Lori Alan continues to showcase her versatile creative prowess while continuing to prove her relevancy. The beautiful voice over actress, who is perhaps best known for her infectious roles of Pearl the Whale (Spongebob Squarepants) and Diane Simmons (Family Guy) is about to unveil her most dynamic project to date, “Do The Voice.”
Written with longtime friend, Fia Perera and directed by Darren Stein, “Do The Voice” is a musical comedy series which features Alan as a self-absorbed but lovable 50-year-old voice over actress struggling to find true love and relevancy in the unforgiving world of Hollywood. The series, loosely based on Alan’s own personal experiences, is the perfect blend of satire drama and music showcasing the full range of Alan’s eclectically diverse repertoire.
"Do The Voice" begins with Lori, still in stirrups at the GYN, being asked yet again to do the voice of her famous cartoon character, Dolly the Dolphin during her annual pap smear. The story really develops when Lori arrives home late only to find her much younger boyfriend busily packing up his last box of things and dumping her unexpectedly. What follows are moments of confusion, tears, laughter and the emotional search to find oneself. There’s even an amazingly unexpected segue where Alan breaks out into musical song.
The pilot episode, which clocks in at under thirteen minutes, also stars Paul Iacono, Mindy Sterling, Sam Levine and Teri Fruichantie. “Do The Voice” will have its West Coast premiere as part of the L.A. Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, September 22nd at 9:30 p.m.
AXS recently spoke with Lori Alan about “Do The Voice” and more in this new interview.
AXS: How did your new project, “Do The Voice” come about?
Lori Alan: It came after a horrendous breakup and a year of loss and grief. I had lost my dog, almost lost my house and lost who I thought was the love of my life all in the same year. It was so traumatizing that it made me begin to question and doubt whether I was still relevant. I always knew the voice stuff was there but I was on this weird autopilot after all this grief. That's when I had this idea: let’s talk about relevancy.
Click here to watch the trailer for "Do The Voice".
AXS: What was the writing process like?
LA: I got together with my dear friend, Fia. She’s an amazing writer I’ve known since college who really knows my voice. We both sat down and said let’s look at relevancy and what it means. We had so much fun writing out the arc of this character. Everyone has experienced loss and a broken heart in life and we thought it would be interesting to use the backdrop of the voiceover world to find out if someone still matters. It’s a pilot presentation and the first episode to give networks a taste.
AXS: Did you find working on this project to be therapeutic for you?
LA: Yes. Just the act of writing and producing it with my friends was amazing. The writing part took a while to get into the right place and I got together with a great director, Darren Stein. I had also worked with all of the actors in the film separately in either theater, television, commercials or voice over. Everyone was just so generous with their time and talent. It was incredible. We’re now into the L.A. Indie Film Festival in the pilot category and we’re excited to see what happens.
AXS: Is there a message you’d like people to take away from watching "Do The Voice"?
LA: I want everyone to know that wherever they are in life, it’s enough. People sometimes think that they have to do more or emulate someone else. But I’m here to tell you that what you’re doing right now in this moment is enough. I thought I was broken from the whole experience I went through. I was severely bent but I was not broken. If anything, I came out of it stronger. Whatever heartbreak or hardship you went through, it doesn’t define who you are. You’re not broken or damaged either. You’re fantastic. That’s what I want people to get from the show.
Do The Voice will screen at The L.A. Indie Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 22 at 9:30 p.m.