2020: So, that was a year...
December 29th, 2020
As we see another year in our collective rear view mirrors, we approach another one on the horizon. 2020 was definitely a bumpy ride, but to say it has created a monumental shift in our world would be the understatement of the century. With that, here's to a boring 2021!!!
Even though 2020 was a wild year, it turned to be one of my most artistically prosperous years to date.
Pregones/PRTT: A NY based theatre company renowned for its quality work of Latinx based storytelling, Pregones/PRTT released a documentary series called "Spotlight". I had the honor to be featured in an episode!
"Filmed primarily at Pregones Theater in The Bronx, the first 10 episodes of SPOTLIGHT feature twenty-two different theater, music, dance, and film/media artists. Each episode is a snappy 30-minute compendium of conversation and performance."
Alma's Way (Animated Series): Last time we spoke, I mentioned a series I'd been working on for some time. Well, now I can share a little bit more about it. "Alma's Way" , created by the iconic Sonia Manzano and produced by Pipeline Studios and Fred Rogers Productions.
"The engaging modern-day series stars 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl, who lives in the Bronx with her parents and younger brother, Junior, as well as a diverse group of close-knit and loving friends, family, and community members. In each 11-minute story, Alma speaks directly to young viewers, sharing her observations and feelings, working through challenges, and offering them a window into her everyday life."
"Alma" and her family. I'll playing "Papi", "Alma's" dad!
Don't Hug Doug (He Doesn't Like It): The latest audiobook I had the pleasure to narrate!
From Penguin Random House:
"Doug doesn't like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn't like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn't like birthday hugs. He'd much rather give a high five--or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five."
Click to listen to a snippet.
Click to watch the episode.
Spanish-language Promo for Nickelodeon: And lastly, here's some turkeys getting excited about Thanksgiving and cartoons!
Click on the turkey, it'll be great!
"Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!
-Bill & Ted (circa 1989)
Late Summer Quickies!
September 19th, 2020
The last few weeks has been a rollercoaster of awesome activity!
So here we go:
Pipeline Productions (Animated Series): Production is going strong, but it'll be a while until I can talk more about this project. So stay tuned!
Little Squares (Feature Film): Pretty proud of being a part of this one. "Little Squares" is an international production with stories that take place in different parts of the world during a major lockdown caused by a viral outbreak (sound familiar?) This film went from gestation to actual production in a mere few months! It took four days to film my scenes and it was an amazing experience. Again, I can't say much about it but it'll be a film that holds a mirror to the times we're living in. More on this project coming soon!
The Last Days of T&G (Short Film): A hilarious short about a wacky morning radio show and demonic possession! More on this project later.
Viva! Broadway: Hear Our Voices (Virtual Musical Event): The cast of the "Kiss My Aztec!" musical will be performing a song from the show in this exciting virtual concert!
Some info about the event:
"¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices will salute the vibrant, lasting legacy that Latinx artists have contributed and continue to give to Broadway and the entire theatre community while showcasing Latinx talent in an effort to continue to increase representation throughout the industry."
The concert will be held virtually through Playbill.com, Playbill's YouTube channel and The Broadway League's website on Thursday, October 1st @ 8:00pm (EST) and will remain available until Monday October 5th @ 8:00pm (EST). For further details click here!
"Be excellent to each other!"
-Bill & Ted (circa 1989)
The hustle is real!
The cast of "Kiss My Aztec!" set appear at "Viva Broadway"
Things get a little tense in "The Last Days T&G"
Things get even MORE tense in "Little Squares"
Where to start...
August 13, 2020
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we'd be in this wacky timeline called 2020, but here we are!
Now we have to make the most of what's available to us and make it work. And that's where working remotely comes in. Before theatres and studios shut down so much was taken for granted, and now we're in a place where we have to be our own recording engineer, art director, director of photography, lighting designer, it goes on and on and on!
But now it's the new normal and the entertainment industry has begun to adjust to the current world, granted with plenty of growing pains.
Nevertheless, pa' lante!
Before the NY lockdown came into effect, I'd been performing at the Spanish Repertory Theatre in the first Spanish-language production of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" as the title role since december of 2019. It was such a wonderful time playing with the best castmates ever every night to sold out performances. I have hope we'll be back on stage sooner than later.
But since the lockdown took effect, adjustments had to be made. As a full-time voice actor, it's customary to be prepared to record an audition on short notice. With the convenience of the internet, going to a recording studio for an audition or for a booking was a becoming less prevalent and recording from home was becoming more common.
In pre-COVID times I had a decent home recording setup (at least I thought I did at first), it was originally built for auditions and the occasional e-learning project. But when studios were closed for business, I had to make some substantial upgrades to produce broadcast quality material and fast. Once those upgrades were made, home studio ver. 2.0 was a reality!
From April until now, I've recorded countless VO auditions, ADR for some films and TV shows, a commercial, an audiobook and now an unannounced animated TV series slated for release in late 2021!!!
There's plenty more to talk about, but let's put a pin in it for now and stay tuned, because things are in the works and when the time comes the details will come to light.
Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay the course. Cheers!
Aaaand we're back!!!
August 12, 2020
Well, it’s been a minute, but we’re back online!!!
Stay tuned for the latest of what’s going and be excellent to each other!
P.S.: Don’t touch your face.