While I was doing some research regarding web series (now that we have popular and effective crowd-funding resources out there, many more offerings are available), I came across one that was holding auditions.  Often, these series are not local, and usually have budgets that don't accommodate talent outside the immediate locale.

However, this one is an audio-only series.  Think of it as a web-based "radio drama," complete with music and effects.  Since I have provided voiceover narration for other productions from my home studio, I looked into their needs.  I was intrigued to learn their audition piece was a passage from William Shakespeare's "King Lear," my favorite role, by the way (I'm just waiting to gain enough maturity and experience to perform that role properly).  Here, I had an opportunity to perform that role for the producers of this program, which also has other Shakespearean ties.

I'll elaborate on this later, but for now, I wanted to mention a fantastic experience I had with Kim Murray, Samad Banks and the cast and crew with Flickers Studios' production Thunder, written and directed by Rob O'Cruz.

As is customary in the voiceover community this time of year, Terry Daniel once again collected Holiday Greetings from independent talent around the world, and produced this half-hour gift for you.  Enjoy.

After the first of the year, I joined the cast of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," produced at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine, Florida.  This is a homecoming of sorts, being reunited with director Gary Cadwallader, who also directed me in William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part One" with the Atlantic Shakespeare Company at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in the summer of 1998, and John Pope, with whom I have performed at the Orange Park Community Theatre and the Murder Mystery Players.

I had a little Foley fun by the Christmas Tree.  Enjoy my holiday message to you:

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this reading of the Nativity from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.  In the spirit of giving, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.  You can browse or search for an organization that is closely aligned with your interests at Charity Navigator.  You can also offer a donation to your loved ones' favorite charities through Good Cards (You Choose the Amount...They Choose the Cause).

Over the past few years, I have come to know some wonderful professionals and all-around great people in the world of voiceover.  I have learned a great deal, and enjoy the camaraderie among the various players.  A highlight last year was listening to members of this community sharing Holiday Greetings with one another via a compilation produced by Terry Daniel.  When I had the opportunity to participate this year, I jumped at the chance to be part of the spectacle.

Sit back, relax and enjoy The Fifth Annual Voice Talent Holiday Greeting.  My contribution comes around marker 31:30, which gets "interrupted" by my son Kiefer, who is usually very cooperative and patient when Daddy is recording, but he really wanted to get in on the action this time.  I encourage you to take in the whole piece.  You will also be treated to a number of quirky characters sharing their take on the Season.  A quick note as you listen:  While my segment is family friendly, some of the other selections might not necessarily be "safe for work" or impressionable young ears.

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