A professionally trained improviser and actor based in Providence, Rhode Island, Tina has narrated a variety of titles from YA, Fantasy, and Contemporary Romance to Health & Wellness. She loves any opportunity to dip into her toolbox of character voices so she can bring the author's story to life and engage every listener. Her favorite genres to narrate and perform include Middle Grade and YA. 

 

Although Tina loves yarn and fabrics she doesn't actually know how to make anything with them yet. She has dreams of hand-making gifts for friends and family as well as fun dresses, overalls, and tops for herself. Unfortunately, she is super intimidating by her sewing machine and her first (and only) crochet project was over 15 years ago when she was "courting" her now husband, Ryan. She made him an orange and brown striped scarf that ended up being about 30 feet too long. BUT it worked. They've been together for 16 years and married for 9 of them.

Until she can find the time and courage for that crafty venture, her other hobbies include sketch comedy, improv, trivia night, karaoke, and snuggling with her 3 cats: Hubble, Penelope, and Louise.

 

A BIT ABOUT MY JOURNEY

 

I was super shy growing up and loved to escape inside new stories from books at the library and from the occasional Scholastic Book Fair. I slowly started to come out of my shell over the years and the performer in me started to hatch when I took improv classes in 2016. After completing the 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 discovered our band coach was not only musically talented and an awesome person but 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, voiceover 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 difficult 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 falling in love with the process and the craft, I've also met some extremely kind, talented, 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 gig with a publisher in June 2019, I have narrated 15 titles and look forward to building even more relationships within this super supportive and inspiring community.

Photo Credit: K.O. Photography NJ

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