EP 223 Jim Meskimen: The Master of Celebrity Impressions/Voice Over Actor/Comedian

November 27, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are thrilled to share the rest of their conversation with Jim Meskimen, versatile TV, Film and Voice Over Actor of The Boondocks and Avengers Assemble, world's best celebrity impressionist, star of the original live show Jimpressions and host of the Celebrity Podcast on YouTube. Jim talks about his most challenging on-camera project to date and his audition philosophy of continuing to put himself out there, not overthinking it and having a fast turnaround.

He shares the things he won’t do as an actor and breaks out some incredible impressions of Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert DeNiro and Morgan Freeman. He raves about his talented family and gives Chuck and Stacey a special copy of the award-winning audiobook he recently directed with a super talented cast that includes voice actors Nancy Cartwright and Fred Tatasciore.

Jim speaks to the inspiration for creating his one-man show, Jimpressions, and gives great advice for moving your career forward. He reflects on why he thinks he is still working and what he would do as a career if he weren’t a performer. Jim talks about some of his biggest challenges when he was younger and what life changing advice helped him end his dependence on drugs. Jim goes on to encourage people to take control of their own lives and not rely on substances to be creative. He shares what projects he is working on for the future and his responsibility to be positive and put good out into the world.

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EP 222 Jim Meskimen: The Master of Celebrity Impressions/Voice Over Actor/Comedian

November 20, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are excited to get BUZZ-ed with the incredible Jim Meskimen, TV, Film and Voice Over Actor heard in The Boondocks and Avengers Assemble, celebrity impressionist, star of the live show Jimpressions and host of the Celebrity Podcast on YouTube. Jim talks about growing up in show business watching his mom, actress Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham in the TV series Happy Days.

Jim shares the epiphany he had during a brief exchange with actor Harvey Keitel in Europe that helped him decide to pursue a career as a performer instead of a painter. He shares his love, respect and admiration for his Mom, celebrating the wonderful things about her and what he learned from her about navigating the ups and downs of the entertainment business.

Jim breaks down his process for mastering an impression and voice matching a celebrity or historic figure like President John F. Kennedy by using the signature tone and textures of his own voice. He talks about the importance of having good training in improvisation and striking a balance to respect the words as they are written. He reflects on what his strengths are as an actor and voice over actor that includes his love of words, his skills as a writer and the musicality of the language.

He tells the story of the summer job he had doing storyboards at Hanna-Barbera that led to working for Rank and Bass on the original Thundercats series as the lead character designer. And later when he was cast in the new Thundercats series, getting to share some of his original designs with the show’s creative team. Jim describes his incredible experience competing on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2013.

He shares some advice he got from his Mom and other people he respects that has helped him in his career that speaks to staying true to your dreams and having persistence. Jim offers some great advice to other voice over actors about making no excuses to create your own content and if you keep doing what you love and want to do eventually someone will pay you for it. The episode closes with Jim reflecting on one of his most unique career experiences to date.

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EP 221 Konrad Zukowski: The Genius Behind The Kaotica Eyeball (Perfect Portable Sound Isolation)

November 13, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are excited to sit down and chat with, Konrad Zukowski, the creator of the Kaotica Eyeball while he was in Los Angeles from Canada. Konrad talks about how his love of music inspired him to create the Kaotica Eyeball as a portable and affordable solution for sound isolation. The totally custom and patented Eyeball took over 3½ years to develop and perfect with much work, sacrifice and financial expense involved. His genius piece of gear was embraced immediately by top music industry producers like Grammy Award®-winning multi-platinum producer David Hodges, DJ’s and artists like Dr. Dre, Lady Antebellum and Greyson Chance and now A-list voiceover talent are loving to use the Eyeball as well.

Konrad took great care in his design to make sure it preserves the integrity of the voice and be ideal for those who have space or the budget limitations. He reveals there are new products coming out in 2017 to address condenser mics like the Sennheiser 416 and and larger microphones like the Neumann U47.

He offers some tips for using the Eyeball properly like avoiding inexpensive XLR cables and mics as the frequency spectrum is not aligned properly, avoid multi-use microphones and highly recommends the Apogee 1 Mic as his preferred USB microphone. He also encourages talent to experiment with different areas in your room, avoid corners and make sure the microphone is facing the correct direction.

Get in on the very generous giveaway! Konrad is randomly selecting viewers who Watch, Like and Comment on this video a Kaotica Eyeball – one a week until Christmas, giveaway ends December 26, 2016.

Chuck and Stacey have happily joined forces with Konrad and endorsed this amazing product as their newest spokespersons. Make sure to go to KaoticaEyeball.com to watch a video testimonial Konrad and his team filmed with Stacey earlier this year.

Konrad shares the ultimate goal for his company and products which includes giving people the knowledge and freedom to succeed in their career and especially for voice talent just starting out an affordable option to help them be at the top of their game. To learn more and purchase a Kaotica Eyeball, go to KaoticaEyeball.com

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EP 220 Sylvia Villagran: Bilingual Voice Talent/Democratic National Convention Announcer

November 6, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue talking with bilingual voice talent Sylvia Villagran, known for her impressive work in promos, commercials, trailers, live announce and radio imaging, in both the English and Spanish markets. She comments on the Spanish dialect that is most in demand with respect to national and regional work. Sylvia shares how her desire to give back and share her experiences has lead to starting to coach bilingual voice talent, inspired by her teaching a class for crossover voice talent at the Don LaFontaine Voiceover Lab. Sylvia can be reached about coaching by DM on Twitter @sylviavillagran

She tells some of the most memorable and thrilling moments from her recent honor of announcing the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a stand out opportunity in her career to date. Read more about it on her website, http://sylvia-villagran.com/blog/

Sylvia discusses her need to always continue improving her skills and appreciates every job as it happens including some challenging work that stretches her past her comfort zone for the Mun2 Network. She reveals that she listens to everything and is constantly inspired by the work of her voiceover colleagues. Sylvia reflects on what advice she would give to herself if she were starting her career today, celebrates her Voice Arts Awards nomination for Outstanding Body Of Work and along with Chuck & Stacey, and expresses gratitude for the contribution of Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins. She defines what success means for her which includes getting to do what she loves everyday.

Sylvia shares her scariest moment as a live announcer from the 2016 Democratic National Convention and find out some of Sylvia’s favorite foods. Follow Chuck, Stacey and Sylvia on Twitter @sylviavillagran @vobuzzweekly @staceyjaswad @demosthatrock

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