Jess Harnell’s Last Show at House of Blues


Jess Harnell’s band Rock Sugar performed their last show as the house band at the House of Blues of Sunset Strip on Monday, Septmeber 20th.

The band and their passionate fans hope to get the contract renewed and are asking everyone to write to Malia Rummell at maliarummell(a) showing support for the band.

This is; however, not the final concert for Rock Sugar as they have October 2010 concerts scheduled in New Mexico and future dates in development. You can find out more about the band through their official pages on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter (@rocksugarband) and ROCKSUGARBAND.COM.

Here are some recent videos featuring the band via YouTube, including two from their farewell performance at the House of Blues:

~ Ashley Trayder
Staff, Voice Actors in the News

Fans Q&A with Jess Harnell (audio)


Jess Harnell fans were asked to submit questions for Jess via the Jess Harnell Fans Facebook Group and MySpace fan page. [Fan questions were selected by Voice Actors in the News staff contributor, Ashley Trayder, who is also the administrator of Jess’ fan pages on Facebook and MySpace.]

Instead of typing his replies, Jess took the time to record his answers for the fans. You can listen to the full audio through the Jess Harnell Fan Page on MySpace.

~Ashley Trayder
Voice Actors in the News Staff Contributor

The What I’m Pondering Weakly V


Continuing the series of random thoughts on random Tuesdays…

– I received my review copy of 80s metal-pop fusion band Rock Sugar featuring frontman Jess Harnell (Animaniacs, Drawn Together) in the mail Monday. My wife — a non-fan who only vaguely knows Jess’ voice through the cartoons I watch — loved the CD from the first song and tried to claim the album for her own. My wife is a harsh music critic too, so I take that as a very good sign that Rock Sugar has a solid hit on their hands. (Album review forthcoming for the blog.)

– Buena Vista Home Video’s press release for Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue states that the movie includes “all-star cast of voice talents” and then doesn’t mention a single one of them.

Hey Disney! If you’re going to hire celebrity voices to help sell your movie, you might want to consider mentioning who they are in your press releases.

Videomaker Magazine requires a “14-day trial membership” in order for me to read their “Top 10 Best Voice Over Tips.”

No, thanks. I’ll just read Marc Cashman’s “12 Top Voice Over Skills” on for free. I’d rather know “skills” over “tips” anyway, and with Marc you get 2 bonus skills for free!

– Originally, my commentary on the Danish dub of SpongeBob SquarePants was supposed to be included in this edition until I realized it was worthy of its own article. tells you how to succeed in voiceovers… without doing voiceovers. The author of this article explains the path to VO success in three easy but amusingly odd steps:

1. Get your eyes examined.
2. Try to get your ears flushed.
3. Breathe correctly.

If I knew it was just a simple matter of getting my ears flushed to succeed in voiceovers, I would’ve had it done YEARS ago.

Make sure you check out the comments on this from the VO pros where I posted this on the