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!

Reviewing a book I auditioned for!

I decided to request an ARC copy of a book I auditioned for earlier this month and was accepted. I loved the passages for the little sister that I got to read for my audition.

I love audio book auditions because I get a sneak peak at new books before they’re even offered as ARCs and before I unbox them at work. One of my favourite things to do at my part-time job is unbox the new releases. It’s so exciting seeing that final cover design, and…the new book smell. It is a thing! It is so comforting. Old book smell is its own comfort, but to me the most comforting thing about an old book is the bends in the spine, the gently crumbled pages and the slight browning of the paper.

I’m so excited to read this book. I was actually going to buy it when it released and review it anyway! It was already on my TBR.

I was also accepted for a bunch of other ARCs, but I’m currently reading the one and am hoping to finish it by the end of the week so that I can post the review. I’m going to be reviewing the Anne of Green Gables manga sometime this month as well, since I was accepted for that.

Fun fact: I’m that typical Canadian who loves L.M Montgomery. Anne, Emily. My favourite adaptation of Emily was the anime actually! I liked the live action show and I’d actually love if Netflix picked it up and revamped it…but they should definitely do it the way the anime was done because it followed the books. No one was turning into a kelpie. I mean, yah I’m Scottish on my Dad’s side but like…the random Scottish folklore being thrown in during those later seasons was…out of genre for how the series started. If they’d always talked about her having second sight and such earlier on, it wouldn’t have been so random. I liked it, but the genre switch was completely random.

Anne with an E was definitely well done in my opinion. I know of a handful of people who didn’t like it because it wasn’t as light and cheery as the previous adaptations (I own a bunch of those on VHS). I have yet to see a version of Anne that I can say I absolutely hate. The films and Anne with an E in my personal opinion, captured Anne, Diana and Gilbert well. Actually, I’ve found that the show versions of Diana truly grasp how important her friendship is to Anne in a way that the films (mainly because of the time length) aren’t able to capture.

Well, that’s enough about Anne.

I’m looking forward to reading these ARCs! I have high hopes for several of these books, but I’m also a bit nervous. I’m always open to reading new authors but I’m not always open to delving into new genres. I read a fair amount of different ones and will read anything ranging from Middle Grade to General Fiction. I love comics. If I’m being 100% honest, I adore them. Still, for me its all about the authors writing style and how quickly I connect with the characters. The plot draws me in and entices me to read but the character’s are what keep me invested.

Fingers crossed I like them all! I’ve already had one disappointing review for this year and I definitely need to read something to make up for it!

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.

Happy Wednesday!

Today is Wednesday, and so fittingly I decided to add this adorable little gif of Miss. Wednesday Addams.

I really love her as a character. I feel like a lot of people do.

Today I’m working on my reference journal, and hopefully I can at least get through the important dates section. I ended up spending most of the morning on Twitter, which wasn’t the worlds greatest decision. I get lost in all the writing questions and end up in a Writing Community rabbit hole. I guess I just really miss talking to my friends and family about my stories.

I’m praying that this afternoon will be a productive one. I’m also hoping to do some serious editing of a few chapters this week that I’d like to discuss with my editor. Honestly, having an this second set of eyes is wonderful. I’m so grateful.

I’ve also been editing for someone else…and getting paid for it…which is a first for me. I’ve never been paid to edit before. It’s really nice. I like providing feedback. I also appreciate the money, and the fact that I’m finally putting that English Lit degree to good use (aside from writing).

With recording studios still adjusting to our new norm’ things have definitely been slow. A lot of shows are on hold still because the studios, directors and cast members are all working together to create an environment that makes everyone feel safe. I’ve only been in studio once since they reopened, and have been working from home aside from that. It’s definitely different, and I really miss the people I’ve worked with, but I’m glad that they’re prioritizing safety above all else.

So, being paid to edit is definitely a nice way to keep me somewhat a float until things get back to normal. Plus I’m learning a lot.

I do think I need to get a day planner or something though…because I’ve been trying to balance all of my jobs throughout the week and I hate when suddenly the weekend roles around and I realize that I still have so much work to do! Especially when I haven’t even gotten to work on my edits. I think I do a decent job of prioritizing what needs to get done however I really, really, really wish I had more energy.

Well, I’d best continue with this reference journal.

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.