Grace and I are thrilled to share this Q&A with beloved voice-over superstar, Tara Strong. Aside from being a brilliant, beautiful, and bold working woman, Tara is a hands on mom that makes staying in the zen eye of the storm look effortless. Trust me, I’ve seen people practice zen or meditation for years and not achieve her level of laser focus, positivity, and confidence. Grace and Tara have worked together in the past, and I am honored that Tara is a role model, mentor, and friend to my daughter.
On a fun loving note, she gets it all done like her character from the Power Puff Girls, Bubbles, “remaining sweet, but Hardcore when [they] need to be.”
Hi, it’s Grace! I’m super excited to share this interview for many reasons. For one, Tara Strong voiced many of the cartoon characters I grew up with, like Timmy Turner from The Fairly Odd Parents, Omi from Xiaolin Showdown, Melody from the Little Mermaid 2 and last but not least, Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls! As a fellow voice-over artist, I find her very inspiring and empowering. That’s why it was such an honor to be able to work with her on a project. I know you guys will enjoy hearing what she has to say.
Did you relate to your character Bubbles?
Yes! I always loved playing her, so sweet & funny & innocent. Her nature and mine are the same.
Sweet, but Hardcore when we need to be!
What is your favorite thing about voice over acting as opposed to on-camera acting?
Probably the hours! No hair and make-up or waiting. I truly love doing both, but in VO I am blown away by talent every single day, it doesn’t matter what you look like, only how you bring characters to life.
What encouraging advice would you give to a child that wants to achieve their dreams?
If it is TRULY in you, don’t give up before the miracle. Take all the acting classes you can so that you are ready…improv, scene study, singing, etc.
How do you balance motherhood and a busy schedule in the industry?
Luckily when the kids were babies I brought them to every studio! My work hours are typically while they’re in school, so I get to do it all.
How do you keep calm, carry on, and steady your nerves under pressure?
I think when you do anything A LOT, you no longer get nervous. Voice acting is all about confidence. You have to really believe you are great and that you could do anything in that booth…I do get nervous when I have to sing in front of my peers, or even an audience sometimes cuz it’s my favorite thing to do. When you discover how to tame those nerves, please let me know!!
HK is for kids of all ages.
“Hello Kitty’s Zen-like calmness and faceless
expression are the major reasons for its appeal
across age groups and markets.”
Martin Roll, C. E.O. of Singapore-
Let’s align our wishbone, our backbone, and our funny bone,
by taking a HK FunZen Tune-Up breath drill to be still, listen, & chill.
Stop in the name of love, Exhale
Whoosh! Breathe in slowly~Soft Pause (paws) Ahhhh~ Clear mind, Peaceful heart, Joyful spirited!