Spider-Man Cartoon Voice Actor, Tiger Woods Gives Voice to GM OnStar, The Death of Internet Radio?, Betty in Boca chats about Air Checks, David Ciccarelli on Microsoft Vista, and an interview with Darbi Worley of the Everything Acting Podcast.
Spider-Man, Marvel, Josh Keaton, Tiger Woods, GM, OnStar, Internet Radio, AFTRA, Betty in Boca, David Ciccarelli, Microsoft Vista, Geoffrey Resnick, Blair Wilson, Darbi Worley, Everything Acting Podcast.
Transcript of Vox Talk #35
Matt Williams: Episode 35
You’re listening to VOX Talk! The voiceover industry’s number one podcast brought to you by Voices.com. It’s about voice acting, growing your business, and sharing your knowledge. VOX Talk is a show that you can be a part of. Getting involved that’s both fun and rewarding. It’s time for this week’s episode of VOX Talk with your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Hi there, I’m Stephanie and welcome to VOX Talk. In this episode, we’ll hear a humorous piece from Betty in Boca, talk about Microsoft Vista, and have an interview with Everything Acting’s Darbi Worley. Before we get into all that, let’s take a look at the voiceover news.
Matt Williams: The Loop, informing you of news and current voiceover events.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: And in animation news, Marvel Comics is coming out with a new Spider-Man cartoon series called “The Spectacular Spider-Man”. Josh Keaton has been cast in the roles of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Josh, though new to the role of Spider-Man isn’t a stranger to the Spider-Man franchise. He has also voiced the role of Harry Osborn in two Spider-Man video games.
To learn more about Josh Keaton, you can visit his website, JoshKeaton.com
In the world of athletics, in golf to be precise, Tiger Woods is the man to beat. It now appears that he is also a regular on the automotive advertising A-list. Shortly after his spokesman stint with Buick, Tiger is now on par with GM OnStar, featured in a new commercial promoting the product.
To watch Tiger in action, go to YouTube.com and search for Tiger Woods.
In closing, a dark cloud is hanging over Internet Radio stations as the US government deliberates on whether or not to raise the fees of royalties owed to recording artists represented by AFTRA. The decision to raise royalty fees will effectively shut down nearly every Internet radio station in the country and the community is in an uproar, demonstrating with a day of silence. Is Internet Radio Doomed?
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Matt Williams: The Biz, helping you grow your voiceover business.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Today in The Biz, Betty in Boca cracks a joke on-air with some unsuspecting radio personalities.
Betty in Boca: Hi. This is Betty in Boca. Has this ever happened to you? A prospective client wants a clip of you on the air but you have no recent air checks or you just have never done anything on the air. How are you going to get on the radio? Here’s the deal. Any radio station or podcast that takes callers is your new on-air home. Then imagine a character that might call that station and try to make them as real as possible in your mind.
Here’s an example. I was listening to my favorite baseball radio station and they were talking about a pitcher. His name is Francisco Liriano, he was injured and he was going for like a fifth or sixth opinion about whether he should have surgery or not and nobody knew where he was including his team. So they kept saying, “If you know the whereabouts of Francisco Liriano, please call this station.” Well that went on for a couple of hours and then they made their mistake. They said, “If you are Francisco Liriano, please call this station.” Well, that was my big chance and here’s how it went.
Male: On line two. We have Francisco Liriano. Francisco, where have you been?”
Betty in Boca: Oh. I’ve been in California. Yes.
Male: You’ve been out there the whole – you didn’t think to call the Minnesota Twins?
Betty in Boca: What?
Male: You didn’t think to call the Minnesota Twins, let them know what you’re up to?
Betty in Boca: No, because actually, I am Francie. I’m Francisco’s alter ego. He’s had the body since April, okay. He screwed up the elbow, he blew a season, it’s done, my turn. Okay? That’s it. So I’ll talk to you later. I got to go.
Male: You take care of yourself, Francisco. All right?
Betty in Boca: Okay.
Male: It’s nice to talk to her. What the heck was that?
Male: That was a Fran – I mean, I guess she called herself Francie Liriano. She waiting us on MLB Radio. Where is this show going?
Male: I don’t know.
Male: What just happened to us? Well, that was fun.
Betty in Boca: See how easy that was? And they loved it! You can do this too. So try this idea and if it’s okay with Stephanie, I’ll play it on the air. Well, it’s going to be clean, okay? Keep it clean. I got to go.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Well done, Betty. Thank you for presenting us with that hilarious air check!
Matt Williams: Tech Talk, walking you through the technological landscape.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: This week in Tech Talk, David Ciccarelli chats about Vista, Microsoft Vista, that is.
David Ciccarelli: Geoff Resnik, a professional voice talent recently asked if I was aware of any USB or Firewire Digital Audio interfaces that were compatible with Windows Vista or supported by Microsoft. Since my initial research didn’t yield any positive results, I asked Geoff if he wouldn’t mind if I posted the question on the blog. Here’s exactly what Geoff asked.
“Since Windows Vista is so new on the market, I’ve been having some difficulty finding a USB or firewire interface for my computer that is Vista compatible. I’m wondering if you guys had any idea when they’re releasing updates for Vista. I just thought I’d let you know for anyone else that has Vista and using Sound Forge 9.”
So that’s exactly what I did. I posted Geoff’s question on the blog and asked, “If any of you had experience with Microsoft Vista in your own home recording studio.” And sure enough within a few hours, Blair Wilson came to help us out. Blair said that he uses Adobe Audition 2.0 and Cool Edit on his computer. He also has Windows Vista Premium as the operating system.
So, for all of you running Windows Vista, we recommend that you get the latest ASIO drivers at www.asio4all.com. According to Blair, since installing the new drivers, everything’s been running well. So there you have it, your Windows Vista update.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Thank you to David, Geoff and of course to Blair for helping us out! If you’d like to know more about Microsoft Vista, go to Microsoft.com/vista.
Matt Williams: VoxBox, sharing your audio feedback.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: In the VOX Box today, I’m pleased to bring you this special interview with Darbi Worley, host of the Everything Acting Podcast. Darbi, thanks for coming by! How are you doing today?
Darbi Worley: Well, I am fabulous, thank you very much. How are you?
Stephanie Ciccarelli: I’m great, thanks. I’d like to start off by asking you about how you came to co-host the Everything Acting Podcast with Roz. Could you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to start Everything Acting?
Darbi Worley: We started the podcast for a couple of reasons one of which is kind of altruistic and one of which is very selfish. The first reason was because, you know, it just seems like everybody’s always after the actor, you know, for money. Everyone is trying to sell us something and we wanted to bring something to the community that was free.
And then the second reason was because there are still casting directors here that I don’t know and there are still people that I want to meet and this gives me an excuse to call anybody I want in the industry and introduce myself. And then to that end, it’s also – it’s just really great to kind of be creating your own work. It’s great to have something going on all the time even if I don’t have auditions or a booking, I always have the podcast to work on. So it’s really kind of, you know, they say that work begets work and I would say that that really has been the case with the podcast. I don’t know if it’s because my attitude has changed in my auditions, or if it is helping me network, or how it’s working, but I am working more than I ever have since we started the podcast and same for Roz, you know. Roz is on Broadway right now understudying Tanya Pinkins, so it’s been great for us.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Wow, that’s great! So how would you describe the Everything Acting Podcast?
Darbi Worley: Well, it is a weekly podcast and our mission statement is to inform, inspire and demystify the actors’ journey and we do that by interviewing working actors and various industry professionals.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: So how do you choose the people you interview on Everything Acting? Which guests have been your favorites so far in the program?
Darbi Worley: So far, you know, we’re still barely new. We’re not even a year old yet, so far we’re still just kind of using out network. We really like to interview actors who are making their own work. We have a segment on the show called “Make Your Own Way” and we really like to get people that are writing their own material and producing their own stuff. And we also – although we’ve interviewed a few quasi celebrities, we kind of feel like the celebrities get interviewed all the time so we want to interview the rank in file working actor because that’s really, you know, where most of us are going to end up.
And my favorite guest – I mean, I really enjoyed interviewing Aaron Yoo because he’s someone that I’ve seen kind of progressed from being, you know, a downtown theater guy to starring in the #1 movie in America – that was a fun interview. Also with Danny Burstein who was really fun to interview. He also was somebody that I met at The Flea, which is the little tiny theater downtown in downtown Manhattan. I also always really enjoy interviewing voiceover people just because that’s my career focus.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: So Darbi, when you interview your guests, do you do so in person or do you use tools like Skype or ISDN? I really haven’t used either of those, but I know that it is a definite plus to be able to connect that way with an interview subject, so have you had good experiences doing remote interviews?
Darbi Worley: Now, we kind of do both. We interview most of our guests in person and we’ll either, you know, cart over a laptop and a microphone or there’s also this really cool thing, I think it’s called an H4. It’s a teeny little digital recorder that records WAV files so it records at the quality level of ProTools, and if you listen to the interview with Scott Wojcik, I used that device. It’s almost too good of a microphone because it really picks up a lot of background noise but it’s really tiny and handy and easy to carry around.
Now in terms of doing remote interviews, what we do is – the best thing to do is to have each person recording into their own microphone and then have an ear piece in my ear under my headphones where I’m talking to them on a land line. So we’re talking over the phone but we’re each recording our voices separately and then one of us will send the MP3 to the other and we just sync up the files. That’s the best recording quality that we’ve been able to accomplish on remote interview, but most of our guests don’t have that so I just use a splitter in the phone line then goes into my preamp and records on the same track as my voice.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: As a podcaster and blogger, I know that receiving comments or encouragement from your audience means the world and also inspires you to keep up the good work. What kind of feedback do you get from your listeners? Is there anyone specific that you’d like to acknowledge here on the show?
Darbi Worley: Oh we get great feedback from our listeners. Our listeners, you know, it’s awesome to hear that, you know, we’re kind of affecting peoples’ lives and they’ll share stories and tell us, you know, of the things that the podcast has inspired them to do. And we’ve heard from a couple of people that I know on Voices.com. Bob Elliott is a listener and Bob Souer has linked to us on his blog and there’s one other person I know that’s on – oh, Joe Rodriguez is probably on Voices.com or at least listens to the show. So those are some voiceover guys that I’ve heard from and I would love to hear from more of the Voices.com community.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Well, that’s fabulous! Is there anything exciting coming up that you’d like to share with us today?
Darbi Worley: We do have some exciting things coming up on the show. We’re actually offering our very first Everything Acting Podcast Award for the best newcomer and so we’ve invited people to send in 2 minutes or less, as any kind of a file. It can be a YouTube video, it can be a video of you doing a monologue, it can be a voiceover reel, it can be a commercial demo but the only requirement is that you have been acting for two or less years and we’re going to evaluate that along with some agents and casting directors and vote and come up with the best female and a best male newcomer.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: That definitely sounds exciting! You’ll have to keep us informed on that. So Darbi, how can people find your podcast?
Darbi Worley: People can listen to the show either on our website at EverythingActingPodcast.com but the best thing to do is to go out to iTunes and subscribe. And there’s a link right on our webpage to do that at EverythingActingPodcast.com or if you do a search in the iTunes Music Store for acting, we come up as the #1 Featured podcast, so give us a click and subscribe.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Thanks for the tip. I hope you get more listeners from this interview and we wish you and Roz all the best. Thanks for chatting with us today.
Darbi Worley: Oh, thanks so much for having me.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: We were just speaking with Darbi Worley of the Everything Acting Podcast. You can learn more about the EverythingActingPodcast.com by visiting their website, EverythingActingPodcast.com.
Well, that’s all for this week. We love hearing from you and thank you for staying subscribed to VOX Talk! You can subscribe to this podcast through the iTunes Podcast Directory or by email on the VOX Talk website at podcasts.voices.com. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Take care and we’ll be seeing you next week!
Links from today’s show:
Voice Of Spider-Man
Tiger Woods GM OnStar
Is Internet Radio Doomed?
Everything Acting Podcast
Betty in Boca
Darbi Worley Voices.com Website
Everything Acting Podcast