Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: I think I always knew I wanted to perform. When I was in nursery school—I was the lead daisy in a play. Then as I went through school, I became a bit shy—but I continued to be involved in play production and choir—it was always so much fun. And when I became a reporter, I became a broadcast journalist—I thought that would be the perfect combo of using your creativity and brains to “put on a show.” I guess it’s all performing—just different styles.
Q: What makes someone a good voice over actor?
A: A good voice actor is simply a great actor—it’s a very pure form of acting. That being said, you need good training, the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances (that’s from Meisner), with the ability to self-direct in addition to being able to take direction
Q: You have a background in finance, how does it influence your acting and writing?
A: I think understanding business, and how the business world works, is an invaluable skill—so many actors (and other people for that matter), do not have a clue about how the economy works, budgeting money, spending resources, I think everyone should take a few economics and finance classes—it’s just a huge part of life.
Q: .What kind of training have you had?
A: Acting? I spent five years at Playhouse West—a fantastic program for actors who care about realistic acting—I have loads of improv classes under my belt, and have trained with some very big voice over names—it’s an ongoing process.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: The creativity—the idea that we have cornered the market on the entertainment industry. There’s that econ background coming into play.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: Some people think that phony is the standard—but it is not—real always wins.
Q: You were a reporter for KFWB for five years; what is the oddest story you have ever covered?
A: Well, when given the chance, I always liked to bring humor to my feature reporting—and one year, I asked a highway patrol officer about the best way to transport a turkey for Thanksgiving. When I suggested putting a cooked turkey in a child’s car seat for safety—he couldn’t stop laughing. It was so much fun!
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Right now, I’m working on Auntie Jodi’s Helpful Hints (book, website, film), voiceover projects, a sitcom idea, and a new web series. Auntie Jodi’s Helpful Hints are a combination of Dear Abby, Dorothy Parker, and Miss Manners—all done with a bit of snark and a lot of heart.
Q: Who are some of your voice over influences?
Q: What are some of your favorite topics to write about?
A: I love to write about everyday human foibles—it’s a very rich area—and I’ve only just started.
My website is www.jodiadler.com There’s a place there under the Auntie Jodi tab where you can sign up for fun stuff and my blog.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)