I voiced this video about Startup Village

I was checking out the YouTube page for WowMakers in India, because I just finished voicing a video for them, and I discovered the above video about Startup Village that I voiced for them back in November 2014. So I thought I’d post here, to keep you updated on all my Indian whiteboard animation explainer video narration work. It’s exciting to see all the growth that’s happening in India, both in the field of explainer videos, and also in the fields that the videos are about, like startups. I remember when I went to Japan 10 years ago for an advertising project, my Creative Director was telling me I should stay in Japan and become a big voiceover guy, doing all their English voiceovers for the transit system and such. It was sort of a joke. I think. But now I’m wondering if I should be packing up and moving to India! Of course, I could just continue doing the voiceovers from my condo in Toronto. But maybe it would be more fun to actually be there in India with the companies I’m working for? In the meantime, I’ll keep going to the Indian restaurant across the street from me, to practice eating delicious Indian food. (Last time I was at that restaurant, I also asked the waiter for tips on some pronunciations for one of these videos. So, ok, maybe I don’t have to move to India. But I should still visit.)

I voiced this Startup Studio video for India

I’m becoming a hot property in India! Cocaolabs is the second Indian animation company that’s used me for a voiceover. They found me on YouTube. So this has taught me two things: It’s smart to post your voice acting work on YouTube. And I should move to India and become a Bollywood star. I’m not sure how I came up with the second conclusion. But it sounds good. On the treadmill yesterday I was watching a show called Bollywood Boulevard and it made me realize we don’t have enough dance scenes in Hollywood movies. And if you’ve seen this 2007 video of me dancing, you’ll know I’m destined for Bollywood fame. Anyway, here’s the video I voiced for the Startup Studio initiative by MobME Wireless:

I wrote the IKEA Summer Collection e-newsletter

I’ve been writing IKEA Canada​ e-newsletters for years, and always wondered how to get a copy of them. This month it occurred to me to simply subscribe to IKEA e-newsletters. I’m slow, but eventually I figure things out. This one, that came 3 days ago, is just a mini one. And I think the smaller headlines were from a previous writer’s work. But I just searched on my computer and see that I did write the main line: “Ooo la outdoor.” Finally, my Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 French Immersion has come in handy!

IKEA Summer Collection 2015 e-newsletter
IKEA Summer Collection 2015 e-newsletter

I did the voiceover for this Ink To The People video

Want to design a T-shirt? Feel like saving the world? I’m about to doubly make your day. Check out the video I voiced for Ink to the People, where you can get your shirts made and support charities.

The audition specs called for a voice like Alec Baldwin narrating The Royal Tenenbaums. I’m not sure how close I got to that, but they chose me and wanted my final read to be exactly like my audition. So, I guess I got close enough!

Now, I need to come up with a T-shirt design about saving the environment. Hmmm… Perhaps my Enviroman persona needs to be on a shirt. He’s a darn good-looking superhero, after all.

Someone bizarrely animates my IKEA radio ad

While Googling myself, I came across this bizarre video:

It seems someone named SuperUmizoomiFan2013 on YouTube found an IKEA ad I wrote and put it to clips from an animated kids show. I have no idea what any of this means. Maybe you can explain it me? Here’s my original commercial:

And here’s how he (I assume it’s a guy) put it in the description:

Published on 14 Aug 2014

This is another commercial for Go, Diego, Go with Ikea’s 50% Off Summer Sale which talks about the beach, and ghosts, as found at https://soundcloud.com/joshrachlis/ik… – so I decided I should do a video like this! No copyright infringement intended! All credit goes to Josh Rachlis on Soundcloud, plus Viacom, Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon, iTunes + Bandicam!

Listen to my campaign song, All About That Race (For Mayor)

When I recorded this campaign song at my friend Tony Daniels‘ place in New York City a couple of weeks ago, I had a sore throat from a cold and only a few minutes to do it. I planned to re-record it, and also shoot a video. But didn’t find the health or time. Still, a few seconds of this rough version was played on Breakfast Television (BT Toronto). And I can share it with you now to give you something to hum while you walk to the voting booth today. So, to the tune of Meghan Trainor‘s ‪#‎AllAboutThatBass‬, here’s my Mayoral platform,#‎AllAboutThatRace‬ (For Mayor). ‪#‎TOpoli‬

Lyrics:

“All About That Race”

Because you know I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race ‘Bout that race

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t polling one or two
But I can shakes hands, shake hands
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that passion that all voters chase
And I put all the right junk in all the right places (NOTE: In the video, I would sort my recycling here)

I see so many cars, stuck in that gridlock
You know that shit ain’t right
Traffic should not be stopped
If you want moving moving, just raise ‘em up (NOTE: In the video, people would be holding the ceiling handles on a streetcar)
‘Cause every inch of public transit
Gets you quicker to your stop

Yeah, as Mayor I’ll tell you don’t worry about your Pride
Because boy I’d like a little more festival to hold at night
You know I won’t be no arts-is-all-gravy bobblehead doll
So if that’s what you’re into
Then go write your own campaign song

Because you know I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race ‘Bout that race

I’m bringing new trees back
Go ahead and tell the squirrels and finches, Hey
No, I’m just playin’, I know you think you’re grey
But I’m here to tell you
Every inch of you can be green from the lakeshore to North York

Yah, as Mayor I’ll tell you don’t worry about your libraries
Because boy I’d like a little more reading to hold at night, you see
You know I won’t be no who’s-Margaret-Atwood bobblehead doll
So if that’s what you’re into
Then go ahead and vote for Doug

Because you know I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race ‘Bout that race

Because you know I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race ‘Bout that race

Because you know I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race, ‘Bout that race, for mayor
I’m all about that race ‘Bout that race