INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS AND VOXX TALENT

LINDA WEINRIB

“I feel like being an actress is like being a gypsy because there are so many adventures that come up, and I love doing on camera work as well as VO work”

 

When did you start acting?

I started acting at the age of 3 because my dad, Lennie Weinrib was an actor/director/producer/ VO actor and comedian. My mom noticed how much I loved to sing, dance, and make others laugh. I got my first acting job at the age of 5 when I auditioned to be on a TV variety show called "The Danny Kaye Show" in 1967, I was featured twice and got to sit on Danny Kaye's lap while he asked me random questions...kind of like "Kids Say The Darndest Things". I also became one of his little chorus girls in the background like The Rockettes of New York. That lead to more auditions like "The Sound Of Music" with Julie Andrews to be one of the Von Trapp children, and "UP IN THE SANDBOX" with Barbara Streisand .

What has been your favorite role so far and why?

It's hard to pick one favorite role since I have worked as an actress almost my entire life...but if I had to choose one it would be when I got chosen to be a historical presenter for the Titanic the Artifact Exhibit at the California Science Center as The Unsinkable Molly Brown . It was a huge honor to represent this woman for Clear Channel and for the nine months I got to be her and know everything about her , people loved to take pictures with me, ask me questions about her , and there were 5 other crew members like myself . The presentation I did at the Grand Staircase was so memorable that people would write to the museum and tell them how much they enjoyed our depictions of the real passengers aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic. I even met Molly Brown's great grandson who said I did his great grandmother proud ...that was a special moment. The ability to touch people's lives on a daily basis just by taking them back in time and recreating the moment of boarding and sailing on that luxury cruise ship was very heartwarming.

What is your biggest tip for young actors?

My biggest tip for young actors today would be to always do what you feel you were born to do , if you have a passion for something go for it. But be prepared and do the work; take acting classes, take improv classes, do student films, learn new skills, be prepared to be the best you can be.  Always know there will be road blocks along the way, stay positive and remain on course , those who stay focused succeed.

When did you decide to become a VO artist?

I decided to become a VO artist when I first heard my dad doing VO on Saturday Morning cartoons, he worked for Hanna Barbara for 30 years, Disney , The Kroffts as H.R. Pufnstuf and I knew that all those voices that he created were his own ideas based on a drawing. I thought that was what I wanted to do when I was a child so I would imitate the voices I heard, whether it was Bugs Bunny , Tweety, Mickey Mouse, Speedy Gonzales, even the Road Runner. My dad would ask me to show him the voices I came up with and he was so amazed with my talent. He always told me I had the " inner ear" like he did , the ability to imitate and voice matching came next for me. Over the years I went to many different VO classes and learned from many of the best teachers I could find. I ended up working on Anime , Video games, computer games, ADR , Audio Aide books for text books in High Schools, museum exhibits, and animation projects. Now I can add English dubbing over Spanish thanks to the show "Piel Salvaje (Savage Skin)" . 

What is the best memory of your career?

One of the best memories of my career was when Mel Blanc's son Noel called me ( we were friends because of our dads) and asked me to do a voice match for a new toy, he needed the voice of the Granny from the Tweety Bird cartoons. I spent hours listening to VHS tapes of the actual cartoons and finally called him and said I could do it. I went over to his place right off of Venice Beach and he told me to read 8 lines as the Granny in his closet because the acoustics were great. Haha, thinking about it now, that was strange but it worked and I was paid 2,500 dollars for 30 minutes. I thought, "yep this is what I want to do!!" Mel Blanc was the iconic voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and all the voices I used to watch as a kid. They used to call him " The man of a thousand voices", so to do work for his son was a huge honor and I was really feeling like I made it then.

 Any projects coming up?

Many projects are in the works including working on another project for VOXX STUDIOS. I feel like being an actress is like being a gypsy because there are so many adventures that come up, and I love doing on camera work as well as VO work . Everyday is a new beginning of something magical , always looking for the next journey into this world I love .

 

 

 

Silvia Epuru