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Yes, I Do Voiceovers…

Categories: Blog, Voiceovers | Posted by: TastyKeish

The headline answers one of my most asked questions of my multi-faceted career:

You do voiceovers?

and then, How can I do them too?

If people tell you often you have a distinct voice. You should probably look into voiceovers. But, you need more than a voice.

I am no star by any means, but I do a few things that keep me on the radar.

First, practice reading. Read everything, ALOUD. Read them in different ways. Get familiar with a script and then read something on the fly. Take note of your voice and the difficulty you may/may not have with words when unknown copy is thrown at you.

Take some classes. I can not stress this enough. Even if it’s just an introductory course. Take a class, learn about tone, inflection, acting, listening. If it’s a VO class, make sure you leave there with a demo so you have something in hand.

Consider a voiceover coach. Make an investment to sit with someone who has a good track record and can give you one on one attention and help you develop your voice. Again, make sure they are able to provide you a demo or recordings of your work.

Be Multi-lingual. This is obviously not necessary but it is helpful. Speaking more than one language gives you added value in the market place. Make sure your demo includes all your languages. I am Haitian – American, growing up with my grandmother made me a fluent speaker. In turn, I have done regional commercials and phone prompts in Haitian – Creole as well as English.

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Join online communities. Take advantage of the ability to create free profiles on voiceover websites like voice123 and voices.com. You can audition as often as allowed or keep your profile fresh so that people looking for your style voice can find you. Many times they have free webinars on how to use their services and filing out your profile for optimal results.

Get some equipment. Since we live in the age of technology we can do so much from home. But VO only works if you have absolute quiet and you know how to you use your equipment. At the very least, you’ll need a high quality USB mic and a soundproofed room like a closet. If you have a place that you can access, you will be more likely to send out auditions and answer inquiries.

Follow me on social media where I will share my tips and experiences about voiceovers, @tastykeish on twitter and IG.

This is my latest voice over for Family Story Project.

Resource List:

The Voiceover Guide by Steven Lowell

VO e-books by voices.com

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To All The Girls…

Categories: Blog, Multi Media Gallery, Video | Posted by: TastyKeish

What a time to be alive Black Girl.

It’s 2016 and you are finally being heralded.

It’s 2016 and they can hear you say “No don’t touch my hair!”

It’s 2016 and you come in brown, chocolate, dark chocolate, ebony, caramel, and cafe au lait.

It’s 2016 and you call on spirits and make noise and rumble the Earth when you walk.

It’s 2016 and you suck your beautiful teeth and roll your brown eyes because you can.

It’s 2016 and we love each other Black Girl.

It’s 2016 and we will not be unseen.

#womenEmpowerment #BlackWomenEmpowerment #LemonadeInspired

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Eve: Chapter 1

Eve: Chapter 1

Categories: Blog, Multi Media Gallery, Multi Media Gallery, Photos | Posted by: TastyKeish

This weekend my body was stretched to it’s furthest reaches.

Fatigue.
Lost voice.
Constant schedule shifts.
Back Pain.
Knee Pain.
Random other pains.

It was worth it.

When you believe in something, someone, in the beauty that magic can make from the mind- you have to do something. 

For me, this story goes back quite a long way.

I met Queen GodIs in 2008. The day Michael Jackson died.

We did a show. I hosted. She performed. I was in awe.

We would get to know each other in that creative people crossing paths sort of way and form a mutual respect. Cause, game recognize game.

One day she invited me to a performance that was so out of this world that I pledged in my heart to help her as soon as I could help myself. I spoke it out to the Universe and walked away from the thought to deal with my personal issues.

Fast forward to Jan/Feb 2016.

My life was changing. Things were coming into fruition. I was learning how to deal with certain triggers and I finally took responsibility for my physical health.

Still I was tired. I was stretched thinner than an extra small rubber band.

That was when she hit me up.

Queen GodIs put forth the ultimate challenge: to help her produce a show, no an EXPERIENCE. A one woman show. HER show. One night only. With limited funding.

I’m no stranger to the limited funds part. Such is the plight of the (Black) creative. Doors get closed in your face before they get opened. Every cliche about being twice as good for a spot in line with mediocre people is the Gods honest truth.
Knowing this. Having my own EXTENSIVE experiences with the word “No”-

I said “YES.”

I said yes to joining the small team (Queen GodIs, Larry our co-curator), as Production Manager for Eve. The Book of Lyte: Chapter 1. A literary concert celebrating women and gender non-conforming emcees with art, performance, and conversation.  I said yes to taking someone’s project and treating it like it was my own. I said yes to outings and meetings and being late for work (later than usual-lol), I said yes to finding ways to make a dollar out of 15 cents. I said yes to asking for more help. I said yes to making mistakes, fixing mistakes. I said yes to supporting an artist that needed a yes, and deserved as many yesses as she could carry in both her arms.

So we did it.

We got help. We borrowed things. We were challenged by broken promises in the 11th hour. We changed the flow of the event. We made media and learned technical stuff, and put on a MOTHER-EFFING DAMN GREAT SHOW!

We showed them.

We were better on our worst day than mediocre people on their best day.

We said yes to each other when no one else would.

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Resurrecting my health…

Categories: Blog | Posted by: TastyKeish

What an ominous title for a blog post, right?

Considering Easter just passed and I’m constantly re-evaluating my connection to organized religion it seems fitting.

I haven’t been shy about the changes and challenges I sometimes face. I may not write it here but I def share it on my morning show, TK in The AM. I realized that as I speak to my listeners, I’m speaking to myself, and I’m speaking to the Universe (or God even). The words become real, I become accountable, I get strength from supportive listeners and friends. I begin to achieve. I fail. I fall. I rinse. I repeat.

My most recent challenge after spending late February very ill was deciding that I would take my health into my own hands. I was constantly tired, my diet consisted of whatever was cheapest, I had the shakes, I began to break out all over, I was constantly “doing” but nothing ever got “done”.

I couldn’t take it anymore.

My friend, Tah Phrum Duh Bush and his wife, Kole have a fitness program called the 21 day Fat Furnace that I had so many questions about and had been watching from the sidelines a long time. I did my research, talked to them about how to get started and what to expect and I jumped into it on March 7th, 2016.

I was scared. How was this anti-exercise, don’t tell me how to live, fried chicken loving person going to survive on NO SALT, NO SUGAR, NO ALCOHOL and 30 mins of exercise everyday?

I’ll tell you how. You just do it. You do it for yourself.

It took me a long time to get here.  I have fought battles and I am in the process of slaying personal dragons that blocked me from even considering my health. I had to knock out or at least begin working through my issues before starting to realign my diet and bring physical activity into my life.

If you are hurt emotionally, mentally, spiritually you have to handle those dragons first. I guarantee you your health journey will fall into place from there.

I have been in a state of change, understanding, therapeutic conversations, for about a year now and as those cobwebs start to clear- I have been open to more opportunities and abundance in my chosen field of work.

Once I tied those opportunities to my health, I took myself more seriously. I can’t work and learn and love if I’m not able to physically and actively work, learn, and love. I am not at my best when I’m sick in bed, tired, irritated, etc.

So, how did I do, NO SALT, NO SUGAR, NO ALCOHOL and 30 mins of exercise everyday for 21 days?

I just did it. I did the exercises at my own pace, often modified poses. Instead of thinking about the meal plan as punishment, I took it as a time and money saver. And support. Loved ones and friends helped me. Being in contact with other people in the Fat Furnace was immensely helpful for motivation.

I learned first hand that for me, a heat in my belly means I’m hungry. I learned about my emotional eating habits (thanks to that one big phone fight). I learned that I can still eat all the things that I like, no one is trying to take that from me- I just need to portion and balance my meals. I learned that it’s hardest to get moving when you don’t want to, but it’s worth it.

I learned that I can start over.

And over.

And over.

Learn about The 21 Day Fat Furnace HERE.

If you would like to join, please enjoy this 15% off coupon code given to me by Tah & Kole. They have been so wonderful and supportive to me and all the participants through the process, I know they will support you too. 

Enter TKAM at checkout (case-sensitive). 

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On Black Pride and the Internet… (My Beyonce Post pt 2)

Categories: Blog, Media, Uncategorized | Posted by: TastyKeish

The internet is helluva place.

People are constantly debating about how much more right they are than everyone else at any given time. I always feel weird about facebook shares like the one that went viral because in my mind it’s just me speaking common sense.

Then you realize that not everyone measures their common sense with the same ruler. You also realize that perhaps you have a voice for people that can’t speak up or won’t. A repost or like could be their way of showing support if they are at a conservative job or their pages are overrun by over zealous family members.

You never know. 22,000 Likes and almost 4,ooo shares can’t be wrong.

So, I speak up more about topics of Black pride, LGBTQ issues, mental health, self- care and anything else that’s important to me. And when you get a chance to take the conversation off of facebook to a national news outlet like the Huffington Post, you do just that. Writer, Shanita Hubbard asked me some follow up questions that allowed me to delve deeper into racism, feminism, activism and more in the aftermath of Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance.

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Other news this week in #peakBlackness, Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards solidified this as the best Black History Month that ever existed. To which I shared on facebook:

 

James Brown , Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, and to all my artists friends using their platforms to shake up the the status quo.

I don’t care what led you to do it.

I care that you did something at all.

Thank you. 

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My Beyonce post…

Categories: Blog, Media | Posted by: TastyKeish

After doing the morning show today, I had more thoughts about this whole Beyonce/Superbowl thing. I was miffed AF at people that couldn’t see a Black Warrior Woman in all her glory celebrating the beauty of Black culture.

People worried about modes of dress, language, what she does with her money, white people want to boycott, black people are divided (she’s not doing enough or she’s trying to hard, etc).

To all that I say:

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Here is my original post from my personal fb page on 2/8/16:

I don’t know what ya’ll want from anyone. 

Powerful Black Woman uses her image to bring unapologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum. That’s not enough.
Makes a fund for the children of Flint, MI. That’s not enough.
Has been making financial contributions to#BlackLivesMatter and other movements. (How do you think Deray and them get to go all over the country to be the mouth pieces??) But, that’s not enough.
Celebrates girl power in a patriarchal world while in heels and spandex. That’s not “right/proper” or enough.
Makes millions of us feel good about ourselves daily. That’s not enough.
Is the epitome of hard work and persistence. That’s not enough.
Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. That’s not enough.
She might not be your cup of tea.
She might not be doing it how you prefer.
But she is ENOUGH.
 
PS: I don’t care if you like/don’t like her music. Save that for your own timeline. I’m from Brooklyn. I deal in #facts.


(Superbowl Halftime Show 2016 (Coldplay, Beyonce… by tuxboard)

I got a gazillion comments and shares. Some of which I intend on addressing on the next episode of my morning show.  We’ll see how that turns out. Tune in every Monday- Wednesday- Friday 10-1130am EST on Bondfire Radio.

 

You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.

                                                                                – Beyonce, Formation 2016

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Community Media in The Social Media Age

Categories: Blog, Media, panels, Multi Media Gallery, Video | Posted by: TastyKeish

After many years on public FM radio with WBAI and bringing social justice news to the forefront on my current platform, Bondfire Radio I was proud to be asked to discuss Community Media in The Social Media Age with colleagues and audience members vested in independent media.

The conversation followed a screening of Radio Unnameable (which is on Netflix), a film about living radio legend Bob Fass and the rise and falter of WBAI, one of New York City’s first public radio stations.

As a younger to mid generation of independent media makers I was amazed at the influence that Bob Fass and his free form radio made on how I do radio today. He reminded me that even though we are operating within social media and online it is more important now than ever before to “event-ize” your media.

I always tell new broadcasters/podcasters/online media makers, give people a reason to tune in. Make it a big deal. Be social in real life so that your social media can reflect that. Tweeting and facebooking your media is not enough. YOU have to give people a REASON to pick your needle out of the haystack.

If you’re not physically out in the world. You’re not doing enough. 

Later the conversation turned to monetization, and the current challenges that small webcasters are currently facing in streaming online, and the fight to stay ahead. Myself and Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media at BRIC discuss in the following clip:

For more information about the panel and participants, Manny Faces, Bill Weinberg, Anthony Riddle, and myself, visit: http://bricartsmedia.org/events/community-media-in-the-social-media-age

Thank you Baba Israel & Yako 440 for moderating and creating The Spinning Wheel Exhibit so that we could look back at our media history and discuss our future.

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New Year, New Skin…

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted by: TastyKeish

I don’t want to be cliche but since we’re here in 2016 I have to be honest and say I was either going to shave my head (again) or get a tattoo. There’s something cathartic about altering yourself in the wake of realization.

After you’ve gone through all you thought you could endure and then some, you emerge from the other side battered, bruised and for the most part alive.

Then you shave your head or get a tattoo.

I got a tattoo.

2015 and the two years leading up to it were personally a wildly swinging pendulum of extreme worry, disappointment, excitement, relocation, love, and loss. Some of it as recently as a few days ago.

So, I got a tattoo.

It’s not my first one. But it is my first publicly visible one, I’m the type of tattoo wearer that got a kick out of being identified only in a bathing suit or by the eyes of a lover while naked in the bluish glow of a television set.

Today though, I’m not that person anymore. I carefully selected my badge and it’s location upon my left lower forearm and made sure to find a tattoo artist aligned with my values as a woman, activist, and culture. In the year of #BlackLivesMatter it was only fitting that I make sure my money stay within the Black community as long as possible. I found Shaun, through a referral by a friend, checked his instagram portfolio and figured I would feel his vibe when I got there.

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He was super chill, a small business owner like myself, and had been though his own hardships growing as a tattooist. I was even more intrigued during our conversation about flipping income and the book he is currently writing. It was a safe bet that I was in good hands.

I showed him what I wanted and told him about it and he got started.

Recently adinkra symbols have been a recurring theme in my most meaningful days of the past year. Adinkra symbols are West African characters that have different meaning and are printed on genuine tribal fabrics worn for special occasion. They have since crossed into daily use signs of life.

Many of the slaves that were taken to Haiti were from West Africa during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, so this was another opportunity for me to pay homage to my ancestors.

After much research, I chose the fern or “aya“, a symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. Two characteristics people seem to associate with me, that I have come to believe in myself as well. Without endurance I couldn’t go on. Without resourcefulness where would my business be? Surely, the “aya” was meant for me.

I sat there and received my new skin. This badge wasn’t for me or lovers to run fingers overs over in private. This badge is for me, you, and anyone who want’s know at a glance that I’m walking into this new year the badass that I am. Strong and rebuilding my mind, body, and soul.

Happy New Year.

PS: Do something drastic.

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Recommended Reading: @ heaven

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized | Posted by: TastyKeish

We are well into the new millennia and one thing that continues to be shocking is death.

We know it’s coming, we expect it to a certain extent yet in the facebook and twitter age, we haven’t figured out how to handle it. Facebook only recently rolled out legacy pages and part of our “post-death” habits include reading the last tweets, posts, blogs that the person may have interacted with in their final hours.

I have many friends with cancer that may or may not be facebooking/tumbling/tweeting their last days bravely for the world to see and interact with. They have photos of chemo treatments, rays of hope on the good days, sadness on the bad days, and loving replies from friends and family in response to every post.

Which brings me to an intriguing book I just read, @ heaven The Online Death of a Cybernetic Futurist

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The editor, Kim Hastreiter was a member of The WELL an online community that existed when the internet was a less of a superhighway, more of a really busy intersection. Hastreiter hit CTRL + C  on a thread and saved what I would imagine is one of the earliest accounts of an internet user coping with impending death in an online community.

First off, as an original AOL user, I almost couldn’t wrap my head around people chatting online every single day in 1985/86. 1985, Ronald Reagan was President, We Are The World was a big deal, Michael Jackson was a bigger deal, and unbeknownst to most of us- people were on the internet exchanging ideas, memes, and personal stories.

Tom Mandel, <mandel> was his handle on The WELL and he wasn’t just any internet user. He was the prototype that so many people embody online today. He was a troll (for righteousness sake), he was a know-it-all, he was a great debater, and he was compassionate. He was also a futurist, a social scientist that predicts and works to bring the future they envision into reality. <mandel> was living the future every single day he participated in an online community. I like to think that as he sat as his computer he knew in the 80’s and early 90’s that somewhere someone like me would be writing about death on the internet and how it changes us.

@ heaven is a transcript of the fast 6 months between his original thread about a nagging cough through his cancer diagnosis and onto his acceptance where he stayed online as long as he could. It’s a glimpse of what happens to your online community before, during, and after you die. It’s about how friendships transcend zero’s and ones. It’s about faith- whatever that means to you. It’s a real life Back to the Future moment.

I saw myself in every moment that a WELL user typed hopeful messages, regret, and sadness at the inevitable outcome. I felt proud that <mandel> was able to take control of his journey and share it in his own words. I cried for every loss filled facebook post of a friend, friend of a friend, and loved one. I wonder daily who will handle my legacy facebook page? Should I use one of those services that lets you post one last message? I cried because in that last moment where you no longer have a voice, I still want mine.

And, I wanted <mandel> to “live” forever.

 

@ heaven The Online Death of a Cybernetic Futurist. is available at OR Books.

 

 

 

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