It’s hard to believe I’ve been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1981! SCARY is more like it!
I started out in the theatre
My first professional job as an actor was doing melodramas at The Birdcage Theatre in Knott’s Berry Farm. For three years we did 5-6 shows per day where I got tied to the railroad tracks or dangled off a riverboat. Notables who started there include Steve Martin, Dean Jones, and Lauren Tewes (who I worked with while I was there) However, I started doing theatre in high school and continued as a Theatre Major in college.
When I moved to Los Angeles from Orange County, I continued my theatre career treading the boards at various theatres in Hollywood. I earned 2 DramaLogue Awards as a stage actress for outstanding performances as an actress. (DramaLogue has since morphed into BackStage West)
I also dabbled in film and TV
For a few years, I got sidelined and worked at the studios as a wardrobe person. The pay was great but my dream was to be an actor – shoot me now! After I decided to quit, some of the contacts I made at the studio helped me to get my SAG card and I did bit parts on Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and later L.A. Law.
Eventually, I nabbed starring roles in 2 motion pictures: Mugsy’s Girls with Ruth Gordon and Laura Branigan, later renamed “Delta Pi.” and Round Numbers with Kate Mulgrew, Samantha Eggar, and Shani Wallis. They weren’t “A” movies but we had fun. Plus, I got to work with amazing actors.
. . . but it was my distinctive child-like voice that led me to voice-overs
The cool thing is: I sound like a real kid rather than a cartoony one. I’ve replaced the voices of several child performers in film and TV movies that needed “acting” help. Even though I have extensive credits in TV, film, commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, video games, and ADR, I’m best known for my work in the anime genre.
After giving birth to two kids, I found it was easier to maintain a voice-over career and still be a good mommy too!
Other fun stuff I do:
Acting in any form is awesome but I also love to do other things like travel, write and play. In addition to voice acting, I’m a Baby Boomer travel and lifestyle blogger and help people set up websites to increase their online presence for their business. Please click on my The Business of Voice-Over to see what I have to offer voice actors.
If you’d like to contact me to talk about a voice-over job, book me as a guest at a convention, or are a fan of my work who has a question, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a message on my contact page.