Clean New Book

Lisa Rice wrote this.

The new year is here and most of us have settled into our post-holiday routines. Mine has included lots of auditioning, adding recent work to my portfolio and reaching out to new customers and those I haven’t heard from in a while. I’ve also tried to fight the inner night owl in me to get more shuteye. Apparently, I’ve been cheating myself of sleep’s fringe benefits. It’s hard to believe that sleeping more helps us accomplish more but medical experts keep touting the rewards. Here are just a few advantages of adding more zzzz’s:

  • Improved immunity
  • Clearer thinking
  • Less pain
  • Better weight control
  • Stronger creativity
  • Lower stress
  • Increased longevity

Staying well, thinking clearer, experiencing less stress, being more creative and living longer? Deprivation of these advantages for a few late hours just doesn’t make sense!

Of course, we have no guarantee of living a long, healthy life but we know for sure that today’s tablet is ready to be inscribed upon. Sherry, a childhood friend of mine, sent an inspiring poem written by her late father. He was a patient man who taught me how to properly roll a bowling ball. He owned a bowling alley where I spent many Wednesday afternoons participating in a junior bowling league. I’m thankful for the way he added to so many childhood memories I fondly look back upon. He titled his poem, ‘Clean New Book’.

CLEAN NEW BOOK

Midnight strikes, and the old year is gone.
We close the tablets we’ve written on.
Torn ‘twixt hope and doubt and fear,
We open the book of an unlived year.

It’s ours to write the daily tale
Of how we conquer or how we fail;
Of struggle and effort and hope that wakes
Like a song in the heart when a bright day breaks.

~ Ben Johnson, 1978

Happy New Year!

A Little Turkey Talk

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I can think of no better time to talk about what most Americans consider the main course. Turkey.

How are turkeys raised?
How are they handled?
How are they processed?
Is turkey safe to eat?

These questions are visually addressed below. Temple Grandin, an American Ph.D. of animal science, best-selling author, autistic activist, and animal behavior consultant guides the tour.

And if you haven’t seen the biopic on Temple’s life starring Claire Danes, do yourself a favor and watch it. Definitely worth your time.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a delicious way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey, Sandra Lee’s Roasted Butter Herb Turkey tastes mighty fine.

Unseen

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Intentional/unintentional isolation.
Contrived smiles.
Golden handcuffs.
A dream come true.

These are just a few ways the unique but somewhat obscure world of voiceover can be described. In Molly Mahar’s documentary, Unseen, we’re allowed a peek into the lives of four top Hollywood voice over performers. They discuss the pros and cons of working in a private studio, the pressures of being in demand and on-call during unconventional hours, how facial expressions and physical gestures affect a read along with the fine art of disappearing audibly. Whether you hire voiceover talent, are working regularly as one or aspire to be one, this sixteen plus minute gem deserves a look.

Seize the Day

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Robin Williams…funny, one-of-a-kind, voice talent extraordinaire. How blessed we were to be inspired by his words and acting.

Happy Left Handed Day!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Looking for a left handed voiceover? Hand raised here! My left hand that is. Something tells me the difference won’t be audible but be assured I clicked the mouse to edit the script that I placed on the copy stand after opening the door to my Whisper Room with my left hand.

Left handed, too? Enjoy!

Lefty’s Left Hand Store

Left Hand Advantages

Left vs. Right

Such a Tease

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