Welcome to the blog of voice actor, Maria Pendolino! Maria is a talented female voiceover artist. She works across genres to provide audio recordings for clients all over the world from her dedicated home studio.
On this page, you’ll find all of the latest news, notes and updates from Maria HQ. Stay tuned for more information about her latest voice acting projects, commercials & promos, latest reels and demos! And, of course, any general developments that are happening across the world of voiceover and voice acting.
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About Maria Pendolino, Professional Female Voiceover Artist
A trained actor since the age of 11, Maria Pendolino is an internationally recognized award-winning voice actor. Trained originally in musical theatre, television and film acting, Maria has been proudly working as a professional voiceover actor for more than eleven years. Throughout this time, she has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects from commercial work, medical & pharma narration, eLearning, telephone IVR phone menus, and more. Casting directors and clients describe Maria’s signature voice as youthful, bright, sassy, friendly, relatable and of course, conversational. Her voice is very on-trend: perfect to speak to Millennials and Gen Z as they become the largest part of the coveted 18-49 purchasing & advertising demographic.
Why voice acting?
So how—and why—does somebody get into the realm of voice acting and becoming a professional female voiceover talent, anyway?
For Maria, voice acting and all things voiceover definitely constitutes as a lifelong passion.
But, she’s come a long way since her days of entertaining her family with character impressions at the dining room table.She’s even come a long way since her childhood pastime of putting on a solo interpretation of all of the numbers from the The Phantom of the Opera in one swift act deep in her parents’ basement. (Don’t worry, she won’t try to sneak any operatic pieces into your voiceover assignment—unless you want one, of course. She is still fully off-book on the entire musical.)
After studying creative writing and theatre in college at Binghamton University in New York, Maria followed the classic path of the theater lover by moving to New York City and auditioning for Broadway shows, television and film projects—all while sustaining a demanding international banking job. While she did end up landing roles here and there (including even filming an episode of National Geographic’s hit binge-worthy show, Locked Up Abroad, that found her filming on location in Colombia), it was actually this path that led her into voice acting.
At first, voice acting was a way to earn some extra income in between her TV and movie filming schedule. Voiceover commercials typically audition and cast quickly and could be squeezed in between other gigs. But it wasn’t long before Maria quickly developed a passion for the voiceover industry. She landed her first voiceover acting gig in 2010 – a radio commercial for a local college in Buffalo, NY – and hasn’t looked back since.
A Voiceover Artist with a Home Studio
Today, Maria Pendolino is one of the industry leaders in the voiceover acting world. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS), The One Voice Awards, The Reed Awards and she was also awarded the coveted “40 Under 40 Award” from Business Journals. Maria records every day from her state-of-the-art home recording studio in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. Using high-quality state-of-the-art industry equipment allows Maria to be in control of her daily assignments and produce polished projects in a flexible time frame. She’s never more than a few steps away from her booth and studio.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, many companies pivoted to a remote, work-from-home format. Maria was already well-positioned to accommodate this hyper-online way of doing things. The main difference is that it now seems less weird to others when she explains that she works completely out of her home studio! She was pandemic-proof before anyone knew we’d have to be.
The advantages of hiring a female voiceover artist
While once the domain of men, voice acting is becoming increasingly female dominated. While there could be many factors behind this, one of them is likely because marketers are taking note on how warm female voices instill trust in an audience (we’re not just biased—there is even scientific research to back it up).
Popular kinds of voiceover acting work
When you think of what a voice actor does, the chances are that you think of one of these top popular categories:
- Radio imaging (the station identification announcements and sweepers you hear in between songs)
- Medical narration
- Explainer and e-Learning videos and modules
- Movie trailers
- Voice of God
Maria works in all of the above categories. Basically, anything that needs a voiceover – she’s ready to perform. She’s always up for a challenge, though—if you’re working on a quirky or unique kind of project, she definitely wants to hear about it!
Do you need a voiceover for a student project? Maria is always interested in working with the bright minds of tomorrow. If you’re a student who is working on an animation, storyboard, commercial or film for your college career or portfolio, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Maria is happy to donate her time to assist students in creating portfolio work and projects for their degree and training.
Less obvious kinds of voice acting work
Although it’s useful to note common voice acting genres, there are other areas where voice actors work that are less immediately obvious, including:
- Corporate narration
- Political campaigns
- Video games
- Automated kiosks and self check-out lanes
- Telephone menus
- Elevator announcements
- Pre-recorded presentations or webinars
- Airport and train station announcements
- Health and safety announcements (PSAs)
Maria has the advantage of industry experience—this means that it’s hard to surprise her with a voiceover request. You can count on Maria to work her magic anywhere you need a friendly voice (or unfriendly—that’s not her natural state of being, but she can deliver any tone on request).
While not an impressionist by trade, Maria is able to use celebrity voices and voice performances as guides when completing voice acting jobs. If your client has referenced a popular celebrity like Scarlett Johansson, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Kristen Bell, Aidy Bryant or others as their “north star” voiceover performance, that they might not be able to afford, Maria can assist you in delivering a read in their styles.
Get In Touch Today!
If you’re thinking about hiring Maria, feel free to check out her demos to get a sense of her recent work. Or, if you’d prefer, you can request a live audition where Maria can read your script under your guidance. If you can dream it, Maria can voice it—get in touch today. Maria can be reached directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Pendolino is a trained voice actor whose work has appeared across the country and globe. Whether you’re looking for a voiceover artist for your commercial, video game, explainer video, or something entirely unconventional, Maria is up to the challenge.
From her home studio in Buffalo, New York, Maria has the ability to quickly and expertly complete projects on a timeline that works for you. With more than ten years of industry experience, she is well-versed in managing clients and works as a voice actor full-time. Get in touch today to see how Maria can bring your next project to live with her cheerful, approachable professional voice.