VO work is often isolated or compartmentalized to interaction with our clients, writers, producers, audio mixers, & fellow cast members. It is also immediate & there's no guarantee that it will live any longer than the time it takes to create it. The only guaranteed reward is the joy of doing the work itself. But when a project finds a loyal audience, it takes on a life of it's own. Actors get to publicly own our part of the success. But we share it with the rest of the cast & the creative team. And we owe the fans. They invite us into their lives through their connection to the characters we portray. From the "Big Con" in San Diego, to other fan gatherings everywhere, we have the chance to respond to that connection. "Yo Cobra" ...& stuff like that!
Live Interaction With Fans
Yeah, along with my best voice-pals, we did it! And now I'll tell ya all about it!
June 17th, 2016. I hosted the "Meet the Voices" Panel at Denver Comic Con, featuring the immense talents of Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Andrea Libman, Matthew Wood, & David Acord. We engaged in "Voice-Play" together with our friends & fans, performing an original script, "Superheroes In The Green Room", picked on each other, & answered fan queries. You can enjoy watching it all on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g9XX01gW-M
Comic Con, San Diego
Legendary writer/director Mark Evanier's voice-over panels have brought together some of the greatest VO performers in the biz (even a VO "Doofus" like me) for mirth-filled adaptations of classic stories, performed live for hundreds of our favorite fans! And you can find us, in glorious "low-rez" on YouTube.
Animation VO Panel, Part #1
Animation VO Panel, Part #2
National GI Joe Convention 2015
Who'd have thought that being an arch villain could be so much fun? In spring 2015, along with my Joe alter ego, Dr. Mindbender, I joined fellow cast members Morgan Lofting/Baroness & Zack Hoffman/Zartan at the national G.I. Joe Convention. Even though we represented the Cobra villainous factions, the Joe fans always were & are among the most loyal anywhere. In fact I was looking for a Cobra t-shirt with no success. On the second day, one of the vendors brought me a brand-new version of the classic shirt. It was his own! I'd hang with Joe fans again...anywhere, any day. Did I say anywhere? Yeah!
July 11, 2017: I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Wally Burr, my good friend & iconic director of both the G.I. Joe & Transformers animated series! Wally was military tough (he'd once been a young tank commander) but he loved both the work & those he directed with military precision & zeal! In fact, at a Joe's & Transformers cast reunion gathering that he hosted a couple years ago, he directed us all in singing the heavy metal Transformers theme 3 times...until it was just right by Wally's standards! And, to be honest, it was a hoot (...& hollar)! Wally Burr was in effect our VO drill Sarge...& in the final analysis, we all benefitted from the work! He definitely left his mark & will be missed! That's a wrap, Wally! Good job, soldier!
Denver Comic Con, 2016
Past Denver Con Highlights: Over 100,000 fans came together in Denver in 2015...around 120,000 in 2016. We parked. We followed the throng. We joined peer panels & held seminars. We taught & amused the kids & even felt our own childlike wonder at it all. We signed our work & gave out PR & swag. We hung-out with fans, other performers, legendary animators, authors, & creatives. And to cap off a near perfect experience, we even taught fans to create their own character voices in the Pop Culture Classroom. To be sure, Denver was a creative Rocky Mountain High-point!
Denver Comic Con, 2017
Denver Comic Con 2017 VO highlights: I was privileged to join an estimated 130,000 fans in Denver, & host 2 great sessions on the on both Fri & Sat, with kids, animators & the the old Voice-Over pro on the All Ages Stage @ Kid's Lab. We got together as two "Art of the Voice" panels over our 1st two days as well. On Fri, I tortured my LA VO pals with games like "Alien Dialogue" to the delight of the fans. In a BC Class Act VO Seminar, we explored becoming a VO performer with both the curious & the serious, using what I call, "Voice-Play". The highlight of our 3 days in Denver brought together legendary LA animation VO director, Andrea Romano & the entire Justice League. I was also privileged to join the cast in several supporting roles for a full read-around of a JL script...all for the fans! Often the fans know as much or more about our characters than we do...almost! Whatever the story, it matters most when it reaches out & touches others..our fans! You can check out some of the action on you tube . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nv_viOB3lc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A8_6H0Spfo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsteHTdyrME
Pop Culture Classroom, Part #1
Pop Culture Classroom, Part #2
Sorry bear! You'll have to wait until next year!
Media Classes & Other Appearances
Announcing: The Summer 2017 VO Day Camp Workshop!
We'll once again work-out for 2 full days on consecutive Saturdays in August (equivalent to 4 weeks of VO classes). We'll explore how to affordably create your own recording system & meet industry standards. And we'll cover the full range of VO disciplines & give you techniques to magnify your success & progress. Dates are posted in the Classes section. Also, look for upcoming dates for our fall 2017 Class Act VO Workshops & Classes!
To register for Brian Cummings' 2017 Class Act Workshop "VO Day Camp", The 2017 Class Act Fall 8-week class, or for other inquiries, contact us via the voiceatility.com web site or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org