The New MissAmberMay.com

Layout Changes

  1. Changing the background
  2. Changing the banner
  3. Making the banner randomly generate different images
  4. Changing the color of navigation menu from grey to white
  5. Changing the hover color of the navigation menu to blue
  6. Having the text of the current page be a different color than the rest of the text in the menu (Like if you were on the About Me page, the “About Me” text would be pink while the rest is still white)
  7. Changing the font of the 1st paragraph on the About Me page to 18px and adding a Cochin style
  8. Changing the font in the 2nd paragraph to 15px and adding a Chalkboard style
  9. Changing the 3rd paragraph to 15px and adding a Lucida Sans style

10. Having the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs be invisible until highlighted by changing them both to black text.

11. Changing the headers of all the pages to blue

12. Increasing the width of the black border holding all of the text so the text doesn’t end up squeezed together.

13. Changing all of the search boxes and comment boxes to pink

 

MissAmberMay.com has come a long way from the bus layout, just as I intended. In the beginning, my website was a barren wasteland that only consisted of a subdomain with only 1 or 2 blog entries. Once I began understanding how to use WordPress and CSS, I started to mold the site into a portfolio that suited my initial vision and one that I could be proud of.  Using 2 WordPress installations, I was able to separately control the appearance of the blog and main site and still have them remain connected. I want to first highlight the changes I made to the layout using custom CSS and plug-ins.

 

Before the guest enters the site, a splash page that shows pieces of the woman behind the site, greets them. Because it doesn’t yet show the full view of her, this just furthers the guests’ initial question of “Who is Miss Amber May?” Normally a splash page is a simple jpeg image, but in this case I decided to make it a gif.  Once the guest arrives on the home page, the most noticeable component that first catches their attention is the header. I got rid of the default Earth image and replaced it with a few of my own images. At first, I only wanted to have one picture of myself, but I ended up deciding to show the audience my many faces. This kind of mirrors the fact that I can freely perform many characters; which they will end up hearing on my Voice Acting page. To make the pages appear less boring, I changed most of the grey text into white and changed the hover colors of the navigation menu to sea blue. So the guest doesn’t forget what page they’re viewing, I went ahead and changed the text of the current page in the navigation menu to pink while having the rest of the menu items remain white. On the About Me page, I had the layout build into the context of the essay by having the text match the black background and only appear when highlighted, demonstrating how to see things in a different manner than what one is used to. The final significant change was that I changed all the search boxes and comment boxes to pink. There was no significant reason for this…Miss Amber May just likes pink. All of these changes are used to liven up the site’s overall appearance and to help the guests easily navigate the different areas.

 

I feel that the site is much more substantial than it was at the beginning of the semester, where it was just an empty layout with no content. I now have 2 extra pages on my blog, one to showcase my university projects and the other to showcase my voice acting skills. I’m really happy that I finally have the chance to display my demo reels on a platform that’s entirely mine, rather than having them hosted on someone else’s medium where it could possibly be taken down. By making this decision, I have created a designated space where I can send future fans or potential employers to view my handiwork. Although the vocal content is currently mediocre material that was done for fan projects, I can still continue to add to this space in the future as I improve my technique and become much more professional in the voiceover world. So basically, this material is just being used as a gateway into the real world; I have to start somewhere.

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Overall I am content with how this website turned out in terms of content and form. Just as I stated in my first identity blog post, I wanted to produce my own personal area in which I can effectively demonstrate my true online identity.  Of course I would never post extremely personal content to this site, or any site for that matter, because I would never really know “who” the audience is going to be. For this reason, I ended up using different social media sites for different objectives. This site, for example, talks about a few details of my personal life and goals in a professional manner, while my Facebook does the same task in a less professional manner where the majority of the audience is friends and family. However, ever since I learned that it is far from impossible for an employer to view their employee’s social media presences, despite the endless private settings, I now understand that in order to keep a “clean” online presence, I must be a responsible individual by displaying acceptable behavior on every social media site that I’m involved with.

“Condescending Wonka”

This meme is called Condescending Wonka. It is an image of Gene Wilder (From the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) patronizing the speaker and being sarcastic. In this image he bashes those who gloat about how many facebook friends they have, but have only met or interacted with a few in person.

“A Screen Was All It Took”

“Amber! Stop watching so much TV! You gon’ go blind!” my mother would constantly tell me as a child. Aside from the fact that my vision DID worsen over the years, she thought I’d wasted my time “watching” the screen. “Watching?” In my vocabulary, “watching” something means you’re emptily staring at it, as if it’s going to do a trick or something. Honestly, anyone can sit on their butt, open a cool, refreshing beverage, and mind-numbingly stare at a TV for hours. What my mom didn’t understand was that I wasn’t “watching” the TV at all; I was listening…to every word that came out of a character’s mouth.

Saturday mornings, before school, after school, bedtime; every time was cartoon time for me. Up until now, I was puzzled as to why cartoons interested me so much. Was it the flashy animations? The zany music? The exceptional episode plots? Finally, the reason hit me when I was in the 4th grade. One day at recess, a few of my friends and I were pretending to be Powerpuff Girls. One of the girls decided to be Blossom, while the other one wanted to be Bubbles. I asked the girl who was playing Blossom why I couldn’t be Blossom, and she just laughed and said, “You have to be Buttercup because you sound like a boy like she does!” As both girls were laughing at me because of my voice, I strangely didn’t get upset at all. Instead, I smiled, flexed my nonexistent muscles, and screamed “Grrr! I’m Buttercup! I’m the roughest, toughest, Powerpuff Girl ever! Come on girls! Let’s kick some butt!” The girls cheered and told me that I sounded just like her! It was then that I realized I enjoyed imitating the silly voices found in cartoons. I began making others in my class laugh by impersonating different characters, and at that point in my life, I felt like I myself was a cartoon.

 

I was officially introduced to the world of voice acting when I was 13 years old after I was asked by one of my online friends to play a role in one of their video projects. One thing led to another, and pretty soon I was contributing to dozens of fan-based projects and voice acting contests. Although this was a fun experience to be apart of, I sadly realized that I had no original content to show if I ever wanted to become a professional. I am currently in my 3rd year of college, and I am beginning to pursue my dream by creating my own demo voice reel, taking a multitude of training classes, and building my webpage and business cards to spread the word about my talents. At the same time, I am always online searching for any original projects that may need some voiceover assistance. A few months ago, I personally received a bit of advice from one of my voice acting idols, Jim Cummings, about excellent ways to stick my foot into the business. One of the things he told me was to “explore every possibility out there,” words that I have treasured and taken seriously ever since.

Voice Acting is a highly competitive industry, but at the same time it is in high demand across the country. Voiceovers are everywhere, from airports and theme parks to commercials and radio broadcasts; literally everywhere a person goes, a voiceover is not far behind. To me, those unseen, hardworking people are more heroic and underappreciated than any regular actor one sees in a movie. It took hours of staring at a glowing screen and loosing a portion of my perfect vision for me to figure this out. Oh well…in order to gain something, one must give, I suppose.

 

*image drawn by a friend of mine

Actual Advice Mallard

This meme is called “Actual Advice Mallard.” As opposed to the Malicious Advice Mallard, this duck gives advice that is actually helpful in life, such as “putting chapstick on paper cuts to ease the pain.”

Inception Meme

This meme is called “Inception,” and it is based off of the movie of the same name. It parodies the fact that the actual movie tends to be extremely confusing in terms of the content, usually explaining a concept in the form of “a___within a___within a___”. It features Leonardo DiCaprio describing an idea that we learned in class about how one medium is just the object of another medium. I found this somewhat hard to grasp when we were first learning it, so this meme popped into my mind.