Voice Over – An Interview With Tricia
What got you started as a Voice Actor?
I started out as a stage actor, which is still a great passion of mine. Funny thing, though, was that I had countless people tell me, after watching me on stage, what a great voice I had, and didn’t I do voice work? After hearing the same refrain, and becoming aware of my voice, I finally snagged an audition with a voice over agent who begrudgingly said she’d see me, but she really wasn’t taking on any new talent. By the end of the audition, however, I was signed! And I haven’t looked back since; it is my passion.
How long have you been in the business?
I have been an actor for about twenty-five years and a voice over actor for the last fifteen. I came to it a bit late, unfortunately.
You were ACTRA then decided to go non-union why?
This is definitely a hot topic and a double-edged sword. I am totally for unions and I had the good fortune to voice a number of national campaigns, as well as being the “brand” voice for a couple of companies. However, I found that, despite solid representation and steady auditions, I was really only getting in the studio a dozen times a year to record. I found my passion in voice-over, but unfortunately, I needed to be “working” more, and by more, I mean a lot more, like full-time kind of more. The beauty of non-union voice work is that it opens so many doors that had hitherto been closed. I am now working full-time as a VO talent, and am working with people and organizations all over the world – which is amazing and which, ironically, seems to only be possible as a non-union talent. Also, I have so many amazing peers in the world of professional voice over – and they are all so accommodating, generous and kind! I am a member of WOVO and Voxy Ladies – both excellent organizations of which I am proud to be a part!
What are some of your favorite projects?
I love, love, love animation – so all character work is my fave! I just finished voicing the character of the “Brawler”, roughly (pardon the pun) based on Ronda Rousey for a new video game due out in December. I also just did some narration for a Funny or Die Greenpeace spot starring Jack McBrayer and Alex Starsgard. And I just finished narrating my first audiobook called Nightfreight, a film-noir-ish trip which was quite fun!
Do you have a Voice Coach and why?
I actually don’t. I probably should, but I don’t… I have two great mentors though – they help with the biz and technical sides of things.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself.
I love all things animal. And… I started playing ice hockey 4 years ago. If you’re ever in the area and you can’t afford a Second City show, then I suggest you come watch me play.
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