Q: What do The Statue of Liberty, H1N1, the 76ers,
and Charles Darwin have in common?
A: My Voice!
Commercials, Webspots, Phone Messaging, Audio Tours, Audio Books, eLearning, Corporate Narrations, Animation, Documentaries, Medical, Spanish, Italian... my voice says it all.
Who am I? Think of me like a big, tall, strong tree. A tree with lots of branches. My roots are in Chicago.... Where I had, and continue to have, the benefit of a family therapist for a mom and a forensic scientist for a dad. We lived in Italy and Mexico, which is how I'm able to speak Spanish and Italian (and explains my love of travel).
My passion for theatre started at a young age. Being the third out of 4 kids, performing was my way to be heard. So I did. A lot. At home, at school and at The University of Chicago, where I spent a lot of time since I lived in the neighborhood. Hyde Park was a cool place even before Barak Obama became our President!
When it was time to leave the nest, and branch out on my own, I flew east to Brown University where, you guessed it, I continued to train and perform, while getting a BA in Semiotics. Don't ask me what it is. I'm not too sure and most of the semioticians I know have a hard time explaining it as well! After I graduated I figured it was time to take a stab at my dream in the dreamiest of all places, New York City. So I went. And struggled. And did some classical comedy. And struggled. And did some children's theatre. And struggled some more. Then I got tired of struggling and set my sights to finding a real job, with a real pay check so I could have a real life.
The Guggenheim Museum hired me in their public relations department, to work with the press, the public and coordinate special events. It was great to learn about the art and be surrounded by it day in and day out. (I love the visual arts and am a collector of Trade Signs, but I digress.) After a few years I was hungry to learn about finance and wanted to share that knowledge with other women, in particular. (Studies show we outlive our husbands so the sooner we learn, the better, right?!) So I went to work for Dean Witter and later Smith Barney and had a great career as a stockbroker. (Remember Black Monday? Me too. But let's not go there!) After building a wonderful group of clients I left Wall Street... for Sesame Street when I started to have kids. 3 of them. They're now big teenage kids. And I am a lucky mom.
Then, 7 years ago, I got the itch to learn again (like every day isn't a learning experience raising children?), and that's when I found a class in voiceovers. Instantly I knew I had found the vine that would weave in and around all of my branches linking them together. My work as a voice over artist draws on all of them and has me enjoying growth spurts in myriad directions. Museum audio tours, yep. Brain plasticity programs, yep. eLearning modules, good ol' fashioned commercials and kids' books, yes, yes and yes. Corporate videos, uh huh. Even those annoying phone answering systems-- I do them all. And I couldn't be happier. I love what I do because it takes me in new directions everyday, meeting new people, learning more about the world. So... that's me in a nutshell, from a big, glorious, still growing, reaching-for-the-sky tree.
UConn Health Center
University of California Irvine Medical Library Tutorial
The United Way
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