Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Michal Friedman has provided voices for some English dubs of anime series. Her credits include Esther in Mobile Suit Gundam UC, the cute version of Paya in Magical Witch Punie-chan, Seisei in Samurai Deeper Kyo and various roles in The Gokusen. In addition to anime voice acting, Friedman has also provided voices for Annalise in Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Beeauty in Little Bee, Fifi in Colin the Invincible, B.B. in Island Tumoya, and Tune in Winx Club. For Winx Club, she also provided voices for background characters.
Friedman's voice can also be heard in the Playboy: The Mansion – Party Pack video game. She has also done voice over work for commercials and promos for the New Jersey lottery, HBO Family, and Zoom Tan. Friedman also recorded bi-monthly CD inserts/book on tapes for Reader's Digest ENGLISH2GO, provided the voice of Beauty and other female roles for a book on tape version of Beauty and the Beast, provided a voice for the audiobook version of Emma Donoghue's Room, and was also the voice of Stephanie for the CD-ROM promo for Balfour High School Rings.
Friedman is also a singer and songwriter, and recorded her music under the name Michal the Girl. She released two albums of original music: 2001's Tongue Tied and 2005's Strung Out. In 2004, two of her songs were featured in the film, Travellers and Magicians; she wrote one of the songs specifically for the film. Friedman co-wrote a song for a commercial for CanCam Magazine (a Japanese women's fashion magazine), and the song "Tongue Tied" was selected for a Reader's Digest insert. She has also provided vocals at the Loser's Lounge tributes, and performed at Cathy Cervenka's Cathyland Productions' Madonnathon, Love Bites, and Sham*Rock (U2) tributes.
In addition, Friedman provided vocals for European dance music tracks. Notably, she appears on ATB's "The Autumn Leaves" (from his 2004 album, No Silence), "One Way Out" and "Bombs Away" by Niels Van Gogh (from 2004 and 2005, respectively), "Pure Energy" by Accuface (from 2006), "Cool Your Engines" by Kareema (from 2004), "Corrupted" by Signalrunners (from 2006), "As We Run" by Kodiak Star (from 2004), and "Sense of Time" by Koris vs. Djule (from 2005).
Sadly, Michal Friedman passed away in New York City on November 25, 2011 from complications after giving birth to twins by cesarean section; the twin children, Jackson James and Reverie Vivian Snyder, were born healthy. She is survived by her husband, Jay Snyder (who is also known as voice actor Dan Green).