Virginia Hamilton. Lordy, this woman is a gas to hang out with. With pockets bursting with TV affiliate stations, high profile promo gigs, and a myriad of movie trailers under her belt, Virginia’s well on her way to ruling the voiceover genres where mostly men dominate. Lock the children away for this podcast. We’ve got some adult themes – addressed in the most childish manner, mind you, but adult nonetheless!
One of 2016’s prestigious Benztown 50, Rena-Marie Villano comes to a well-rounded career in voice over via her years of work in Radio. She images stations on Sirius Satellite Radio and radio stations all over the country, including here in Los Angeles, where you can hear her on ALT 98-7 – L.A.’s New Alternative. As a promo voice, she’s been heard on EPIX, DIY Network, and HGTV. She has also worked for The Weather Channel, NBC, The CW and MGM HD. She was the Live Announcer for The Game Awards 2016, and narrated Peggy Noonan’s audiobook “The Time of Our Lives: Collected Writings” which she calls an amazing and transformative experience. Rena-Marie’s career is rich with perseverance, tenacity, focus, and determination. When it comes to voice actors who put their heads down, shoulder-to-the-wheel, simply for the love of the work, Rena-Marie is the real deal.
Cuban born, Spanish voice actor Yeni Alvarez is a force of nature, and a whirlwind of positivity and effortless charm. She is known for her roles as Carmela in the long running Disney cartoon series, Handy Manny (one of my daughter’s favorite’s,) Viperine in the TV movie version of the ever popular Monster High franchise: Frights, Camera, Action!, and is heard everyday by hundreds of thousands as the Spanish Voice of Disney Theme Parks worldwide (please keep your arms and legs inside the boat at all times – but… you know… in Spanish!) So ya, that’s her on It’s A Small World, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc, etc, etc! How cool is that? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got #disneyenvy! Yeni also tells of her rather harrowing journey from Cuba to the U.S. as a young child, and how gratitude and the decision to be happy play a huge part in her success. I loved getting to know Yeni, and I’m certain you will, too.
Celia Siegel is owner and creative extraordinaire at Celia Siegel Management which specializes in branding and marketing for a small roster of voice over talent. She is the first non voice-actor in the B-Hive, and she has oodles of wisdom to share. Celia has nearly 30 years experience in the voice over biz both as a manager and branding specialist as well as talent agent at a couple of the top voice agencies in the country. Celia and I get seriously personal in this one, sharing some of our most challenging experiences and how such experiences have the power to transform and propel us to greater things. If you’re facing a seeming insurmountable obstacle, give a listen to this one for some inspiration and a glimpse at what a positive attitude and sense of gratitude can do.