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that’s it. (imagine me saying that with my *proud* voice)

18 Feb

today i finished the recordings for the audio book.

now i feel happy and sad at the same time.

it was such a great experience and for me as a voice over artist who is often at three different jobs each day, it was wonderful to work on just ONE project for all these days. that might sound funny to you. but to me it felt like the biggest luxury.

i was so close to the story or better… i was diving IN the story of the book that it feels weird now that it’s over,

now there’s nothing more for me to do than

looking foward to the result.

thank you once again to daphne, the author. it was great to be in contact with you. it opened another level for me to the book that i am very grateful for.

and thanks again to basti, my fabulous audio engineer! you rocked!

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oh, and to get into the mood. i just found this himmelstiefe-music on daphne’s site. enjoy*

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audiobook. day two.

12 Feb

i ran out of words.

no no. don’t worry. my second day in the studio working on the audio book went amazingly good. i came to the passages that i was most afraid of in the story. the reason for this was that there were so many different characters in one chapter, and they were all communicating with EACH OTHER. and ME, you know, I had to be ALL of them. it scared me a bit. but as soon as i was back in the studio, with those words and this lovely story… it all just HAPPENED. it was a bit magical to be honest.

i’ve been reading and reading for hours and when i made a small break, i realized the sun had come out. so i chilled in the studio lounge for a while and enjoyed the view.

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and then it was 5 pm and i had to leave this other world again that i am captured in these days. and i had to leave my little desk with the lamp that i have already become close friends with (everytime i raise my voice to scream, i have to touch the lampshade so it won’t make a vibrant noise caused by my scream… that’s why we’re already quite intimate, the lamp and me).

five o’clock. time to go home.

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some friends called me this evening, but i couldn’t answer. sorry, friends, you know who you are and you know that i love you!

so, i am thinking about this lovely story teamgloria told me in a comment she made on my post about my day one in the studio:

“a friend (actor) worked with olympia dukakis and she was told to Rest Her Voice before the evening’s performance so she went around with a large note hung from a ribbon (we made that bit up – hope it was a ribbon) that said VOICE REST.”

isn’t that a gorgeous story?

i need such a note too for when i run out of words like i feel now. and i was thinking if maybe tiffany&co might be interested in producing a silver plate on a necklace saying VOICE REST. i would certainly buy one ❤

have a wonderful evening (or day if you are in LA 🙂 ) whether you spend it in silence ore not.

love, julia.

audiobook. day one.

11 Feb

today it was THE day. me against the book. seven hours in a dark room. with all these page, a bottle of water and a microphone. i was excited like before my A-levels. my first audio book!
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so probably now you wonder who won… we both did.

it is only day one (i will be reading everyday now this week am to pm) but i can say already now that it is such an amazing experience for an actress (and actor, of course) to record an audio book. it is like playing a whole play all by yourself, you have to fill in every role and character completely committing to the story.

i love it.

Bildafter six hours of reading i got to a point where all the letters and words started to jump around in front of me and merged into one. but a coffee helped and i was able to go on for several pages.

looking forward to day two of this adventure.

are you with me?

and now i’m off to bathtub and bed. xxx

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being a grown-up…

5 Feb

….SUCKS!

that’s what i thought yesterday. my week started with a meeting with my accountant and she had BAAAD news for me. an additional payment of taxes for the year 2011. a nice amount of money which i could certainly have used for a nice journey around the world for maybe two or three months.

after the shock she said: “the good thing is: you earned a lot of money in 2011!” awesome. then she offered me a gin.

oh, well, it’s only money, right? it all has to flow and go and come back and grow. nevertheless it made me upset. upset about myself. that i am so bad with facts and figures. i didn’t become an actress to have to deal with that sh**, um, i mean stuff!

so, i was a bit grumpy yesterday not without showing my capricorn-typical gallows humor.

i didn’t sleep very good and felt quite hungover this morning. (i remember i had a dream that started off quite interesting: some hot james franco look-alike who wasn’t wearing a shirt welcomed me on a deserted island and in an act of incredible manliness lit a fire for me. it was already night, the moon was up, i could hear the waves crashing in, he smiled at me and handed me a coconut to drink from it. i opened my little backpack that i had with me and…  started to take bank notes out of it to throw them into the fire!!!!!!!!!!!)

i knew the only thing that could light up my day (besides the sun that had surprisingly come out and showed herself in all her beauty)were my new yin yang leggins. and yes, they did a great job. everytime i looked down on me today, i felt quite happy and grounded. crazy, what a pair of leggings can do for you.

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what i didn’t know at that time was that i would find two precious things in my mailbox today!

first: i got an amazing glamorous beautiful letter from teamgloria! i found it on my way to work, so i decided to open it when i was back home and all chilled and could enjoy a tea to go with it.

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today was “grey’s anatomy” time. we’re currently dubbing the 9th season and i am the german voice of dr. april kepner. always so much fun, because sarah drew is an amazing actor. i love her. and i love april ❤ it is such a great gift if you can work on a character over several years like in this case. it feels like we are melting together more and more from episode to episode.

on this photo you don’t see me but my fellow voice actor colleague who is dubbing bailey.

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voice acting does sometimes also mean waiting. for example when your colleagues are having a scene or a take without you. when i was waiting and sitting i tried to become friends with being an adult again, so i started my PRO/CON list you see all the way down below. but before i get to the essence of the list, let me finish my follow-me-thorugh-my-day-sightseeing-tour. as i can see you all still sit on your seats, waiting patiently for the next landmark.

and here we go, ladies and gentlemen…

here you see an amazing sky julia managed to shoot while driving home after work. ain’t that pretty? (btw another pro for being an adult: driving. and another: driving AND taking pictures while driving)

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i was excited because i knew i still had teamgloria’s pretty chateau marmont letter in my bag. unopened!

at home there was another treat waiting for me. my girl nina (freundin, love, briefkastenliebe… a whole other story i will surely tell one day) had send me a blacklodges t-shirt.

ain’t that dope? if you want one, there’s only a few left, you can order at nina(at)blacklodges.com

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Bildfor my english speaking readers: freundin is the german word for a female friend. and ever since we met each other at the mailbox of our house where we used to live together here in berlin, we kept calling each other ‘freundin’ instead of our names. oh, now i did tell the story after all. but it’s too beautiful not too be told, don’t you think?

and then this:

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at this point i had already made friends with being a grown-up again.

i pulled my calendar out of my bag and found my PRO/CON list again. and look… there’s much more pros, and i know that i could add many many more to it right now!! maybe YOU would like to add some? feel free!

life is good!

(btw: while i’m writing this i am listening to sade. surely something you can only appreciate as a grown-up.)

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I HAVE THE PIPPI LONGSTOCKING GENE.

22 Jan

the snow is piling up on the wintergarden of my roof and while i’m writing this i am hiding under a beautiful blanket – the one that nana gave me for my birthday, it’s soooo fluffy – looking up and feeling like an eskimo in his igloo.

today i had my first day of work for sally bollywood again. she’s an interesting little person and i missed her in the past one and a half years where we didn’t work on new episodes.but now 52 new episodes have arrived and there’s a lot to do.

i made my way through the city through the snow, arrived at the studio, got myself a cappuccino (caffeine has always been such a faithful lover to me and i especially love it when mr. caffeine kicks in right before i hit the microphone).

so we worked and worked.

4,5 hours of sally dubbing were on the plan.

after half of the time my director said to me: “i’ve been thinking about it all the time, but now i know for sure, you remind me of someone. shall i tell you?”

“it depends…”, i answered and smiled.

i don’t know why but i kind of expected the worst.

and then he said: “pippi longstocking! yes, you remind me of pippi longstocking.

honestly, people, is there a better compliment you can get?

pippi is fun, pippi is independent, pippi has a cool house and a horse. and there’s mr. nilsson. and she has cool friends. well, annika is not THAT cool. but they’re true friends and always by her side. and she knows how to navigate a hot-air balloon and a boat. and she is determined and doesn’t let people who say that it cannot be done stop her from doing it. pippi is the mother of all motivation coaches and the essence of positivity.

so hey, yes! i can handle that comparison. honestly. i love it!

definitely my yesyesyes-moment of the day!!! ❤

oh, did you know that pippi longstocking has been translated into over 70 languages??

look:

  • In Afrikaans “Pippi Langkous”
  • In Albanian “Pipi Çorapegjata”
  • In Armenian “Երկարագուլպա Պիպին” (“Erkaragulpa Pipin”)
  • In Azerbaijani “Pippi Uzuncorablı”
  • In Basque “Pipi Galtzaluze”
  • In Belarusian “Піпі Доўгаяпанчоха”
  • In Bulgarian “Пипи Дългото Чорапче”
  • In Breton “Pippi hir he loeroù”
  • In Catalan “Pippi Mitgesllargues”
  • In Chinese “长袜子皮皮”(“Changwazi Pipi”)
  • In Czech “Pipi Dlouhá Punčocha”
  • In Danish “Pippi Langstrømpe”
  • In Dutch “Pippi Langkous”
  • In Esperanto “Pipi Ŝtrumpolonga”
  • In Estonian “Pipi Pikksukk”
  • In Faroese “Pippi Langsokkur”
  • In Filipino “Potpot Habangmedyas”
  • In Finnish “Peppi Pitkätossu”
  • In French “Fifi Brindacier” (literally: “Fifi Steelwisp”)
  • In Georgian “პეპი მაღალიწინდა” (“Pepi Magalitsinda”) or “პეპი გრძელიწინდა” (“Pepi Grdzelitsinda”)
  • In German “Pippi Langstrumpf”
  • In Greek “Πίπη Φακιδομύτη” (“Pipe Phakidomyte”) which actually means Pippi the freckle-nosed girl
  • In Hebrew “בילבי בת-גרב” (“Bilbi Bat-Gerev”), “גילגי” (“Gilgi”) in old translations
  • In Hindi “Pippi Lambemoze”
  • In Hungarian “Harisnyás Pippi”
  • In Icelandic “Lína Langsokkur”
  • In Indonesian “Pippi Si Kaus Kaki Panjang”
  • In Irish, it is the same as English “Pippi Longstocking”
  • In Italian “Pippi Calzelunghe”
  • In Japanese “長靴下のピッピ” (“Nagakutsushita no Pippi”)
  • In Korean “말괄량이 소녀 삐삐” (“Malgwallyang’i Sonyŏ Ppippi”)
  • In Kurdish “Pippi-Ya Goredirey”
  • In Latvian “Pepija Garzeķe”
  • In Lithuanian “Pepė Ilgakojinė”
  • In Macedonian “Пипи долгиот чорап”
  • In Norwegian “Pippi Langstrømpe”
  • In Persian “پیپی جوراببلنده” (“Pipi Joorab-Bolandeh”)
  • In Polish “Pippi Pończoszanka” or “Fizia Pończoszanka”
  • In Portuguese “Píppi Meialonga” (Brazil), “Pipi das Meias Altas” (Portugal)
  • In Romanian “Pippi Şoseţica”
  • In Russian “Пеппи Длинный Чулок” (“Peppi Dlinn’iy Chulok)” or “Пеппи Длинныйчулок” (“Peppi Dlinn’iychulok”)
  • In SerbianCroatian and Bosnian: “Pipi Duga Čarapa” / “Пипи Дуга Чарапа”
  • In Slovak “Pipi Dlhá Pančucha”
  • In Slovene “Pika Nogavička”
  • In Spanish “Pipi Calzaslargas” (Spain), “Pippi Mediaslargas” or “Pepita Mediaslargas” (Latin America) and “Pippi Longstocking” (Mexico)
  • In Sinhalese “දිගමේස්දානලාගේ පිප්පි” (“Digamasedaanalaagee Pippi”)
  • In Swedish : “Pippi Långstrump”
  • In Thai “ปิ๊ปปี้ ถุงเท้ายาว” (“Pippi Thung-Taow Yaow”)
  • In Turkish “Pippi Uzunçorap”
  • In Ukrainian “Пеппі Довгапанчоха” (“Peppi Dovhapanchokha”)
  • In Vietnamese “Pippi Tất Dài”
  • In Welsh “Pippi Hosan-hir”
  • In Yiddish “פּיפּפּי לאָנגסטאָקקינג” (“Pippi Longstockin

i have a funny job.

21 Jan

the weekend is over as you all might have realized or not.

for me it wasn’t easy to get up today, especially with more snow that had fallen overnight here in berlin and temperatures as cold as my ex-boyfriend’s heart.

so i forced myself out of bed this morning to go to work. i had two different jobs today. and they were both cartoon voice overs.

yes, in case you didn’t know, i spend my days in dark studios behind various microphones acting the shit out of the characters that need my voice.

very often that’s cartoons or animes, and for my english speaking friends out there… it can be “real” people too cause in germany all the foreign movies and tv series are being dubbed. so, yeah, there’s a lot to do.

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so, i was standing in the studio today looking at the screen and once again thinking: “oh, dear, your job is funny, julia.”

yes, it is.

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so, here’s something i did a while ago to make you see HOW much fun my work is. and there’s a little task for you too. guess, which one i am 🙂

do you have a funny job too? tell me about it ❤

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