This past weekend was absolutely exhausting... and entirely elating.
On Friday night, I attended Bob Bergen's one-man show, So Here's the Deal
, at the Del Close theater in iO
. Despite Bob's saying he will never perform another 10:30 show again (he got four hours of sleep that night before kicking off his two-day workshop the next morning), he did a heck of a job! From hilarious anecdotes to amazing recordings from his youth to simply his boundless energy, the show was a delight.
With every name he mentioned, I had to let out a groan of jealousy. Bob personally met (and recorded!) Daws Butler, watched Mel Blanc in the studio, personally knows June Foray... all these people I idolize, many of whom I will never meet because they have since passed. Though, from how I reacted, I can only imagine how much all these people meant to the man who actually met them.
I didn't get to bed until 1:15 that morning, and was up again at 7:30 to get ready. The workshop took place at Cerny Studios
, a great production facility with a cool vibe. It reminded me partly of a billiard hall, partly of a very comfy living room. Craig, the engineer, gets two thumbs up--he was fun to have around!
The first several hours were intense--almost solely because of the amount of information I was trying to cram into my head from Bob's lecture (but also because: no potty breaks! No way was I missing anything!). After lunch, we started going into the booth to read the audition copy Bob had given us. I had been handed a temptress who can turn into a five-headed dragon. Working with Bob one-on-one in the booth was a blast. He really knows how to get the best out of people. I'm looking forward to hearing the recordings of that one! I'll post pictures and audio once I get them.
I could not have asked for a better group of people. We were all so supportive of each other, clapping and cheering, joking with one another. It was the biggest workshop I had been to, and it was like a party. Not only was camaraderie great, but everyone was so talented. There were some positively amazing and amazingly hilarious performances, which were a delight to hear.
The next day, we all did another piece of copy. This time, I had an eight-year-old girl named Lola, who I ended up playing as five. I didn't spend very long in the booth at all, which I would say is an achievement! I wish I could have gotten twenty more pieces of copy, but I guess I'll just have to take Bob's advanced class, which sounds like so much fun.
There was a lot of time for lecture and Q&A throughout, all of which was extremely helpful. Bob knows what he is talking about with the business, and he is such a genuine guy, which is truly refreshing. I am so empowered by how nice and giving everyone I have met in VO is. I wish I could better phrase how great Bob's workshop was, but I think the only way to know is to take it for yourself. The waiting list in LA is two years, so put your name down now
! Let me know what you think after you go.