Updated from a previously published post.
As the first member of my family to attend college, I am passionate about the issue of educational access. My parents, who raised me in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had always been quite clear about their desire for me to attend college in the United States. My dad was only able to make it through 5th grade in his native Buenos Aires. And my mom, following her graduation from a public high school in a Latino neighborhood of New York City, started working as a secretary to support her family. You can only imagine how thrilled they were when I was accepted to Bryn Mawr, my top choice for college.
I was able to attend quality schools throughout my upbringing because of my parents’ perseverance, tenacity, and business savvy. I now have the honor of belonging to a family that gives back by lending our voices to numerous educational projects. We are fortunate to collaborate with creators who are as passionate about the value of education and creativity as we are.
The Boom in Online Learning
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people shifted to remote working, so naturally, people are increasingly looking to digital learning to develop new skills to navigate today’s ever-changing world.
The US has the highest number of online learners with almost 18 million, according to the World Economic Forum, even ahead of China and India! That increase in the need for learning meant that we got to lend our voices to many more amazing projects in these last three years.
Serving a Growing Spanish-Speaking Educational Market
Forbes reported that as of 2022, 13% of the population speaks Spanish at home, earning it the title of the most common non-English language spoken. The U.S. is home to the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, behind only Mexico. It’s no wonder that more than half of our work since 2020 has been for content creators of Spanish language e-learning. We’ve recorded for a vast variety of educational projects, in unaccented American English, neutral Latin American Spanish, and Hispanic-accented English. With our revolutionary Accent-o-meter, you can check out the varying levels of hispanic accents we can provide.
Educational Narration for A New World
My husband Brian, our son Zia and I all love using our voices to promote global education, social change and cross-cultural understanding. Our skill set is well suited to providing voiceovers and educational narration for both young and adult audiences. Whether it’s an online video, a bilingual television promo, a Spanish overdub, or an animated educational game, we are privileged to provide voice overs and related services (music, translation) to enhance our clients’ projects. It’s a wonderful job.
I’m proud to highlight some examples of voice over work we’ve done on educational projects created by wonderful clients, new and old.
WNET, New York Public Media’s “Parenting Minutes” ~ Rosi Amador, Narrator
Rosi Amador provided the Spanish voiceover and overdub for this educational spot for Thirteen-WNET, the primary Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station for the New York City market. Many thanks to The WNET Group and Suzanne Rose, Senior Producer at Thirteen-WNET, for this amazing opportunity!
Planned Parenthood & Springtime Jellyfish’s “Am I Normal? Puberty, Explained” ~ Zia Amador, Narrator
Zia Amador recorded both the English and Spanish voice for “Am I Normal? Puberty, Explained”. Springtime Jellyfish teamed up with Planned Parenthood for their new series explaining puberty, a total of four videos. For this project we worked with the Planned Parenthood team and combined stop-motion animation with 2D digital animation to create a unique, inviting, playful and friendly video series.
JSI & the Reproductive Health National Training Center’s “Family Planning & Hypertension” ~ Brian Amador, Narrator
Brian Amador recorded the English voiceover for this educational piece about family planning and hypertension for the Reproductive Health National Training Center (RHNTC), as part of their collaboration with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to address the needs of Title X family planning service delivery grantees and Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grantees through training and technical assistance (TA).
Bringing our ‘Grain of Sand’ to Help Educational Media Producers
Here are a few ways we can complement your creative process in producing effective non-profit videos focusing on education and social change.
- Using our acting skills to bring just the right amount of emphasis to your project;
- Offering original music and production services to increase the reach of your message;
- Offering translation, native Spanish voiceover, script supervision and a bicultural/bilingual perspective to help you target your message to a Hispanic audience;
- Sharing your passion for your work. We love to work with creatives who also care deeply: our voiceover family and dedicated staff are all equally invested in the excellence of your project and the success of your mission.