Becoming the Voice of Ulta Beauty: Auditioning, Fears, and Supporting Your Competition.

So far, 2017 has been ROCKING, and here's a HUGE part of why:

I got cast as the voice of Ulta Beauty!! It is SUPER FREAKING AWESOME and I am so beyond beyond honored and thrilled. (Gee, can you tell?)

What does it mean to be the "Voice of" a company?

In this awesome case, it means I get to provide voice over for the radio commercials, TV commercials, internet commercials, in store info, and anything for which Ulta needs voice over. I get to use my range to adapt to whatever kind of commercial voice they need, whether it be friendly, conversational, genuine, bubbly, or something smooth and sultry. Kinda like Flo from Progressive, but using only my voice. It's been a ton of fun thus far, and I've been working with some amazing people. I am so thankful for this opportunity! 

How'd it all go down? It all began with a voice over audition, as so many voice over bookings do! In Los Angeles, we predominantly record auditions from home, which requires a stellar at home set up. You can see a photo of mine here. When I lived in NY, voice over castings were conducted much more often in person. It might've changed a bit since then, but it was very interesting for me to observe this immediate difference of life as a voice actor in NY versus LA once I moved to LA. There are pros and cons to both, of course, but I love auditioning in person. For the Ulta audition, I had the awesome benefit of getting to record my audition in person, at the wonderful VO casting house, Voicecaster, in LA. I LOVE in person auditions, because it allows me to get out of my head and to do what I do best, act! Recording at home makes me put on a director's hat while trying to take off my voice actor's hat, and you just can't wear two hats at once. I definitely find myself wearing conflicting hats and having a hard time judging my voice over auditions objectively. I care so much about those darling little mp3 darlings before they get released into the universe! I hold them so dearly, and work [sometimes too] hard on them. But when I go into a studio in PERSON to record, I get to see another human being (maybe even more than one!) which is enjoyable, because being at home submitting can be isolating. AND I get to be directed by someone other than my darling mp3 clutching self. It rocks. Especially when it's Andrew at Voicecaster! So he directed me, like the rockstar he is, and it was super fun, and I left. 

Now here's when it gets really tricky. Do I replay the audition all the rest of the day in my head, kick myself over new ideas that pop up or what I "should've done" and didn't do? YES. But I'm working on it. I'm working SO hard on just letting those little babies go. Letting them go off into the judgment ether for the casting professionals, clients, and the million other people who are involved with assessing whether or not my voice is right for a project or not to decide. It's not my decision. And believe me, this control freak over here would LOVE to be able to control everything in life, but I chose this industry, and I can't. And here, I think you MUST believe in some kind of higher power- be it God, the Universe, Karma, or your cockapoo. Because if we rehash our past audition decisions, we drive ourselves CRAZY. We need to leave that shiz in the ROOM. The letting go part is always the most difficult for me, but sometimes, it actually works! And this time, thank God, the universe, and my cockapoo, it WORKED. 

Crazy thing happened right before I went into the recording studio to audition: I ran in a friend, who's extremely talented. Well, actually, this isn't a crazy occurrence at all, because the LA VO community is small and this happens all the time. The crazy part was that I let this affect my confidence SO greatly. I freaked out right before going in to the audition room and thought, "well, she's obviously going to book it, and I'm not, and I'm the worst... downward spiral etc etc..." I let a TON of enter my mind and affect me, and it was neither fun nor helpful to what I was about to do. I had to talk myself out of this insanity and quickly. It's SO easy to get intimidated in these situations, but when you play in the big leagues, you're going to be playing with other people in the big leagues. That's the point and it's where you want to be playing! We need to keep reminding ourselves that we are MEANT to be here, and also, that one person's success doesn't mean our failure. I'm working on this big time. I'm trying to start thinking that we rise TOGETHER. Now, someone could challenge this and say, "but there's only one job and you want the same VO job as someone else, so you can't support your competition." AU contraire mon ami. This is also where we need to believe in that higher power. When we don't get something that we want, we need to believe that that is opening us up for something greater and more perfect for us. I've witnessed it in my own career. There have been jobs that I have wanted more than ANYTHING in the world and have been heartbroken not to get cast in. I may have shed buckets of tears (I'm human), but I keep moving forward, because clearly, this means that it wasn't meant to be and that something even more right for me is around the corner. I've witnessed it with my own eyes, and you will too. I would love to hear your stories of examples of this in your life and work, so leave me some comments below. 

So, duh duh duh DUH! I booked it! It was SUCH an incredible moment when both of my agents called me on the phone to tell me the incredible news. When they were together on the phone, I of course thought, "Oh no, they're dropping me, I'm the worst," because my fear voice is a SUPER loud bitach. But she needs to simmer down now. Does booking this awesome job mean that I was the best voice over actress in Burbank? No. Does it mean that I was better than my awesome friend? No, it doesn't. She's amazing too! We can both be amazing, together. It means that I was the right person, in the right moment, at the right time. Maybe I reminded a producer of their best friend growing up. Maybe sometimes I remind producers of their exes and, consequently, don't book jobs. I can't change any of that. When it works, it's freaking INCREDIBLE. And when it doesn't, it freaking STINKS. But luckily, we keep on moving forward, and hopefully, take the time to celebrate our wins. I'm going to go pop some bubbly... bye for now! 

With love and bubbly voices,

Caley

I Was Nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Austin WebFest!

I am so honored to be nominated in the Best Lead Actress category for "We're Here Now" at the Austin WebFest! The series is also nominated for the Best Comedy, Best Writing, and Audience Choice Awards. Fingers SUPER crossed!!! 

It's such a HUGE honor to be nominated for a best acting award too, because I used to be the WORST at acting. Truly. Singing was always my thing, and acting was other people's thing. I've worked really hard to up my skills, though, and trained for years and years and will continue training, as all actors must. We need to be in class constantly sharpening our skills and keeping our instruments flexible and at the ready for all of the big, incredible opportunities coming our way! We are so much like athletes in that way, requiring physical and mental prowess and strength. So we stay in class, voice over workout groups, and keep flexing these emotional muscles. I will even work on auditions with friends whenever I can in order to get OUT of my crazy lil head and to get outside perspective, which is so incredibly helpful. It also helps take me out of the isolation that can be part of the daily grind as an actor, auditioning in my voice over booth, memorizing lines, and submitting to castings online (I still do this, because even though my reps are doing this for me as well, we are all a team, and you can't just rely on your reps while you sit back and coast! Constantly pushing forward. Okay, end parentheses :p ).

 It feels so incredible to be acknowledged! The Austin WebFest team even initially mistook my name for my character's name, Jen Buckley, which is a huge compliment that they couldn't tell us apart. This character has become a part of me and I of her. Yay to acting, celebrating, and the incredible town of Austin, Texas. Thanks Austin WebFest!! 

Between Busts was Featured on Hello Giggles!

The brilliant writer of our Animated Comedy Series, Amy Aniobi, and "Between Busts" were featured on Hello Giggles!

The writer gave such a nice mention of "Between Busts" and me, and it was so exciting! I have been a HUGE fan of the blog, co-founded by Zooey Deschanel, and "positive online community for women" for so long, so to see our my friend, our series, and my own name on their site was SUCH an incredible honor! I'll be floating in the air for the next few days, so you may not see me for a while... :) 

Read the Full Article Here

My Animated Comedy Series Debuted!

Between Busts, the Animated Comedy Series that Caley Co-Created, Co-Produced, and Voices, Released its First Three Episodes! "Very Modern Thoughts from Some Very Dead Women." Click Here to Catch Up.

Hosting for AfterBuzz TV

I am the newest host for AfterBuzz TV!

It is a dream come true to learn from the inspirational E News Host and Everygirl, Maria Menounos, and executive producer and content creator, Keven Undergaro.

I'm hosting the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Casual" Aftershows, Mondays at 10 pm and Tuesdays at 9 pm, so catch me there Monday and Tuesday nights as we live stream.

Click Here to View Past Episodes of Caley Co-Hosting the AfterBuzz Casual Aftershow

We're Here Now Original Series released!

Catch me as Jen Buckley, a NY socialite who's a cross between Regina George and Samantha from Sex and the City in "We're Here Now," here

This was a super fun role to play, because Jen is completely unfiltered, sometimes callous, and goes after exactly what she wants. We all have a lot to learn from this character, and I learned a lot from playing her. Finding the "Jen Buckley" inside of me definitely gave me a renewed sense of confidence, on-screen and off. 

What else I loved about shooting this comedy series: I lived in a house in Dayton, Ohio, for two weeks with my co-stars. I had known Chad Wyckoff before this shoot, from a previous film shoot that we acted in together in Maryland, but I met Gavin Eastlake the day before we began filming. The guys picked me up at the airport in an SUV that was blaring hip hop and then we became roommates and costars for the next ten days. Living together fostered a closer relationship that we were then able to bring to life on-screen and, bonus, it was a ton of fun. Our character in "We're Here Now," had been friends since they were kids, so living together helped us get really close, really fast. Especially since we shared a bathroom. I still wonder if that house was haunted though... 

 

 

January film acting and voice recordings.

I booked a recurring role in "Insult to Injury," a musical web series. It's super exciting to act and sing in this fun and quirky show. I get to play a "Janeane Garofalo type" type, sarcastic and dry, which is a lot of fun to play, and the rest of the cast is extremely talented!

This month, I also got to play a "wealthy birth mother," Marcy, in the feature film Quinn, directed by Andrew Cinclair. I acted opposite Claudia Wells, from Back to the Future, which was incredibly incredibly cool.

I already recently did voice over for a Payless commercial! I'm my conversational, friendly self, neither sarcastic, nor snobby in this spot. :) 

I booked the role of "Marty" in Plan B Entertainment's production of Grease! 

Off to Anchorage, Alaska for the first time in my life!

I'm going back to my musical theater roots!

I get to play such a fun character in "Grease," Marty!

Since I've booked this, I've encountered a lot of people that say, "oh yeah, you're such a Marty." I'm not quite sure what that means, but I'm very happy I'm a Marty, this Marty! I'll get to sing, act, and dance my heart away all the way up in Anchorage, Alaska. I've never been to Alaska, but am excited for this adventure and psyched to be acting onstage again and entertaining the 2000 seat house! 

Super Psyched! Bookings Report!

Recent Hosting and VO Bookings:

I'm hosting "Football XOXO," coming soon to Youtube and Amazon! I may not know a lot about Football yet, but as a host for this show, I'm going to do my research and practice my scripts in order to be as football-versed as possible! 

I also recently booked Voice Over commercials for Red Bull, Noosa Yohgurt, and REI! It's always my favorite thing when the behind the scenes day-to-day work of auditioning for VO allows me to go into professional Voice Over studios and work with amazing people here in Los Angeles, the mecca of the entertainment industry. So much of Voice Over auditioning takes place in my home studio these days, I would say 90%, maybe more, and so when I get to work on VO and be directed by talented individuals, it's always such a treat!