My longest narration yet is for The Startup Of You

This was my longest voiceover yet. More than 5 minutes! Did it for an animation company in India. It’s for a pretty inspirational client. Which I guess is appropriate, since it inspired me to do my longest voiceover yet!

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I was the voice of H&R Block this tax season

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Did you get a better tax refund than usual this season? It might be because of the helpful tax tips videos H&R Block posted online. And the helpful and friendly voiceover was performed by yours truly. So, really, you should be sending me part of your tax refund as thanks. You don’t have to, of course. But it would help fund my voice acting career, which could lead to more helpful tips for you, which would make you more money. Just sayin’.

I took a cartoon voice workshop

On March 2 and 3, 2014, I took a workshop with Susan Hart, big-time voice director and voice casting director. For two whole days, she taught us tips and helped us practice on scripts. And at the end of the second day, we recorded a little demo of some scripts we picked out. In her assessment email to me afterward, she mentioned: “Your comedic timing was fun and can be used for both subtle and big characters.” So I’m excited about my new knowledge and for the new tools I have to bring to the world of voices for animation. Plus, the people in my class we really nice and funny. So I wanted to remember the weekend with a photo of all of us. They were kind enough to oblige. That’s us making the sign for VO (voice over), just in case it’s not clear. When I was walking out of the class at the end of the weekend, I was feeling a bit insecure, because there were some real pros in there. But one girl, who is amazing and actually has a gig as a regular voice on a kid’s TV show, said to me: “You’re so funny! You should do stand-up!” Which gave me a skip in my step the whole way home. Maybe I’ll turn that feeling into a new voice character, named Skippy. 🙂

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I’m a voice actor in CBC’s The Best Laid Plans!

Click here to hear me voice acting as the older brother of “Pete 1” on the phone in this week’s webisode that provides bonus content for the CBC TV show The Best Laid Plans. I had a lot of fun playing a jerky older brother, even though I had to act really hard, because in real life I’m the nicest older brother ever. (Right, sisters of mine? Right?) And I even improvised some of my lines. The show’s cast is a Who’s Who of the top actors in Canada, so it’s an honour to be a part of it. Let’s hope that the show’s fans enjoy my character so much that they demand that “Pete 1” keep calling him for advice. Or maybe Pete’s brother could have have his own spin-off show? “The Best Laid Plans: Pete 1’s Brother.” Anyway, if any CBC producers are reading this, I’m available to meet for coffee. Or to talk over speakerphone. (Ha! See what I did there?)

I’m creepy yet funny in this Realtor radio ad

Here’s me voice acting in a radio ad for The Canadian Real Estate Association. The client wanted someone who could walk the fine line between creepy and yet funny and not scary. I’m sure some of my past dates would argue that I’m on the wrong side of the line. But I still got the part. And I had a lot of fun with it, even making the announcer woman crack up. In the On Air version, “Is that wrong?” line is something I improvised, and they found a place in the script for it.

Also, at one point in the recording session, I went on an improvised, stream-of-consciousness ramble. The ad agency found it so funny that they actually made an “Agency Version” of the ad with my improvised lines. That would be for their own portfolio. And maybe for award shows, if they can air it at least once so that it’s eligible.

I just hope Canadian Realtors aren’t so creeped out that they won’t help me sell my condo one day. I also hope that my past dates hear it and realize the creepiness that they’re missing out on. (Recorded Dec. 12, 2013 at Pirate Radio in Toronto)