The Communication Transformation Podcast with Joshua Seth
Voice Acting on Dragon Ball Z with Stephanie Nadolny
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Joshua Seth: I'm Joshua Seth, keynote speaker on communication skills for leaders. And this is the communication transformation podcast. The show for people who want to speak with influence, communicate with confidence and stand out as leaders in their field. You'll find show notes for today's episode, as well as free resources at www.joshuaseth.com/podcast. Now let's start the show.
Welcome to the communication transformation podcast. I'm your host, Joshua Seth. And this episode's guest is Stephanie Nadolny. Stephanie's an American vocalist songwriter and voice actress with well over 33 years of voice acting experience with voice roles in television series, films, commercials, radio spots, anime dubbing.
TV specials and video games. She's most known for her English dubbing role as the child version of Goku, the protagonist of the dragon ball series and the child version of Goku and Gohan in dragon ball Z. She reprised both roles in various. Dragon ball related, video games and media, and currently appears at pop culture events and ComicCon stores all over the USA.
She enjoys mingling with her fans and inspiring young performers who wanna pursue a professional career in music and voice performance. So please welcome to the show, Stephanie.
Stephanie Nadolny: Hey everyone. Oh,
Joshua Seth: wow. You got applause on everything. Hi Stephanie, long time now. Hey, how are you doing?
Stephanie Nadolny: I know
Joshua Seth: how you doing Josh?
Great. Great. This is the first episode of the new podcast. So thanks for agreeing to be a guest. We just saw each other at, uh, at one of the ComicCons that we were both signing at. I don't even remember where it was. Where were we? Denver, Colorado. Denver. That's right. Yeah, we did two this year. We've done two together this year.
I think in fact, yes didn't we have another. We meet. Oh, we have another coming up too. It's so perfect. You're the perfect guest to kick things off with. Cuz we keep crossing gas. Well, when weekend
Stephanie Nadolny: at a time, you know, we take this thing, you know, it's good to be busy after
Joshua Seth: these past the pandemic. Yeah. Yeah, exactly.
I'm I'm thinking we met years ago at a ComicCon didn't we was it in, in Australia, Australia. That's right. It was any idea when that was
Stephanie Nadolny: 2004. Wow. A lifetime ago, I back to like my brain and in my memories and kind of looked back at a few pictures from way back and it, yes, it was a while back. Wow. Almost 20 years.
Joshua Seth: Well, I, I had more hair back then, but you still look the same.
Stephanie Nadolny: No, thank you. I, I thank you very much. It still, yeah. So that's when we met, we were both guests at that event. We didn't hang out much is the thing we had, you know, we were in different spots, but I do remember we all went out one night for dinner and went roam around.
Joshua Seth: Oh, yes. Fantastic. To have been able to travel the world and, and meet fans and have these kinds of experiences. That's the one where I think I did a, a TV special for the superheroes ver, oh, it, it was the other one in, in New Zealand. It was the superheroes versus the Kiwi kids and a bunch of us voice actors were pitted against.
Kids local kids from New Zealand for a variety of adventures, uh, that, but it was the same tour that, that happened on it was
Stephanie Nadolny: we, we linked them together. They, they mm-hmm, Australia, cont New Zealand contact linked them together. And I believe we went from, uh, Sydney or somewhere around there. And then we ended up in Wellington, uh, Wellington, New Zealand.
It was beautiful.
Joshua Seth: Wasn't it? I love Wellington. Yeah. I would've liked to escape there during the pandemic. That would, that would've been a good spot to ride it out. A good place to
Stephanie Nadolny: be trapped.
Joshua Seth: Right, right. Yeah. but enough about that, let's get, let's get, uh, to it with the show here, because I only know you really, in the context of, you know, dragon ball and dragon ball is either such huge.
Cultural forces. It's just like Digman Pokemon and all this, these first wave of anime where we all sort of came to, uh, the fore in this cultural movement as it were. But I know that you're also a singer. I know that you have, you know, a whole origin story. And I'm curious to hear that as we get started here, like how did you get started in show business?
What kicked it off for you?
Stephanie Nadolny: Uh, you know, I, I knew some as a child. I knew that I was, I mean, I definitely enjoyed singing, utilizing my voice, whether it be mimicking cartoon characters. I even went so far as to mimic my friends, my babysitter, the people around me. Um, my, I was actually actually obsessed.
Recording. When, when I, when that concept came about and I was given a microphone, my father was recording us on eight track when we were like 2, 3, 4 years old. And I remember. Once I had that microphone in my hand, it was really hard to get it out of my hand. and to get me to be quiet and go to bed. Same.
So I knew that same, same, right. We have this in common. That's why I think this will be a really fun interview. Um, especially hopefully for the viewers and the listeners. Um, so that's where I knew I had, I got, I had the bug, um, and then also. Even just even crying, talking in class things that got me in trouble, uh, was my voice.
But now it's my, it's my living. And it's been my living now for, uh, it's well, since my first professional job utilizing my voice, which was, I think I was 18 or 19. And, um, I. I joined a show band, but, um, going back, you know, I just knew as a kid, um, that I wanted to be an entertainer using my voice in some form or fashion.
And so as I got older, you know, I, I ended up somehow with a cassette player with, with a recorder that you, you know, you carry around with you, that's battery operated. And I remember utilizing that I would play the piano. I would sing, I would write songs and poetry and record everything on these, these cassette tapes.
And as I got older, I started. Putting together my own. I guess you could say interviews shows kind of like what we're doing, but like on a cassette. And I would bring my friends in and have, make these shows and sing a theme song, you know, and write something silly. And, um, oftentimes it was comedic and it was silly and, you know, utilizing character voices that I either was referencing from somebody I knew in the family or a friend or a teacher, or it was just a completely made up voice, um,
Joshua Seth: that I had.
How, how old do you think you were when you started doing those sorts of things? Uh, seven same. I might man. It's, there's so many of us that have a similar trajectory in terms of how we, we manifested our proclivity toward vocalization or, or wanted to talk or wanted to sing. You were obviously already singing before that started.
Did you, were you taking formal piano and, and singing classes or in church or something? How did that begin?
Stephanie Nadolny: Um, I just, I was just literally doing it. Like I that's, my first memories are not, not just talking, but they're of they, a lot of it involves music. Um, my, my father and my mother were both music lovers.
They weren't musicians, but they were music lovers. And so there was always music. We always had a stereo. We didn't have much then, but we did always thankfully have a stereo that sounded good. And, um, I remember growing up. And riding around with my, with my dad. And he was a big music disco music, which I fell in love with disco music as a kid.
And, um, I remember he had a cassette player in his car and that was a really big deal to have a cassette player in your car at that time. And so we, uh, we would play disco and of course we had albums. And so for, for,
Joshua Seth: for the young, for the younger, uh, viewers and listeners, that's a big deal because it would've been eight track, I assume before.
Stephanie Nadolny: It was eight track then cassette. Right. And then at home we had albums and records final. So my favorite
Joshua Seth: then fast forward a little bit. Were you a singer before you were a voice actress or what came first?
Stephanie Nadolny: Yes. The chicken or the egg right. It was the, um, the, the, the singing. Absolutely. I mean, that was my first love my first passion.
And, um, I would literally like. Any, and all free time, um, listening to music, singing along with the music, I went so far as to, uh, memorize. Albums, my favorite albums from start to finish. Um, my dad was, you know, worked a lot. My mom, both and dad both worked really hard to, to raise us and make sure that we, you know, had our essential needs and all of that.
And they split, uh, when I was six and then things were kind of crazy and we were kind of always moving around and, and, and adapting, you know? And so what I would do to deal with life and ha my, my own escape, uh, from anything and everything going on around. You know, chaotic was music and listening to these records, singing for my friends, um, getting on the Merry round and putting on concerts.
It's just what I did. I mean, I just, it was just, I just figured that's what every, every kid did and I figured every, every kid could. You know, mimic and, and, and come up with these voices and do them well. I just, you know, cause that's just where all I knew. So, um, but I was constantly listening back and perfecting these voices and, and my ear was just tuned to, you know, music sounds and vocalizations.
Um, and so I was training my ear at such a, you know, in my beginner years and, and. We draw from that experience, you know, so for my life resume, you know, it started as a child. And, um, so the, but the, but the singing, you know, definitely, I, I wanted to do it as a kid. I wanted to get right into it. I wanted to audition for commercials.
I wanted to, um, go to. At the time, it was like, all we knew, you know, from my little small towns I had been living in was, Hey, you go to California for that. Right. Or you go to New York for that. So I would beg my mom and, and my parents to take me there. And to, uh, I saw, you know, I saw kids acting and performing and singing on TV.
So why couldn't I, you know, I wanted that opportunity, but. That unfortunately, wasn't the case that we weren't able, you know, we weren't, I wasn't able to do that, but I was to, I did do and dive into whatever I could bite into, which was talent shows, drill team, pompom, um, theater. Uh, I did a, I, I did a thing called forensics.
It wasn't what it sounds like, but it was, um, improv and, uh, we. In our school, we did competitions and things like that. And then even in my Spanish class, when I was learning Spanish, we would, um, enter these contests where we could sing in Spanish. And then also therefore, you know, receive rewards for, you know, for that or medals or, you know, Accolades.
I don't know. Um, but I, I was just all about that. And then what ended up becoming my, my love and passion as I got older was singing, dancing, acting at the same time, which was musical theater. And then I just played piano by ear and then eventually took lessons. Yeah.
Joshua Seth: That makes sense. Once. And that's the same for me was musical theater.
Did you have a big break in the industry then after you showed all of this talent and all this interest in this area was, was there one key moment that sort of put it all together for you and made you realize you could do this as a profession?
Stephanie Nadolny: um, yes, when I was in school, you know, we would do, you know, performances and, and, um, recitals.
And I mean, I remember taking ballet, tap and Baton lessons. I mean, I, I, I was just kind of doing it all at any. Time that was allowed and, and anytime something would be going on in school or in the, in the, in the city I was growing up in or in the community theater, I would ask my, you know, mainly my mom, I was extremely close to my mother.
Um, rest in peace, my mama. And, um, she would take me to, uh, rehearsals for, you know, plays and musicals. And, um, you know, like I said, we moved around a lot, so I would just get involved in anything and everything that I possibly could. And, and sometimes I did. Uh, like, well, let me just Jo, I'm kind of like rambling here.
Um, let's fast forward. So what, what ended up happening for that started my career as a professional vocalist was I was in college at UNT and university of north Texas, and I was majoring in drama. I really wanted to learn how to be a serious actor. I had never really gotten a hold of those chops. They didn't necessarily come naturally for me.
What did come naturally for me was the singing and the dancing and the acting. And. You know, the cheesy, um, over the top musical Peter Ball, you know, just
Joshua Seth: she's making faces on a podcast by the way, listener, she's doing the little, for example, pointing to her cheek, which just audio, right?
Stephanie Nadolny: Yeah. Well, I thought it was audio video.
Why bad here? I am performing on a, nobody can see me. They don't understand what's going on. Okay. So, uh, I, my first big break we could say is when I was in college, I was, uh, I. Uh, been involved in the drama and theater and the, the choir and the, the big group choir. And I took some jazz and, um, musical theory and things like that.
Well, I ended up meeting, um, A guy in a fraternity, cuz I was a little sister for a fraternity and he was a guitar player and he's like, oh my gosh, we have this band. We need a singer. We need a girl singer. Why don't you come and sing for us and see what, you know, what we think. And so I went and auditioned for them, got the job.
We put together a band we rehearsed for about six or seven months and then a, a neighbor across the street, heard my voice through the window and asked me to audition for his band, which was already up and going and their, um, Um, uh, manager asked me to audition for Vince vans and the valance featuring the vivacious VIX of rock and roll Venus violin in Victoria.
That's right. And so I, I of course showed up for that audition and I was very green. Uh, I hadn't traveled or, or performed in a live band like that, you know, other than sitting in with bands and things like that, growing up. And, um, and I got the job and I was literally like on the road within like a week.
And so, um, I went
Joshua Seth: straight. How old were you then? Would you say.
Stephanie Nadolny: Yeah, 19. And, um, that was a really good experience. It was crazy though. It was like, um, a whirlwind. We were performing anywhere it all over the United States. Um, and we were traveling in shuttle vans, regular vans flying, sleep down the airport floor.
Then eventually we got a tour bus
Joshua Seth: live in the dream as, as they say, yeah, no, that was glamor show business. Cause that's the truth. Right. Is sleeping on an airport floor.
Stephanie Nadolny: Sometimes we'd have hotel rooms. We couldn't even check into because there wasn't enough time to go and check in because we had a full, uh, eight or nine member show band, three girl singers.
We did costumes, skits, uh, comedy. Um, and we did a history rock and roll review of the fifties to the nineties. And, um, we. You know, it was R and B sold jazz Motown, mostly pop, mostly, you know, all cover music, but Vince Vance, who is still around to this day celebrated his 50th anniversary last September. So the band, you know, originated in 1971 in new Orleans and he's not
Joshua Seth: witch it anymore though.
I take it. That would be tough to career and voiceover and be on tour.
Stephanie Nadolny: No. I mean, not any, I don't, I, I, I ended up, uh, performing with him. Um, for 20 plus years, never went back to college. I thought I would graduate, but I was, I was, I was hooked. I was, I had the bug and I was not
Joshua Seth: gonna leave. Oh, wow. So you actually dropped outta college in order to go on tour.
Well, wait, now, then how did you end up in voiceovers? So right. You left college. You go on tour. With Vince, was it Vince van? Vince, Vince van and the Val. Yeah. And we had V
Stephanie Nadolny: and uh,
Joshua Seth: and then, and then what was the opportunity that led you to voiceover?
Stephanie Nadolny: That that's where I was getting. So Vince fans of the valance performed all over the United States, but they also performed locally here in the Dallas Fort worth area.
And we opened up with and shared the stage with other groups in the region, namely brave combo, which is a gram Grammy award-winning polka band. And they they're still, they're still rocking it. Uh, I guess, I don't know where, what year they're on probably close to 40 or F 40 or 50 years now as well. Um, they, they definitely started out in the, in the seventies.
I, I actually was sitting in with. Um, at the Vince fans shows where we would, you know, play for like Munster Fest or, um, October Fest. You know, I, I can't remember the name of some of these, um, festivals that we would share the stage. You know, we'd either open up for them or they'd open up for us or we'd be on the same roster for the day over the same weekend.
Well, I started sitting in with them. I got to know the, the band leader. He, um, liked my voice. He said, Hey, let's, uh, let's, let's write some songs. Let me let's I've already written some, your voice might. The perfect voice I've been thinking of for these songs who went into the studio and we cut an album and we worked on this in like 96, 97.
And as I was working with him, he had contacts and I had contacts with the producer of dragon ballsy at the time, which I had no idea at the time, but there we go. He was at one of the sessions where I was singing backgrounds for, uh, Project called Cybos and brave combo was hired to do the music. So that's where I met the producer.
He, uh, heard something in my voice that sounded like, Hey, do you do voiceovers? I said, I do voices for fun. I do character voices for fun exchange information. Got the audition about not quite a year later, I went into audition for, uh, foundation and was cast as Gohan. I actually didn't know anything about anime.
Didn't know what I was auditioning for. Other than that, it was an animated. Uh, show of some kind
Joshua Seth: around, what year would you say that was?
Stephanie Nadolny: That was 1998. So
Joshua Seth: no. Wow. That's even earlier than me with Digimon although I was doing other anime, but nobody knew what anime was in America really at the time. This was, as I said earlier, the very first wave.
So of course you didn't know cuz it wasn't like there was anime block. There was no YouTube to look it up either.
Stephanie Nadolny: No, no. And, and, and, and like I said, everybody does have a different origin story for me. Uh, I wasn't given any, you know, do, uh, mimic this voice or sound like this, or look like, you know, none of that was, was handed handed to me for whatever reason.
So when I went in auditioned for what I thought, you know, were well, they're gonna want me to audition for female roles, right? So I auditioned for three or four of the prominent characters that were females and, you know, delivered, uh, dis distinctly different voices. When the, uh, the direct, there was a director in there, Barry Watson, who had been recording the show in, at the ocean dub in Vancouver, Canada said, can you give us a young boy voice?
And that, that was completely out. And I just gave them what I thought sounded like a little boy. They said, Hey, how about a little bit more grit, a little more raspy sound to it. I gave him that. And not, not even a week later, I got a. Uh, a voicemail on my answering machine. back on the, and I was given the role of Gohan and I was all excited about starting something new, where I could utilize these voices.
I had been practicing with my whole life, you know, and, um, for,
Joshua Seth: for people channeling a little boy for people that don't know dragon ball or dragon ball z can you do that voice for us? Now, my first voice
Stephanie Nadolny: was go on donor. My dad he's, uh, like that lot of reactions, they ended up calling me the reactor because.
Could nail all these different reactions that had to be, you know, different and unique. Yeah. You know, open mouth scream or open mouth closed mouth, you know, landing exertion. There was all kinds of those, uh, my,
Joshua Seth: my video game.
Stephanie Nadolny: Right? Yeah. Just, and then all kind of, you know, all kinds of right. Yeah. Yeah,
Joshua Seth: I've done entire sessions like that for video games.
Wow. That's it? No long, no lines with reactions. You know, you, you got a whole series out of it and the other,
Stephanie Nadolny: it was, it was great to, um, be able to channel a little boy, voice little boy. I could never be. I love children. I had, uh, you know, three, a growing up, I had two stepbrothers and an older brother, um, that were in and out of town switching between, you know, stepparents and whatnot.
But I, you know, I definitely had lots of, um, You know, inspirations for, you know, growing up, moving around and just all kinds of wacky voices that I could, you know, I could draw from, I had relatives in Rhode Island, you know, ah, Stephanie, oh yeah. You know, and I had like all these other kinds of, you know, I was just basically a mimic.
I mean, I would, I mean, I was, my mom would, would tease me and say, you just record everything in your brain and you just say it right back. You're like a parrot. And you know, my brother would tease me about, you know, having a good memory. So I would like channel all these voices from years ago. He's like, how did you remember that voice?
And I'm like, I don't know. It just came natural for me. And it's kind like,
Joshua Seth: it's kinda like the advice that people give to writers to write what, you know, you voiced what you knew from people in your life.
Stephanie Nadolny: And I had a
Joshua Seth: lot of different weren't mimicking, famous people. You were mimicking people. In your own life that you knew in my own
Stephanie Nadolny: life, my aunts and uncles, my, you know, my, my aunt, my aunts and uncles from the deep south down there in Memphis, Tennessee, you know, I mean, I could, I could just pull that out.
In fact, I would actually visit relatives in other cities and states and things like that. I'd come home and I would be talking like them naturally. I would, I would have their natural draw or I would use certain words, you know, a certain way. And people around me are like, you sound. Your aunt and uncle, you sound like I know.
Oh yeah. Yeah. I just kind of pick up on that. So I moved around a lot, so I, I kind of have my own voice now, obviously, but, um, you know, that's kind of how that the whole, my whole career in voice acting began was, was, was in early 1999. We started recording dragon balls, Z from there, you know, the studio was small.
We had a small, uh, close knit group of talent. Um, and we played a lot of different, uh, characters in the background. Lots. Bit parts, women, screaming, babies crying, eventually got cast this baby, um, baby trunks, ah, just a baby voice mm-hmm um, scream, me laughing, crying,
Joshua Seth: whatever. I did a movie where my only role was that it was called the, the crying, the crying child with Muriel Hemingway.
And all I did was cry. The whole normal whole movie. Yeah.
Stephanie Nadolny: I, that F ask me why I cried so much in those episodes. And I'm like, uh, well, that's what was written the follow the script, right. You know, just, yeah. I didn't choose to cry. That's a weird
Joshua Seth: profession where you could go in and just cry all day and that's your job.
Stephanie Nadolny: Right. And then the cool thing was with Carl fi a break combo and me working in that same realm with the same company, I was able to. Uh, work on anime themes. And I was cast to be, to seeing some of these amazing, uh, Japanese themes that we, uh, you know, changed into English. The lyrics were changed into English and then Carl and I would sit down and put them together lyrically to make 'em make sense and convey the same mess message in English, which was a whole new, uh, A whole new experience for me, I was able to kind of utilize my, you know, writing skills and my lyric, you know, musical skills.
Mm-hmm to, uh, you know, to work with another person and, and on a creative project. And then from there I was cast in, uh, let's see, I had my first anime theme I did was called Zara byebye, and it was, um, Featured in UE HKA show. I also op uh, was able to sing the opening and closing themes for kitty grade.
Um, and, uh, I did some. Work on blue gender and the, I did some things there. They did switch around a few of the voices and then I also did one for case closed. So that was a, that was like a dream come true for me because, you know, my first passion is singing in music and then being able to be behind the scenes, work on lyrics, work on songwriting chops, and then get to direct.
Other singers was also a whole new experience for me. So which I found to be quite rewarding. Uh, I would definitely consider doing something like that in the future. Um,
Joshua Seth: I find that is it's very common. Voice actors start with singing, but it's a lot less common that we actually do get to sing in character in the shows.
This is the first step I'm talking to a voice actress. That's actually sung in the theme, like a theme song for the show, right? That's oh, I could do that all day. And then that brings your whole, your whole career full circle. You started with music and singing and music with theater and bands and. Did the voiceovers and then back to the singing and brought, 'em brought 'em both together.
Now having had that, that whole process take place, and now having been in this business for decades, what advice would you give to someone else wanting to start out? Or is there something that you wish that you knew or had done differently with defendant this time and experience that you now have?
Stephanie Nadolny: As we discussed, I wish we had moved to a place where I had opportunities to audition, to be, um, a child actor, actress, voice actor.
Um, I've obviously we, we, we only, we could only do the best with what we had at the time. There was not YouTube internet, computer mm-hmm type stuff. You know, there's none of that. There was, there's a
Joshua Seth: lot more opportunity to do things from wherever you are now, but it is true that to at least some extent, always geography is destiny.
It's gonna inform. What your opportunities are, who you interact with, what your influences are, but right. We do have mm-hmm we do have the internet now, which is how we're doing this. So,
Stephanie Nadolny: yeah. Right. I mean, I, I would've definitely, I would've been, never left my room. I would've been doing that all day. I would've been, um, writing songs, performing songs, trying to figure out how to get musicians, to help me put it together, working on my piano chops, maybe, uh, eventually accompanying myself, um, my love of the singing actually, uh, the singing and performing live, uh, kind of.
Got me away from the piano, but I got back into piano. So now I'm back into piano lessons with my, um, my best friend bass player with my own band. Now moon glass, his name is Dan Bradford, and he also helps me with all of these technical things that I have not year yet learned. Um, and I've also got a social media guy that's helping me with my TikTok.
And so I'm utilizing what I can, but it's moving so fast.
Joshua Seth: I hear the TikTok is, uh, quite popular with the young people. Yes, it is. It's both the tick and the talk. Both of those thats very, very
Stephanie Nadolny: mean, but honestly, being in the right place at the right time, already working in the industry, um, all of those luck,
Joshua Seth: sure.
Luck is a good, your, your advice for the young people is be lucky. That's
Stephanie Nadolny: yes. Get there. And just that's the right people that no,
Joshua Seth: there's another piece of advice in there, which is to network and actually get out there and put yourself in front of people. Right.
Stephanie Nadolny: Right. And practice, practice. Listen back.
Gosh. There's you can record from your home. You can make your own demo reel from, from your home or, and for very little money, if you it's true.
Joshua Seth: It is so much more accessible now than it ever was before
Stephanie Nadolny: and auditions, you know, sometimes there's people putting, I think, auditions on Twitter now it's like just random open calls.
Joshua Seth: Absolutely. See now. Right. You don't know if they're all
Stephanie Nadolny: legitimate. right. Some of them they're, I that's something working my way up. There was a lot of, uh, scams and people say, Hey, we're gonna make you a star come out to this audition. Then they want you to sign up for this class. You know, I remember doing a lot of that in early years of college, late high school, I would audition for anything and everything.
You know, really, truly genuinely looking for my big break into the industry, you know, whether it be, because I, I mean, at that age I wanted to be di uh, Disney. I wanted to, to do kind of what Jodi Benson did with little mermaid, you know, to be the voice of the character and the singing voice of the character on a big feature film like that.
I mean, that's always been a dream of mine. It's on my bucket list. We'll see if that happens. but, uh, yeah, I would, yeah, so I. You know, advise them to sink their teeth into whatever they can ask, ask people who are, that they know in a realm of the industry that they, uh, that are already doing it or they're on their way doing it.
Um, you know, for me, I didn't have an agent. I didn't have somebody sending me auditions at that time. I mean, like I said, I was sure, no,
Joshua Seth: nobody does. When they're starting right. That doesn't come. And that's the
Stephanie Nadolny: thing is sometimes it's a, it's crazy, cuz they're like, well you have to have experience. And then some are like, well you have to be sag after.
Well you have to get cast something eligible. So yeah, it's, it's a, it's a, it's a it's it can be a battle. I mean, some people walk right into their first audition and they're just. They nail it. They're in the right place at the right time. They've got the great voice. They've got the great look. They've got the great sound and then they've got it.
So I know that whenever I do have an opportunity or I do have a, a shot at an audition, I get right on it. I don't, I try not to delay because sometimes when they hear the voice they want on the other end of things, the client might say, oh, that's it, that's it. And they might not listen to anyone else. We really don't know what's going on behind the scenes.
We don't know the political dynamics of who's working there. Who knows who who's, you know, friends with who, who, you know what I mean? Like some people can get. To the industry and at least have a shot at it because they know somebody or they're related to somebody or they're related to somebody. They know somebody.
I mean, I, you know what I mean?
Joshua Seth: We could go on that, but everybody can, what I hear you saying is put yourself out there, network, make connections. And then once you do get those opportunities, be quick about responding. Be prompt, don't put it off, make it a priority.
Stephanie Nadolny: And refine your skills, even if you're, you know, you're working to make ends meet, um, doing something you don't love.
Um, you you're still utilizing skills and learning about people in certain settings by taking whatever job you did, you know, waiting tables or. You
Joshua Seth: know what I mean? Yeah. I wanna talk about that. So in terms of refining skills, are there any specific tips or techniques that you can share with our audience about something they can do to improve their own voice?
Cuz this show is not just for people that wanna be in voiceovers. It's really for anybody who wants to transform their cation skills, unlock their voice and become a better communicator on or off the mic. Mm-hmm any, any tips or techniques you can share with them?
Stephanie Nadolny: Right. For me personally. And I think it sounds like it was kind of the same for you is.
Sitting down and, and, and recording yourself and listening back and that, and then, like I said, all I, all I could do as a child was, you know, was my little cassette player with the blank cassettes and then listened to now there's like board technology. Then
Joshua Seth: I can even, you can do it on a phone now. Yeah.
You can listen to your early voice back, which is scary for a lot of people.
Stephanie Nadolny: right. Um, but, but, but there's a safe environment there, you know, you've got, you could have your own computer, your own laptop. Some people do things on their phone, they get apps, they get, you know, there's just, there's more than like I said that I didn't even think about right now.
And so, I mean, I definitely wish we would've had more access to that.
Joshua Seth: There's a voice memo app that comes for free on every phone. Yeah. You could just start by recording your own voice and getting comfortable with it, like where you are
Stephanie Nadolny: right now back and like, oh, you know what? That's not really. What I thought I sounded like, or, you know, what do I need to do to tweak my voice to sound, you know, you know, is it something like Beck in your Becky, your throat?
Is it a, is it a man? Is it a little girl? I mean, you know, you just have to listen back and you know, what, where are you headed? Do you wanna do radio? Do you want to be a narrator? Do you want to record audio books and, and, and drink coffee and sit in your pajamas all day? I mean, you know, it's like what get clear about your
Joshua Seth: goals.
Yeah, that's a good one too. Look at you full of.
Stephanie Nadolny: I mean, I don't, I mean, I just, I just there's even more than I can even come up with. I'm just kind only drawing from my own personal experience. No, and I'm,
Joshua Seth: I'm, I'm not being pious. I'm like, this is great advice. No, actually, and it's, it's worth, it is worth repeating for people, even, even some of these things people think, oh yeah, I know that, uh, already, but do you do it, do you actually put it into practice on a regular basis?
Stephanie Nadolny: Right. And then also having a good attitude, um, being, being, you've gotta find a way to be resilient, cuz if you get a no and a no and a no, and you're like, I suck. I'm never gonna, you gotta pull yourself out of that. Uh, because it's gonna happen. It's more than likely gonna happen to just about everybody.
I mean, whether you make it really big in a profession that you love or not, I. Whatever you of it. What, what I found that I would, what I did that I wish I wouldn't have done, but it's maybe some good advice is don't limit yourself. I would think, oh, well, I'm just in this small town. This is all I can do.
This is all I've seen people do on TV. This is all I've seen people do in a movie. This is all I've seen my friends. Do, you know? I, and I've found myself. Unable to bus through this, this li these limits that I was actually setting on myself without even realizing it. And so once I got out and was performing and, and then I was meeting people and then going to other people's shows and supporting other musicians and, you know, then they would come hear me and I would come hear them.
And then, oh, Hey, let's collaborate. Let's write a song or let you know, we need background vocals, or why don't you come lay down some vocals on this? And next thing you know, it's like, wow, I didn't think. You know, do all this. Like I said, if you put yourself out there, you open up your aura, open, be positive and, and you know, people, and then also people will want to work with you.
If you have this infectious energy that they like being around, you may, you may. I totally
Joshua Seth: agree. People work with people. They like to be around because you spend a lot of time. Working with others collaborating, as you said. So it's a creative to have a good, good, positive attitude and be collaboratively minded.
In other words, not Adiva is important.
Stephanie Nadolny: Yes. I, that's not, that's not. I what you said exactly. Because I, with a lot of people who are, and I don't know why some people just rub people the wrong way, and I know I've done the same without, you know, like I say, you don't mean to, but you just do, you know, people with bigger, these big personalities that are, these creative types can really.
We're all, we're kind of all over the place. And we, we, we can tend to make others feel, um, that we are just simply out of control and then that therefore they feel out of control and they feel like they either need to squash us or they need to just run away screaming. And I that's, what I've learned is that, you know, I've had to adapt to different situations on it as you have.
And anyone that, that. Is involved in, you know, our line of work where we're we're self-employed we, you know, we, we're constantly in and out of situations where we're dealing with all kinds of different people with all kinds of different backgrounds. Um, and one thing that I know that I wish I wouldn't have done, and I'm not doing anymore is suppressing my energy to be able to feel like I'm being accepted in a room of people or, or a new school
Joshua Seth: or a new you feel you used to do that was you would like mobilize yourself
Stephanie Nadolny: fully accept.
Oh, yes. And being a, a new girl in a small town and, and kind of being, having this bigger than life, uh, personality, um, didn't go over very well. Especially small towns, you know, coming in. And I was like, oh, I wanna audition for the play. I wanna be a singer. I wanna, you know, be in the choir. I wanna choreograph the next dance routine or, you know, that, that just, just didn't didn't was not, it was just not well received, especially by my peers.
Joshua Seth: so you min, so you minimized your output in order to. I don't you're showing off or taking over the room. Exactly. But of course, that doesn't do yourself any favors. How'd you come over, get over that? Um,
Stephanie Nadolny: it took years and years and years. I mean, I still find myself feeling like I'm doing that. It's like a natural, uh, defense mechanism to, in order to, to feel like I am not going to.
Rub someone wrong, you know, it would just it's, you know, as I've gotten older, you obviously, there's nothing you can do about what people think about you anyway. Right? It's it's not right. It's not healthy to give that
Joshua Seth: a lot of that's a projection of whatever they're going through and whatever their expectations and experiences are.
Anyway, it's just being reflected
Stephanie Nadolny: off of you. It's like when you're an empath, you just, you pick up on these vibes that not everybody picks up on and it can be healthy and it can also, uh, be unhealthy if you give too much energy to the negative and not enough to the positive or, you know,
Joshua Seth: accent ate the positive, ate the negative, you know, that
ready to go. But I'm a fan already in between. That's a really old. But it's still good advice. And
Stephanie Nadolny: that's, that's why I, I really like being around children. I love children and I was able to teach, uh, beginner, piano, and voice for a while. And I'm gonna actually, probably go back to that, um, during COVID I couldn't couldn't really do that.
Figure out a way to, to do that. But when I'm around kids and that wanna go in the industry, I just wanna be a positive force. I wanna be, uh, encouraging, because I know when I first got into the industry, I wasn't encouraged very much in the band that I had joined. There was a lot of, um, I was kind of like the new girl in that band.
And so I just start all over. So I didn't, you know, really get any cool songs. I, I got all the costumes that were, you know, Sequences falling off of them that were too big for me. Um, I was just so happy to be in a band though that it, you know, I dealt with it, but I, I, I made it a point to never do that or be that way around girls and, and singers that were coming in and out of the band, you
Joshua Seth: know, for two days.
So now you're giving back to, to students of voice and piano and all your students. Now, men scoring a
Stephanie Nadolny: little and yeah, that's great. And I, I thought about some things I could right now this year, I'm kind of focusing on my. ComicCon appearances. My comic book store appearance are getting in front of the fans, mingling with them.
Joshua Seth: fact, I wish that's where that was. My next question was, what are you doing now? What's next for you? What's coming up on the schedule,
Stephanie Nadolny: right? Um, just that just booking these conventions, whether I get on the phone and request, Hey, do you have your lineup set up? Do you have room for another one or if they contact me, you know, whether it be.
You know, an anime festival or a pop culture. ComicCon some of 'em are big. Some of 'em are small. They're all over the United States. They're all over the world. And, um, I'm, I'm hoping to get back overseas again. I loved it over there. I loved, I did get to go to the UK and Australia again in 2018. Mm-hmm um, there's some, there's some other places I'd like to travel to if you know, If, if that's
Joshua Seth: a possibility, maybe somebody will hear or see this and, and reach out.
I'd like to get back on the international circuit again, too. The, the last, the last ComicCon I did before the everything shut down in March of 2020, just maybe two months before I think it was January of 2020, I was in Edinborough Scotland for an a Kira themed ComicCon. That was amazing. Wow. I, I got to see where JK Rowling.
Sat and wrote the cafe that she wrote, Harry Potter out. Wow. And the castle on the hill that she was looking at when she conceived was inspired Hogwarts. And I went up there and, oh, it was just amazing. Yeah. It was a great experience.
Stephanie Nadolny: Oh, yeah. So I'm just, I'm, I'm really just grateful. I just wake up grateful that I was able to, uh, do what I've already done and have the contacts and the, you know, the work that I have done so long ago is, is sustaining me for now, especially coming out of the a COVID when I couldn't work.
And we, we had to shut down all of our shows and our bands couldn't play and in person or anything. Um, so now I'm just book. I mean, I'm trying to book my band again. Um, I'm auditioning a lot. Um, I just finally got back into the realm of this ginormous company that is now called crunchy role. So I'm, uh, yeah.
Audition bunch of character voices
Joshua Seth: for their song. And they're based, the, the recordings are based in Texas where you are. If I'm not mistaken. Yes in the immediate that's
Stephanie Nadolny: that main recording studio right on the road, actually, from where I'm at during this interview, um, Dallas Fort worth Irvine, kinda like this, uh, the, in the middle of everything, close to DFW airport, um, which is another good thing I'm close to an airport, you know?
Right. Have heart wheel travel. Yeah. So, so
Joshua Seth: this, this could be a great opportunity and everybody's excited and, and curious to see what comes out of this. Crunchy role. What was it? Foundation crunchy role Sony, right? I think right. All of, yes. Yes. These, these big con conglomerates all coming together and creating this big, new recording studio right down the road from
Stephanie Nadolny: where you live, right.
It's um, it's instead of one studio, two, three, like it was when I was working there years and years ago. To having, you know, these cast parties and we are all kind of like buddying around together outside of, you know, recording. Now it's ginormous and there's more studios than I can even count. And there's people coming from other, other markets and coming and they're being utilized.
Their voices are being utilized, you know, people from ad and sun. And, uh, so. Some companies in LA, in New York, probably more than I even can even think of, but
Joshua Seth: ums of names that people won't know. But yeah, it's a, it's a, it's the next evolution. The next wave of what's going to happen in anime and voice recording for that industry.
So what's the.
Stephanie Nadolny: Ones that I actually mentored and, and encouraged, you know, 20 years ago. And now here they are, they're big. They're hitting the big time. And it's like, wow, look at you. This is awesome.
Joshua Seth: they, they grow up so fast. Don't
Stephanie Nadolny: they? They do. But the, the fact that they remembered that is cool. So like I said, I mean, putting good energy out there and, and.
Helping everybody else is always for me has helped myself because there's a lot of work out there and there's plenty out there for everybody. So it's not a competition PayPal. It's like, you know,
Joshua Seth: I totally agree. It can seem like cuz one person gets each role, but there's so many roles and it's not a zero sum game.
Like the pie just keeps getting bigger so everybody can have a. That's
Stephanie Nadolny: exactly right. If you look at it that way, rather than the other way, I think it's best for, for the universe, for the cosmos as whole. I agree. Yeah.
Joshua Seth: Where's the best place that people can find you as we're wrapping up here, how can they find you online or otherwise
Stephanie Nadolny: I have a website now.
Yay. Um, there were some delays, but it's yeah. It's
Joshua Seth: time. Yeah.
Stephanie Nadolny: by like Stephanie NA do com
Joshua Seth: com do com com. We'll put that in the show notes. So Stephanie did aldi.com. That'll be on the show notes. And I know, uh, that you're on social media. We'll have all of your links there as well. What's your preferred platform.
People only follow you one place. Where would you like that to be?
Stephanie Nadolny: Oh, the website should have everything we're adding. Website's got it all. Okay. If we go. Yeah. And then, you know, TikTok at Stephanie, it only is a good,
Joshua Seth: the new off. Cool. All right. Well, we'll have clips from this interview there as well. It's been fantastic to catch up with you.
And then of course, we're gonna see each other in person at a con I don't know where it is or when, but I think it's New Jersey in new. Oh, the one in New Jersey. New jerseys. That's
Stephanie Nadolny: July.
Joshua Seth: Yeah. In July. Okay. It's coming up quick. So thanks. Thanks again for this chat. You good?
Stephanie Nadolny: Yes. Thanks so much for having you was so
Joshua Seth: much fun.
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