Please continue to hold… your call is the next in line…

Just a FYI, I’ve been building a new blog site and it will be a new and improved Living Out Loud.  So hold tight and it should be up mid-September.  Thanks for being a fan!


Vacation Response

I will be in Canada for the Vancouver International Film Festival until October 2. It was my intention to set some blogs to post while I’m gone, but time got away from me. Look for new entries when I return. In the meantime, that gives you all more time to send my your character voices for Saturday Sketches. My favorite will be shared in TGIFF when I get back.


Saturday Sketches 5

Normally, I copy and paste the instructions, but I’m starting to think parts of them are confusing.  So this week I’m going to make sure I really break down the challenge so it’s easy to follow.  Also, I’m so impressed by all of the amazing voices I’m getting in my inbox!  Keep them coming!  I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am.

Here’s the breakdown of Saturday Sketches:

Each week, I will post a new character borrowed from one of my amazing artist friends.  From that picture, you will do two different voices and record them into two separate mp3 files.  The first voice is based on your initial impression of the sketch; your first instinct.  The second take is the same voice but altered by new information.  I will give you three facts about the character and that will either be a refined version of your original voice or a completely new one.  Instructions for labeling them is below with the script.  Send those files to me and on Friday, I will post the voice I found to be my favorite of the week.  Fun and simple!

You can be a professional or just interested in voiceover and using your cell phone.  The point is to explore new voices and how to approach creating them.  Now… this week’s Saturday Sketches!

Usually, I post art from a friend.  One time I was inspired by the art on a coaster that I discovered with my friend Jason Ghiselin.  This week, we were exploring a winery and found what he thinks is a leaf pruning machine.  It’s not a cartoon, but check out how much character this thing has!  I think it deserves a voice.  And you never know what a client is going to come at you with.

Look at the picture and record the following script.  Save the file as yourname_exercisenumber.mp3 for example mine would be CatSmith_05.mp3

Here is your script:

“With the All Spark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret, waiting, protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there’s more to them than meets the eye.”

Added challenge, if you know what movie that script is from, leave it in the comments below!



Corn HoleJust in case you scroll too far, I want to tell you a little about the machine.  I want to make sure you get all of your inspiration just from the photo for your first take.   Jason and I were at the Larson Family Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley.  They have a wonderful outdoor picnic area which includes some fun games.  I learned how to play Corn Hole, Texas Golf, and Bocci Ball (did I spell that right?, two of which I had never heard of before.  While playing, Jason noticed this giant creature out in the trees and thought it would be great for Saturday Sketches so I took his advice and now you’re voicing him!  And that would be fact one.  Move on to your second take below.

Now that you’ve got a voice for this “creature” in your head from the photo, use these 3 facts to come up with your second take:

  1. As I just mentioned, he’s a he.  (That doesn’t mean a woman couldn’t easily provide his voice.)
  2. In the daytime, he’s a silent vineyard worker, at night, he protects the world.
  3. He has a lisp.

Now that you have those ideas in your head, how did it change the voice?  Record that as your second script and label it almost the same, but with a “b” at the end.  Like this:  CatSmith_05_b.mp3  Here is the script again.  Record now.

“With the All Spark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret, waiting, protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there’s more to them than meets the eye.”

Make sure you have recorded 2 separate files and labeled them correctly.  To submit, either send me your files to or, upload them to your favorite sound sharing site, such as SoundCloud, and post the link in the comments below.  On TGIFF!- Thank Goodness It’s Friday Favorites!- I will post my favorites.  In the future, if there is a good response, maybe we will actually have prizes once in a while.  You have from today, Saturday, until Wednesday midnight to post your takes.  This doesn’t have to be on professional equipment.  You can record on an iPhone and email me.  Please only include one reading for parts A & B and do know that it is okay to improvise past the script as long as you stay under 30 seconds.  By turning in your mp3s to me, you are giving me permission to share them.  Have fun!



TGIFF! 13Sep13

Happy Friday the 13th!  It’s thank goodness it’s Friday favorites day!  I’m excited to post my favorite of the voices sent to me for last week’s Saturday Sketches, so let’s jump right in!

Twis'mah TunicHere is the little guy that everyone was submitting character voices for this week.  He’s from a strange alien world and his name is Twis’Mah Tunik.  Twis’Mah is a character from Roshambo Comics first issue, The Horror of Hopscotch.  It is written by Michael Dismuke and illustrated by Susan C Tsui.  Thanks to Michael and Susan for letting us borrow their character for inspiration.  Book one is available as a free download on thier website, but soon will be for sale in full color.


I’m pleased to announce that my favorite voice this week came from John Gale!  Saturday Sketches asks for the first voice that comes to mind when looking at the picture of the character.  Here is his first take:

This also made me realize, I probably shouldn’t have assumed everyone knew how to pronounce Roshambo.  Whoops!  I don’t count it against him, but in case you’re curious, it’s roe-sham-bow.

The next take I usually give three facts about the character to keep in mind and see how it alters your voice choice for the character.  This time, since the character is from a complete comic, I chose to add another frame describing who he is.  This is how John varied his character voice:

Yes, the directions were to read the same line again, but since it was another panel, I probably confused things.  Isn’t it interesting how his voice changed subtly after the new facts?  I love this exercise.  I hope you are all having fun with it.  Remember, a new one will be up tomorrow.

Well, that was my favorite of the voice submissions, now here are a few favorite links from the Twitterverse.

Hope you enjoyed TGIFF!  Check back tomorrow for another Saturday Sketches.  Keep sending in those voices!


Throwback Thursday- the helmet belly

Untitled Student FilmI thought I would start adding a photo on Thursdays, much like everyone does on Facebook for Throwback Thursday, but mine will all be theatre related.  I’ll post them on Thursdays when I think about it.

This photograph is from a student film I did for a friend who was a film major at UCSD.    Kristen never titled the piece because she was never told what play the teacher pulled this portion of the script from.  Having fun with it, we used a bicycle helmet for my pregnant belly.  There was a scene where they showed a toupee in a gift box, so we cut a hole in the box and filmed the actor’s hair popping out of it.  Somehow, I think we turned a very serious play very white trash but it was fun.  If I can ever find that video tape, I’ll post the hilarity  on YouTube.  For now, just enjoy my flashback photo.