By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 23, 2007
Have you seen the footage of the devastating forest fires in southern California?
As thousands are being evacuated, among them are voice actors, maybe even someone you know or work with.
Monitor the status of voice talent affected by the fires at the Voice-Overs.com Forum and learn more here about how you can help at VOX Daily.
Moments ago, I received an email from Julie Williams about the fires in southern California and how they are affecting voice talent.
She asks that prayers are said for the following voice talent. Here's a message from Julie:
Bobbin Beam, who recently built her custom-made home studio, has been evacuated from her home. I'm told that Greg Allen has been evacuated as well.
Kelli Casey is also dealing with the smoke issue, but is OK.
Frank Frederick reports that Jim Sutton has also been evacuated.
I spoke to Connie Terwilliger, who tells me she believes James Alburger has probably also been evacuated from his home ( confirmed by Penny Abshire - James is to return today to his home ).
Connie says she is safe for now... but, of course, all the smoke in the vocal cords is not good either! There is so much smoke that it can actually be seen from space!
If you know of another talent affected by these fires, please post their name on the thread at the Voice-Overs.com forum in the Chit Chat section.
How You Can Help
Once everything has settled down a bit, Julie would like to pull all voice talent together to raise funds to help fellow voice talent get back on their feet and rebuild studios. She indicates that support from voice over marketplaces, organizations, and individual talent will be very helpful.
If you would like to help them get back on their feet, please contact Julie at julie (at) voice-overs.com so our community can begin planning how we can offer our love, support, and concrete assistance to those affected.
Once an action plan has been determined, Julie will post it in the V-ZINE (coming out soon), and coordinate endeavors at www.voice-overs.com/forum.
You are invited to show your support by leaving a comment here on VOX Daily.
Thank you for caring about fellow voice talent!
Julie Williams and Stephanie Ciccarelli
P.S. If you have a blog, please post about this and direct people to Julie's forum so that efforts can be made to help out. They would like to centralize the aid and are considering opening a bank account for relief purposes.