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V.O. audition talk and book recs wanted

Yesterday afternoon was my audition for a new anime show, and I overestimated traffic. As such, I got there a whole hour early. Um, whoops? More time to go over sides [script] then. A group that had auditioned/were auditioning were hanging out in the lobby chatting it up. I didn't know any of them so I sat quietly and pretended to re-read the script while listening to their voices. All of them were in t-shirts and flip flops, no make up [ladies] unshaved [ladies] haha, the guys, but their VOICES! One of the men had that deep, gravelly, bad-guy voice. Awesome. The other guy had a more high-pitched, slightly effeminate tenor. And he was this tall athletic guy, too.

The lady? Man. Rode hard and put away wet, but she had that Kathleen Turner rasp. And I totally don't. Guess what one of the character voices was modeled after? Oh, well, the other one was fun - street-wise, tough-talking, sassy gun for hire. Yay! They told me I "nailed" her personality, so hopefully someone doesn't come in after me and really knock it out of the park.

Normally an audition works like this: you show up, hang in a lobby with the other actors, they call you in, and the director, casting person, and a camera man (producers might be there too if it's a big enough project.) They all smile at you and tell you a little something about the character, get you positioned for the camera, have you slate [your name, who you're with, what you're auditioning for] and then boom, say your lines. Sometimes they'll let you do it again. Sometimes not. They tell you thank you, and you leave straight away. And then you wait to hear if you got it.

This was different - I went into a recording booth with headphones, and the script was on a screen. The directors were in the mixing booth watching the storyboards and listening to my voice piped in. We talked a little about the project, what they liked and were looking for, then had me slate and go. Then we talked about each line (I had 10 for each character I read for) and what they liked, what they wanted different. Freaking AWESOME. Me? I'm all over the concrit. Bring it.

After I finished the reads, they both shook my hands and talked to me a little about my resume, what projects I had fun on, and that sort of thing. I don't know if that's normal or unusual for them; this was my first VO audition.

But it felt pretty cool. And I liked that all the VO actors that auditioned were friendly with each other, wishing each other luck, that sort of thing. No competitiveness or bitchy backhanded compliments, which is nice.

And this studio? They do the BIG anime shows. CRAZY. I'm not really into anime much, but holy crap my son and brother are. They kind of freaked out a bit. Like, Full Metal Alchemist. Dragon Ball Z. Afro Samurai. That's so cool. :)

I've been reading some heavy non-fiction lately (like, heavy stuff) and need some fun escapist books to read. Since I missed out on going away for vacation, I want my brain to take one. Any ideas, suggestions? I've got the Kindle charged up and a new chaise lounger cushion with my name on it.


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Jun. 26th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh! The VO sounds like an awesome project! *crosses fingers for you*

Escapist books...hmmm...here's some light stuff I've enjoyed:

Julie and Julia
anything by Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic is okay, but I like her other books better)
the Stephanie Plumb books by Janet Evanovich
if you like mystery thriller stuff I highly recommend the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

I'd list more, but staff meeting! *hugs*
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Doing that kind of work would be SO FUN. Flip flops, no makeup, shorts to WORK? Coolness. :D

Thank you for the recs, may your staff meeting be non-redundant and SHORT!
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
This was a really interesting read, thanks so much!

As to fun escapist books, hmmm. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother both by Mark Haddon, are both good reads. If you want something very English and fluffy yet caustic, try Diary of a Provincial Lady; what about a P G Wodehouse, also? Ack, I am not so good at suggesting books.

Also: v sad about MJackson. Also made me miss the good ol' days and lament we never had an MJ to play opposite your Prince.
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I thought you might be interested in how it works! HI DARLING.

Oooooh, The Churious Incident hurt my heart (I have a sister with autism) and found that book spot on - excellent read. Mark Haddon's book! I've been told to read that elsewhere, I'll have to make it so, thank you!

LOL, wouldn't that have been MAGIC? Sigh.
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm re-reading Wodehouse's The Mating Season and finding it to be just the vacation my brain needs!

The audition sounds a lot more fun than most. No competitive bitchiness is a bonus.
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
WODEHOUSE! I have most of his books, but I've not READ them all. Scandalous! I'll have to ammend that, thank you for the reminder.

It was fun to be in a recording studio with headphones and the mic. It made me feel cool. Hahaha.
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, you may become the next Wendee Lee. Or even bigger.

As for escapist books, "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. Granted, I'm a man who escapes into murder mysteries and thrillers, but that's what you get from growing up witha bookish mom.
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Did you just call me fat? (LOL.)

I've not read that, I'll have to check it out! And my FiL is a big mystery reader, I'll see if he's read that one, too.
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Jun. 26th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
That does sound like an awesome project! :-D
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
And going to work to talk? TAILOR MADE for me, haha. :D
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

I'm glad the audition went so well. Fingers crossed that you get the part.

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction as well, but I will second the rec for Julie & Julia. It's a really fun read.
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh, two recs in one post, excellent! *adds to growing pile*

Jun. 26th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
VO audition FTW! I'm glad it was fun. :)

As for book recs, I really enjoyed both Tana French's novels (In the Woods and The Likeness) -- detective fiction, I suppose? But very well written and unexpectedly witty.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Unexpectedly witty is pricking my ears! Funny/Humor is definitely warranted this weekend. Thank you!
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Jun. 26th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)

I am your girl (but you knew that!)

Ok, first of all - you should absolutely and definitely put The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (errr, edited to add at the top of your list)

It's a completely charming mystery that's sort of like if you took Harriet the Spy and put her into a book written for grownups. It takes place in 1950s England and it's probably one of the most fun books I've read all year.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.

This is a little more melodramatic and escapist in a very literary gothic sort of way. If you liked that book The Thirteen Tale by Diane Setterfield, it's that sort of atmosphere.

Another literary gothic novel I loved that just came out was Sarah Waters The Little Stranger - in my head, it's kind of as if you took The Yellow Wallpaper and turned it into a full-on novel, that sort of psychological ghost story, it feels very Victorian although it takes place a little bit later.

For something NOT set in the first half of the 20th century Britian, I really enjoyed Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. A small band of teenagers from a tiny, tiny town in Mexico realize their town is dying and in danger of become part of the drug cartel and decide to head North into the US so they can recruit people to come back and save their village, The Magnificent Seven as their inspiration. Just super charming characters and a really lively pace throughout.

And lastly, because I could do this all day - if you're looking for short thinky pieces, try Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlife by David Eagleman. It's a bunch of almost dreamlike visions of what could happen after you die, what is heaven, what is hell, is heaven hell, what is creation - each is just a tiny few pages long, enough to tease you and kind of open up your mind to possibilities. I really loved reading it and was so sad when it was finished.

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Jun. 26th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
You can't see me, but I'm making clappy hands!

And you had me at Harriet the spy for grownups. And hahahaha, YOU WIN for the links that take me straight to my 1-click page, wheee!

I can't believe how much you're pinging me with your books - The Yellow Wallpaper! Augh, that story haunted me (in all the best ways) for such a long time.

I was just looking at Sum, in fact, but didn't know if it was a super spiritual-type book written for people that are super-spiritual, if that makes sense.

And I just re-read The Road and am all tingly in anticipation for the movie release.

I always want book recs if you feel up to it, WOOT!
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Jun. 26th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
When I want light reading with humorous wordplay and clever plots, I turn to Terry Pratchett.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
*head smack* OF COURSE! There are a few of his I've not read, too, eeeeeeeexcellent!
Jun. 26th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome audition.

Have you read any of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books? The first one is called Storm Front... He just came out with another one which was great, as they all are. Wizard Gumshoe Noir with a lot of the snark and even more sexy. They're really fun reads which I'll recommend to anyone (especially lovers of the snark).
I should go and reread those.. now. :)
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
You know, I've not. I've been in a non-fiction place for a few years now, and have gotten woefully behind on Books I Should Have Read By Now. You're not the first to point me to those, too.... A SIGN.
Jun. 26th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
sounds like a lot of fun, I hope you get a part (or 2!)

I've been reading the First Sign of the Zodiac by somebody Petersson [2 s's] there's also a Second Sign which I'm nearly finished with and I just picked up the third. Great world building, snarky tough female lead.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and me, too!

Why does that sound so familiar?? I've got an amazon window open, I'll look into it! (And you should have a smallish box by tomorrow, nothing that can't sit on your porch for a day if you're elsewhere.)
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Jun. 26th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
If you like mysteries, Elizabeth Peters is a good author. My favorite books of hers are her Amelia Peabody books; they're set in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Amelia Peabody is a "spinster" with some money, who pretty much does as she pleases, is curious, smart, and strong, and (OMG, you'll never believe this!) somehow ends up with a similarly smart, strong, does-as-he pleases Egyptologist who actually respects and loves her! The series is about her and her family as they go on digs in Egypt, and everyone gets into kerfuffles and there are mysteries to solve and bad guys to catch and a bit of social commentary and politics eased in. They're actually really fun, without making you feel like you've become dumber after having read them.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never been a straight-genre mystery reader. I like for the mystery to be background then all of a sudden be revealed to be The Big Deal. I'm a stupid reader, in other words. :D

But Amelia Peabody... that sounds really familiar. And that story sounds really fun, too. LOL, I'm all for books that don't make me feel dumb, and I'm looking at you, Dan Brown. Heh.

Thank you!
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
If you want something funny and not too deep, I also recommend the Stephanie Plum series. It's pretty much light and fluffy=cotton candy for the brain. Made me laugh out loud on an airplane. Perfect for lounge chairs,too.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Cotton candy for the brain = exactly what I want while baking in the sunshine with a cold mojito, thank you! And anything that can generate an honest laugh is ACES with me.
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Jun. 26th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be fun? There is a LOT of competition here, I had no idea how huge the VO market is in my city. Most of the major shows are produced here! (Naturo, Bleach... Um, those are the ones I'm familiar with.)

I keep forgetting that I need to read all of the Discworld books! I have them in .txt format on my Kindle, too. I clearly needed the reminder!
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle

John Scalzi (big fan of his blog; just started taking his novels out of the library) – Agent to the Stars is particularly amusing, especially for anyone involved in/interested in Hollywood.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

Hm. I see some mystery recs above, and I’d just add P.D. James to the list. For some reason I find her really engaging.

People have already mentioned Wodehouse, so I’ll just say when I need light and fun I turn back to my trusty Adams, Pratchett, and Gaiman*.

Some Georgette Heyer? I’ve only read one so far, but it was a steady read and had some good characters.

Jeanette Winterson. Not the lightest fare, but I am one of those people who adores her style.

I’d suggest some Rohinton Mistry because OMG I LOVE HIS WRITING but it has a lot of very sad parts (when he talks about poverty in India).

Other Canadians besides Mr. Mistry...(I like to push Cdn writers on people!)? Gail Anderson-Dargatz; Margaret Atwood; Shauna Singh Baldwin; Robertson Davies; Timothy Findley; Hiromi Goto; Barbara Gowdy; Elizabeth Hay; Tomson Highway; Lawrence Hill; Joy Kogawa; Larissa Lai; Margaret Laurence; Ann-Marie MacDonald (if you can get your hands on her play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), even better); Stuart McLean (short stories Welcome Home, Stories from the Vinyl Café); Alice Munro; Michael Ondaatje; Miriam Toews; Karen X. Tulchinsky; Guy Vanderhaeghe; M.G. Vassanji; David Watmough; Sheri-D Wilson

*no he’s not always entirely ‘light’ but they are extremely accessible books. And I loved The Graveyard Book to an almost sinful level.

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Jun. 26th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you so much for all of these, woot!
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