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Voice Coaches Radio #521 – Ice Age Adventures

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Welcome to a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio. My name is Marissa, and I come with a special guest today. You can hear the, hold on. Can you hear that? Yeah, okay, so there's a dog in here. Uh, I was gonna put Penny... in, in the booth, but turns out the microphone doesn't actually go that low. Uh, so instead, she's snuggled up here on my lap, but she has given me quite the, the scare over the last week or so.

You know, I was actually just, you know, petting her one night. and realized she had this bubble, uh, on her neck. And it's still there. It actually came back. But, you know, I was Googling. Don't ever Google anything like this, by the way. It's like going to WebMD. Don't do it. Because it's just frightening. But it turns out it could be like a number of things.

You know, and I was hoping that it was going to be more, uh, God, as bad as this sounds, like infection related or, um, or like salivary gland related because otherwise it was probably cancer. So we ended up taking her to the vet and this. little nugget who, by the way, is going to be 13 in October. That's why it's like even more anxiety driven here.

Uh, we go, they, they take the fluid out of her neck. They saw a lot of different things underneath, uh, you know, the microscope. So they had to send it out. And a week later we found out. What's, what's that, Penny? Cancer free, right? No cancer. Um, and then it turns out it is probably more likely salivary gland related.

So now just got to kind of figure out what to do. Like, what, what are the next steps? So I'm not saying she's out of the woods just yet because she might need some, uh, let me close her ears here. She might need some surgery. Uh, but, um, you know, the, the good thing is, is like she's acting normal. Uh, you know, she's.

She's eating. She doesn't like her medicine. I've been giving her some antibiotics. She does not like that. She runs the other direction, uh, but otherwise still acts like a puppy half the time and now she's in the office And she was running all over the place. She even had her little howl that she does when she's excited So I know she's having a good time already today Um, but yeah little co host right pen.

Yeah. Okay. Well, she's a co host that doesn't say much. It's fine She's more of a lover, you know, uh, but listen I hope this is finding you well now that we're heading into the third month of this brand new year. I feel like the year is flying by, but we're all still trying to recoup from 2020 still. It's an interesting way to be, you know, but we're all getting through it together.

But here's the thing. So I had a student just the other day who brought something to my attention that I wasn't really aware of. Like, I've seen the movie preview for the new Ice Age movie that's coming out, but I didn't realize that they were not using the original actors in it. Now, there's a number of reasons why this happens in sequels, uh, and honestly, this isn't really, I don't, do, do you call a, like, fourth or fifth installment a sequel still?

I, I don't know. I'm not in the movie biz, okay? I'm in, I'm in the voice biz, uh, but that being said, uh, you know, there's a number of reasons why they don't continue to use the, the same actors. I mean, first of all, there's There's a financial situation there going on, right? So, like, Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizambo, whoever else may be a part of that original casting, they might not just be able to afford them, because this is, like, a very much smaller budget film.

You know, not going to the theater, maybe direct to Disney or Paramount or one of the other many, many streaming sites. Um, you know, because of that, like, they can't... They don't have that kind of budget. They can't afford the original cast. There could be scheduling conflict issues. There could just be the fact that like the original actors didn't want to be a part of it.

Maybe they didn't feel as comfortable with the script, or maybe there was just scheduling issues where they just couldn't be a part of it. But, you know, you see this from time to time. But what was very interesting that she pointed out was that this gave her the motivation to be like. Well, heck yeah, I could do that.

Because now what they're doing is they're using voice actors. You know, these are people that you probably don't know necessarily by name, but you might recognize their voices. And it turns out, you know, maybe they do a good Ray Romano. Uh, you know, and it's getting that same kind of vibe around, uh, the film without having to actually have Ray Romano there, which.

You know, I understand where some people are like, well, that, that sucks, uh, because you're not really being you. Um, you know, I remember too, not long ago, it was one of the Marvel movies and they, the casting, you know, in the, in the description of what they were looking for was like, uh, it said something about.

Very much like Zac Efron, or whatever this character was supposed to be. But they didn't just hire Zac Efron, and people were like, Well, why, why wouldn't you just have him in the franchise? And, something tells me it's like, Well, maybe they just wanted somebody that was a little less recognizable. Uh, you know, a little less, remembered for High School Musical and a little bit more, um, you know, brand new that, that could really create the character and not have anything take away from that character.

Uh, but then other people were like, well, they can afford them and they can do whatever they want. Uh, you know, it is Marvel. So, you know, everybody looks at these kind of things differently. But this, this was something that was giving her this, this push that she needed to start really putting a lot of effort into building her skill, you know, honing her craft and pushing herself a little bit, maybe outside the comfort zone, to get herself to a different level, you know, because she felt Like, up until that point, she really wasn't taking this as seriously as maybe she should've.

Um, and, and now here we are, you know, it turns out her, her kids, her whole family, they love these Ice Age movies and, you know, saw the preview and she was like, wait a minute. That's not, that's, that's a voice actor. I can do that. And you know what? You can put anything you put your mind to. I really truly believe that.

Like if you want to potentially start doing animation down the line, you just gotta get yourself, you know, really good at, at doing some character work or, you know, keeping that character consistent. Like the consistency is always key. And that's always the hardest thing at first. So the best thing that you can do for yourself is.

Kind of realize what your goals might be, as Penny's sniffing the microphone. Realize what your goals might be, write those down, and figure out, like, your plan of action. Like, how can I make that happen? What can I do to really reach these goals that I thought initially may, might be unattainable until now?

Because maybe something you saw sparked your interest and was like, well, wait. I never thought that was, you mean I can do that? All right, well, let's figure it out. Um, you know, sometimes it's really, you just. So I'm super glad that this student of ours ended up seeing this preview and it just so happened that it was something that she loves anyway.

And what, I mean, I might be able to be a part of this at some point, like let's, let's get that fire under my butt and let's get going. Um, you know, so never ever tell yourself that you can't do something, you know, because then guess what? You're getting in your own way about it, right? I mean, you're stopping yourself from success.

Um, never ever do that. You know, like, we don't want to get in our own way, and we have that tendency of doing so. Or, or talking ourselves down. Or, you know, saying, well, you know, I think I'm okay at this, but maybe I'm not good enough. Never ever talk yourself down like that. Always, always keep going and keep striving for your best because you just never know.

Uh, you're gonna, you know, maybe bump into the right person who knows the other right person that gets you into, uh, maybe not Ice Age, but maybe it's some like, not full on Toy Story, but one of their shorts that are on Pixar. You know? Like, you just... You never know. So you always got to, you know, reach for these goals, create them in your minds and, and just keep telling yourself, I'm going to get there.

Um, you know, you're the only person that can make it happen. And you're the only person really that can stop you. So keep on going. And, uh, yeah, that Ice Age movie, I don't know. It's coming out soon. I didn't really get that far in my research, you know, but if you ever have a question or something that you want discussed here on voice coaches radio, please, please hit us up.

Right. Penny, right. You know, co host that says the. Momost, uh, or nomost. Right? God, you're cute. Uh, but you can always send in a question. Info at voicecoaches. com. Brand new episodes return yet again next Friday. And stay safe, everybody. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

This week on Voice Coaches Radio, it was brought up by a student the shock and realization that the original actors in the Ice Age series, were now being replaced by, none other than, actual voice actors in the new installment!