In the world of strange Voice Over Recordings this one goes down as one of the strangest, and served as a lesson of “Go With the Flow, but don’t forget to call your agent if things go way too long.
Last week I recorded a Voice Over for the show “Bleep My Dad Says”. Only this was no promo read, but rather a commercial read for a commercial that Bill Shatner is watching in the show, and said commercial features Cybill Shepherd. You following me here?
So my part consisted of saying three lines, simple right? You just lay down the tracks, do three takes of each, bing, bang, bong, out the door…right?…Right?
My call time was 10 at the Warner Brothers lot, Set 5. The last time I had a call time I was wondering if Y2K was going to force me store gallons of water, buy a generator, and move to Wisconsin where I could be “Off the Grid”
I got a script messengered to me, and they even had me of the cast list page under Co Star. Although there was an asterisk next to my name, and the dog, so I wasn’t completely flattered.
For the recording we actually we’re called to set, where Bill was totally checking me out as if might have been a Klingon.
Then they had me stand in the middle of the set with Cybill Shepherd where we had a pleasant chat about here career from “The Last Picture Show”, to “Moonlighting”, to the present, all in about a two minutes.
We recorded and then I was sent to the Green Room to wait. They did apologize for making me hang out in the Green Room rather then my own trailer. There was just too many people on the show they told me. I’m just thrilled that someone thought I might need a trailer!
The “Go with The Flow” part was the rest of the day as I was reminded how good I have it with Voice Over. I ended up leaving at 4:30 that day, after lot’s of waiting and little reason for me to be there.
The “Call My Agent” was reinforced by my agents as they asked “Why didn’t you call us!?”
I guess the unique, odd experience is enough to let someone make me sit in a room all day with a fridge full of beverages another voice over actor and an head executive of the show from CBS, who we thought was an extra.