I did a STAR WARS COMMERCIAL!!!

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  1. jon3pnt0

    jon3pnt0 EpicVoiceGuy

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    I literally felt like a 10 year old again, standing behind the mic listening to the clients discuss which brands that Lucas had approved of.... that's GEORGE LUCAS, by the way.

    I will tell you the backstory first... Two weeks ago, give or take a few days, I received a notice from Studio Center for a Star Wars audition! I was ecstatic... just the chance to get a Star Wars audition had me excited. But our power went out, due to my negligence. My wife had been hospitalized with heatstroke the week before when the bill had come, and I had been so preoccupied with worrying about her that I simply forgot to pay the energy bill. So I frantically called in the energy payment, but they said they couldn't get the electricity back on until around 5:30. The audition was due at 3, plus I had to be at work at 4. It seemed destined not to be... but I never give up! I called the Studio and sadly explained my situation and literally BEGGED that they make an exception just this one time. She managed to pull some strings and then asked, "Why is this so important to you?" To which I exclaimed, "Because it's freaking STAR WARS, man!!!" I told her that if I didn't at least TRY to audition, it would keep me awake countless nights wondering... if I HAD auditioned, would I have got the gig?

    Last weeked, I get a call... Tara from booking says she has me booked for a session, then she pauses. "You are gonna be a Star Wars toy!!!" I was completely in awe and overwhelmed! Well, when I got to the studio for my session this past Tuesday, I was a little bummed to find out that I was not going to voice a toy, but rather I was voicing a Star Wars toy COMMERCIAL. It's a national tv ad for The Clone Wars BIG toy - the Turbo Tank. I looked it up and this thing is HUGE. It runs $130 at Toys R Us.

    Here is the Toy Fair review I found of it:

    YouTube - Toy Fair 2009 Hasbro Clone Turbo Tank

    So I got to be Captain Rex... narrating about how the Turbo Tank turned the tide of many battles. The clients were literally blown away. Not only were they impressed with my voicematching, but with my acting ability as well. They said they really believed I WAS Rex telling some new trooper about past battles. They wanted it like a mini-movie and they were VERY pleased with the results. I even managed to help them with some last second script revisions (after they asked for my opinion, of course). I explained that as a father, I didn't think it was wise to include the line "On Ryloth, the droids killed nearly half my men!" One perked up and said, "You are absolutely right and I'm 100% sure that legal will agree with you." I even managed to sneak in an Obi-Wan impression and connected a little with some of the Star Wars fans in the group! =) I also slipped in an Optimus Prime voice because the last line was "Move out!" I said, "I just want to say 'AUTOBOTS, TRANSFORM AND MOVE OUT!'" They laughed and said that was really cool. They were a little distrought that they didn't have more for me to do while they had me in, and I quote "the REX ZONE." I lightheartedly explained that I would be happy to rearrange my "busy" schedule and do more Star Wars stuff for them! Several replied, well, Rex sounds like all the other clones, so there's a good chance we will need you back in the future! I took that as a very good sign.

    And the icing on the cake is, not only will my kids get to hear dad on a commercial on Cartoon Network, but I made more than a month's worth of income from my regular job in only 45 minutes at the studio. Needless to say, I am VERY happy about this job... and my inner nerd is REALLY excited to be in a Star Wars commercial!

    I hope to record it when it comes on TV and post it here, but it may end up on YouTube anyway... everything does these days.
     
  2. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    that's really awesome, man. It's really cool to see breaks coming your way, I know how hard you've worked to get good at doing VA works, and how badly you've wanted to do it and make money. I look forward to seeing the commercial.
     
  3. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    That was pretty cool. Mad props to you for a job well done!
     
  4. Sage o' G-fruit

    Sage o' G-fruit Critics gonna critique

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    You get the epic win. :D 

    I'll make sure to look for it.
     
  5. TILALLR1

    TILALLR1 'Til All Are One

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    Wicked dude. You gotta post it here when its available. Can't wait.
     
  6. Digilaut

    Digilaut My name is Drift.

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    Pretty badass! Congratulations!
     
  7. ams

    ams Generation All Veteran

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    So how do I get into voice acting? And what was it like working with Chris Latta? :lol 


    Seriously, though - awesome break. Yesterday I landed a huge client I've been pursuing for a year, so I know that feeling of uber-satisfaction.
     
  8. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    Awesome congrats!
     
  9. Vexza

    Vexza Nerdicon

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    Awesomesauce. -wants to see commercial-
     
  10. Vector Sigma

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    Very awesome, congrats!...
     
  11. Boggs6ft7

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    That is really cool, maybe we'll see you in panel discussions at Botcon one year.
     
  12. Darkravager

    Darkravager Zombie Hunter

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    That is really cool! I hope that things continue to go well for you and more work comes your way!
     
  13. shibamura_prime

    shibamura_prime Jumpin' Jellyfish! Super Mod

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    Wow, that's awesome! Congrats! Can't wait for that commercial to air now! ^_^
     
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    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    And congrats to OP! Post a link when the commercial airs.
     
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    Big ups brother. Congrats on the gig and may it be the first of many many more.

    Thanx
    Transbot90210
     
  16. Jarodimus

    Jarodimus the guy with that scan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Freakin' awesome -- congrats!

    :lol 

    Can I get an autograph, a hug, a picture, and a lock of your hair?
     
  17. deltaprime

    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    Cool-no-AWESOME story bro! That sounds amazing! Congrats, and I hope your wife is feeling better now too.
     
  18. guard convoy

    guard convoy The Big Daddy

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    that is AWESOME :bay  :bay  :bay 

    i would love to do some voice acting someday.....i ain't your level but i can do a decent waspinator, dinobot, megatron, and cobra commander (and many more....for some reason i can't do starscream, but i can do cobra commander WTF :lolol  )

    anyways good job and i will be getting this turbo tank now :lol 
     
  19. Moonscream

    Moonscream YES, We EXIST!

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    Holy cow, dude! Very awesome!

    And it seems like only yesterday you were wondering if we'd like your Unsolved Mysteries with Ultra Magnus...;) 

    --Moony
     
  20. kidnicky

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    Whoa you were the Unsolved Mysteries Ultra Magnus guy? That was really funny. Congrats on getting paying stuff.
     

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