I made my stage debut in New York City. Some very funny actors and I performed at the Producer's Club in midtown last weekend in a sketch comedy show called "Sketch of New York." Always a blast to get back in front of a live audience.
I've made the big move to the big apple! I am training, auditioning, working, and continuing my voice over career. Stay tuned for all my NYC shenanigans and follow me on insta to see all my photos!
I am very excited to share that I have filmed a comedic web series that will be released in July!
Here's an example of my work. Excited to continue my journey into voice over.
It feels like time for a website update! Have I been working since graduating? Yes! I've been voice acting for the last four months now. With all my new free time, I've been able to do tons of research on voice over, recording techniques, equipment, working with clients, and how to make profit. This weekend I took a two day voiceover workshop in Austin with a professional who's been working in the business for decades and she was awesome! I'm feeling motivated to keep going. Most of the jobs I've completed recently are voicemails, but here's a link to a more fun project I completed for a romantic book. My voice is in the beginning and near the end. Also, if you haven't already, listen to my demos!
My other new job is teaching an after-school theatre class to Pre-K and K, and 4th and 5th graders at two schools through a company in town, Creative Action. The company is awesome and the kids are adorable! Theatre classes had a huge influence on me when I was young, so I'd love to be able to make a positive impact on their social and emotional development as well.
I recently revamped my recording set up. My studio is located in a quiet, walk-in closet with blankets and clothes that make this space a sound-proof bubble! I upgraded from my USB Blue Snowball microphone to the Audio-Tecnhica AT2035 compressor microphone. I switched from Garage band to Audacity for editing. It's impressive how much these upgrades have improved my sound quality! Audacity makes it possible to manage background noise, reduce breathing noises, track the noise floor, and I can even mess with the bass and treble to have a fuller sound. With the new mic, I also bought an interphase (U-PHORIA UMC22) to connect the mic to my laptop and get phantom power the mic requires. I did a sound test to double check, and the new set up is definitely sounds 10X better!
Recently, I was hired as an actress for a Jack Daniel’s pop-up event in Austin. For 7 days, I talked in a thick Tennessee accent about Jack Daniel’s whisky, the man himself, and where he came from. It was an absolute blast! I learned a TON about Lynchburg, Tennessee and how Tennessee whisky is made.
I had extra fun this week being an extra! A couple weeks ago, I woke up at 5 A.M. to register with Central Casting, the primary background acting company in Los Angeles. On Tuesday night, I worked on American Horror Story. It was kinda crazy. I was bored at home and saw that they needed blonde actresses asap, so I got the details and rushed to Sony Studios through rush hour traffic. In between takes, I chatted with a fun, young actress who I didn't recognize. (I didn't watch Scream Queens). After the scene, someone told me I was chatting with Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher! The key to acting super casual around famous people is to not know they're famous. Then, Emma Roberts, who I adore, did a scene right it front of me. In the scene I'm in, this dude just told the Hillary supporters to calm down and my face is like "you calm down boring mustache man!!!"
If you're hoping to step your Instagame up on your trip to LA without going broke, read on! Everyone told me before moving here that it was going to be expensive to enjoy, but I've found a ton of cheap things to do and I avoid paying for parking at all costs. If you're driving here, you gotta check out the Grand Canyon. Jack and I did the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah point and it took us 1-2 hours. Signs warn against trying to do the whole trail, unless you are an expert and carrying two days worth of water and food. I think it costs us $30 to get in the park, but this giant hole in the Earth was #worthit. Pictures can't do it justice, but Instagram it anyways!
Once you're in LA, the Hollywood sign is a must. How else will your followers know you've arrived? I've gone twice. The first time I saw it from Lake Hollywood Park. From there, we drove through the neighborhood to get a closer look. There was no parking, so we illegally parked and quickly ran up for some pictures. The second time I went, my friend and I came to Beachwood Canyon and did a lengthy hike to get behind the sign. The residents are #haters of tourist and the "no entry" gate was locked. Luckily, someone coming back from the hike opened it for us. Apparently, it's better to start this hike from the Griffith Observatory. Don't let the confusing directions and hater neighbors stop you from getting a bomb-ass pic with the sign. Runyon Canyon Park is another great hike, where celebrities apparently roam. It's long enough to be a real work-out and there are plenty of water fountains, views, and dogs to admire. Venice beach and Santa Monica pier are also free if you can find free parking. Take a stroll through the picturesque Venice Canals and admire the bridges and houses. Then stroll down the boardwalk from Venice beach to Santa Monica pier; it takes about an hour. Snap some photos on the pier with the ferris wheel in the background and watch the street performers and magicians. My favorite beach is El Matador in Malibu. The cliffs, rocks, and caves are so picture-worthy when I went, that there was a music video being made. Park on the highway for free. Are you sensing that I'm a cheap person? Because I am #stingy.
Another free thing to do in LA is be an audience member. I saw Conan and got a FREE shirt for shaking my booty before the show. You can be a audience member by signing up in advance on various sites and sometimes they pay you in cash to be there. Go to an improv show at The Groundlings or Upright Citizens Brigade. See a stand-up show at the Laugh Factory. All of those tickets are less than 15 bucks! Afterwards, check out the Urban Lights at LACMA. Pretend you're Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached and have a dramatic breakup... or just take some more pictures.
Food is what I'm having to spend the most on while I'm here. The grocery stores and restaurants are expensive. A really fun brunch spot is The Roof on Wilshire. Their pancake lasagne is just wowwww. It was kinda pricey, but worth it. Another LA breakfast option is to get an acai bowl. If you don't take a photo of it, did you really even have one? If you're looking for dinner or lunch, Meatzilla has burger buns with a pizza on top. What more are you asking for? The most expensive thing to do on a trip to LA is the amusement parks. Bring tons of snacks and comfortable shoes. Get there when it opens ands stay until they close to get the most bang for your buck. At Disneyland, there are free Fast Passes at the popular rides. I don't think going to Disneyland will make or break your trip, but it will definitely be an entire day of fun. I hope you enjoyed my cheap and fun list of things to do here in LA! Make sure your followers think you're living a life of luxury :)
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