Today was our recording day for Lucky and the Pirates and I realized something today: I love doing voiceover work! I only had one experience before, doing a radio play for an NYU student, but today was the real deal.
We were at Moon Lab studios, run by my buddy Lane Banning. I met him when we were recording the performance tracks for Warp Speed, and we loved him so much that we went back to record a demo of the show when it was finished. It wasn’t anything the production team had planned on, but working with Lane was so much fun and such an easy process that the producer decided it’d be a shame not to bring in the whole cast to record the show as a keepsake when we were finished with the run.
For Warp Speed, the first day I was at the keyboard all day laying down the tracks, which was great because I was right there in the room where Lane was working, so I could get a little glimpse into the whole process. And when the cast came, they were in the studio, while I stayed with Lane and just listened and gave notes, since we recorded with the tracks I already played.
Today, I got to be in the studio myself. I had my own little booth where I could just talk, bark, pant, and go nuts, and I loved every second of it. I had never done any kind of work before where I couldn’t see the other actors, so it was really interesting. It really makes you listen so you’re truly reacting, because that’s all you can do. I didn’t get to see the physicality of the other actors because of the setup, so I just had to trust my instincts and it was so much fun! And I could be as weird as I wanted to in the booth, shaking my ass like I was wagging a tail whenever I spoke, and no one could see me to make fun of me!
Before we dove into the script, I had to lay down the instrumental track for the Lonely Pirate song I wrote. I played accordion and Johnny, who plays one of the pirates, played banjo. We did a couple takes of the song, and then brought the cast in to lay down the vocals. Karen and Lane figured it’d be better to get those out of the way first, so that the remainder of the time could be spent on the dialogue.
I raced from my church gig in Queens to the studio in Brooklyn, recorded the song and the script, and then had to get an Uber so I could race from the studio to a rehearsal in Manhattan with Essential Voices USA, since we have a concert coming up.
Oh, and the Uber driver and I had a fantastic conversation. He asked where I was coming from and where I was going. When I mentioned what I was doing with Lucky, his eyes lit up. Several of his passengers have told him he had an amazing voice and should try and get into voiceover work but had no idea where to start. And I’ll admit, he did have a fantastic voice. I told him I was new to it myself, but was at least able to give him a bunch of internet resources that I have used myself. Just another one of those great NYC moments that happens when you open up and talk to strangers!
I’m about three seconds from passing out, but luckily I’ve got a pretty relaxed day tomorrow with only one class and one rehearsal.