EP 219 Sylvia Villagran: Bilingual Voice Talent/Democratic National Convention Announcer

October 30, 2016

At long last, Chuck and Stacey sit down with bilingual VO superstar and native Angeleno, Sylvia Villagran, known for her versatile work in promos, commercials, trailers, live announce and radio imaging. You hear Sylvia all over network TV and radio in both the General and Spanish markets on The Doctors, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, the Mun2 Network, and live announcing the Critics Choice Awards, the MTV VMA’s, the Writers Guild Awards, the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions and the Latin American Music Awards.

Sylvia shares the story of when her radio colleague, Bob Jeffries, told her about voiceover and helped her get started in the right direction with constructive advice and critiques. Being business savvy, Sylvia always knew that “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” and reminds people to not make a demo until you are really ready.

After being fired from radio, Sylvia tells about her unlikely on-camera job at Telemundo Channel 52 while working in the Spanish voiceover market, and eventually going back to radio. In 1999, she talks about how everything changed for her with respect to being embraced as a bilingual talent. She describes some major differences between the General and Spanish markets and why working in voiceover allows her to be authentic, be a part of the team and help solve people’s problems.

She offers amazing advice to fellow bilingual voice talent who want to crossover from taking lots of different classes to knowing what you could offer to the General market and continually being open to feedback from people you respect. She gives props to demos produced by Chuck and Stacey at Demos That Rock and explains why making her first English demo was very challenging.

She shares her beliefs about pursuing voiceover as a career versus a hobby, why bilingual talent has to work twice as hard and the importance of being ready when the opportunities present themselves. She credits her parents for teaching her about business and what she learned from working in show business at her father’s Mexican movie distribution company.

Sylvia reminds people to master what you can like being skilled, easy to direct and collaborative and to not obsess over the things you can’t control. She gives her three keys to having success, which are to be nice, have a good work ethic and be talented. She speaks to her success in the world of live announce and tells the story of her first live announce gig at the MTV VMA’s Latin America in Miami in 2002.

She discusses the differences between radio, which is more forgiving of mistakes than live announce where you have to be perfect and ready for anything. She tells what she loves about live announce and shares her rituals which include a heating pad and physical preparation to help minimize the stress. Constantly striving to be her best, Sylvia shares why she always listens to her work so she can critique what she likes and how she can improve her performance.

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EP 218 Kathe Mazur: Celebrity Actor & Audiobook Narrator

October 23, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue the fun and insightful conversation with Kathe Mazur, TNT Major Crimes’ DDA Andrea Hobbs, and also award-winning audiobook narrator. She gives sage advice to people wanting to do narration which means discovering if you love reading out loud, are able to do accents, have a good ear for tone, character and reading for clues. She speaks to the challenge of finding subtle nuances of characters of different genders, ages and ethnicities in order to move the story forward.

Kathe credits narrator friend Scott Brick for sound advice he gave her early on that she get a great engineer and editor to do her books. She explains how her guest star role of DDA Andrea Hobbs on the TV series The Closer led to a series regular spot on the spinoff show Major Crimes on TNT, currently in its 5th season. She shares more about the joy of working with the show’s cast and crew and that it’s a dream job and character for her to play.

She loves everything she gets to do for work and believes that your dream career doesn’t happen until you show up, are of service and make it happen. Kathe answers what she would do differently if she was starting her career over now and shares some feedback she got from VO coach, Nancy Wolfson about her voice.

Kathe expresses some lessons she has learned over the years from, “Trying to make yourself more, makes you become less” to “Knowing you are something, know what you want to say and believe what you are saying.” She tells what happens when people don’t know how to pronounce her name and gives a beautiful definition of what success means to her. The final question reveals what Kathe has lost that she would love to find that deals with the wonder and optimism for the future. Follow everyone on Twitter @KatheMazur @staceyjaswad @demosthatrock @vobuzzweekly

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EP 217 Kathe Mazur: Celebrity Actor & Audiobook Narrator

October 16, 2016

Join Chuck and Stacey and their phenomenal guest, audiobook narrator and actress, Kathe Mazur, also loved for her brilliant work in movies like American Sniper and TV shows like TNT’s Major Crimes and The Closer. Kathe recalls some childhood experiences that sparked her desire to be an actor that included her love of reading aloud.

She tells the story of how she found her way from the stage to television to audiobook narrating for Penguin Random House, formerly Books on Tape, by way of doing volunteer work with narrator Karen White.

She explains what she likes about working in both narration and on-camera worlds and shares the questions she always asks herself about her performances. Kathe talks about how narrating books is a great life lesson because it requires you make to strong choices and to keep moving forward.

Kathe offers some wisdom for narrators from owning your point of view to making sure every sentence is interpreted in a way that is personal to you. She recounts the experience she had narrating the Jonestown survivor’s memoir, SEDUCTIVE POISON by Deborah Layton who wanted to be with her in the studio during the recording. She tells what prompts her to pass on a book in order to remain authentic, believing that “Saying no as a strategy is different than saying no as a conviction."

With regard to narration demos, she feels that you should lead with your strengths and put things on it that you would most likely be hired to read. Though she feels her wheelhouse is emotional, evocative literary fiction, Kathe also love non-fiction as well. She gives another amazing tip about this genre for narrators encouraging them to fall in love with the conversation and play to the listener who is deeply interested in the topic, don’t try to win over the one who is not.

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EP 216 Ivy Isenberg: Animation Casting Director - Call of Duty & Robot Chicken

October 9, 2016

Chuck and Stacey conclude their interview with Casting Director, Ivy Isenberg of Ivy Isenberg Casting who has more than fifteen years of experience working in animation, video games, film and television like TripTank, Robot Chicken, Jeff and Some Aliens, Call of Duty, Curse of Chucky and YouTube hit, The High Fructose Adventures of the Annoying Orange on Comedy Central.

Ivy explains some of the factors for hiring actors which comes down to who completes the Producer’s vision for the project and she talks about the importance of scratch recordings. She did the TV casting for The High Fructose Adventures of The Annoying Orange on Comedy Central and answers how much she considers social media influencers and YouTube personalities when casting projects.
She gives advice to people with a passion to pursue a voiceover career starting with a willingness to work hard, take classes, learn the craft and different genres and work the business side of the industry too.

She talks about casting real kids for roles versus adults who play kids and speaks to some of the key elements in performance capture work like having an expressive face in addition to strong acting chops.
Ivy reveals what she would do if she was not a casting director that includes going into local politics to help Los Angeles and opening up a sticker store. She tells the most gratifying parts of her job from helping people achieve their goals and dreams to making a meaningful contribution. She reflects on her personal philosophy of the only important things in life are love and being happy with yourself.

As the Casting Director of the movie CURSE OF CHUCKY, Chuck and Stacey show pictures of their recent Chucky inspired Halloween costume then Ivy talks about the kinds of projects she likes to work on, in the realm of counter culture and what she calls, “Comic Con cool.” The interview ends with a conversation about something Ivy is working on to change about herself and her desire to only work with people who are respectful. Ivy’s closing words … “Be good to each other and try hard.” Follow us all on Twitter @IvyIsenberg, @staceyjaswad, @demosthatrock, @vobuzzweekly

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EP 215 Ivy Isenberg: Animation Casting Director - Call of Duty & Robot Chicken

October 2, 2016

Chuck and Stacey bring you the respected Casting Director of animation, video games, film and television, Ivy Isenberg of Ivy Isenberg Casting. She is a USC Film School graduate who went on to work at MGM Studios on Stargate and Stargate Atlantis, the Species movies with Natasha Henstridge and now on projects like Comedy Central’s Jeff and Some Aliens, Trip Tank, Robot Chicken and Call of Duty.

Ivy discusses her process for casting Performance Capture for video games and animation and why she goes overboard with submissions to make sure there are plenty of choices which includes giving deserving new talent an opportunity. She answers what she needs to hear in voiceover auditions to garner a callback and why she saves every audition for future consideration. Ivy mentions the kinds of actors she won’t hire and challenges actors to train and educate themselves, be dedicated and proactive with their careers.

Striving to be the best at everything she does, Ivy discusses the importance of why talent needs to balance both art and commerce to be successful and that finding talented actors who are reliable and deserving are actually in the minority. She explains that she casts through agents and managers and will consider people outside Los Angeles for projects if they are actively working. While talent can’t do much to get on her bad side, she has zero tolerance for actors who do boring auditions, have a bad work ethic, lack commitment and are unprepared.

She attends showcases and monologue festivals to scout new talent and listens to demos when casting to find a person’s range, accents, tone, comedic timing and cadence. Ivy offers insights on what “natural, not cartoony” means in audition specs from interpreting it with engaging, emotional connection based on what it’s for, the platform, network and time slot. Follow on Twitter @IvyIsenberg

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