It is once again time for the insanely crazy, overstuffed, exciting, thrilling, sucking, claustrophobic week of San Diego Comic Con. As it approaches, it makes me aware of things I’ve neglected this year. Well, that and my therapist. Did I mention this new year came with a new therapist? He reassures me that I’m okay on a weekly basis, but has also given me some valuable tools and insight. I’m very happy to be investing that hour in me every week. Aside from that, there was a very obvious road block between my blog and I which he has helped me over come, and hopefully, I’m back at the blogging.
Today’s biggest realization came when a film festival friend asked for a link to my voice over demo. (Which by the way I listened to again and it still feels like nails on a chalkboard to me because of the quality. I digress.) It seems that a few months ago when I started the blog for my radio show, Hollywood & West Napa Street, it had taken over my index page. This means anyone typing in http://www.catsmith.net was automatically taken to that blog, and never once directed to my web page. What a waste of a couple months of hosting fees! Bugger. I removed that blog, to be explored later, and have re-established the home page as such. Welcome back web presence!
Upon starting that process I took a really good look at my website. I need to update! When did I do that last? I will admit that personal situations did cause certain parts of my life to hit the back burner, but now I really need to do something about it. So, here’s what I’m working on this week leading up to ComicCon followed by a few links to websites belonging to friends in the voiceover business. I want to share some good examples with those who might just be starting to build, or just need some inspiration like I do.
- Update the website- this is also very important as I’m about to walk around a convention with business cards leading to my site. Is the first impression I want to make that everything there is old and that I’m no longer relevant? Or do I want it to reflect that, “Hey! This girl has things going on! Definitely I should consider her for my next project!”
- I’ve been saying that I was going to check out a local (ish) training facility- wow, that made it sound very sterile. A studio that has workshops and classes and casting, oh my! And I like to not share the info on such things unless I’ve already checked it out personally. However, this person is going to be on the radio with me tomorrow and that factors in. I will be chatting with Samantha Paris of VoiceTrax on the show tomorrow at 10:05 am PST. (stream live at Sun FM or on your smart phones via TuneIn Radio) She is a coach that was referred to me by someone I really respect, actually, come to think of it, two someones! As I researched my questions for tomorrow, I started to get very excited and now I can’t wait to get over there and get my feet wet.
**This won’t happen in the week leading to Con, but the interview and research will.**
- My copy of Voice Acting for Dummies (autographed of course!) arrived and I was sitting with note pad in hand when I decided to run over and write this blog. That is my current plans for the evening.
- Finally, I signed up for a $1 trial month of Voices.com and have slacked off the last week getting to it. Not really slacked off as I was just that busy, however, I need to get to it so I can really make an educated decision. Trick is, I have to spend this week trying out, as Con week is going to be an audition free zone.
That was the final plan for this week, however, looking into next week, I remember I have plans to meet up with Connie Mustang in San Diego. If anyone can light a motivational fire under my ass it’s her! I can’t wait to wrangle up some time with the leader of the heard!
Now, as promised, a list of some wonderful websites to check out.
- Just launched online this week: Chris Thom, not another monkey with a mic!
- An absolute adorable tiny human with a huge amount of talent, Lisa Biggs
- Terry Daniel I’ve included not just because it’s a clean design, but also because everyone should check out his blog and videos. He has a lot to offer.
- Randye Kaye- another clean, simple, and easy to use site that still manages to have everything.
- Finally, one of my besties in the biz, Jennifer Knight.
These are just the people I looked at today. Do a Google! search for voice actor and explore. Write down what you like and don’t like about each site. Use that to help you create your site, or figure out what needs to be added to the existing one.
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for Hollywood & West Napa Street not only to hear about VoiceTrax, but also because I will talk to Mellini Kantayya about her book Actor. Writer. Whatever. This is on the must read list for anyone in the creative arts industry.