Check out 5th Grade Challenge on Audible!

“Ted, the 5th grade genius and Veronica, his arch-rival, are constantly pranking each other. When the pranks spill over and ignite a grade-wide war, the teachers organize a girls vs. boys competition.”

This is a project I’ve been working on during 2020 with author Jamaal Fridge! I absolutely loved voicing his characters and discussing his work with him. It was so much fun and such a great learning experience as both an actor and an author!

You can find the audiobook on audible and read along!

Trailer is Out!

I just watched the trailer for one of the shows I’m on and it is so cute! I absolutely adore it.

I loved recording with this cast pre-covid (miss you all!) and working with everyone at the studio. I had a blast. I can’t wait for everyone to meet my characters. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

The show is for ages 4-8, but I think older kids around 10 will enjoy it as well. It’s warm, colourful and fun!

Plus, MAGICAL GIRL TRANSFORMATIONS!

Yep. It’s so cute.

You can check out the trailer here and listen to the theme song!

5th Grade Challenge Audio Book!

All the chapters for The 5th Grade Challenge are up on YouTube! I had so much fun recording this audio book for Jamaal Fridge. He’s created a fun cast of character’s, I definitely recommend checking out his work!

I think my favourite scenes were between Amber and James, but I loved voicing everyone equally.

Stories like this are fun, exciting, and filled with a wave of emotions! Working on The 5th Grade Challenge reminded me of why I love to read so much! Voicing these characters rekindled that initial joy books used to bring me!

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

You can check it out on Goodreads as well!

Novel & Editing Update

Howdy Peeps!

I’ve been working away at my last few edits before I go into my full read through of my manuscript. It’s been so much fun. I can’t wait to share this book with you all.

I’ve also been reminding myself to record these last few edits. I nearly forgot! I really want to document this portion of the process because well…this is my novel debut! It’s exciting and honestly it still feels like a dream. I’ve written so many stories over the years it’s incredible that one of them is going to be published. My characters won’t just be mine to laugh and cry with anymore. It’s crazy the more I think about it.

I’ve adored stories my entire life…they have this ability to connect you to people fictional or not through so many mediums. There are so many wondrous places to travel, things to experience…and stories provide all of that adventure. I hope the stories I tell whether it be someone elses through my career as an actress or ones that I tell myself as an author bring some warmth, fun and adventure into someones life.

Stay safe,

Ardin.

Work, Time Control and Being Human

I hate that I haven’t uploaded a new video in weeks but I’ve been balancing between my jobs and haven’t had he time to record much of anything. I did some editing the other day and forgot to track my progress. I’m not 100% finished editing that scene though. I’ll be sending it in to my editor for feedback.

I’ve also been working on other projects as well, like recording an audiobook which I’m very excited about. I’ll definitely share more information on it in the near future.

Lately I keep wishing that time would stop, not forever but just for an hour or two. I just want to have a few extra hours to get all of my work done, whether that be editing, recording or writing. Sadly, I haven’t discovered the power of time control. If I had, I’d probably send everyone into some weird time loop anyways. Not everyone should be granted such power.

My niece commented on how fast I can type the other day.

“How can you type so fast without looking at the keyboard?” she asked.

“I’ve been typing for a very long time…everyday…forever.” I said. Which wasn’t entirely accurate but still mostly true. I have probably spent the majority of my life on the computer writing. The thought of it makes me a little sad. I could have been making more friends or something a kid but instead all I did was write. I’m not disappointed in my progress though. My old stories aren’t half bad. I kind of like them. I for sure thought I would cringe reading them but…they were actually interesting.

It’s funny because I’ve never cringed at the books I wrote in 4th grade. I adore those stories. I guess because being a preteen-teenage is such an awkward transition period for most people…I assumed that I was absolutely the weirdest human alive.

I got up early so I could try and squeeze some work in before I go to work…sounds funny but my days are constantly filled with me working. I have to remind myself to do normal human things, like eating and exercising and most importantly taking breaks. I never realized how valuable it was to get away from your work for 30 minutes until I became an adult. All of this work will be worth it though. Still, I kind of wish I’d slept in a little longer this morning.

Projects, Planning & Productivity

The weather’s been weird lately. One minute it’s boiling the next the wind is so strong I can barely open the car door without it slamming back in my face.

Windy days aren’t exactly fun when you decide you want to wear your hair out either. If I wanted a bowl out, I would’ve used a hair dryer! Sigh…of course the heat isn’t always friendly to hair either is it?

One thing that is nice about this bizarre weather is that it’s spontaneity inspires me to be more productive. The unfortunate thing is that with all I have on the go, I probably need to invest in a personal calendar. My phone just won’t cut it. I’d like to try and manage all of my projects effectively, whether that be recording which is currently my #1 priority (I’ve been recording an audio book this summer and it’s been so much fun!), or editing.

I also just started working part-time along with my job as a voice actor and the editing I do occasionally on the side. It’s nice to be working again, since the media industry is still adjusting to the changes happening during the pandemic. I’m eager to get back into the studio but I’m being as patient as possible and I’m making the most of the gigs I’ve been getting here and there during this pandemic. Plus my part-time job is loads of fun! I spend all day surrounded by books!

I do wonder if it’s possible for me to become more productive? Especially on my days off. Of course it’s important to take a break every now and then but when you have goals in mind, it’s good to stay on top of them. I try to set miniature goals for myself, of the things I’d like to accomplish in a week. I have a few set for this coming week. I’d like to get lots done in the next couple of days, but I also try to be realistic in what I can accomplish within a short span of time.

I have a habit of trying to do too many things at once which can at times be overwhelming, so I know that in order to counteract that, I have to make time for myself every so often so that I don’t burn out.

In terms of editing right now, I’m a lot further behind than I would have liked and what’s frustrating about that is the fact that I’ve got 3 chapters and 2 scenes to go. I’m at the end of the race with this 3rd round of edits but I chose to put it aside to complete other things. I think that by planning out my day and getting some sort of routine going for my editing, like I do for my at home recording sessions, I could probably get through these last few chapters more efficiently. Of course I still have to do a full read through before returning my corrections and my approvals back to my editor but I think once I get the last bit of editing done I can relieve some of the weight on my shoulders.

This is my debut. I just want everything to go smoothly.

Speaking of writing, I thought I’d do a little survey out of curiousity. If you’re a writer yourself, what is your writing style?

Back in the Studio

Yesterday was my first day back in the studio!

It was weird not having everyone around, but everything went smoothly and we had a great recording session.

I got to see the animatic for the show, which was absolutely fantastic. I hadn’t seen any concept art for my character prior to that, so when I saw her I instantly fell in love! She looked exactly as I imagined!

I really missed going in and recording versus being on my own at home. It was nice having a change of scenery.

It’s May!

It’s May!

I thought the weather was going to be nice today, but I suppose a little rains all right. I just wish I was a little more forward thinking and didn’t wear a dress. I’ve got on a sweater too, so no worries!

Aside from the weather and wishing I wore a pair of jeans, it’s been a relaxing Saturday as usual.

I’m currently drafting the sequel to my debut novel, which has been a lot of fun. I’m also trying to catch up on some reading.

Aside from book stuff, I’ve been working on some voice over projects and playing around with different characters and voices. It’s a lot of fun…but sometimes I like to do multiple takes before deciding on the voice I want. I find I take longer with female characters because I’m subconsciously trying to make sure they don’t sound too similar.

Today I’m reading Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 4, which is super exciting because I got it for my birthday, and I spent months trying to track it down prior to that. My birthday was in March, so as you can see I’m very behind on my reading goals for 2020. I’ve spent more time writing and editing, which of course I should do, but I love to read and it’s nice to take a little break every now an then.

I recorded some audio on my editing process, which I will try and put into a video and post at a later date. I haven’t had time to edit the video yet, because I’ve got a few other projects on the go right now. However, I told myself I was going to post it because a lot of the lovely folks on Twitter have been asking for editing tips and I can’t fit all of that information into a single Tweet.

Before I go, I also want to wish you a Happy Free Comic Book Day. This year is obviously very different…but I’ve got a plenty of books that I can read at home right now, and I’m sure a lot of Indie Comic Creators and small comic shops are hosting events as well…or at least promoting their work. At least that’s my hope. I have seen some artists doing Webtoon promo’s on Twitter and Instagram.

What is your favourite comic book or manga series? Leave a comment below or Tweet me @ardinpatterson.