Monday, July 27, 2009

Interviews with June Foray & Paul Winchell on the passing of Hal J. Smith

Actor, Hal J. Smith, died on January 28, 1994, and while he was best known as Otis Campbell, the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show,Smith was also a voice actor.

He voiced Goofy after Pinto Colvig died and provided the voices of Owl and Winnie-the-Pooh in many of the shorts and feature films. He provided the voices for many characters in Davey and Goliath,he did voices for The Flintstones, and he was the voice of Elmer Fudd after Arthur Q. Bryan died. He reprised his role as Owl and voiced Winnie The Pooh in the Disney Channel's Welcome to Pooh Corner television series to replace longtime actor Sterling Holloway. In 1988's, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh TV series, Smith again played Owl and sometimes he alternated voicing Winnie the Pooh with fellow voice actor, Jim Cummings. In 1991, Smith provided the voice of Philippe the horse in Disney's Beauty and the Beast movie.

What follows are interviews with June Foray and Paul Winchell concerning Smith.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Queen Speaks

"Did You Grow Up With Me, Too? - The Autobiography of June Foray" has hit the bookstores (or at least Amazon.Com) and will be promoted this weekend by June Foray at Comic-Con International in San Diego. You can find the book here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cut! Acting's Middle Class Losing Income.

I was listening to NPR and heard Madeleine Brand interviewing Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) about how the economy has affected the acting profession. What would you do if you had your pay cut by 4/5ths? To read more or listen to the interview, go here.

Ken Levine has a few comments on actors communicating with writers.

I just finished reading Ken Levine's "Actors: How to give notes to writers" and thought it worthwhile reading, not only for the subjects mentioned, but also for those day-to-day encounters we all experience. Read it here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Warming up before a recording session

Speaking at PodCamp London, Stephanie Ciccarelli, co-founder of, shares tips on caring for your voice and preparing for a recording session.