Solving problems at the Magical ABC Sidewalk
When I got into voice over I thought I should create an animated series to utilize all my skills - voicing, singing, songwriting and writing. One day, I was out on a run and sat down on a sidewalk in Studio City. I'm a lazy runner! Ha. In California they have "Parkways", which are sections of grass, rocks or plants in between the actual sidewalk and the street. Gives real curb appeal. Growing up in Colorado I had never seen such a thing. I thought to myself, there is a whole story out here on the sidewalk!
Later that night I started singing... "It's been in your front yard and you didn't know it. It's just about time and we're gonna have to show it. It's the Sidewalk Stories!" This is not unusual, most of my song ideas show up out of nowhere. I jumped in the booth and laid down the first pass on the theme song.
Sidewalk Stories was born from a song.
Sidewalk Stories….. has a Magical ABC Sidewalk where Bethany Butterfly and friends go to solve problems!
Ideas are where you start!
Singing the Stop-Think-Act song activates the ordinary sidewalk and transports our cast to a magical world. Here, they explore each Sidewalk option in an alternate-ending format looking for the best solution.
Which Sidewalk path will they choose?
My biggest, long term goal is to make Sidewalk Stories into an animated series. In 2008 I pitched SS to Seth MacFarlane, who helped connect some dots for other meetings. I was devastated when SS didn't get picked up. It has taken me eleven years to return my dream. Working with co-author Kian Ahmadian and illustrator Kate Shannon has been a dream in itself!
Read, Watch, Listen and Sing with Sidewalk Stories. Hearing kids are coloring in the coloring book at the local library then checking out the paperback is thrilling! I love coloring! We made digital coloring books for iBooks, along with paperbacks on Amazon. Every day I am working toward my goal. Today is the day. Sidewalk Stories lives!
I discovered Kate Shannon on the internet! I stumbled upon a picture of a Moon, in a boat, rowing on the water. I instantly knew Kate was the one for Sidewalk Stories. Below is some of the start up work she did on the characters many years ago. Her links are below as well. Brilliant, she is!
Kate recently published the book that drew me to her. The Harvest Moon Takes a Dip is available on Amazon. Audiobook that I narrated is on itunes. Wonderful story! Click the images.