Get Some Press By Helping Out At

Voiceover do-gooders Diane Havens and Kat Keesling are putting out the call for additional volunteers to help out at (previously mentioned here).  The House and the Senate have both rewritten their bills and doubled their lengths so it’s more important than ever to make sure that the information can be heard in an easy and bipartisan manner.

Yeah, whatever.  Check it out: The site has now gotten a million hits (really!) and is getting press all over the place from the left and the right, from Rachel Maddow to Ann Coulter, from the New York Times to Fox Business News.  Isn’t it about time you got a piece of that action for yourself?

One of the benefits of volunteering is the actual exposure and ability to get some big name press.  The Wall Street Journal, Times News, Washington Post, NY Times, The Hill, US News & World Report, Fox Business and NPR as well as top industry press like VoiceTalentProductions, VoiceOverXtra,, and individual blogs and sites of talents….

…If the talent helps spread the word locally, the story gets aired locally and usually with a local flavor targeting the talent themselves. Volunteering for HearTheBill doesn’t pay money, but it is indeed a marketing platform for the talent….

…It’s for a great cause to serve the community. The work done is able to be used without restriction in their demo and can be credited on their bio. They have a reason to contact their media outlets when things change…and that opportunity can open up a relationship with the station for business. It’s an instant credibility builder and we work hard to credit our volunteers well….

…All audio includes a byline of the talent linked back to their site and email. As you know, it helps to have links to your site from credible sites with high traffic. And we are credible with a ton of traffic and are relevant to Voice Sites. Even if someone doesn’t volunteer, linking to us helps.

Plus you can get one of these cool banners below to put on your site or blog to spruce up the place and make it seem like you are civic minded:

So go read a few pages and join Chris Mezzolesta, Curt Palmer, Roger Baker, Veronica March, Kitzie Stern and a ton of others who have wisely milked this thing for all it is worth.

Join the Facebook fan page HERE for the latest.

Check out Chris Mezzolesta being interviewed on-camera from his home studio about his involvement HERE.

Check out this great PSA voiced by the great Lee Gordon who has also made his script available so you can voice it yourself and run it in your own hometown:

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Here’s Curt flirting with the anchorwoman on the local news:

Big ups also to Evan Rapp and Jerry Horwath at Buzz Cutz Audio in Minneapolis who have donated many studio and engineering hours to the cause.  Kudos.

Bob Bergen Coming To The Big Apple (Then Hightailing It Out Of Here)

The world renowned voice talent and coach Bob Bergen, perhaps best known as the voice of Porky Pig, will be teaching what sounds like a pretty unique workshop this December in New York.  Any Yankees interested in training with the top animation coach in the country should jump on the chance now as he apparently wont be back for some time.  You can download all the info in pdf format HERE or just read the Cliffs Notes I have exhaustively prepared for you below.1

Bob Bergen’s doing his Advanced Animation Voiceover Workshop in NYC Sat. & Sun., Dec. 5th and 6th, 2009.  This will be Bob’s last time teaching in NYC for the next several years, as he’s been extremely busy with his work in LA, and he’s down several out of town workshops for the next few years.

In this workshop, Bob does a mock “audition and casting” of a cartoon the first day where, as in a real situation, you receive the script and audition copy about a week ahead of time.  On the first day (Saturday), you have the chance to audition for up to 15 different characters in the script.  Based on the auditions, Bob casts the show.  The next day (Sunday) is the recording session where you will be in the booth with sometimes 4 or more voice actors, and Bob directs you in the scenes from outside the booth.  You’ll be in and out of the booth as each scene is cast with multiple casts, giving everyone a chance to perform their characters.

Everyone will receive a copy of the final audio within 2 weeks after the class.  This is a HUGELY fun and eye-opening workshop, and very fast-moving, and an opportunity to know what it feels like to be in an actual cartoon series or animated film from beginning to end!!   For the workshop, you’ll need to have either taken Bob’s technique class, or have taken animation voiceover technique with another coach, OR be able to create and sustain original characters — If you have a  background in acting or improv, and feel comfortable to be able to create characters, that’s fine. Deposit with a non-refundable deposit of $150.00 by November 1, and take 10% off the workshop fee.  You can also audit the workshop for $100.00 per day.

So there you have it. I forced Lindsay to take his workshop last time he was here and, aside from some inappropriate touching, she said it was a fantastic experience.2 Bob’s appearance may also coincide with the Second Annual New York Voiceover Mixer (details coming soon) so if you were planning on attending that you may want to kill two birds with one stone or whatever it is you kids say nowadays.

He will be missed.

He will be missed.

1. Cut and Paste makes me sleepy.
2. She later admitted that she kind of liked the touching.