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 certain 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. Of course we share it with the rest of the cast & the creative team. And we owe the fans. They invite us into their lives & feel a connection through 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 G.I. 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 of us came together in Denver in 2015...around 120,000 in 2016. We parked, walked, schlepped our "stuff", walked, set up our booths, walked, hung with fans & friends, & walked...as 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 our PR, pictures, autographs, & swag. We actually hung-out with fans, other performers, legendary animators, authors, & creatives. And to cap off a near perfect experience, this VO guy even taught some 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 120,000+ 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!
OTHER CELEBRATED FAN CONS:
2017 Fan Con appearances included Fandom Fest in Louisville (featured as a cast member of the original animated Beauty & The Beast), Colorado Springs Comic Con (with fans of GI Joe & the Metal Gear Solid game franchise), & Stan Lee's LA Comic Con (featured on the Duck Tales 30th Anniversary, & Tale Spin panels). Pictures & more detail to come as well as continuing updates on 2018 appearances.
Media Classes & Other Appearances
The Fall 2017 VO Class Act Workshop!
We'll once again work-out for just one Saturday in November (equivalent to about 2 1/2 weeks of VO classes). We'll explore how to affordably create your own recording system & meet industry pro standards. And we'll cover a wide range of VO disciplines to give you techniques to magnify your progress & increase your competitive skill level. Dates, costs, special discounts, & other info is posted in the Classes section of this web site. Also, look for upcoming dates for other Class Act VO Workshops, Seminars, & Fan Con Appearances in 2018!
To register for Brian Cummings' 2017 Fall Class Act VO Workshop, to find out how to save $51, or for any other inquiries, contact us via the voiceatility.com web site or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org