. The sound engineers we've been working with there, Van and Lane, are fantastic to work with.
I also recently took a little trip to Toronto for a Tooned-in Workshop which was taught by none other than Stevie Vallance! (see photo above) A class with great, talented people that was both fun and very eye opening. So glad I made the trip up there =D
Next step will be getting professional voice demos created (I've spent and continue to spend time developing different characters for me to draw on). Also, I'm looking for some good improv classes to get into. The Groundlings school in LA were recommended to me, and I have my sights fairly well set on attending. The question now is finding work while I'm there and a place to stay!
I can't believe how long it's been since I last updated this blog; the time has just flown by so quickly! Since my last post I did auditions for Birmingham Children's Theatre, and for having next to no stage acting experience I'm not too shattered over not being cast this round. My local city has a theatre troupe I'm going to audition for though. They have a Christmas show that looks like it should be good fun.
In the realm of voice acting, I have begun taking a workshop with Marie Prater at Boutwell Studios in Homewood, AL. This course will fill my free time this month, and in October I'm going to Toronto for a class by Stevie Vallance! I also just received word that I am being considered in a summer reading contest hosted on Freedrama.net. Fingers crossed on that one.
That's it for now, I've decided to keep prodding where I can, but I'm focusing on finding coaches to bolster my resume, experience, and talent. I'll try to remember to update this as well xD
Always remember to check your spam!! I almost missed out on an opportunity not only for some work; but for the chance to have an impact on raising awareness on the consequences of bullying.
This time I teamed up with Praisidium Inc. I am so happy that I could be a part of this because it represents the whole ideology behind why I want to voice act; to have a positive impact on people's lives!
Spoke with two of the people leading a gaming podcast on omnigamer.com earlier today. If all goes well I will be able to start making regular appearances co-hosting the show- woot!
Also, thought I would post a link to the blog for Theta Webseries as well as the official youtube channel you can catch up on the previous releases as well as the up and coming phases (episodes). The show has some great plot and character development and I highly recommend it to anyone what loves machinima!
I've been listening to "Lead the Field" by Earl Nightingale and it has lead me to try and clarify what it is I really want. I know that I'd love being an actor/voice actor; but why would I love that? The answer I came to was quite obvious, I even said it on the home page: I love having a positive impact on other people's lives. Being an actor/voice actor is a vehicle for me to do that which is great! I realized as well there are several things that I love to do that accomplish this same goal. One of these things is cosplaying at conventions. My first convention I ever attended was AWA(anime weekend Atlanta) which is where that foam armor cosplay came from. I had a blast there and soon after I got to go to Dragoncon for the first time (2013). That's where I cosplayed as Sherlock (BBC) along with my friends who also love to cosplay. I followed up Dragoncon with another AWA and Kami Con where I introduced a Rorschach cosplay (the mask is heat reactive and moves every time I breathe). I can't do this kind of stuff alone though, my friends Haley Salzburn (who made an amazing, rough Laura Croft) and George Nguyen (who tributed Attack on Titan) were very helpful in both supporting me and helping with the different cosplays. Heather Harrell also played a large role starting with Dragoncon and continuing to this year where she designed and is helping hand-make the above Miyazaki crossover of Princess Mononoke. My friends are also planning some new cosplays which are sure to be impressive I am ready for it to be September already :D
Good news everyone! The series, Theta, that I've been working on under KPSpark recently had a resounding success with a kickstarter raising over $2300 with a goal of only $900! This is especially fantastic not only because it confirms a genuine interest in the show continuing but it has also allowed a paradigm shift from charity/hobby to where this is now going to be a paid gig! My first paying acting job at that! Furthermore, the Birmingham Children's Theatre is having an open call early April. I have selected my monologue and musical piece (drawing from the amazing show Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog) deciding between My Eyes (On the Rise), Slipping, or A Man's Gotta Do. Needless to say with receiving my first paid gig and auditioning for a live theatre show I'm feeling a bit phantasmagorical.
I don't believe I mentioned before that the site I'm using is voices.com. After submitting several auditions I've finally started to get some responses. I think the best thing to keep in mind for anyone starting out is that you need to be patient. For example I understand I don't have any background as of yet to show that I'm a worthy candidate for any projects; but I understand that with the feedback I've received that I'm at least on the right track. I've also recently realized that an area I'm going to need to work on is is creating some characters that I'll be able to sustainably read with. It does seem rather weird considering the voice I'm wanting to play around with are louder voices and I'm not a loud person. However, I believe that it's necessary to spread and practice whatever talents I can. I highly recommend to anyone, but especially to any fellow actors who are striving as I am to get their foot in the door, to check out iwanttobeavoiceactor.com as well as Rob Paulsen's "Talkin' Tunes" as these are great resources for getting you set in the right direction. I'm growing more upset that there is so little in the realm of professional training in Birmingham, but we'll see how thing pan out with the direction I'm heading in now and still keep tabs on any opportunities that may arise to bolster my portfolio. Will have a demo ready by the end of this week if all goes well.
Just as a quick update, I have set up this site as a platform to launch my adventure from and it will serve very well I hope for any who become interested in work that I get to be a part of and for potential employers down the road, fingers crossed. Having said that, this is the launchpad, which I will begin to use as actively as possible starting closer to April as in March I will be unavailable due to an extended wilderness trip to the Rocky Mountains; very excited about that as much as I am about this. In the meantime I do have a project that I've got a confirmed role in, Theta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tgbSEko9p4, a production by KPSpark which already has a first season completed (that I'm not in) and recently completed a kick starter with successfully not only funded, but far exceeded the goal. The second season has been confirmed and a sort of teaser trailer has been made for it. I play Jame DeKloet and will be updating as the series progresses. I highly recommend checking it out!