EP 207 Melissa Disney: First Female to Voice Movie Trailers and Singing Voice of Snow White

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey welcome 20-year voice acting veteran in movie trailers, promos, commercials and animation and singer/songwriter, Melissa Disney, who grew up in San Diego in a family of entertainers and musicians. She shares how her experience doing musicals led to voiceover and on-camera work in Los Angeles.

As the founder of the LA Voiceover Academy, Melissa offers some techniques for auditioning from being in the moment to believing what you’re saying and explains why she feels it’s so challenging for voice talent to find the conversational read. 

She explains why she started the LA Voiceover Academy, answers what inspires her to teach and some of the most common misconceptions she notices that people have about doing voiceover. 

As the first woman to voice a movie trailer for a major studio for, Gone in 60 Seconds, Melissa doesn’t focus on the male versus female talent aspect but rather just encourages people to keep their skills sharp and tell the story.

She talks about the first time she met her mentor and friend, the late great Don LaFontaine, and shares some advice he gave her that has helped her along the way.

Melissa explains her audition process, how she handles self-direction and moving on fast after every audition. She reflects on what helps her keep perspective about her career, life in Los Angeles and the importance of staying in a place of gratefulness.

Watch more videos and get the latest voiceover news, advice and updates on contests and giveaways at http://vobuzzweekly.com

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EP 206 Roger Rose: Network TV Promo Voice Actor

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue the fun and mayhem with voice actor, Roger Rose who talks about how he approaches auditions and the way his improvisation background helps him to tell the story, as well as the importance of trusting your instincts. 

Roger offers advice to those who want to work in voiceover from building your acting chops, to recognizing that it needs to be treated like a business. He gives props to his talented friends and colleagues like Jim Cummings, James Arnold Taylor, Jess Harnell and Frank Welker and shares advice that he would give to his younger self about setting goals.

He tells more stories from doing movies like Ski Patrol, Friday the 13th Part VI and Comic Book The Movie. Roger recalls one of his most memorable projects, working on Batman: Brave and the Bold with director, Andrea Romano and actors Tippi Hedren and Kevin Michael Richardson.

Roger answers whom he would be an assistant to if he had the chance and does some spot on impressions of Christopher Walken, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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EP 205 Roger Rose: Network TV Promo Voice Actor

July 29, 2016

Get ready for a wild and wonderful story-filled BUZZ with Chuck and Stacey and their guest, voice actor Roger Rose, former VH-1 VJ, network promo voice for CBS comedies like The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls and The Odd Couple, live announcer for the Billboard Music Awards, The Grammy’s and the Emmy’s hosted by Jane Lynch.

Roger, a Chicago native, tells stories about growing up in a family of entertainers, an experience he had with David Letterman and Jane Lynch and another about his late brother ABC newscaster, Judd Rose.

He shares how his dream of doing network promos came true and what he had to do to find the sound, rhythm and pitch that CBS wanted for the promos for The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls.

He shares the lengths he has gone to in order to land promo gigs and expresses gratitude for his former voiceover agent who taught him to study the trends in the business. 

Roger talks about his audition process for commercials and promos and offers some tips for timing in promos that has helped him from having done looping and anime.

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EP 204 Nika Futterman: Animation Voiceover Super Talent

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey read a testimonial from a VO Buzz Weekly viewer and Demos That Rock client, Brent Allen Hagel, who wanted to share some great news. If you would like to inspire others around the world, email Chuck and Stacey your success stories at VOBuzzWeekly@gmail.com and tell us how VO Buzz Weekly is helping you achieve your dreams! 

The amazing conversation continues with super talented and cool, Nika Futterman, who talks about her experience creating characters that are “outside the box” like Cuckoo-Loca in Minnie’s Bow Toons and demonstrates the language she had to speak to play Oil Can in the blockbuster movie, Boxtrolls. 

Nika reflects on advice she got early on that helped her and offers some wise words for what you can do to ride out slow times in your career from the importance of staying positive to finding ways to be heard, putting energy into building your skills and networking. 

She answers what keeps her inspired year after year and some of the beautiful things about getting older. She explains what she does to train to get better at poker and how pushing through the fear to move forward is what makes playing poker a lot like life. 

Nika shares her definition of success that includes a desire to be happy and having the freedom to do what she wants and be able to take care of her family. She talks about her love of cooking and the signature dishes she likes to make.

Watch more videos and get the latest voiceover news, advice and updates on contests and giveaways at http://vobuzzweekly.com

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EP 203 Nika Futterman: Animation Voiceover Super Talent

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey welcome voice acting sensation and professional tournament poker player Nika Futterman, from The Loud House, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Sonic Boom and so much more. 

Nika talks about her background as a singer and on-camera actor and how her voiceover career began with the show Hey Arnold, and ultimately why she chose to focus on voiceover exclusively. She shares the things she loves about voice acting, what has changed over her 20+ year career and what led her to take her love of poker to the professional tournament level.

She offers advice for delivering great auditions and the importance of having strong improvisation and acting chops as well as a wide range of vocal ability. She speaks to her strengths as a voice actor and some of her beloved characters like Luna in The Loud House, Ventress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Sticks the Badger in Sonic Boom. 

Make sure to subscribe to the VO Buzz Weekly YouTube Channel and tune come back next week for Part 2 with Nika Futterman … 

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EP 202 Dave Walsh: Voiceover Super Coach

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue talking with respected voiceover coach and TrueTell Method creator, Dave Walsh, who shares more about his passion for coaching and fostering a talent’s authenticity to trust that telling the story is enough.

Dave gives great tips for staying on top of the trends because that is part of the actor’s job as well as perfecting their skills which all shows respect for the voiceover industry. He offers insights on straightforward website branding and his do’s and don’ts for making voiceover demos, from never doing one before you’re ready to working with a professional demo producer/director when it’s time.

Dave discusses the shifts he sees in the industry and where he feels things are right now with respect to union and non-union work and making sure talent know their value. He expresses his gratitude to Chuck and Stacey for creating an invaluable resource like VO Buzz Weekly that celebrates the industry and benefits people all over the world. 

Dave feels he is currently enjoying the best part of his career and shares his dream job which involves helping people and how the relationships he has with agents has helped him as a coach and in turn his coaching clients.

Watch more videos and get the latest voiceover news, advice and updates on contests and giveaways at http://vobuzzweekly.com

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EP 201 Dave Walsh: Voiceover Super Coach

July 29, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are back with a whole new look! They wrote and produced a new show opening with Chuck singing the new theme song and the voiceover done is by Chuck, Stacey, and amazing VO pals Scott Laverty, Scott Rummell and Joe Cipriano. Be sure to listen during the new show credits too for Joe Cipriano again along with the totally fabulous, Vanessa Marshall. The vision Chuck and Stacey had for the new opening was brought to life through stunning graphics by the super talented, Mariana Brang.

Episode 201 welcomes the accomplished voice actor, former studio executive, voiceover coach and founder of the TRUETELL METHOD, Dave Walsh. Dave tells how he started in radio and television in Boston and eventually moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment business. He shares how the discovery of the book, Word of Mouth written by Sue Blu, literally changed the course of his life and helped start his VO career.

Having worked in all genres of voiceover, Dave talks about how important it is to create a self-motivated career in this day and age, why he feels not everyone can be a voice actor and some misconceptions that people have about doing voiceover. 

Watch more videos and get the latest voiceover news, advice and updates on contests and giveaways at http://vobuzzweekly.com

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EP 200 LIVE with Chuck & Stacy!

July 20, 2016

Let the VO Buzz Weekly LIVE celebration begin, presented by DEMOS THAT ROCK and EDGE STUDIO!

Chuck and Stacey marked their epic 200th episode milestone of VO Buzz Weekly in style by filming the show in front of a sold-out crowd at the historic El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA.

Since starting the show in 2012, Chuck and Stacey have sat down with more than 100 amazing guests and this two-hour show taping brought many of them back to the stage to enlighten and entertain the audience… yet again.

As the show’s Emcee, Scott Parkin delivered brilliantly as did Graeme Spicer, Dee Bradley Baker, Jess Harnell, Jim Cummings, Maurice LaMarche, David Goldberg, Jeff Howell, Jodi Gottlieb, Marc Cashman, Nancy Wolfson, Bob Bergen, Charlie Adler, Dave Fennoy, Townsend Coleman, Joan Baker, Pat Fraley, Scott Brick, Rudy Gaskins, Debi Derryberry, Erin Fitzgerald, Kari Wahlgren, Lori Alan, Andrea Romano, Butch Hartman, Ginny McSwain, Mary Lynn Wissner, Beau Weaver, Joe Cipriano, Mark Elliott, Scott Rummell, Bill Farmer, Cam Clarke, James Arnold Taylor, Fred Tatasciore and Jeff Zannini of Celebrity Talent Booking’s Twisted Toonz.
It was a truly memorable night that brought together the voiceover industry’s best and brightest voice actors, talent agents and managers, teachers, producers, voice directors, writers, casting directors, loyal friends and fans alike from all over the globe.
We are so honored to be a part of this incredible community and offer our heartfelt thanks to all of you amazing people who have supported the show these last four years.
To our incredibly talented and dedicated VO Buzz Weekly crew who work with us all year long and those wonderful people who brought their talents to 200th Live Show, thank you so much, you rock beyond measure!

Thanks to the generosity of all our ongoing show sponsors- Demos That Rock, Entertainer’s Secret, Voiceover Essentials, Multiin Tech, Najla’s, Neumann Sennheiser, Traditional Medicinals, Vocal Booth To Go and to our LIVE event co-sponsor EDGE Studio and giveaway sponsors- Apogee, Cole Michaels Salon, Kaotica, Najla’s Neumann Sennheiser, SOVAS, Vocal Booth To Go and Voiceover Essentials- you’re so amazing in every way!

To our loving and supportive friends and family, thank you for going on this wild journey with us… we love you!

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EP 199 Behind The Scenes

July 20, 2016

After 4 years of non-stop production on what we think are some of the greatest voiceover interviews with the industries top leaders, we have hit the milestone achievement of 200 episodes and we celebrated it BIG TIME!

We did something that we've never done before, which was record the 200th EP in front of a live audience, and it was THE Voiceover Party of The Year!

The "A-list" of the voiceover business showed up to celebrate with us and voice actors from all over the country and beyond came to get BUZZ-ed with us.

Episode 199 has some super fun footage and photos of the pre-show and red carpet with VO superstars... Let the PARTY begin!

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EP 198 Fred Tatasciore: Voice of Halo, Regular Show, The Hulk, The Avengers

July 20, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue talking with the super talented video game and animation voice actor, Fred Tatasciore, who reflects on the early days of his career and offers advice to aspiring VO pros that includes learning as much as you can and exploring the range of your voice.

Fred talks about his first voiceover demo, the importance of the demo in today’s industry and how his classical acting training has helped him in his video game work. He shares how he takes care of his voice from vocal rest to warming up to honey loquat tea (Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa) and more.

He answers what he would have done as a career if he wasn’t a performer and how he stays in balance which includes living in gratitude. Hear about some of Fred’s current projects like Halo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Regular Show, Robot Chicken, Breadwinners and charities that he is passionate about like Make A Wish Foundation.

Watch more videos and get the latest voiceover news, advice and updates on contests and giveaways at http://vobuzzweekly.com

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