Oh my gosh...me...a voice character actor?? Good times!
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Its funny how just sending a message to another podcast with the intent to just thank them for following your podcast on Instagram can lead to working with amazing people.
That is what happened. As a person who is a creator and host of her own show, those of us in the podcasting world do what we can to support and promote other shows. We are all struggling to make a difference and have our message heard around the world via many different podcast and social media platforms. That is where I came across the podcast National Day Riff. I sent them a brief thank you and we chatted about our shows. Nick Pasqual, an actor, know for various TV and movie roles, including a guest spot on the series "How I Met Your Mother" is the guy in charge of social media. He is one of 4 main character actors for the Podcast National Day Riff and is the producer of the podcast. He told me that I should check out their show because it is a slight politically-incorrect, tastefully-inappropriate riff on what we celebrate through the year as sketch comedy podcast. I explained how I am the nut in the movie theater that tends to get the overtone humor in a movie before anyone else does to which I burst out in a full belly laugh, which then makes the audience laugh as they turn around and stare at me, whilst my husband slinks down as far as possible in his seat embarrassed by people turning around.
Immediately I subscribed and binge listened to their show. Man oh man...the things most of us think but rarely say is what the crew of this podcast brings out! I couldn't get enough. I laughed many times....the Thanksgiving episode is my favorite so far! I was surprised at how short these episodes were...5- 8 min long. Hmm, I thought, these are short! But, as I listened to what kind of content, the voices, the energy, the content, sound effects...to the point where you can actually SEE what they are saying in your mind completely made me understand that the amount of time put into this podcast makes sense why they are short. I come from the world of 30-90 min podcast episodes with hosts like myself, that ramble on from time to time.
Well, after complementing these guys about their show and sharing that I absolutely loved every episode and dying was for more, they were kind enough to offer to create a commercial for me. We decided we would cross promote. I would run a commercial on my podcast and vice versa. Sounds good, right?? BUT THEN......the man who does the writing, editing...all that, Sean Michael Beyer - also know for his movies and shows as a writer, actor, director, voice over...and many more credits, found in his national day research, that there is an actual "National Cheater Day"...no, not necessarily infidelity, but all forms of cheating. Not sure if that is really something to "celebrate" but, the guys at National Day Riff took it and RAN with it! Yep, they wrote a 2 part episode based on "National Cheater Day"...and focuses the episode on infidelity, in fact, that is the name of the episode itself, "Infidelity". Add in that I was working on my Ashley Madison interview episode, this was all coming together in a neat little package.
They wrote boring ol' me into the 2nd part of the episode as the marriage therapist for their main character Randy and Sandy who were dealing with infidelity concerns. Part 1 of "Infidelity" streamed on 8/18/20 and the 2nd half streams 8/25/20. I am looking forward to Part 2 as that is where I come in! Of course, I have no acting experience, unless you count the play I did as an 8th grader. Um no, I don't think that truly counts as I sucked! BUT, I do have vocal experience...years of singing in a band from being a kid to an adult, the podcast and my narration and producing of audio books. I am definitely no stranger to being comfortable behind the mic.
I really have enjoyed my time working and connecting with this group of amazing people. I was introduced to some of their TV/Movie work as well. One movie I recently watched on Amazon Prime, is called "Randy's Canvas" - which stars Adam Carbone - who is the "voice of reason" in the NDR podcast and even Sean Michael Beyer is in it. He also directed and was one of the writers of the film. I stood in one place and just stared at the TV. It is a good heartwarming film about a young autistic man trying to fit in to society with love, art and day to day life. I recommend checking it out. I cried...sorry, it has some definite scenes where crying is allowed!
Shortly afterward, I was contacted by "Plum Forest Podcast" to do a voice over for one of their episodes. Of course, I happily obliged. I play a character named Sharon who is a real bitchy teenager. This episode which is named "The Ridge" will stream 9/2/20. I found out the host is actually from my area, so it was neat to work with someone close to home!
Below are links to both of these podcasts. This way, you can easily subscribe to the shows and listen for the episodes that "yours truly" will be a part of, by just a simple click of the mouse. Please support them (and me) by checking them out.
Social Media: @nationaldayriff