Maria Pendolino is an internationally-recognized award-winning voice actor. Her signature voice print has been heard across commercials, promos, documentaries, trailers, narration, animation, video games, telephone systems, radio imaging, e-learning courses, explainer videos and more. Maria’s youthful tone and delivery resonates with Millennial and Gen Z audiences, the dominant population of the coveted 18-49 demographic.
A performer from a young age, she caught the bug when Maria auditioned for a local community production of The Sound of Music at age 11. Maria then began her professional career in New York City and worked in musical theatre, television and film. She was auditioning for Broadway shows, regional theatre, summerstock and all of the TV and film productions that were filming in NYC. You may have caught Maria’s performance on Lifetime’s hit drama ARMY WIVES, which filmed in Charleston, South Carolina. Maria had a recurring role as the very moody army wife, MaryAnn. Maria also had the opportunity to travel to Bogota, Colombia to film an episode of binge-worthy LOCKED UP ABROAD for the National Geographic channel. Don’t worry, Maria was the reenactment actor, she wasn’t in trouble! Maria also had the amazing opportunity to act opposite Bollywood legend and superstar, Sridevi, in the Toronto International Film Festival premiere movie, ENGLISH VINGLISH.
A Voiceover Journey Begins
Maria began working in voiceovers in 2010, booking her first spot for a local university in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Since that first booking, Maria has gone on to record thousands of spots, narrations and projects for clients around the world.
Maria also loves writing and comedy. She’s performed stand-up comedy at Helium Comedy Club and is currently working on her first adult animated comedy pilot.
As a commercial voiceover talent, Maria has lent her voice to campaigns for global brands like Comcast/Xfinity, Dannon, American Express, Hoover, Panera and more. Maria’s voice is heard on broadcast & cable television commercials, radio spots, streaming ads on Pandora & Spotify and pre-roll ads on YouTube, Hulu, Pluto TV and more. (Please reach out anytime for a list of current commercial conflicts to see if Maria is clear to voice in your product category.)
A Narrator For All Genres
As a narrator, Maria has had the pleasure of working on a variety of documentaries. Whether it’s pop culture, nature, true crime or dramatic events, Maria has a great vocal quality and tone to tell a story to interested viewers.
When it comes to industrial work, Maria is a master at making corporate jargon, tech-speak or medical information come across as digestable, understandable and approachable. With experience working in Corporate America for a global bank prior to becoming a full-time actor, Maria can move through business presentations, explainer videos and e-learning courses with ease. She truly sounds like she is just the employee in the cubicle next door to share important information with her colleagues. Maria has narrated critical business training programs including OSHA safety training, securities & finance compliance, sexual harassment mandatory education, and diversity, equity & inclusion trainings. She’s also voiced explainers, how-to videos and tutorials for software, apps and more.
A talented voice actor, Maria loves to bring characters to life in animation and video games. Maria is a master of accents, sounds and placement and can perform like a vocal chameleon – bringing creatives’ vision to life. Maria plays the lead Prim, in the upcoming Prim Adventure Game, set for release in 2022. Her “north star” voiceover goal is to originate a singing animated villain, in the style of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid.
If you’re looking for a fresh voice for your radio station imaging, Maria Pendolino is a great choice. Her youthful, sassy and energetic delivery is perfect for formats like CHR, Alternative Rock, AC, Hot AC and New Country.
Maria is honored to be the telephone system voice for small businesses, medium-sized enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. She brings a friendly and relatable tone to messages and prompts that are usually very perfunctory. Keep your customers on hold happy by using Maria’s voice on your telephone and IVR systems.
Supporting Her Community
Maria performs as a voice actor from her dedicated, professional recording studio outside of Buffalo, NY. She’s proud to be a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, the Buffalo chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. She also serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Alleyway Theatre, a non-profit theatre dedicated to producing new works and amplifying new voices in Buffalo, NY and as a member of the Rising Champions for Justice that supports the work of the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Maria is a two-time Voice Arts Award winner, winning in 2017 for Best Voiceover (Consumer Sales Video) and in 2018 for Best Voiceover (E-Learning). She was also nominated in 2018 for Best Radio Imaging Demo. In 2019, she was again nominated for Best Voiceover (E-Learning). Also in 2019, Maria was awarded the coveted 40 Under 40 Award, presented by Biz Journals. In 2021, Maria won two Reed Awards for excellence in political advertising – Best Use of Voiceover (Independent) TV & Online for a campaign she worked on for Jill Karofsky, an independent Wisconsin supreme court justice candidate. Also in 2021, Maria was nominated for three One Voice Awards: Animation – Best Voiceover Performance (Female), Outstanding Live Event Announcer (Voice of God) and Female Voiceover Artist of the Year.
Maria lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband Eric and their four rescue cats Two Scoops, Mozzarella “Mozzie” Cheese, Nellie and Panini. As a fun fact, Maria and Eric were on an episode of HGTV’s hit flagship show House Hunters.