We’ll call this one, “Audio Journal #1”

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Hello from my side of the mic!

I’m John and thank you for pushing the play button (that’s if you pushed it).

If this is your first time here, don’t worry! You’re in good company, friend. And if you’ve been with me for a while, “Thank You” for always checking in on the site. It’s nice to comeback here and surround myself with creatives and life adventurers from all parts of the world!

As with any update entry, here’s what I’ve been up to and what’s coming.


If you’ve been keeping up with my adventures, I recently moved back to my childhood home on the island of Guam. After almost 4 months, and a few extra pounds, I am once again traveling back to Ohio.

This is one of the many perks I love about what I do—more on that later.

Due to my ex’s schedule for the upcoming months and possibly into next year, we decided that it would be in Kai’s best interest for me to go back and hold down the fort for a while. After my parents and I talked about it (mainly about their child leaving the island for another decade or so…again), they fully support my responsibilities as a dad and how important it is to their grandson.

It was fun to forget about being an adult for a while and enjoying what the island has to offer.

Family.

Warm weather, even on rainy days.

FOOD! Well, you kind of figured that one out!


Just in case you’re a cat fanatic like I am, the Pride is doing well!

Paws getting the rest she needs away from her kids

Mama Paws has acclimated to life indoors and helps keep her kids in check when they get a little too excited. There were a few times where I catch her acting like a kitten and it’s so heart-warming, you know? A stray who survived outdoors doing what she can to provide for her litter finally has a home to call her own with so many people to love her and her kids. It hits pretty close to home with us doing what we can in our day to day lives.


Speaking of kittens…

One of Silver’s routines: Get locked in my room and meow for help

Silver…he’s still adventurous as he was when I first saw him. Of the three of them, he’s the one that gets in the most trouble. From getting locked in a room he snuck into to hanging upside down on a curtain, he keeps us on our toes with his antics. I love it!


Diva was fixated on this cat game for 10 minutes!

Diva is still a bit skittish but loves meal and snack times! OH! So last Wednesday, right, she was sad that her brothers didn’t want to play with her. Being a big softy, I stopped reading my tablet in the middle of a LitRPG and downloaded a cat game—just to see what would happen. She absolutely loved it! I was able to take a few pictures and a video of her just having a BLAST!


Tiger just being Tiger

And finally, Tiger. He’s the biggest one of the batch. If I didn’t have four cats back in Ohio, I would’ve definitely packed him up and take him with me. He used to be a big cry baby, meowing everywhere, but now he stops and thinks. You can tell he’s thinking about something because he scrunches his nose. After so many failed attempts of trying to get a picture of him “scrunching”, I still have hope I’ll snap a shot before I leave.


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Work has been pretty steady. I am currently working on an eLearning course and auditioning for roles outside of my comfort zone when time permits like animations, audio dramas, and videogames—more character work.

One thing that I know that I’ll be tackling when I get back to Ohio is upgrading my recording space. I can’t wait to share some pics with you, the before and after.

OH!

There was a project a couple of weeks ago that I did and is by far my favorite one I’ve done throughout my 3 years of doing Voiceover.

The request was very simple,

I’d like someone to read/record what I wrote but I’m embarrassed about it…please don’t laugh or make fun of me.”

I was just as confused as you are after reading that.

So, I messaged the person and they were so hesitant about sharing what they wrote. Eventually, they shared it and said if I don’t want to read it then I don’t have to if it’s too cringey. All I wrote back was, “Give me a couple of minutes 😊”

It was a poem about self-empowerment. The fact that it was their first time ever writing something like it was what they were embarrassed about. After recording it and polishing it up, I sent it and the message I got back is why I love doing what I do.

“😭 It sounds great and I am grateful that someone took the time to do this for me. Thank you!”

For as simple as this was, it taught me two important things:

  1. Someone in this world wants to read what you write and
  2. Someone in this world wants to hear you

Again, by far my favorite project I have ever done.


Well friend, that’s all I got! Thanks again for hanging out with me!

If you like this and you’re new to the site, consider Following! I’ll have more updates as they come in. And if you have been Following, Thank you from the Middle part of my heart.

In case you visit the site, I will be updating a few things before the site’s 1 Year Blogiversary. Yeah! It’s almost a year!

Anyway, I hope you have a great day and a great week ahead.

Take care!

Projects and New Family Members!

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Hello from my side of the mic!

First and foremost, I hope this finds you well and healthy! A lot has been going on and I can’t wait to share them with you! So, without further ado, let’s get to it!!!


New Family Members!

Let’s start with the good stuff first, right?!

Since moving back to Guam, I have been missing my cats back in Ohio…just as much as my son (you know who I miss more *wink). But to my surprise, my parents “adopted” an outdoor cat that imprinted herself to my dad. At the time, she was pregnant but I didn’t think too much of it. The more she came around, the more I started to get attached to her. Needless to say, I melted into those cute eyes!

You probably remember her from the last entry. This is Paws (isn’t she adorable?!)

Some time after, while recording and collaborating with ArcDreamer on “Not Mine to Love“, I stepped outside and saw what was a blur at the corner of my eye. Passing it off as strain on my eyes, I took my break and massaged my head and eyes.

That’s when this thing popped up out of nowhere!

Stunned by this majestic creature from the kingdom of “Adorableness“, it took everything I had to not scare it while taking a picture. I shared it with my parents who were anxiously waiting to see Paws’ kitten.

Well…then this happened.

Then there were 3! THREE! *yes, I screamed while writing this part

My house sits by the main road and there are a lot of stray dogs, mean birds, and kids who don’t care who’s property they’re on when trying to catch something 😒 After sharing that there were 3, my dad and I set-up a simple trap to catch all of them (keep in mind, Paws was going in and out of the house prior).

On the 10th of July, when everything was dark and after a quick shower, I stepped into the kitchen and noticed that the cage had a shadowed blob inside of it. Squinting and holding my breath, I confirmed that all 3 of them were in the cage. Very carefully, I tightened the fishing line rigged to the cage door that ran in the kitchen and *CLICK!

Since the little ones have been outdoors for a good month after birth, it wasn’t shocking to see them go crazy when I approached them.

From the left: Silver, Diva, and Tiger

We had a few rough days afterwards, but they have adapted to the house and they can use the litter boxes! Paws and her babies were welcomed with open-arms and are now part of the family!

And it all started with a “Blur”

VO Projects

Now that we had our dose of, “Awwww…”, it’s time to update you on what I’ve been doing behind the microphone.

I worked on another audiobook for Jason Browne. This time it was about Hypnotism (at the time of this writing, it’s still going through Quality Control before distribution). I was never a big fan of Hypnotism but it was an interesting read nonetheless.

Since most of my work comes from audiobooks, I took a chance and joined a forum to record things for free and get my feet wet with voice acting.

My first role was reading a 4 line poem (thank goodness for Another Inner Monologue!)

I am also happy to say that I landed my second role as an extra character for an audio drama, “Behind the Masks”.

There’s another audition I am working on to narrow down on the character I’m going for (another audio drama).

And finally, I sent my Character Demo to a director of an animation. Fingers-crossed for good news!


Thank you so much for reading!

If you would like to hear the 5 episodes uploaded from Another Inner Monologue, click on one these to bring you there:

Spotify

Anchor

Amazon Music

Take care and set the example like an awesome pineapple!

An upcoming audiobook

I am so happy to share an upcoming audiobook from an author who I have worked with throughout my 3-years as a voice over. Jason never ceases to amaze me with his journey into the human mind.

Once the audiobook clears ACX’s Quality Control, I’ll be able to share some promotional codes if you’re an Audible user.

*Note: US and UK codes are normally distributed. I apologize if this doesn’t cover your country.


As a head’s up, next week’s post will be another journal entry and I have a lot of things to share with you! From new project ideas that will alter this site to asking for your opinions on what you would like to see more of 😊

I hope that you have a great week ahead! Take care of yourself my friend.

~John

Update No. dah, dah, dah

Good morning from my side of the mic!

I hope this finds you in Good Health and that you’re doing well. My week has been busy, to say the least, but here are few things that happened:

  • Worked on and finally finished my Character Reel (currently reworking the site, so it has its own little home here)
  • I kept myself entertained during the heavy snowfall with my sore throat (I love raspy voices)
  • My Best friend made her voice acting debut in a Virtual Reality Game! (I think she was nymph or something)
  • I auditioned for my first animation project! It was definitely a lot of fun trying something new. (Fingers-crossed for the best)

I’ll keep this post short since I have a lot of reading to catch-up with.

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a great week!

~John