Click here to read the full article!Read More
What's Going On?
Well, 2017 was a great year! A special thanks to those who joined us on the Focus on the Family/Adventures in Odyssey Cruise in November. Thirty (30) years on the air playing the same character!? WOW!
What's next? Well, I am currently working on some e-learning projects, a new show for Nickelodeon and starting a new role in a pretty popular Japanese Anime cartoon!
On top of that, I will be traveling. First at the end of this month, I am going to attend the VOXY SUMMIT in North Carolina. Following that fun filled weekend of female voiceover artists sharing tips and encouragement, I've been invited to share some spiritual encouragement at Oakdale Baptist Church in South Carolina (which I'm told isn't too far away). They are calling it "Connie Comes to South Carolina!" So get your tickets now!
In March 1-4, 2018 I will be attending VO Atlanta as a volunteer because I want to support all the newbies and amazing speakers who will also be there. Basically, I will be there for YOU, my friends.
May 5-6, 2018, , 2018 I will be teaching a VO/ADR/Character workshop in Dallas with the Dallas VO Meetup peeps. So excited for that! I will be working with Nathan Ashton, a local film sound designer to work on the ins and outs of ADR, voice matching and dubbing at Cake Mix Recording. More on that to come.
I am excited to see what other things pop up on my calendar and hope to meet lots of new friends in the coming year!
Starts in Less than 1 Week!
Have you always dreamed of doing animation? Join animation legend Katie Leigh for Ensemble Acting for Animation Voiceover! Beginner or experienced talent, this class is for you!
Our very own Sean Daeley sat down with Katie and asked her a few questions about the class to get a first hand account of what to expect. Using improv skills and reacting to other voice actors is a highlight of this incredible 2 week class!
Check out her interview here. Class starts September 5th, so hurry up and register!
I am excited about participating in the Get in the Show contest this coming Saturday at Focus on the Family Headquarters in Colorado Springs. I hope to see and meet a lot of you there. By the way, if you purchase a copy of "Adventures in Oddity" at the discounted price, it may get to you in time for me to sign it when I am there. Either way, come cheer for your favorite contestant!
Use this code for 25% off the Book: DZJ9GN44
Use this code for 25% off the CD: SZHG2NG2
In celebration of Katie Leigh and Will Ryan’s 30th anniversary working on “Adventures in Odyssey,” Oxnard University Press is offering a Pre-Cruise "ADVENTURES IN ODDITY" Book and CD sale! While supplies last . . . 25% off!
If you are coming on the Focus on the Family cruise in November—or know someone who is—NOW is the time to order!
Will and Katie will be thrilled to sign your copies of Books and CDs in person while at sea - or even in port!
Only a few dozen copies of this edition of this book remain in stock.
Use this code for 25% off the Book: DZJ9GN44
Use this code for 25% off the CD: SZHG2NG2
I will share my story of success and failure, how I landed voice work like Baby Rowlf in the Emmy Award-Winning Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, Honker Muddlefoot in Darkwing Duck, Sheila theThief in Dungeons and Dragons. Participating actors will get the opportunity to perform and I'll help you work on your performance and auditioning skills.
FRIDAY MAY 5th, 2017 ZOOM HANG OUT with MY DEMO DUDE
Sometimes I get freaked out about teaching. It's not that I don't have good insight, instincts and instruction. It's not that I don't have experience in the field. It's that I feel nervous about the responsibility. It's the planning and preparation that goes into it ahead of time. I worry I'm forgetting something. I worry that there will be too few or too many students. This Sunday, my pastor talked about not worrying and " fearing not." How timely. What good would worrying accomplish anyway? And he's right! I'm so thankful that guiding me through the pre-conference jitters are David Rosenthal my co-teacher and Gerald Griffith the founder. And now that we've gotten over the hump of committing to the conference, and planning the curriculum and surprises...all that's left is to have fun. I can honestly say I feel confident and excited that we are going to have a blast! So, check out our little promo in which the fun has already started....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcm6um_qxz0
SEE YOU IN ATLANTA!!
So proud to be associated with this awesome coaches!
Intimate Commercial Read - Steven Reisberg
**Animation Workout - M.J. Lallo
STARTS SAT 2/11!
Talent Agent Q&A - Carol Rathe
**The Audiobook Narrators Workshop - Steven Jay Cohen
**Technical Narration - David Rosenthal
Advanced VO Techniques for Commercial & Narration - Elaine Clark
**Introduction to Video Games - Brad Venable
Talent Agent Q&A - Erik Sheppard
The ABC’s of ACX - Christa Lewis
Voice Over Styles - David Rosenthal
Intimate Commercial Read Workout - Steven Reisberg
Ensemble Acting for Animation Voiceover - Katie Leigh
Talent Agent Q&A - Portia Scott
Audiobook Technique - Christa Lewis
Corporate Narration - Anne Ganguzza
“The Conversational Commercial Read” Techniques - Anne Ganguzza
A Master Class on E-Learning - J. Michael Collins
Telephony Telephony and On Hold Messaging - Anne Ganguzza
I have the pleasure of co-teaching the VO Atlanta 2017 YOUTH DAY on Saturday, March 11 with the awesome David Rosenthal, Global Voice Acting Academy mastermind and all around fun guy, We have an amazing day in store for young people 7-15 interested in exploring the voiceover world. We will have some special guests popping in, keeping it fresh all day long. The whole conference is absolutely wonderful, and I'm so glad to participate again this year!
Tired of working alone? Let's workout with a real script and a full cast! Learn to listen and respond. Experience the sense memory you need to re-create when you are alone in the booth or auditioning! And let's HAVE FUN!!! 2 week Internet based workshop hosted by the Global Voice Acting Academy and directed by yours truly!
For Cyber week, we've decided to offer BOGO 1/2 off Book and CD combos of Adventures in Oddity! You can keep both of them for yourself, keep one for yourself and give one to a friend or give them both away if you're feeling really generous. What a terrific feeling you will get either way!
We hope this will start off your holiday season with not only a spirit of thankfulness but also generosity!
I know Will Ryan and I are grateful for all of you who have sent stellar comments about how much you've either enjoyed listening to our Audio CD or reading our book. People have even been know to read it to each other and pretend they were us! Although why anyone would want to be Will is beyond me! To each his own we say! And Happy Cyber Week!
Did you ever want to get into voice acting? Did you ever want to learn how to professionally play child characters? Now is the time, and you don't even have to leave your computer!
Sign up for this online class and learn how to create and perform kids' voices from an industry veteran, Katie Leigh!
In the world of cartoons, film, and games, directors regularly cast roles that require adult VO talent to sound like kids. But to sound like a child, you must think and act like a child. Explore the psychology and physiology of performing children’s voices from toddlers to teens. Katie has played children of all ages, boys and girls, throughout her 35 years in Hollywood. This 3-week course with the Global Voice Acting Academy, for both women and men, will help you explore your “inner child,” and regress to success!
Duration: 3 Weeks
Class Length: 2 hours
Maximum Participants: 8
This is so darn exciting! Stan Lee's Comikaze usually held on Halloween weekend in Los Angeles has officially changed it's name to: STAN LEE'S LOS ANGELES COMIC CON. It will be held on Oct 28-30 this year, as usual, at the L.A. Convention Center. What is most newsworthy is the fact that we will be having the first ever Darkwing Duck Reunion Panel on Saturday afternoon featuring the most elusive and charming Ginny McSwain, our director, and Tad Stones our creator, writer and producer! Special thanks to the valiant efforts of my friend, and social media director Jason Schlierman and his co-producer Matt of the Disney Afternoon Forever podcast for making this happen!! If you haven't seen Jason in action, go watch the Disney Afternoon panel he hosted at last year's Comikaze. Check out the convention website and see my old but still kicking headshot along with some of my favorite people gracing the banner of this awesome to be event! We will actually all be signing autographs there both Saturday and Sunday. I hope to see you there!
I'm excited to be a part of this fairly new faith-based gathering. This year there will be a VO panel that I get to participate on featuring Townsend Coleman, Steve Weese and Helen Frederick, as well as myself. Unfortunately, Will Ryan and the Saguaro's have a previous engagement. However, I will have Adventures in Oddity books and CD's on hand at my booth before and after. Please come say hi and support this thoughtful event.
Isn't it exciting going back to school?! It's especially exciting because we are offering a 2 for 1 SPECIAL! Just go to the BUY page on this website. Order a book and get a free audiobook download ("IT'S EVEN MORE FUN WHEN YOU HEAR IT!"). Order a CD and a free pdf version of the book! What a great way to start the school year!
Have you ever wanted to learn the art of voice acting from a VO veteran? Now you can!
I'll be teaching a five week class called "Creating Characters, Not Just Voices – Animation, Character & Improv Workshop" online via GVAA on Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Oct. 5, 5 – 7pm PT/8 – 10pm ET!
Click the link below for more information.
Well, if it's not one Con it's another! How exciting is summer! The My LIttle Pony Faire and Convention was so sweet! I was so blessed to receive a beautiful statuette as I was inducted into the My LIttle Pony Hall of Fame!!! A big thank you to MustBeJewel/Julie Watts for making this terrific tribute video for the event. Ruth Bush--a product designer at Hasbro for Generation 1 My Little Ponies was also honored. It was great to meet her and Bonnie Zacherle who created the whole pony line! I was with Pony Royalty!
The audio version of "Adventures in Oddity" is now available on CD! So now you can download an mp3 from Bandcamp or listen to your CD while you follow along with your paperback or Kindle version. See if you can count how times we stray from the written word. How fun! It's even better when you hear it! We are offering a limited number (75) of numbered and autographed CD's at our Shop page!
I've been telling everyone that I've been working on a great cartoon called Get Blake. Unfortunately, it's been on in every English speaking country except the United States. Thanks to batterPOP, you can now see bits and pieces. I hope you enjoy..
Just got off the Skype phone with a lovely gentleman named Simon Hanna. He lives in Australia and wanted to interview me for his podcast HannaTalk. Just a few hours later he sent me this link and I'm sharing it with you. I hope you enjoy!