I now live in Niles, Michigan, which is about 15 minutes away from the University of Notre Dame. Since moving my voiceover talent business from So Cal to Michigan back in 2004, I’ve become quite a big fan of the Notre Dame football team. There have been many highs, and unfortunately, many more lows over the recent years, but this year has been different!
As you probably are aware (unless you have zero interest in college football or have been living under a rock for several weeks), Notre Dame has had a pretty magical 2012 season and is now positioned at the very top of the rankings for college football. They were ranked #3 a couple weeks ago, and we watched in amazement as both the #1 and #2 teams were knocked off in the same week, leaving a wide open path for ND to be #1 if they could just get past USC (which they did).
Back in August of 2011, I was booked by Pathfinders Advertising and Marketing, Inc., to do a local tv commercial shoot for Legends Restaurant, located on the campus of Notre Dame, right behind the football stadium. Along for the ride came my two children, who got to work their facial acting chops while reacting to our rather boisterous guest at the dinner table.
This was a lot of fun to film and we even got some behind-the-scenes footage of the process, so the kids would remember the experience. The young man who played the leprechaun was a charming pre-med student and, at the time a “mascot in training” since he was an underclassman. He shared about how excited he was to get to go to Ireland for his first football game experience as the team mascot (that was the first game of this season).
So, we’ve all enjoyed seeing our “personal leprechaun” at the games this season and still catch the commercial on local tv stations once in awhile. Living in this community, it’s fun to have a personal connection to the University, and there have been other projects that I’ve worked on that were produced by or on behalf of Notre Dame.
Oh, and as luck would have it, that’s also me providing the voiceover talent services as announcer at the end of the commercial. Go Irish! Can’t wait to see what happens in the BCS Championship Game in Florida on January 7, 2013.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 11/27/12.
Debbie Grattan is a Voiceover Talent who has been in the business for 20+ years, racking up well over 10,000 completed voiceover services projects while partnering with hundreds of production companies, marketing and advertising firms, commercial voice-over recording studios and corporate/business clients around the United States and abroad. Check out Debbie’s Voiceover Talent Demos and request a voiceover talent services quote for an upcoming project.