Wednesday, February 25, 2009

San Diego Comic Con Voice Acting Workshop - VIDEO CLIP

One of the editors at Bang Zoom put this short clip together and we thought you might like to see a bit of the AiVA Voice Acting Workshop at SDCC. Lance Henriksen, Hynden Walsh and Andrea Romano make guest appearances. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Michelle Rodriguez stops by Bang Zoom Studios to talk about Voice Acting

Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast & the Furious, Lost, Halo2) was just as sweet as ever when she stopped by Bang Zoom! Studios for an interview with Rosalie Fox from the Associated Press on Monday. Michelle was only in town for a couple days after being on location on a new film being shot in the Philippines for nearly three months. She's off to Europe as her career continues to reach new heights. She had worked at Bang Zoom on a large-scale anime series, IGPX, which had been co-produced by Cartoon Network and Production IG. She remembered those studio sessions fondly -- even when I pushed her to do take after take on one line.

Michelle spoke at length about her passion for voice acting, and as usual, opened up to share her experiences and insights with both fans and aspiring voice actors. To read what she said in the interview, you'll have to look for the news coverage or check back again soon. Meanwhile though, here are some EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS of the interview in Studio 2 @ Bang Zoom!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1,000,000 listeners!?

We were invited to appear on another radio show and this time we went down to the station to be on the show. Sound & Vision's radio station broadcasts out of the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles on FM, AM and Satelite to around 1,000,000 listeners. I'd never actually been to the museum before, so being able to walk around the place at 9:00 in the morning before it actually opened was pretty cool.
Along with motorcycles from 1919, and a Rolls Royce the size of a boat from 1925, you can get up close and personal with some gorgeous movie cars, such as Grease Lightning, used in the film Grease and Herbie from The Love Bug.

The host, Mike Etchart, made things comfortable for us, and the show was pretty fun as we settled in to talk about our favorite subject: Voice Acting. There were some good questions, and I think that there is something to learn by listening to the show if you are new to the field.

Several people called in to answer the trivia question asked by Mike "Who played the voice of Bugs Bunny (and Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, and Barney Rubble...)?" (listen to the podcast of the show for the answer) and won free copies of the Adventures in Voice Acting DVD. It's always great doing these interviews with Tony. He's so comfortable behind the mic, you can hear it in his voice. Me on the other hand, I probably sound like a geek. LISTEN TO THE BROADCAST

We just found out that WIRED may do an editorial or review of AiVA which is exciting news! I'll definitely update this when we get more info on that.

We did have to cancel our voice acting workshops in December due to holiday conflicts. But we are resuming now, and we're considering holding workshops soon in Atlanta, Dallas and New York early this year. The first workshop out of California is planned for Washington DC on Monday, February 16th. It has not been officially announced yet, but to sign up, you can go here. It will fill up pretty quickly. There are still a few seats left in the January 17 intermediate level workshop left as well.


The world’s largest entertainment equipment magazine for more than 40 years, Sound & Vision hits the airwaves every week to broadcast the latest information on home theater, audio, video and multimedia products. As digital technology continues to transform the home and redefine our leisure time, Sound & Vision Radio is there to satisfy the curiosity of the dedicated enthusiast while giving everyday consumers the confidence they need to explore the benefits of, and ultimately purchase, these revolutionary new products.

Each week Sound & Vision Radio brings to its listeners the latest information on consumer electronics, lively discussions with entertainment and industry insiders, product reviews from the editorial staff at the magazine, and answers to a host of listener’s questions.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Holidays from The Adventures in Voice Acting Team!

It seems every time you close your eyes for even a moment now, when you open them again, there's more depressing news waiting for you. Santa Kills 8 in Covina, More Fighting in the Middle East, More layoffs, Banks closing.... But even with all the gloom and doom people are spreading, I just don't feel all that gloomy and doomy. (Don't get me wrong, I feel horrible about those news stories, words can't express how awful these things are....) But I just mean in general, as in, I believe that next year is a wonderful and fresh chance for lots of great opportunities. I remain filled with excitement about things to come.

And I'd like to encourage others to allow themselves to feel excited, too. There is so much positive energy out there - people who want to do good, people who want to create, and people who JUST WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES, and enjoy their time on this planet. Be one of these people. Don't spread the gloom and doom.

We made AiVA to encourage people. And it just so happens to be about Voice Acting. It really didn't have to be. That just happens to be what we know and love, and so it was sort of too obvious NOT to make a documentary about Voice Acting. But since it is the holidays, and a new year is upon us, I want to send out a big giant GO FOR IT! to everyone who reads this.

You know those cliches like "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" -- well, there's a lot of truth to them. If you see gloom and doom, then that's what you're going to experience. And you're going to have a pretty bad time - it's predetermined. On the other hand, open your eyes tomorrow morning and think to yourself: Today is a new day, a new chance to do something! And if you can let yourself appreciate just how good it feels to breath the air -- just that -- that's all it takes. Start with the act of noticing that your inhaling oxygen into your lungs, and it actually feels pretty darn good when you think about it. You can start there - because if you do, you are going to start yourself on a new path. One where you are going to find solutions instead of problems, doors where you saw only a brick wall before, and tranquility and love where you saw only chaos and hatred. Try it! You'll see!

Here are a couple of photos from our company holiday party from a few nights ago. I like these a lot because they are so inspiring to me. Here in these two snapshots are a whole lot of "new found" talent: The previous year's AX IDOL winner, and this year's winner, two finalists (one of whom now has a lead role in an animated webcast series for Starz), and a couple of workshop attendees. These people believe in themselves and they went to Anime Expo and auditioned, and now here they are at the Bang Zoom holiday party celebrating.

Photo: (left to right) Pam (AX IDOL 2008 Winner, Jonathan (AX IDOL 08 Finalist), Nicole (AX IDOL 2007 Winner) and Marianne (Adventures in Voice Acting Workshop Attendee & now professional Voice Actor).

Photo: (left) Christina V (Voice Actress - got her start at a Bang Zoom Voice Acting workshop) and (right) Traci Hines (AX IDOL 2008 Finalist).

[THANK YOU! to Traci Hines for the photos!]

Monday, December 1, 2008

Patricia (Paddy) Ja Lee Plays Herself on "Lucky Star"

She'll always be the Pink Power Ranger to me...

Paddy in the booth - Studio 2 - Bang Zoom! Studios

Former Pink Power Ranger turned voice over actress, Patricia Ja Lee, plays a character in the super cute and weird anime series called "Lucky Star" - if you haven't see it yet, you should! It's like "Seinfeld" anime-style with High School girls instead of George, Elaine and Kramer....

© Kagami Yoshimizu / Lucky Paradise

Anyway, she plays a character named Patricia, who in the original Japanese version has an "American" accent. Turns out the creators in Japan are kind of infatuated with Paddy, and they modeled this character after her! So it was only right that she would play the part in the US version, and the Producers at Bandai made sure that this fact wasn't overlooked. The photo above was just taken the other day for her last session because the recording is now wrapped.

Patricia Martin in "Lucky Star" - Played by Patrica Ja Lee

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Not that I have anything all that interesting to say, but for some reason we're now being asked to do some radio interviews about "Adventures in Voice Acting"! Really, who wants to hear ME talk? Well, we did an interview on 1360AM Dallas Radio last Wednesday to over 20,000 listeners. They're planning to give away a couple of free DVDs this week.
You can hear a podcast of the show right here! And we've got a couple of others lined up in the coming weeks. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, July 14, 2008


Steve Blum signing autographs at the Bang Zoom booth.

After three years in production and post-production, we finally launched the DVD on July 3, 2008 at Anime Expo. Here are a few pix of the Bang Zoom booth, and some of the special guests who stopped by to visit.

Michael Sinterniklaas trying to do some voice acting

Karen Strassman signing autographs.

Vic Mignogna signing autographs.

Crispin Freeman posing with a fan.

Wendee Lee with Lisa Marie at the booth.

We held four free voice acting workshops over the course of the con. All of them were filled up, and many aspiring voice actors got to learn from Tony Oliver and Philece Sampler, two outstanding instructors.

One of the VA workshops - standing room only.