This weekend I made a trip to New York City to meet up with a bunch of my voice actor friends from not only New York, but lots of other places in the world.
Dave Courvoisier and I shared a hotel room to keep our costs to a minimum. He arrived Friday evening.
Dave and I drove into Manhattan around lunch time on Saturday, where we caught up for lunch at the famous Katz’s Deli with Doug Turkel.
And Anthony Mendez.
We hung out at Katz’s as long as we could, but the place was so busy that we didn’t feel we could keep our table forever. Eventually we found a table at a Starbucks not too far away and spent a wonderful afternoon talking about everything from the joys of being a Dad to how to field strip an M-16. OK. I made up that last part, but we did cover a wide variety of topics, including some stuff about voiceover, of course.
We met up with Philip Banks, Elaine Singer, Moe Egan, Liz de Nesnera, Melissa Exelberth and Elisa Cañas and then made our way across the street to the Boca Chica for our dinner. Also joining us was John Florian of VoiceOverXtra.
Making a dramatic, late, appearance were DB Cooper …
… and her husband DeWitt Hardy, Mary McKitrick and Mandy Nelson. And and even later and more dramatic appearance was made by Pam Tierney. Oh, what a wonderful evening of fun, laughter and joyous conversation it was.
And things were just getting started, because after our dinner we walked across the street and down a block to the White Rabbit for the New York VO Mixer organized by Erik Sheppard and his Voice Talent Productions. With Erik was the lovely and talented Lindsay Reiss.
One of the more dramatic moments during the mixer was at the end of the “door prizes” when Erik announced that Lindsey had won a prize, then pulled out a small box, knelt to one knee and asked Lindsey to marry him. Fortunately for Erik she said “yes.”
One of the highlights of the mixer for me was getting to meet Dave DeAndrea in person.
Here’s a shot of the crowded floor from near one end.
Getting a hug from Pam Tierney.
And it was a great delight to see September Day Leach at the Mixer, too.
Aside from the music being so loud it was almost impossible to hold a conversation and the name tags being hard to read, it was a whole lot of fun. I’m very glad I went. Thank you Erik and congratulations Erik and Lindsay. May you have much happiness and a long life together.