Tina's professional background in improv and sketch comedy has given her an inherent foundation to create interesting and complex characters through physicality and logicality ("If this is true, what else is true?"). She genuinely wants to bring authenticity to the world the author has created and engage the listener to feel like they're right there discovering with her.
Tina's youthful energy and timeless soul lends itself to a range of genres from Middle Grade/YA and Cozy Mysteries to Romance and Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
When she's not narrating, Tina performs at the Kismet Improv theater with the marquee team doing both short form games and long form improv. She is also a "Sparkling Beatnik" in the Empire Revue. Together they write, produce, and present a new sketch show every few months accompanied by a live band. She loves any and all opportunities to make props, dive into her extensive wig collection, and curate the perfect costume for each of her characters.
Tina also acts as a Standardized/Simulated Patient for a few local medical/nursing school programs to perform real-life scenarios for students going into the health field so she she has a lot of experience with medical terminology for when those educational, non-fiction audiobooks or VO gigs come along (wink).
Tina loves trivia night (where the "name that tune" round and her knowledge of pop culture from the 80's-00's are her specialty), hamming it up at karaoke, and snuggling with her 3 cats: Hubble, Penelope, and Louise. Tina is also married to an amazing human who she met while working together at a local record store 20 years ago.
WELL...HOW DID I GET HERE?
I was super shy growing up and loved to escape inside new stories from books at the library after school and from the anticipated Scholastic Book Fairs. I slowly started to come out of my shell over the years and the performer in me began to emerge when I took my first improv class in 2016 and never stopped.
In November 2018, I spent a 3-day weekend at a ladies rock camp at RIOT Rhode Island (formerly Girls Rock! RI) where I learned how to play the drum AND also discovered our awesomely talented band coach was also an audiobook narrator.
I was super intrigued since I never thought this type of career could ever be a possibility for me. Once camp was over we met up for coffee. She shared how her audiobook adventure began and gave me the contact information for her audiobook coach, Elise Arsenault of The Global Actor. In December 2018, I reached out to Elise, who is also a working actor, voice over artist, and narrator, set up a free consultation with her, and enrolled in her Power Group, which started the following month. Elise not only taught me the skills and strategy I needed to propel myself into this new adventure but she was also so encouraging and helped me build the confidence I needed to keep going.
Throughout 2019, I traveled to NYC for classes with industry experts and continue to train, practice, and learn all that I can about narration and performance. In November 2019 I made the adventurous decision to quit my 9-5 day job in HR to pursue audiobook narration full time.
Ultimately, what started as an absolutely terrifying leap turned into one of the most rewarding risks I've taken yet. In addition to the appreciation of the process and fascinations with the craft, I've met some of the most talented, extremely kind, and helpful narrators along the way in the recording studio, online webinars, and social events since joining the Audio Publishers Association in February 2020.
Tantor Media offered me my first audiobook in June 2019 and since then I have been fortunate enough to continue working on several amazing projects with them. I'm looking forward to exploring even more stories and imaginary worlds, continuously honing my craft, attending as many events and classes as I can, and building even more relationships within this super supportive and inspiring community of creatives.