Conversations with Creative Women — Interview

Conversations with Creative Women — Interview

Your words, my voice. That’s what I do. I talk for a living. 
Recently I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Sandi Klein for her podcast Conversations with Creative Women.

You know the old saying, time flies when you’re having fun? Well, it flew by during our recent sit-down.That’s what a skilled interviewer can do — make you feel so comfortable that you open up, let your guard down and share your soul.

Aside from enjoying our casual conversation (all that was missing was a glass of wine!), it was cool to be in a studio that I spend a lot of time in. At ProMedia.NYC, I’ve recorded spots for Jennifer Furniture on a regular basis, HSBC, and other clients. Maybe for that reason, I was comfortable as well since I was in ‘my studio’ away from my studio.

 

With Sandi’s encouragement, we looked back over my work/life since I came to NYC in 1980: from being a struggling actress while bartending at the Electric Circus disco, to exploring the museum world while working in public affairs at the Guggenheim, to diving into the world of finance as a stockbroker for Dean Witter and later Smith Barney, to leaving Wall Street for the joys of Sesame Street when I decided to stay home and be a full-time mom as I raised three kids in the city, to today, being a voiceover actor for over 13 years.

Sandi saw a thread amongst all these disparate careers… a brave woman who is willing to change course, to start a new path of learning and growing, and ultimately succeeding. I think she called me ‘brave,’ which is not a term I think of when I describe myself. But as I pondered her observation, I had to agree. Perhaps living in Italy when I was a child and going to Italian public school for a year helped me to understand that there’s a world of ‘difference’ out there and to embrace it.

I was in 4th grade and in spite of some Italian lessons I took with my siblings before we left Chicago for our year in Rome — in which I learned all of “si,” “no,” and “per piacere,” along with some opera — I was hopelessly lost in my first few months of school.  However, I knew how to read body language and tone of voice well enough to know what my teacher was saying to me when she called me up to her desk in front of the class and asked, “Perchè non vai a una scuola Americana?” “Why don’t you go to an American school?!” 

I didn’t have an answer for multiple reasons, but after three months I became fluent in reading, writing and speaking Italian and, in short order, became her pet. 🙂

The ultimate lesson I learned was that by sticking with the challenges, struggling through them and ultimately overcoming them, you get to the other side, where there are rewards and experiences you never knew existed.

And that’s been my experience in the world of voiceovers as well. I wrote a 17-part blog series titled #VOnow, in which I chronicle the path to success in being a voice actor. It took a heck of a lot more than 3 months to become an accomplished voice actor, but that same tenacity, commitment to excel and ability to recover from countless falls along the way, have served me well and brought me to where I am today.

About the Author:

1

Attach Id ( 2098 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1729

1

Attach Id ( 2152 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 932

1

Attach Id ( 2154 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2079

1

Attach Id ( 2480 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1884

1

Attach Id ( 2481 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1882

1

Attach Id ( 2543 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2354

1

Attach Id ( 2626 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2150

1

Attach Id ( 2660 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2570

1

Attach Id ( 2663 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2540

1

Attach Id ( 2732 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2710

1

Attach Id ( 2764 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2730

1

Attach Id ( 2786 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2775

1

Attach Id ( 2812 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2759

1

Attach Id ( 3612 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2810

1

Attach Id ( 4887 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2762

1

Attach Id ( 5165 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2642

1

Attach Id ( 5831 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 5794

1

Attach Id ( 6053 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 5610

1

Attach Id ( 6715 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 6041

1

Attach Id ( 6955 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 6954

1

Attach Id ( 8276 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1713

1

Attach Id ( 8686 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 8292

1

Attach Id ( 9294 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 8838

1

Attach Id ( 9673 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2620

1

Attach Id ( 9859 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 997

1

Attach Id ( 9866 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1004

1

Attach Id ( 9869 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1007

1

Attach Id ( 9873 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1012

1

Attach Id ( 9877 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1015

1

Attach Id ( 9879 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1017

1

Attach Id ( 9883 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1021

1

Attach Id ( 9887 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1026

1

Attach Id ( 10005 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 3465

1

Attach Id ( 10073 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1896

1

Attach Id ( 10077 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 317

1

Attach Id ( 10082 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 324

1

Attach Id ( 10088 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 328

1

Attach Id ( 10092 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 332

1

Attach Id ( 10096 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 337

1

Attach Id ( 10103 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 345

1

Attach Id ( 10107 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 347

1

Attach Id ( 10109 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 349

1

Attach Id ( 10113 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 354

1

Attach Id ( 10124 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 371

1

Attach Id ( 10480 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1001

1

Attach Id ( 10482 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 10385

1

Attach Id ( 11186 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 11184

1

Attach Id ( 16387 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 723

1

Attach Id ( 18109 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 18049

1

Attach Id ( 18113 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 15851

1

Attach Id ( 22805 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 22737

1

Attach Id ( 22908 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 11855

1

Attach Id ( 22955 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 22899

1

Attach Id ( 25447 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 25294

1

Attach Id ( 25819 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 25794

1

Attach Id ( 82396 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 80829

1

Attach Id ( 94622 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 94585

1

Attach Id ( 102371 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 94449

1

Attach Id ( 102373 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 94375

1

Attach Id ( 97638 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 96703

1

Attach Id ( 102177 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 101586

1

Attach Id ( 101986 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 100369

1

Attach Id ( 101988 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 99340

1

Attach Id ( 101990 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 97799

1

Attach Id ( 101992 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 97641

1

Attach Id ( 101994 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 97605

1

Attach Id ( 101996 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 97222

1

Attach Id ( 101998 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 96560

1

Attach Id ( 102000 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 95124

1

Attach Id ( 102028 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 101748

1

Attach Id ( 102030 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 101648

1

Attach Id ( 102032 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 100068

1

Attach Id ( 102034 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 96554

1

Attach Id ( 102375 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 94061

1

Attach Id ( 102377 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 93942

1

Attach Id ( 102042 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 35043

1

Attach Id ( 111284 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 107788

1

Attach Id ( 114395 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113132

1

Attach Id ( 122360 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113116

1

Attach Id ( 114399 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113110

1

Attach Id ( 114401 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113113

1

Attach Id ( 114403 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113104

1

Attach Id ( 114405 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113107

1

Attach Id ( 114407 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113101

1

Attach Id ( 114409 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113098

1

Attach Id ( 116500 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113095

1

Attach Id ( 114413 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113092

1

Attach Id ( 114417 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 113089

1

Attach Id ( 116498 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 116465