"Live with Squacky"

"Live with Squacky"

A unique, lively, interview style podcast that dives into the world of voice acting and entertainment. Val Kelly is a professional voice actress and chats with fellow voice actors, as well as other pros from the industry (i.e. on-screen actors, musicians, casting directors, producers, film-makers, audio engineers etc.). Settle in and get ready for some upbeat conversations that will allow you the opportunity to gain knowledge from these industry pros and will hopefully help you to get inspired!

Episodes

December 19, 2023 11 mins

I cannot believe we are through 4 seasons of "Live with Squacky" already!! If you take into account the 3 seasons I did on YouTube before the audio only version - it's actually 7 seasons!!! This episode is a short recap of what MAVO2023 was like in November and some last minute thoughts for closing out 2023!! We will resume with Season 5 starting in mid-January 2024!! Thanks to all who listen and for your support!

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Hosting a podcast is always interesting because no two episodes will ever be the
same. When I ask people to be on my show to talk about their careers – whether
they’re actors, singers, directors or something else, I am almost always surprised
with at least one of their responses to my questions!! Now, in most cases, I spend
a lot of time researching my guests so that I have some background knowledge
into what th...

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On this week's episode of "Live with Squacky", I chat with the incomparable Audiobook Narrator/Actor, Sean Pratt!! :)
Sean Pratt has been a working actor for over 30 years. He has been an
audiobook narrator for 25 years (aka – Lloyd James), recording over 1,100 books
in almost every genre and has received 9 AudioFile Magazine “Earphones”
awards, 5 SOVAS nominations, and 5 “Audie” nominations from the...

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I can’t believe we are getting so close to MAVO2023 now in November!! Are you guys ready!? I’m SO excited about this years event.
My special guest today is Colleen Evanson. Colleen is an Emmy nominated
writer who has  worked on Disney's reboot of DuckTales, Cartoon Network's  DC
Super Hero Girls, Netflix Kid Cosmic, and Amazon Primes the Legend of Vox
Machina. Most recently she was the head writer for the...

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In this episode of "Live with Squacky", I chat with Talent Agent, Andrea Beane of the  AB2 Talent agency. Andrea is 1/2 of the dynamic duo at this agency along with Angelina Bruno. Andrea and I chat about what agents look for in new VO talents for their roster, what the current trends are today and so much more!!! This was a super fun and informative chat!!
Andrea and Angelina from AB2 will be appearing at MAVO2023 o...

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Check out part 2 of my fun interview with VO Talent, audio engineer and VO coach Dan Friedman!!! :) He's fantastic! 

For more info about Dan, check out his website at Dan Friedman | Voice Over Coach & Demo Producer (sound4vo.com)

"Live with Squacky" is mixed and mastered by everybody's favorite VO Tech "Uncle" Roy Yokelson of Antland Productions.

For more info about the ...

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Check out my fun chat with superstar voice actor, audio engineer and VO coach Dan Friedman!
Dan Friedman is highly regarded for his comprehensive approach to
voiceover training. He provides personalized coaching to each student,
focusing on their individual strengths and weaknesses. He covers everything
from script interpretation to audio engineering, ensuring that his students have
a well-rounded education.

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In this episode I had a great chat with the SUPER talented voice actor, coach, director, demo producer, J. Michael Collins. We talked about why he decided to be a Gold Level Sponsor for MAVO2023 this year and how he feels about the event. J. Michael is one of the most talented and kind professionals out there. It's an honor to have him support MAVO!

With over twenty-five years as a professional voice actor, J. Michae...

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Summer is flying by guys and MAVO2023 will be here before you know it!! Check out Part 2 of my fun interview with the super talented Vanessa Richardson!! She's a guest speaker at MAVO2023 in November and you won't want to miss any of her great sessions!! Enjoy!!

For more info about Vanessa, visit her website at: https://vanessarichardsonvo.com/

"Live with Squacky" was mixed and mastered by ever...

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My guest today is Vanessa Richardson. Vanessa is an Award Winning Voice
Actor, Improvisational Actor & Producer with over 20 years experience.
She is bilingual in Spanish and English (Born in Colombia, South America,
Raised in the US). Vanessa is a full-time podcast host for several different
shows on Parcast/Spotify and has been doing that for several years now. I
met Vanessa in 2012 in NYC at a weekend...

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Are you ready for Part 2 of this fun interview with our upcoming MAVO2023 Keynote Sirena Irwin?!! She's SO fantastic!!! I had a blast chatting with her! Sirena is an actress and voice-over casting director. You definitely won't want to miss her at our upcoming event on November 10-12 in Herndon, Va. 

For more info about Sirena, visit her website at: http://www.sirenairwin.com/http://www.sirenairwin.com/

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With just about 4  months to go until MAVO2023 on November 10-12, I thought it was about time I shared some exciting info with you guys about this event! Our
Keynote Speaker this year is none other than the incomparable Sirena Irwin!
Sirena founded her company “Oh, Zeus” after many years of writing, producing,
casting, directing and acting in content on various platforms.  
Her career in animation casting and direct...

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If you’ve been listening to the show for a while now, then you already know that I
LOVE LOVE LOVE going to see musicals on Broadway in NY and sometimes more
locally at Broadway in Richmond! Recently I did an episode about my experience
at the newest show on Broadway that I saw during the preview stages, called
“Bad Cinderella”! I was in the very first row for this show with the orchestra
literally right below my...

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In this episode of "Live with Squacky" I chat about a recent show I had the opportunity to see on Broadway called, "Bad Cinderella"! It was SO fantastic and inspiring, I just had to tell you guys about it! I also chat about the seasons of life and how it's never too late to pursue your dreams! I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration in this episode!

"Live with Squacky" was mixed and m...

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You have to be SO careful these days to not get taken advantage of by all the con-artists and scammers out there. Whether it's in VO or any industry really, it's so essential to be extra careful with what you post online and what info you share with people. In this episode, I talk about a few things to look out for and how to stay safe! I hope you enjoy this short episode!

For more info about Val Kelly/"Squ...

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"Conference Season" - if you can call it that - (since it's pretty much year-round now) - is upon us!!! The already established ones are taking place and there are new ones popping up - seemingly every day! So, which ones should you go to? How do you make those decisions? Why should you attend MAVO2023?!! I mean obviously I'm going to talk about that one the most since it's my event!! I give some great tips...

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Iliana Spirakis is a Greek-Canadian actor born and raised in the beautiful city of
Thessaloniki, Greece. Based in Toronto, Iliana is a passionate storyteller whose
acting journey started from a very young age. Inspired by the ancient Greek plays
she watched as a child and the importance theatre played in her culture, she
knew from a very young that this was her life's dream and purpose.
I had the opportunit...

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Happy New Year!! Welcome to Season 4 of "Live with Squacky"! In this episode, I am premiering my animation demo that I finally had produced after years and years of coaching and training for it!! Produced by "Uncle" Roy Yokelson of "Antland Productions" and Directed by Elley Ray Hennessy, I'm really happy with the way this demo turned out!! I hope you enjoy this fun start to the new year! For seas...

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In this episode, I give a full recap of the MAVO2022 Conference weekend! It was a fantastic event. Thanks again to all who attended!!
Here are the links to our Sponsors from this year's event in case you'd like to check them out:
Bodalgo - Platinum Sponsor
The Voiceover Network - Gold Sponsor
World Voices Organization - Silver Sponsor
Belair Creative - Siliver Sponsor
Everett Oliver - Bronze Spons...

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As I type this, we are just 17 days from the 7th annual MAVO "Get Inspired" VO conference! This episode of "Live with Squacky" is a breakdown of the MAVO2022  weekend schedule! I give advice on how to plan your weekend, talk about the guest speakers and what to expect as well. You won't want to miss this one! I hope you enjoy it! 

For more info about Val Kelly, visit her website at Val Kelly VoiceO...

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