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S8E5: Laura Dickinson — Hard Work, Music, and Voice Acting

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In this episode, voice actor and musician Laura Dickinson brings us insight into how she’s made it as a voice actor for Disney Animation and how good old fashioned hustle can really take you the distance.

Laura makes her living as a full-time musician, contracting for Disney providing singing voices for animated characters on Phineas & Ferb, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, and Sofia the First. Essentially, “your nine-year old daughter’s favorite singer.” You’ve also heard her voice on Pitch Perfect, Modern Family, and Supernatural.

When she’s not bringing her character acting talent, she’s also a frequent live performer fronting her own 17 piece big band and opening for names like Tony Bennett and Lyle Lovett.

She’s also recently released her debut album, One for My Baby – To Frank Sinatra With Love, which is a beautifully done and wonderfully arranged homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes.

 

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Enter to Win: Journal of Alchemy by Joe Diamond!

Journal of Alchemy Contest

Win a copy of Joe Diamond’s new book Journal of Alchemy! 

Journal of Alchemy is Joe’s first book for magicians. It’s a quick read that teaches five powerhouse routines from Joe’s professional repertoire. All the routines are audience tested, and simple to perform so you can focus on having fun with the material and connecting with your audience.

The winner will receive both an autographed printed version and the digital version of the book!

Contest runs through March and winner will be chosen on April Fool’s Day (4/1/2015).

Read after the jump to find out how to enter!

 

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S5E1: Dan Chan — Magic, Kids, and Dinner Shows!

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In this interview, Dan Chan takes us on his journey into how he became a professional magician. He also talks about his dinner show, his experiences with Groupon and LivingSocial, and how he’s teaching his two young children how to juggle and perform magic.

Dan Chan is a magician and variety show producer up in the Bay Area.

Dan is quite the versatile performer, from close-up magic to stage illusion to pickpocketing, he’s taken his talents in front of some impressive audiences including George Lucas, the US Marine Corps, and performing over 15 times for Google.

In addition to this, he’s works with his wife, Kat, in many of his productions and has been training up his two children, 7 year old James and 5 year old Grace, in juggling and magic as well.

Dan is an intense three-ring circus rolled into one man. Bring in the rest of his family and you have a quadruple threat class act!

 

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