News: March 2005 – June 2008
Recorded a narration job for Emerald Oil, an environmentally friendly oil recycling company.
The day before our one-year anniversary, Adam and I actually put together our wedding albums and watched our wedding video!!!
Signed with ACME Models for print representation.
Signed with VOX, Inc. for voice over representation.
Recorded the star role in the new animated series Chipkali World. I play Sonny – an impish, mischievous, naughty, 9-year-old boy!
Attended another amazing seminar with Darrell Calkins in San Francisco.
Auditioned at three theatre companies & (happily) landed at Circus Theatricals!
Cast in Circus Theatricals’ summer production of THE WOMEN by Clare Booth Luce.
Participated in a reading of a new screenplay by Michael Urban (“Saved” Director/Screenwriter)
Performed in my Upright Citizens Brigade Level 201 graduation show.
Signed for theatrical representation with Orion Barnes at Rogers Orion Talent Agency.
I shot my role in David Zucker’s (Airplane, Naked Gun, Scary Movie) latest comedy, AN AMERICAN CAROL, starring Kelsey Grammar!! I play a 1940 Columbia University student war protester, so I got to shout a lot. (Casting director, Beverly Holloway, wrote, “ Although I didn’t meet you in person, I did see your audition several times which was great, and a “hire her” from David speaks volumes! I will be happy to keep your info on file for future projects.”)
I shot the lead role in an indie short film, DREAM DATE, (directed by Sundance Filmmaker, Rene Alberta) in New York.
I recorded the lead role of “Sonya Blade” in a MORTAL KOMBAT/DC videogame (Midway), and the new lead character “Liadrin” for the WORLD OF WARCRAFT videogame. (Blizzard)
And, of course, I still have a supporting role in the indie feature film EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, starring Neve Campbell & Tom Everett Scott, which will be shooting in NYC this spring/summer. My hubby & his NY producing partner are still seeking that $1 million, so if ya know anyone…
That’s all for now, folks
Some really cool news: I recorded the first five episodes of a new animated webseries. I voice the star character (plus a couple others)! We’ll record 5 more episodes in January, and the series will premiere in early 2008. More details to come, as I’m not allowed to say anything more about it!
A NYC filmmaker friend of mine called the other day to talk to me about her next project. She’s an award-winning filmmaker who’s now had two films at Sundance. Not a bad track record.
She asked me: “What’s 2008 gonna be for you Dana? Where’s your head at?” And my answer to her was swift & clear: “After spending the last few years building my voice over career (& happily so), 2008 is about getting back on stage, and back in front of and behind the camera.” She was happy to hear that. She’s asked me to be in her next project to shoot in NYC sometime in the next few months. Hey! Maybe it’ll be perfectly timed with Everything Is Going to Be Alright! Two movies in NYC this year! And who knows? Maybe more.
The WGA writers are on strike. Shows are shutting down left and right. And in the midst of all this, I’m still in an immense struggle to be back here in Los Angeles again. I’m yearning for the person I am when I’m in Europe. Yearning to get back sooner than later. Hmmm. Is Adam sure he doesn’t want to go live in the French countryside or in the hills of Umbria? We can do our work from there, can’t we?
It’s been a strange, surreal, & challenging Fall for me, and from what I gather, for lots of other folks as well. So, I guess I don’t have to feel so alone in this…whatever it is!
Admittedly, I haven’t really gotten out to do the hard-core picketing. (Does honking whenever I drive by striking writers count for anything?!) I attended 3 rally’s this month: at Universal, FOX, & the walk down Hollywood Blvd. I know this is serious stuff, but I have to say, it’s been really exciting being out there with everybody. Meeting people. Seeing all those faces from the small screen. I just wish MORE of the big screen peeps would get their arses out there!
Other highlights this month: I started class at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Lotso’ fun! And just what the doctor ordered.
Adam and I also finally went to William-Sonoma to use all our wedding gift certificates. Can you say ALL-CLAD?!?!?! I’m a little frightened tho’ because now that I’ve got the all-clad slow cooker, I seem to be cooking a lot. This is highly unusual for me. And I don’t think I’m ready to be that domesticated yet!!!
After my program in Florence , I arrived in Toulouse , France , and met up with my sister Jennifer before our Retreat to the Source with Darrell Calkins.
Before the Retreat, we spent the night with our Mom’s old pen pal, Michele, and her husband, Christian. Michele & Mom started writing to one another when they were 14 years old! It was the 1 st time I met her, and Jennifer’s 2 nd time.
The Retreat was intense & amazing. And it was extremely hard to come back to the U.S.
As I was doing my best to get back into the swing of things in America (while doing all I could to hold onto what I’d learned & gained in Italy & France), my friend Josie asked me to be her writing partner on a feature film. So, I said yes, and we got to work. And then…(see November 2007)
I was fairly preoccupied this month with preparations for my trip to France & Italy. Still, I managed to get a few things done — like the recording session for my animation & gaming demos with Susan Palyo at VoiceTrax West!!! It was a 4 hour doozey of a session! Thirty-seven different characters! My game demo is done, & the animation cut is almost there. Agent Lynda (McCarrell) at DHA needs time to make those edits to bring it down from 3 minutes to 1 1/2! So, I’ll have to be patient awhile longer.
The first table read for EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT took place this month, too! Adam’s a producer on it. And my buddy Tasha Oldham is the DGA-award winning & Emmy-nominated director. I helped to cast the LA actors in parts that will ultimately be played by Tom Everett Scott, Aasif Mandvi, & Alan Ruck (among others); cast member Monique Curnen (The Dark Knight) was present for the reading. And Tasha was thrilled to hear this wonderful film read aloud for the first time!
I’m still having a blast with my UDK internship — helping run Producers Sessions for Nip/Tuck & Eli Stone.
Adam and I went to see Avenue Q for his birthday. OMG – I can’t get those two songs out of my head: “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “It Sucks to Be Me”. Classics! And get a load of that on-stage puppet sex!
Finalmente! On September 24th, I began my 2-week intensive Italian course at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. It was a brilliant as well as challenging experience. Italian class 6 hours a day, and more Italian over dinner with Giancarlo & Roberta del Lungo, my wonderful host family. I also got to see my friend Isella in Bologna, I visited Siena for the first time, and I made new friends from all over the world!
This month I got my new headshots with the fabulous Dana Patrick. I also started my internship at Ulrich Dawson Kritzer Casting. It is a blast and a real eye opener working in that busy office. I’m lovin’ it! (tho’ I’m not ready to become a casting director at this juncture!)
Well, it’s been another long absence since I did my last news update. I had a perfectly good excuse though…
I was preparing for my June wedding! So, now that I’m officially a “Mrs.” I have a little more time to catch up on things – professional, personal & otherwise.
Let’s see, where did I leave off? Hmmm…October 2006. So what happened between November 2006 & July 2007 you ask?
Here’s a list!
Well, for starters, I was in the South of France at the end of April for a wonderfully mind-blowing retreat. I tossed a stick & breathed a lot. You kinda had to be there for me to share much else beyond that.
When I got back from France, I finally started something I’ve been yearning to do for a very long time — studying Italian!!! Parlo Italiano molto bene!
Now then (“allora” in italiano)…
I’ve been doing lots of voice-over commercials & narration these past several months. Too many to mention really. I’ll touch on a few of the highlights.
One might begin to think I was becoming the ”voice of eHarmony”! In April, I narrated the Tour for a new section on their website called eHarmony Marriage. Check it out, y’all! And then in August I recorded a few radio spots to promote their eHarmonyFree Communication Weekend. What’s next?
In May, I did my first video game — World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions. I played two fabulous chicks named Jane Wayne & Trixie Riff.
In June, something funny happened. OK. Maybe not funny. How about….fanstastic? Totally unexpected? Life-changing? Have you guessed yet? Oh alright….Adam and I got ENGAGED!!! (“Finally!” they all exclaimed.)
At the beginning of September I got a new voice over agent at Daniel Hoff. Lynda McCarrell (formerly of The Tisherman Agency) took over the voice-over department. She is one rockin’ lady, and I’m totally thrilled to be working with her!
And finally…Joyce Castellanos, with the help of Gene Cordes & Chuck Duran, produced my Promo Demo!!! I cannot wait to break down the door (of the promo world, that is). Joyce is The Queen!
That’s all for now. I PROMISE to share news on a more regular basis again. I dunno where the time went!!
Abbraccio Grande a tutti! A presto! Arrivederci!