Mike Lenz Voice - A Journey Into Voice Acting
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Join professional voice actor, audiobook narrator, and podcast host Mike Lenz as he shares stories from some of the most amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry - as well as other incredible entrepreneurs - to help inspire you to achieve your dream of becoming a professional voice actor.
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051 - Zippy Kaufman Interview
7 days ago
What’s the deal with “Zippy,” anyway? Long story short, the nickname “Zippy” comes from a character I played in a 2nd grade talent show. It was my first acting experience, and wouldn’t you know it- the name stuck! With that being said, should I call you “Christopher?” “Chris?” “Zippy?” I’m confused! It doesn’t matter- I’ll answer to any of the three! So acting’s been in your blood since you were a kid- pretty cool. Did you do anything with that passion? I was able to parlay my love of acting into a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts, where I was privileged to get a mix of both classical and experimental theatre training from some of the top instructors in the country. They also had great Halloween parties. What happened after college? I got a job. Then what? I took standup comedy classes over at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California. I enjoyed being a part of Westside’s community, and it led me to go through their improv training. I was lucky enough to be a regular performer, both as part of a house team (Ghost Party Orchestra), and as a member of their flagship improv show, Mission IMPROVable (as Agent Hammertime). Oh goodness, another nickname? Yup. I guess it’s kind of my thing. So, improv you say? Like what they do on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Well, Mission IMPROVable is sort of like that, but since a TV audience watching an 8pm show at home is a lot different than a live audience coming to watch a 10pm show at a comedy theater, the energy at Mission IMPROVable is unmatched. Plus, I think our games are better. But I’m biased. Ghost party Orchestra’s form of improv is known as longform. Basically, you put a group of performers on stage, someone in the audience yells out a word, and you do a full show of interconnected scenes based off of that one word. It can get pretty crazy. Wow- this Westside Comedy Theater sounds like a pretty cool place. What else did you do over there? Sketch comedy! There wasn’t a lot of it going on when I first got there, so some friends & I decided, “Why not us?” I co-created, c