Voiceover Talent Lend A Hand With Microloans

My new friend, voiceover talent and all-around cool chick Sharon Feingold contacted me about a great idea she has hatched and I just knew you guys would be all over it considering how you are trying so hard to atone for your sins against man and beast at that kegger this past weekend.  She has started a new lending group through the microloan organization KIVA called Voice Artists and Friends and she needs our help.1 Basically the gist is that you can loan (not donate) as much or as little as you like and that money, along with the other VO donations, goes to an impoverished entrepreneur in some destitute corner of the world far removed from our ivory towers here in the good ole’ USA.  As my maid Consuela can attest to, while five American bucks may not be much to us here, for some people elsewhere it could mean the difference between going into a small business for themselves to support their families or a continuing life of poverty.  The best part is, once the recipients get things going the loan is returned so you get all the satisfaction of helping someone in need and you don’t even really have to spend any money.  Says Feingold:

Voiceover people are entrepreneurial in spirit and we are so lucky to have our careers and to have access to plentiful supplies, loans, capital, etc. Most people aren’t as lucky.  This is a great way to “give back” and to create a team effort uniting VO people across the globe….  These are tough economic times, and this is a great no-excuse way to give back without losing any money at all, since the loan is paid back…..  How cool is it that you know EXACTLY who you are helping, and that 100% of the money you donate is given directly to that person.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.2 Check out the Voice Artists and Friends page on the KIVA site, sign up immediately and try to spare just a few bucks for a little while to help someone else out for a change.  Then tell all your friends how wonderful you are over spritzers by the pool.  You will have earned it.

1.  I dare you to fit that many hyperlinks into one sentence yourself, Souer.
2. I really couldn’t.  Sharon should start a blog.

Do Something Good For Once In Your Life

Hey guys, I know this is kind of last minute but please try to make some time to help this guy out. It really is a worthy cause:

Wanted: The finest and most generous voice actors and singers! GelderHead Productions is now accepting submissions for the sixth edition CD of Holiday Magic 2008, A Gift for Children of all Ages, a holiday recording to brighten the holidays of the children and their siblings at Children’s Hospitals. CD’s will be distributed in December. Please submit a song, story, riddle or rhyme, anything that welcomes Holiday time! Please make it less than four minutes. Character voices are encouraged. All entries must be complete and fully recorded for use. The top 15-20 will be selected based on creativity, generosity and theme and will receive artist exposure, be included on the CD with acknowledgments, receive a copy of the CD and receive the GelderHead Award of Excellence for Creativity and Generosity.

Holiday Magic 2007 was a huge success with great talent and 1500 copies going to five Children’s Hospitals in San Diego, Orange County, Milwaukee, Miami, and Albuquerque for the children spending their holidays in the hospital, and their siblings.

Deadline for submissions is Friday November 7th, 2008
Send e-mail to: [email protected] or call 619-795-1740.

So Jeff puts together and prints up a zillion of these CDs, then distributes them for free to sick kids stuck in the hospital during the Holidays, and you’re too busy to even record something for him?  What is wrong with you?  This is not how your mother and I raised you.

I was on last years CD and was given a copy and he really puts together a top notch product for the poor little sickos, so get off your duffs and produce something for this thing post haste. You could use the good karma after what you were up to last weekend.1

1. It was fun though, wasn’t it?