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An Afternoon with Bart Simpson

31
Mar

Nancy-Cartwright-at-the-acting-center-march-16-2013Who do you look up to in your line  of work?  I have a list of heavy hitters in the voice over industry I aspire to have a career like.  A list of people who have done voice over for national campaigns, toys, as well as  character voices.  People who have been in the industry for years!

So when I heard that Nancy Cartwright was doing a Q&A in LA at the Acting Center I jumped at the chance to take the road trip down!  List of questions in hand  and huge smile on my face.

If you don’t know the name Nancy Cartwright, then you  may know her better as the voice of Bart Simpson from the hit cartoon series, The Simpsons.  She is also the voice of Ned Flanders kids  and Nelson.
Bart Simpson

Below is a list of  questions I brought along with me to have answered (with the answers, of course!)  Most of my questions were answered in the Q&A with voice over artist and actor Jim Meskimen who was our host.
DSC_0665-230x152Q&A here!  

Q: What advice do you have for people wanting to do voice overs?
Nancy: Knowing that it is more than just a voice is important. It’s about attitude, delivery, interpretation, making something your own. Taking classes is really important.  Find mentors.

Q: How did you get into doing voice overs?
Nancy: I started out doing theater at a young age. I had no idea that you could get paid doing voice overs.  Then Daws Butler name was brought up when I was working at WING, local radio station in Dayton, Ohio.  He is the voice of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw Mcgraw.  I had his phone number and I had a phone, so, I called him. Pretty simple.

He encouraged me and guided me, via the mail, and after corresponding with him for two years, I decided to move from Ohio to LA to make a go of it.  He eventually took me to Hanna-Barbera and the rest is history.

Q: How did you come up with the voice of Bart Simpson?
Nancy: I actually went in to audition for the voice of Lisa but when I saw that there was a part for a Bart Simpson I asked to audition for that part instead.  Bart’s voice was really something that just came naturally to me. When I auditioned for the part, I gave Matt Groening one sound, and what you hear is what I did! I was hired on the spot.

Q: What are your current goals?
Nancy: I am currently writing a feature-length film based on a journey I took in Italy in the mid-80s. It is called In Search of Fellini. It is truly a labor of love and I have never been happier as an artist.  I am also writing and producing an animated show. This is in development and you will hear more about this later.

Although the Q&A session was  mostly about her path to becoming a voice over artist her advice to us was simple:

“Do what you love.  Invest in yourself.”

Nancy Cartwright has voiced many characters.   I enjoyed listening to her story and hearing her perform the different character voices   Someone had asked her if she had any tips on doing character voices.  She responded:

“Commitment is key.  Commit to being that character.  If you are not fully committed it will show.”

What a great way to spend the afternoon!
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Thanks for stopping by!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Follow Your Bliss

27
Mar

“Follow Your Bliss.” –> Joseph Campbell

Not someone else’s idea of your bliss. Not what you think should be your bliss. Not what you think would impress the crowd or your family.  YOUR bliss. What truly gets you excited?

Following Your Bliss may mean that you are doing something you have never done before.  I get it, it can be scary.  But, what I have found to be scarier is what my life would be like if I didnt decide to face my fear.

Changing my career from being a Photographer to having a career as an excited Voice Over Artist,  Actress, and Model  was huge!  I was afraid that everyone would think that I had “failed” at being a photographer.  I was afraid that no one would take me seriously in my career change because of how old I was getting into it.  I was afraid that my family and friends would be disappointed in me…

When I made the DECISION to do it and COMMITTED to changing my career I had all the support I could have wanted or needed.  People were excited for me.  Inspired by me!  I found that people did take me seriously because of my new passion and dedication to becoming the best.  And you know what?  I have found my passion.

Some people like to consider, roll the idea around in their head, read about other people and their lives but it usually ends there.  Knowledge can inspire but its the ACTION that counts and will take you there!  When you feel a pull to do something…when you feel that excitement about the idea, and then do it!  Wow! Its one of the greatest and fulfilling feelings!

So get off your butt and go out there and follow your bliss!  It starts with making the decision to DO IT and then COMMITTING to it.  Are you ready to shake things up?  Are you ready to be happy?  Are you ready to Follow Your Bliss?

Thank you for reading,

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Dani Vox Giveaway WINNERS!

19
Mar

I was so thrill that you were interested in participating in my Dani Vox Giveaway!
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Thank you for spreading the word about my voice overs and for the support that so many of you have given me over the years.

The winners are Mike (Buffolo, NY),  Nikki (Tallahassee, FL), Casey (Weaver, AL), Nichole (Houston, TX), and Kate (Oakland, CA)  I love that Dani Vox is reaching out across the US!

Check in from time to time for more giveaways and great tips, inspiration, and love!

Thank you again,

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox

 

Dani Vox Giveaway!

12
Mar

DaniVox-happy_birthdayHey!  Its my birthday!!!   To celebrate my birthday I want to give YOU something!  Thats right!  I am doing my first ever giveaway!

Interested!?!

5 people have a chance to win a Dani Vox Bag!!!  Only addresses in the United States and Canada qualify.  The drawing and winners will be announced on March 19th on the Dani Vox Blog.
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Here is what you have to do to qualify for the drawing:
1. Become a Fan by LIKING the Dani Vox Facebook page.  Click Here!  –> Dani Vox
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Good luck!

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aka Dani Vox

 

FIAT Birthday Wishes

11
Mar

Aww!  So sweet!  They are a day early but the FIAT Dealership where I bought my car just sent me some birthday love.  Now THATS some customer appreciation!

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aka Dani Vox