Alright, so we’re doin’ this.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on something. Yesterday, I finally put it out into the world. I officially launched 11th Street Lot, my one-woman marketing and publicity agency. It’s scary and thrilling and empowering and daunting, and I know it’s exactly the right next move for me.

For years, I’ve been trying to hitch my wagon to a rocket ship. I’ve been looking for exactly the right professional fit, a job that allows me to do work I love with people who inspire me on a runway long enough to getting a running start towards the cosmos.

And then one day I realized: why do I keep looking elsewhere for that ticket to the stars? Continue reading “Alright, so we’re doin’ this.”

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Coming Soon: Summer 2017

Last week, I got to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (spoiler alert: I really liked it). As it’s on its way to grossing $140M in its first weekend, we can officially declare Summer Movie Season 2017 open for business. If this gangbusters sequel is any indication, we’re in for a good few months. As always, this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of releases; instead, it’s just those several I’m looking forward to. Maybe you are, too? Continue reading “Coming Soon: Summer 2017”

Without Voice(work)

Last spring, I made the decision to move back into the non-profit world, a career decision but also a personal one. I was ready to be back in film festivals, in the space I know and love so well without the burdens of the private sector.

The change meant a new commute, new coworkers and, perhaps most daunting of all, a rather significant pay cut. I looked at my circumstances closely and decided I could swing it financially, especially if I was able to get back into doing voicework on the side. Since about 2007, I’d had an agent via Indianapolis, and even while I was in Utah and New York, she’d email me periodically with small but lucrative gigs – a local car wash ad, a spot for the tourism office. Nothing major, but enough to be a nice source of spending money (or, credit-card-debt-pay-off money, as it were).

But by the time I moved back to Chicago, her emails had all but disappeared. So as I committed to switching jobs, I also took my voiceover work into my own hands and shopped my demo out to a handful of Chicago-based agencies. Can’t win if you don’t play, right?

Wonder of wonders, I got a response from one of the best in the city, NV Talent. After an in-person chat, they agreed to take me on! My demo went up on their site, and I sat back and waited for the work to roll in!

Continue reading “Without Voice(work)”