Daydream Believer – Interview with Dayeanne Hutton



For webseries and gaming fans Dayeanne Hutton‘s voice is no stranger to them. From starring in the Emmy award winning Emma Approved to voicing Kate in Life is Strange Dayeanne is a bright ray of sunshine in the web content world. We were lucky enough to chat with Dayeanne about voice acting, webseries and the wonder that is Harriet Smith. 

1. What is your first memory of acting? 

I’ve been surrounded by theatre for as long as I can remember due to both my parents’ involvement/enjoyment of it! My first memory of being in a show is from Kindergarten. I was about 5 and my school did Wizard of Oz. I played a Jitterbug as well as a member of the Lullaby League! My mom choreographed both pieces.

2. When did you know that acting was something that you wanted to pursue?

I’ve always enjoyed books and fantasies and the idea of playing around in a life that is different than mine. I began to take acting more seriously around age 12 or 13. I had to choose between acting classes and soccer (which I’d been doing poorly for years). I chose acting and began expanding from just theatre to also submitting for film projects! There was never a moment I even considered not having acting in my life somehow.

3. What was the experience of Emma Approved like for you? Were you familiar with the novel beforehand?

Emma Approved was an incredible and joyous experience! We all worked together for a whole year, and the cast and crew are all phenomenal people. I was also thrilled to be bringing a Jane Austen character to life. Pride and Prejudice has been a favorite book of mine since school. I read all of Emma before my audition so that I would have a good grasp of the original piece!

I continue to do my best to create a safe and positive space on the internet during my own Twitch streams.  

4. Did you enjoy translating Harriet’s story into a fresh medium? 

Absolutely!! I’m so honored to be among the handful of actresses that have brought Harriet Smith to life. And I really connected on a special level with her. There is definitely a piece of her in me all the time, and I brought real aspects of myself to my portrayal as well.

5. We assume you can’t tell us anything about the current hints of a revival, however can you tell us if you’re excited by the activity happening on Twitter and the moments App? 

Ah yes, spoilers… I’m quite excited over the characters renewed social media activities!

6. Since Emma Approved you’ve moved into voice acting – how was the experience different from traditional acting? What are the aspects that you enjoy? 

Voiceover is so much fun, but a very different experience. You’re not being filmed, so you don’t need to focus on how you look, or where the camera is. You just have to connect with the characters and feel what they’re feeling; so you can breath life into them. It’s so much fun providing different voices to animated characters. I’m a big nerd, so being in a video game is a dream, I can’t wait to do more!

7. What are the challenges you face when voice acting, particularly voice acting for a game? 

Sometimes roles can be very vocally demanding, however my experience with Life is Strange didn’t involve much screaming or yelling.

8. What was the best part of voicing Kate Marsh in Life is Strange?

The best part is being a part of the beautiful Life is Strange community. The fans are amazing; supportive and kind, they really love this game and appreciate the actors involved. Kate’s storyline in particular has helped many people come to terms/deal with their own depression and struggles. I’m honored to be even a small part of that. I continue to do my best to create a safe and positive space on the internet during my own Twitch streams.

9. Can you tell us about any upcoming projects that you have? 

I’m currently focused on the growth of my Twitch channel and some Approved secrets!



Cinders Galentine’s Celebration Package!

In Cinders we are all about celebrating our favourite gal pals and are in complete agreement with Leslie Knope that it is the best day of the year!

In order to share the love with all of you, our loyal readers, we’ve put together a package of the best the internet has to offer in free series, downloads and books to share with all of the best ladies in your life! Because we know that you want to share the love, bit might not always have the funds to do so!

Books, TV and movies

We are all for the enjoyment of a good book, and Galentine’s Day represents the perfect opportunity to enjoy some classics that you might not have gotten around to yet!

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Northanger Abbey

We are massive Austen fans here in Cinders and love all of her works. Here we have the links to free downloads of three of our absolute favourites to enjoy with all of your Galentine’s girls!

Pride and Prejudice


Northanger Abbey

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Where would we be without Brontë’s quintessential heroine? Re-live the experience with your favourite gal pals!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

If sci-fi is your thing then take a turn with the very first example of the genre! Frankenstein is dark and wonderful – you’ll enjoy every minute!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Poems by Christina Rossetti

If poetry and fantasy are your true loves then you will absolutely enjoy Christina Rossetti!

Poems by Christina Rossetti

Of course, if you and your best ladies would rather sit down with an excellent TV show then you need look no further than some of the brilliant TV shows that YouTube has to offer!

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

We love everything that Pemberly Digital has to offer but we’re particularly partial to the original series, with all of its drama, love and hilarious scenarios!

Shipwrecked Comedy’s Poe Party

If you love a good murder mystery and a healthy dose of laughter then this one is for you!

Some of us would rather just relax with an old movie – some of the great classics are now in the public domain and you can watch them online, guilt free! Here is one of our favourites:

His Girl Friday

Fast talking, fast moving, fast everything, His Girl Friday is a classic example of the back and forth that forties rom coms were famous for.

And of course, because today is also Pancake Tuesday, what better way to celebrate than to make one of these delicious recipes from the BBC!

American Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Traditional pancakes

Whatever you share with your friends we hope this is your perfect Galentine’s Day package for spending with the best ladies in your life!

Happy Galentine’s Day, everyone!

16 things I wish to tell my 16 year old self

First published in issue one of Cinders magazine

I wrote this piece on my 26th birthday, thinking about all of the things I would tell my 16 year old self if I could.

I then performed the piece at the Cinders magazine official launch on December 16, 2016.

You can view my performance here, kindly filmed by McDonnellHouse Productions.

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See Cinders Launch here!

Here in Cinders towers we’re knee deep in issue 2 of Cinders magazine – out on February 13th! But as a treat for those of you who were unable to attend the launch we have a video to make it seem as though you were there!

Many thanks to mcdonnellhouse productions for the filming and editing!


We also have co-editor Grainne Coyne’s speech which she was unable to deliver on the night but are very happy to be able to share it here!

 To say I was delighted when Meabh asked last September if I would like to embark on the amazing magazine that is Cinders is an understatement. The first issue is full of everything a fangirl can dream of as well as poetry, art, mental health and feminism….the list is endless, I am only jealous I didn’t have a copy of Cinders when I was a teenager, but I am glad that young women get to experience Cinders today. I am sorry I can’t be there this evening, but I am so honoured that I get to be a part of the amazing project that is Cinders. I am so happy that I get to help spread a positive message out there for so many young women.  – Grainne Coyne