In a Land Far, Far Away…
Being based out of Washington, D.C. hasn’t stopped Mark Middleton from booking gigs for the West Coast. Thank you technology and the red-eye flight! Mark flew back to San Francisco for his second NBA 2K13 gig of the year, in his third year with the franchise. As only Mark can put it, “That's right baby, suit me up with some spandex and tiny ping pong balls and lets do this thing. There are more new features this year...it's crazy cool that the game keeps getting better and better. Awesome franchise. So much fun!”
Mark recorded a RockSmith TV commercial via ISDN in Washington, D.C., played three characters in Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation where he recorded the session from the studio he works at in Washington, D.C, but directed over Skype. He continues to work for a client in DC called American Councils for International Education. Mark explains, “I have narrated 3 videos for them and a 4th is in production. I also do some engineering and production for them. I have produced a few sessions in Persian including the directing and editing. Whoa dude...trippy. And here's the kicker! I know the best thing that has come to light for me since I moved away from the Bay last June, is that no matter what, the only character that nobody else can do better than you is you. So be you. And also, smiles go a long way.” Well put, Mark!
Stacey Fong shared exciting news with us. She recently signed with a NY agency for Cantonese and Chinese-accented work! The agent found her on Voice123. In a completely unrelated news item, but still kinda related, she booked a Cantonese TV commercial for Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, to be broadcast in the NY area. The producer for that spot hired her for the Cantonese work based on my English work, no auditioning needed!
Stacey also booked a long-term job to read the California State Election ballots for the blind in Cantonese. Stacey tells us it's definitely THE most challenging voice-over, linguistically speaking, that she’s ever experienced. She booked a medical narration in Cantonese, for a NY company producing a medical device demo video. Stacey informs us, “They were so pleased with my narration that they offered me the job of casting and directing seven additional voices (men, women, and children). It's a good thing I have a lot of Chinese family friends who are performers! It was wonderful to work with everyone AND get experience directing other people. My Direct Thyself classes came in very handy. Now I get to put down Casting Director and Voice Director on my resume!
Lastly, this has nothing to do with bookings, but we thought it was sooooo cute… Stacey divulges, “I have a funny story to share. Little Siena has learned my slate. She listens to me as I edit my auditions and class homework, and she says ‘This is Stacey Fong’ perfectly. I think she even slates better than me. When I'm done editing and I turn off my equipment, she'll ask, ‘More Stacey Fong?’ Glad to have her support!” Awwwww… we told you it was cute.