by BELINDA GOSBEE voice actor, actress, and now KEVM reporter from Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood gets a bad rap. In reality it’s a wee town I‘ve come to love and it’s anything but plastic to me. Most people don’t mention the faultless sunshine, the creative energy that hums under the surface, the magnificent mountains and open spaces, the amazing range of health conscious food, the open generosity and the treatment of the arts as a respected profession.
The biggest difference I’ve found with the Voice industry here is the audition process. We’re so lucky in Australia to be cast from our demos. One must audition here, which involves going into my agent’s offices where they have several studios, and putting down every casting. Even the one I had last week that was just one word…
One of my favourite ongoing jobs so far has been the mini-documentaries I’ve voiced for a small production company working with Adventist hospitals in remotest Africa and South America. The guys from the company are energetic and love my natural accent as they feel it gives class and depth to their cause.
I’ve also been blessed to work on an award-winning virtual tourism ‘game’ called The Giskin Anomaly for Balboa Park in San Diego, which won a Silver Muse Award last year for it’s harnessing of mobile technology. It’s a WWII history piece and I voice the ghost of Flo the nurse.
I constantly find myself in interesting situations in this town. Recently, after watching four back-to-back episodes of Shameless I end up sitting opposite the season’s current sex-addict in our voice office laughing about the direction on our page. I met my friend Gary, director of Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast, in my local bar; attended Miley Cyrus’ housewarming; sat down for a drink next to Penn and DiCaprio last week, and have happened upon both Cameron Crowe and Ryan Phillippe in various friends’ backyards. It certainly can be a surreal town too.
Belinda Gosbee has been living and working in Los Angeles since 2009. For a great U.S. or Australian accent just contact Kathy Evans or Kathryn Scott to arrange a recording session from an L.A. studio. You can take a listen to Bel’s voice demo here