Voice Over – An Interview With Voice Talent Linda
This week’s featured Voice Over Actor is Linda!
How long have you been a Voice Actor?
Over 20 years! (yeesh!)
What got you into the industry?
When I was 18, I was lucky enough to watch a VO session because my father was directing a commercial at the time. That’s where I met my mentor, the late great Connie Zimet, who then coached me during my initial days of training. Pivotal point in my life.
What are some of your favorite projects?
I have a few but I still love voicing for Disney Jr in Asia. I’ve been their voice for 10 years now, and being able to speak to young children while watching these fun, innocent cartoon characters during my sessions is still such a joy.
Also, one of my clients produces comedy bits for radio morning shows Nationally, and I get to become various characters in each routine. That is so much fun!
What kind of training have you had?
I started with Voiceover Coach, Connie Zimet in Miami in 1989, trained in the basics and the business at that time of Voiceovers. Then I got into the radio world and held a job while auditioning for about 16 years. During that time, I took acting classes, vocal singing lessons with various coaches, did Musical Theater and Dinner Theater for awhile to make ends meet, and then moved to New York where I took Improv classes and further acting and singing lessons. To this day, I still work with a vocal coach one day a week to stay in shape.
What do you think separates a professional Voice Talent from the pack?
Being an actual actor from the start. And being able to communicate the message to that one person, one heart who is listening to your voice, convincingly. I still work on that every day!
What kind of equipment do you have in your studio?
Protools for editing through an Audient ID22 interface. A Telos Zephry box for ISDN sessions. Yamaha studio monitors. ATS custom sound panels. Joe Meek processor and my trusty Sennheiser MKH 416. And I’m all Mac based. My baby though is my Martin and Ziegler stand up desk which has adjustable platforms and racks to hold my gear. It has done wonders for my herniated discs in my neck from years of voicing!
How do you feel about sound quality?
It’s hugely important. If a demo or audition sounds bad audio wise, it will come off amateurish and you may not get heard.
What else should we know about Linda?
Even though I’m originally from Texas, I have lived across the country and have moved 30 times in my life. Therefore, I have no discernible accent. That certainly helps in VO.