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Voice Coaches Radio #577: Meet Our New Coach, Tina!

Voice coaches, radio, everything voiceover. Welcome to a brand new episode of voice coaches, radio. My name is Marissa and here we go yet again, another guest this time, not like a former student or a current student, but instead somebody that I've known for quite a while now, but now joining the voice coaches, coaching staff.

Um, I know you as Dana, but what's your real name? I know. That's why it's so funny. I'm like, does she still call me Dana? Of course I do. Cause like, it's, you know, what's really funny is like, Um, so my friend Cody out in Boston, that's not his real name. Like when they started him on that station, they just felt like his name was too, like, not, not like blase, but kind of like boring, if you will.

Like his name is Ted or he goes by Ed. Um, so like, they were like, yeah, no, we got to spice this up a little bit. And now his name is Cody. Um, so. That's all I've ever known him as. So that's what I call him. And I'm trying to think of who else. Um, I mean, there's so many people in, in the radio, especially that go by different names that, I mean, and for years, like, I didn't even know it was like a stage name.

I'm just like over there calling somebody the name. And I'm just like, wait, I would see like a paste up on the desk or something. I'm like, who the hell is that? Yeah. I get that. I get that a lot. And it's, it's funny. It's because when I got into podcasting, they said, you know, your best bet really is to change your name just because of just the way it is and just on a safe side, all that other stuff.

So yeah, I just went with it. I'm just like, okay, so real name is Tina, but I do answer to both. Okay, that's good. Yeah. So if anybody, uh, you know, here's Dana race on the radio, um, that that is that is Tina. Um, you know, it's funny because they, I remember like when I started, they tried to have me change my name and I was like, But like, first of all, I don't like, what else do I change it to?

And then like at the time too, like my name is not common. So I was just like, why am I changing it? And then they wanted to give me a last name and I'm like. Are there not enough syllables in Marissa? Like, I would really, so, you know, I just went and I, I kept it. I rolled with it. And, you know, for the longest time, it was just like doing afternoon drive on, on, you know, fly here in Albany.

Like I, I was just like, you know, Marissa in the afternoon, Marissa on the radio, you know, and, and. I can't tell you how many people still like I'll pop out and I'm at the club or like I'm at a bar or something in Troy and next thing you know, it's like Marissa on the radio. I'm like, yeah. Isn't it funny?

Yeah, it is. For the longest time too, there were people that thought on the radio because I put it all in one word was like Italian. I'm like, Oh, dummy on the radio. on the radio. Uh, yeah. No, my ancestors from way back in the day. Yeah, they hated radio in, in, in, in Italy. Uh, yes. , no. Um, so you are brand new to the voice coaches coaching staff, so I'll welcome you first and foremost, you're on the pod.

Um, thank you. Yeah. I mean, technically what's really funny is like, again, you and I, we've known each other for, for quite a while now. You know, I had, I've talked about this on, on our podcast is like, you know, as a coach, like coach kind of becoming the student. And I had to pull back because I was doing so much from home recording wise, and I'm still building on all of that.

But when I told them back in December, next thing, you know, it's like, they were talking to you and it's like, how, how, um, coincidental of like, if somebody is going to be kind of slipping into my shoes of some sort. It's, it's somebody that has been in a very similar position as I have been and somebody I know.

Yeah, it's, it's, it's very funny because I even said the same thing when they told me that you were here. I'm like, it is hysterical because I worked with her at Albany Broadcasting. Um, I, I didn't end up working with you at Town Square at the same time. Like it was like there. Yeah, it was, it was right after.

Yeah. And then, and then I'm coming over here and I'm like, I mean, all right. This is just too weird. . Stop stalking me. Stop stalking me, Tina. I, I'm all right. You found out . I'm such a stalker. Yeah. Right. Um, so just for, for listener, um, benefit here, I mean, give a little bit about your background and, and some of the stuff that you've done, because I know that.

Yes, you have a wide background in radio, but you have, um, you know, been on the voice oversight of things and commercial work and stuff like that. So give a little bit of the brief Tina synopsis here. Yeah. So, um, broadcasting for, and it was funny because I, I looked back and I'm like, oh my goodness, I started in broadcasting in 91.

And I. I know and it's just, it's, it's just really kind of funny that it's been 32 years now. Yeah, 32 years in, in January. Um, so it, it's one of those things where it's a love hate relationship. That's why I stay in it and you know that. Yeah. Yeah. That's the thing is like, I've always told people, cause you know, each time I was a budget cut, people would be like, well, have you thought about, you know, doing something else?

I'm like, first of all, shut your face. Um, and secondly, yeah, I'm well aware that this industry is volatile, but you know, once it's in your blood, it's in your blood and it is so. Hard to want and, and, you know, have the ability to really do anything else because, you know, I'm sure you felt this too. I mean, though you were, you had work, I think you, you, you were working during lockdown, right?

Uh, not, um, not for broadcasting. Oh, no. Broadcasting. All right. So you're probably in the same, same boat that I was too, where it's like. You kind of felt, at least I did, like I had lost my identity. Like, I was just, I, I was itching because I was just so, like, not, I was so uncomfortable. Um, not, not having any of this in my world.

Like, I was doing such tiny things and, you know, very big with the imposter syndrome of... You know, people messaging me on social like, Oh my God, you're my favorite. Like, when am I going to hear you again? I'm like, I'm thinking to myself, you might not. Yeah, like it was very uncomfortable. Um, yeah, I mean, I, I get that all the way.

That's exactly how I felt too. And it was just one of those things where I even did other jobs, but I just felt like this is. The broadcast side of it will always stay with me, you know, and so I just, yeah, you love it too much there, but that's exactly why I stay in it now. I, that's, that's what it all comes down to, you know, so I, I've been doing that and not full time anymore, just part time and, and it gives, it kind of, you know, helps with that itch, you know, so at least I'm on weekly.

Yeah. And then, um, I've done voiceover. I started voiceover in, uh, 2010 when I, I was living out in Cincinnati and, um, I, I did some voiceover there, but really not that much. Um, and, and that was part broadcasting and part just voiceover work. And then I moved back to the area and, um, I was like, all right, I'm gonna, I'm gonna get that.

I'm gonna do this. I'm gonna, Go ahead and get into voiceover. Um, and I've done, I've, I'm to the, I do a lot of phone messages, you know, the, yeah, I do a lot of those. Um, um, a couple nutrition companies that I'm the voice for. Um, I did a corporate training, um, for. Company down in New York city. And my mind it's slipping my mind right now.

I can't believe it. That I completely forgot them all the time. I don't know about you. I got a million things racing through my head at all times. So it's like, I get that. Yeah, so, so I, and I, I did that in 2010, 2011, and then I got back into broadcasting full time. And so that kind of took away, but still doing, you know, we do, you do the commercials, that's part of our, part of our job, you know, so, um, yeah, so did that.

Just full time all the way up until 2018 and now just doing the part time broadcasting. And then just, this kind of just fell in at the right time for me. So I'm, I'm really excited to do this and this, and I was just talking to one of our other coaches and we're both like, you know what, you should probably really now get back into the swing of things again, you know, doing, yeah, that's exactly what I.

What my mentality was to, you know, it's like, because I mean, here, here I am, you know, when I started with voice coaches and I tell students all the time, I mean, I use it as, you know, part of my, my coaching. It's like, I never had this education that they end up getting. And I, I feel like there are certain things that it's like, I've done them, but I've really Maybe not done them to the extent that I should have or like didn't really understand why I was making the choice I was but like now I do and it's like I'm I feel like it's made me better.

Um, as a talent. Within the coaching. Um, and you know, when I started with voice coaches, like I started to like, All right, well, what can I do? You know, I started, I didn't even realize before how I could start auditioning for like audio books. And then all of a sudden it's like I was learning little bits in that when I was in the halls and passing, you know, and like, I started, so I started doing a little bit of that.

And then, you know, just like you, it's like broadcasting kind of takes over when it does. Um, you know, and I just. That work started coming and coming and coming. So, you know, the voice over part of this for me, um, ended up getting a little bit pushed to the side. But, you know, that's really why I wanted to Pull back on the coaching a bit.

So I could explore more of that this year. Yeah, because it's fun. I get that's that's the thing. It's like, you know, when you're so engulfed in it just in the radio broadcast, like sure, that's fun in itself. There's a whole other world out there that I was just like, I guess blind to for a long time. Yeah, you know, it is a lot of fun.

It definitely is. I, I, uh, when I first started doing it and I, I remember when I got that first, um, corporate to head down to New York City. Um, I, I, first of all, couldn't believe it because, you know, we know and radio New York is the number 1 market. So my mentality was like, holy moly. I can't believe I'm, I'm doing a voiceover, um, in New York city.

And, and I took the train down from Albany and, and just the excitement, you know, and I, and I, I love the city because of the energy. So it just gets you so pumped. And, and it was the best experience I ever had. I mean, it was definitely. Terrifying for me because, you know, I, first I'm, I'm in the booth and I'm thinking it's just going to be the producer, but it was also the client and, and, you know, and I'm just like, it's terrifying.

Right. That is so terrifying. The, the good side. I felt that to at least my advantage was because we had the broadcast side, you can talk to anybody. Yeah. So I made sure I talked to them. Um, but it was more of like I was interviewing them. So it because you kind of know that people. When you do interviews, people do like talking about themselves.

So I made sure I was, I had the conversation going, you know, and it's net and, and, you know, it was one of those things where I made sure I'm like, I'm going to win these people over. I'm nervous as hell, but I'm not going to let them know that, but I'm just going to win them over. Yeah. Yeah. I ended up being like with radio when it comes to any commercial work that we do.

I mean, how many times it's like somebody just pops their head in the studio like, Hey, when you got five minutes, can you do this for me? And nobody is in that room with you and you don't get feedback and they're just like, cool. Like, you know, you just do your thing and you send it over and it's done. You know, big project like that in New York.

Like, yeah, you got the client right there. It's like, I'm about to poo my pants. Yes. Oh my goodness. Yeah. I, it was funny. There was, I can't remember what the word was, but I was stuck on a word that all of a sudden. I'm not from Long Island, but it came out like someone from Long Island. It was just hysterical.

And this is where it's so funny that it was that demonstrative direction where the producer had to say it for me. It was only one word, everything else in the whole script. I had no issue with, but that one word. So we had to say it over and over again. So he could drop that one word in. It was just so funny.

And we were laughing at it. Like, I'm like, where's this Long Island coming from? Who am I? Like, where am I? I don't even understand. I took the train here and all of a sudden I'm from here. It was terrible. I was, I was just like, Oh my God, I'm like, Oh my God. And I kept saying, I'm. So sorry, I don't know where it's coming from.

I have no idea. And she's like, and she was laughing. Yeah. You know, which was good. 'cause I'm like, oh, thank God. You know, . Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know you don't wanna, like, that's the thing is like, I know like students will get like kind of paranoid that, you know, it's like you're gonna end up being in a studio with somebody that's just so like nitpicky or just like, yes.

You know, just mean. And I don't feel like that happens. I mean, you're going to, you're obviously going to run into somebody here and there, but I do feel like it's kind of a needle in a haystack looking for the jury because everybody really does want to have fun. I mean, that's what this is all about. Um, you know, I, I feel like, especially on the voiceover side, you do find more.

You know, just fun personality. Uh, yes, you and I, we, we, the radio side, you meet a lot of ego. And I don't know where it comes from. Cause I feel like you can't really be successful if you've got a giant ego, but man, are they floating around? Um, you know, uh, but yeah, I mean, that's the whole point of. Any of this business, whether you're an actor or you're a voice actor or you're a radio person, everybody's here just because it's like, we want to have fun and we don't want a normal job.

Yeah, that, that, that nails it right there. It just suits our personality. I, you know, that's what, that's how I look at it. I can't imagine doing anything else. So brand new to voice coaches, how's everything going so far? It's going fantastic. Um, I love it. Um, you know, every, every day I, I love being here in the studio because, you know, of the four years working remote.

Um, I want to see people, they're probably going to tell me, they're probably like, get out. It's like, Tina, the office is closed. You need to leave. Yes, you need to go home now, you know, but, um, I love it. Everybody that I've come in contact with, students, it has been fantastic. It's, it's, uh, I love it. Can't ask for anything better.

Yeah, very, very good. I know it is a lot of fun and I love the one on one aspect of things because it, you know, it's just like you said, it's like being in radio. Like we, we have that ability where we can talk to just about anybody. And you know, that's been the fun part for me is like, you know, you've got a lot of people that come in and they are pretty nervous because it's something that's brand new.

They've never done anything like this before. And you know, they feel like it's going to be a challenge. It's outside the comfort zone and I think, you know, being, being in the position that we've been in for so long, it's like having that ability to make somebody comfortable is not always an easy task for everybody.

But yeah, I mean, I got people feeling like they know me in the first 30 seconds and all of a sudden they're relaxed. They're having fun. They're laughing. And, you know, it's, it's just, it's, it's like, you're having a little party with somebody that you just met, for an hour and then, and then you move on to the next.

Um, You know, so it's, it can be a lot, a lot of fun. So, um, but we'll listen. I'm glad that you're now hanging out with us. You're a part of the team, part of the fam. Um, and, um, yeah, anybody that is signed up for the program, you get Tina. You're about to be in some, some pretty stellar good hands. So, yeah, thanks for hopping on with me today.

And, um, yeah, I know that we've got at least, uh, some, I think somebody else that's jumped on, uh, As a part of the staff as well. So I'll try to get her on too soon. Um, but, uh, anybody that anybody that has any questions, uh, that we can hit up here for the voice coaches, radio podcast, info at voice coaches.

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This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa chats with the newest add to the Voice Coaches coaching staff, Tina!