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Brush With Greatness?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 7, 2007

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Red CurtainHave you ever had a brush with greatness?

Whether it's been a local on-air personality or a Hollywood Starlet, we've all had a 'brush' with greatness at some time or another.

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While many keep their eyes out for people for individuals in the media and cultural icons including actors, musicians, royalty, authors, and high profile activists and politicians, there are people who are giants in their own right that walk among us that we interact with as well, even if we are not fully aware of their influence.

As is the case with voice over, being heard and not seen, it is harder for someone to recognize you if you are a vocal celebrity and not an on-camera talent.

However, when someone runs into a voice actor and then discovers that the person they are standing beside has been a part of their life over the years through various cartoons, commercials, announcements, on-air, or through narrations on TV, they can hardly believe their eyes and it often is more affecting than meeting someone who you are accustomed to seeing in person as your image and expectations regarding that person are already formed.

Greatness is a very subjective term, and just like beauty, greatness is in the eye of the beholder.

What defines greatness in your opinion and have you been in the presence of greatness?

Add a comment and let the conversation begin!

Looking forward to your reply,

Stephanie

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Comments


    I did "Additional Voices" on the film "Howl's Moving Castle", and after one of the sessions, the producer asked if I would like to stay and watch Jean Simmons' session.

    There are celebrities, there are talents, and then there are ICONS. I mean, this woman was in SPARTACUS! She was beautiful, very kind and down to earth - and on top of all of that - it was AMAZING to watch her VO technique and her characterization. I was very lucky.

    Posted by:

      Stephanie,

      With 11 years of radio behind me, I've been very fortunate to meet some very cool people. Yet no celebrity floored me quite like Wayne and Russi, the voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

      I was in Walt Disney World, live on the air, when they sat in front of me. Wayne had his little banjo-thingy and off we went. They sang, they laughed, they were genuinely funny. On more than one occasion I found myself completely speechless sitting, staring, with my mouth wide open. It's no secret I dream of one day providing the voice of Minnie Mouse- and that was where it all began.

      Like I said, I've been fortunate to meet some huge stars in my time, but it was the light that shone from two people in love with each other and the jobs they do everyday that has stuck with me the most.

      Posted by:

        My other job is that of a Stand-Up Comic. I’ve had many run ins with famous folks through that job. Opening for Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Dr. Hook just to name a few.

        Lets turn the clock back way back to the time when I had hair. While working in Radio I was invited to Toronto Canada to be a guest on cop drama TV series “Night Heat” and play the part of a serial killer. I thought I had reached the big time, cause they paid for the flight and put me up in a very swanky hotel.

        Got all checked in and went down to the bar for a drink and to wait for the production assistant to show up and take me to the set. All of a sudden I ran into an old buddy of mine from back home... and he was LOADED. As we sat a chatted, well I chatted he slurred.

        I looked over at the table right next to me and there sat Kiefer Sutherland. Playing it cool, cause I didn’t want to seem like a star struck idiot, I just smiled and said “How's it going ?” Then my buddy saw him but couldn’t remember his name... and yelled... Hey you’re that actor dude aren't you? Everyone in the crowded bar turned and looked at me Kiefer, and my friend.

        Now Kiefer strikes up a conversation with me about how drunk my friend is. Then out of the blue my buddy passes right out... which is nice, because now he's quite. So Kiefer and I have a chat about acting in Canada and what coming up next for him. Security arrives and escorts my buddy to a waiting cab and I leave to go up to my room for a minute.

        As I get on the elevator, who gets on with me but none other than Harvey Keitel. I’m thinking ... this is... so cool. I ask if he’s in town shooting anything. He told me he’s in for an awards show. Then he asked me if I was an actor and was shooting anything. Thinking for a moment, I didn’t really want to tell him that I was a disc jockey so I swallowed hard and said, ohhhh ya I was in town to guest star on the series Night Heat. Then he said that he was to meet his buddy Kiefer Sutherland in the bar... I interrupted him by saying “Oh Kiefer... ya we’re old buddies... He went on to ask me to join them for a quick drink.

        The whole thing was soooo cool. I just wish I had a camera with me. But in hind sight I would’ve really looked like a star struck idiot if I had.

        Bryan Cox

        Posted by:

          Bryan, I've gotta say, that is COOL! Kiefer is one of my biggest "idols". I'd love to meet him someday.

          In response to the post... well, my stories are escaping me for right now... sorry!

          Great topic, Stephanie!

          Posted by:

            When I was very young, there was still some drama on the radio and I was a fan of the ones that frightened me the most – one series that struck me was “The Shadow.” At the time, however, The Shadow’s true identity as actor was not revealed and for most listeners, it hardly mattered. The spectral character of Lamont Cranston was quite enough.

            As I grew older I became tremendously interested in films and filmmaking – not the average Hollywood fare but those unusual movies – foreign and domestic – that somehow seemed to unsettle soul. I also was captivated by cinematography – particularly black and white movies whose luminous images left more to the imagination than full color.

            In time, I became a tremendous admirer of Orson Welles whose captivating voice and brilliant imagination changed radio, theatre and filmmaking in America and in Europe.

            One summer, while visiting a filmmaker friend in France, I was told we would travel to Paris the following day to meet a Canadian actress who had starred Welles’s film of “Othello.” Naturally, I was thrilled and the trip to Paris did not disappoint. The actress, sensing my enthusiasm and great respect for Welles, suggested that I should contact him and try to help him as he was growing old and disillusioned by lack of opportunities.

            Back in America, I corralled as many people as I could that might help – a public speaking tour that would play good money, a visiting professorship at Harvard University, perhaps some awards, magazine articles, and more. But Welles was in hiding and nobody seemed to know exactly where he was living. Finally, after months of waiting and frustration, a letter arrived at my door by special delivery. The return address was a North Hollywood post box, and the sender’s name, “Occupant.” It was, indeed and at last, from Orson Welles.

            Orson’s letter to me – four pages long typewritten - was beautifully written but heart-rending. He said I was absolutely right – that after many failed efforts towards film funding and other projects, he was indeed becoming discouraged. “It is growing a bit harder to smile away the rejections and broken promises,” he wrote. “That’s why your generously optimistic letter is all the more welcome for its long delay in reaching me.”

            He went to suggest that one day we might work together on a project and, of course, I had stars in my eyes, for who would ever imagine that their boyhood hero would even consider such a fantastic notion! We corresponded and spoke my phone. I was elated and did everything I could to find opportunities. One day Orson left a message on my answering machine – a friend shuddered when he heard the playback saying it sounded like the voice of God – or doom!

            Sadly Orson’s plan for us to have dinner together in New York never materialized. The correspondence and calls tapered off and in a year, he was dead from a heart attack in Hollywood home. Nonetheless, we still can hear hundreds of examples of that amazing voice – what one radio termed “the greatest vocal vehicle of our time".

            Nat Johnson

            Posted by:

              I met many famous people when I was in radio.

              I literally bumped into Samuel L. Jackson outside of Robert De Niro's restaurant in L.A. a few years ago. Talk about embarrassing. I've met Gene Simmons, Dwight Yokum, Russell Crowe and many others in brief encounters.

              About 13 years ago I hung out with Dave Matthews. This was right before he really became big and his tour bus had broken down. So I gave him and his manager a ride from the radio station to the bar where he was playing and hung out for a while. That was cool. In fact, I can't bring myself to sell that old car. There are just too many memories like that one that go with it.

              But my favorite people to meet are other voice actors. It's a great pleasure for me to meet people like Bob Souer, Kara Edwards, and Donovan Corneetz. All of them are such great talent. I always gain a lot of inspiration and energy when I'm around the hard working, talented and unsung voices of this industry.

              Posted by:

                Jocking at a Country station in summer 1989, I chatted up Garth Brooks when he poked his head into the studio. This was just before he broke out as a huge star; a few short months later, small-town DJs like me wouldn't be getting that interview.

                Posted by:

                  All I can say is "wow" to everyone who has commented on this article. I've never had the chance to meet anyone famous and sadly enough I get excited when I see one of our local television newscasters on the street. I couldn't imagine actually speaking with someone well known face to face. Of course I realize they are just like anyone else and well... I speak with plenty of famous voices daily right here at Voices.com don't I?

                  Posted by:
                  • Laurynda Vineyard - Customer Care Manager
                  • August 17, 2007 4:52 PM

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