The past two years have been sort of a wild ride. I started a website business (setting up WordPress blog sites for people) as an extra way to make money, in addition to voice acting. It’s turned into a monster. I seem to be way in demand. How cool! No knocking on doors or bugging people to get work. They call me. The problem is, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to my voice acting career. It’s not that I don’t want to do it. I LOVE doing it. But I can make just as much money sitting in front of my computer and I’m not running around town wasting gas doing auditions that don’t go anywhere. (I live in LA and gas prices are at least 1 dollar more than anywhere else in the country thanks to our state authorities)
The thing is: I miss doing it, but admit I’m a little confused about HOW to do it at the moment. It seems like overnight the entire industry changed. Anime is sort of dying out and that’s what I am most known for. Cartoons and even some video games have been taken over by celebrities. Digital electronics has made doing background voices for features not as necessary and now you have to have a home studio and be an engineer. Aspiring actors are now auditioning from every corner of the world online suing pay to play sites. Are agents even necessary? I had a great agent for 25 years and then he semi retired. The agency changed directions a bit and I got cut. It may have been because I was also hawking makeup at the time and they thought I wasn’t serious. I became a widow at the age of 47 with two kids who were then 11 and 13. I had to do what I had to do. I earned 3 brand new cars hawking makeup.
I keep checking on the IMDB and it still says I’m alive and kicking. In fact I have a LONG list of credits. Check it out by clicking HERE.
The other day I got a stack of residual checks in the mail from SAG – AFTRA. Since the union changeover from SAG and AFTRA to SAG-AFTRA One Union, I think there was a backlog. Or, Power Rangers just chucked up a bunch and sent them out. I worked on Power Rangers for 10 years. I was in the original ADR group (background voices) and continued until it left for Australia (or New Zealand – where-ever) During that time I played a computer voice and several monsters. (ARRRRRRGH!)
This is is what I got out of my mailbox on a Saturday. (I had gotten stacks like this a few days before as well)
Pretty exciting don’t you think? I felt like a movie star! In actuality, each check was for about 2-4 dollars each so I made enough to buy another tank of gas, but still . . . I can’t even believe they were sent out individually because it costs 44 cents to mail each one.
This brings me to say that it’s too bad that so many actors in other parts of the country as so willing to work for peanuts and not under a union contract. They will never know the FUN of getting residual checks in the mail. Come on! A check for 2 cents if fun to cash. A check for $3,000 is even more fun! There was even a debate on a major voiceover site between two actors about whether or not it was a good idea to join a Union. Huh?
So anyway, I’m alive, well, and still open for voice over parts or conventions. Darn that Sandy Fox and Lex Lang just got to fly to Australia for a con. I have a passport and am will and able to travel. Keep those checks a coming!