LIVE from VOA – Special Guest: Juana Plata

LIVE from VOA! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us? Our second and last live podcast guest is bringing some Spanish spice! Juana Plata joins Anne and Gabby live at the VO Atlanta 2018 conference! Hailing originally from Columbia, bilingual Juana dishes about her father, the “Dick Clark” of Columbian VO, her early years in America, her Emmy nomination, and how she built her 6 figure voiceover business.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Bilingual talent should embrace the evolution of “Spanglish”

  2. Advertise through LinkedIn!

  3. Invest in your career

  4. Save for the “Thin Cow” moments

  5. Look to South America for clients

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

VO Atlanta
Juana’s Website
Juana’s Twitter
Juana’s Facebook


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Anne: And now, on to today’s episode. Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host Anne Ganguzza along with my wonderful cohost Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Hey, Anne. Today we have a super special episode. This was recorded live at VO Atlanta 2018, and we had an awesome time at the conference, but we also had the opportunity to interview some amazing conference attendees and voiceover bosses while we were there. This is part two of the series, and someone who’s very near and dear to my heart, and I’m happy for us to bring to all of you –

Anne: It’s the one and only Juana Plata.

Gabby: Juana!

Anne: Thank you.

Gabby: Yay!!!

Anne: Yay!

Juana: First of all, apologies. I was waiting for you downstairs.

[Anne and Gabby laugh]

Anne: I thought maybe you got lost, and I was like, I was like, I was trying to text you, but I was here. [laughter]

Juana: Please accept my apologies. It got lost in translation. Can I hold that one out?

Anne: Yes, you can pull that one out.

Juana: Sorry. Me no ingles.

Anne: [laughter]

Juana: Me no ingles, but thank you so much. I’m so honored.

Gabby: We got lost in the bathroom earlier, I think.

Anne: We are honored to have you.

Juana: I am lucky to be with the ladies of VO and the bosses.

Anne: We all I think we are all bosses, and umm.

Gabby: It’s true.

Anne: And we certainly thought that much of you to ask you —

Juana: Thank you so much, I appreciate it.

Anne: — here today so you can help all of us to be more of a boss.

Juana: Well, first you have to roll your R’s.

Anne: I cannot do that.

Juana: So you can be like, Anne Ganguuuuzzza.

Gabby: I love that!

Anne: Oh, Gabrielle. Think about the R in Gabrielle.

Juana: Gabrrrielle.

Gabby and Anne: Oooooh.

Anne: Excellent. I like that.

Juana: I am here on weekends too.

Anne: This show is hot.

Gabby: Oh my God.

Anne: This show is hot.

Juana: Gabrrrrielle and Anne Ganguzzzza.

Anne: That is going in our intro.

Gabby: [laughter]

Juana: Trrre.

[Gabby and Anne laugh]

Juana: OK, is this getting a little bit out of hand here?

Gabby: I don’t think so.

Anne: I’m a mother.

[Gabby and Anne laugh]

Anne: Not trucker. Mother. Not trucker. So for those of –

Gabby: Oh boy.