Calvin grad Kiff Vanden Heuvel ’92 plays a minor role in the awardwinning film La La Land.
“For me it was an absolutely delightful experience,” he said. “I’ve worked on the Warner lot before, but always doing voiceover work, never in front of the camera. Emma Stone was completely sweet and down-to-earth, talking with me about classes she was interested in taking in improvisation.
“It was a quick bit of work, and what I do in the film is very brief, but it’s a true gift and I count myself blessed to be a small part of this inspiring and sweet film.”
Since then, he’s been in a couple episodes of NBC’s This Is Us as Rebecca’s father. He’s done voices for Fox’s animated show The Family Guy, as well as several video games.
He continues to teach voiceover and improvisation at The Second City in Los Angeles and has been producing and hosting a podcast called All Over Voiceover about how to break into and make a living as an artist (see allovervoiceover.com).
“I’m so grateful for my Calvin experience and the freedom I had to create what my career would look like while in school,” he said. “The crazy thing is I’m doing pretty much exactly the same thing I did in college, just on a slightly larger campus, and more folks are watching and engaging with our projects.”