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Tina's professional background in improv and sketch comedy has given her a substantial 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 are there 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 with the Sparkling Beatniks in the Empire Revue. Together they write, produce, and present a new sketch show every month 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 help students going into the health field with real-life scenarios so she she has a lot of experience with medical terminology for when those educational, non-fiction audiobooks come up (wink).
Tina enjoys improv, 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.
Photo Credit: K.O. Photography NJ
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. After completing the 4-level curriculum and finding "my tribe", I started to perform weekly on stage with my teams and annually in improv festivals from New England and NYC.
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 as this was a dream that I never thought could be a possibility for me!
Once camp was over we met up for coffee. She shared her audiobook journey 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 such as Gabra Zackman & Andy Roth, and continued to train, practice, and learn all that I can about narration and performance. In November 2019 I made the precarious 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.
Since my first audiobook project with Tantor in June 2019, I have narrated 17 titles with them and look forward to exploring even more stories, imaginary worlds, continuously hone my craft, attending as many events and classes as I can afford, and building even more relationships within this super supportive and inspiring community of creatives.