Special Guest: Simone Fojgiel

This week Anne and Gabby interview a bilingual power-house! Simone Fojgiel is an award-winning, influencer, trend-setter, muse, coach and friend to countless Spanish and American voiceover actors. In this episode she takes us on a spiritually enlightened journey; from her Uruguay radio origins to her humble view from the top as one of the world’s most loved (and heard) Spanish voice actors. We talk voiceover, cosmic law and about Simone’s relationship with singer/songwriter James Taylor!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. English is the global language of business

  2. Latin American voice actors will become stuck if they don’t strive to speak and write English fluently

  3. You must negotiate jobs in the same terms as your client

  4. It’s important to be a visionary in your career

  5. We are living in a world of high segmentation – excel in one thing – especially in voiceover

  6. Conferences make a huge impact in your career

  7. There’s always something to learn by looking with the ‘eyes of a beginner’

  8. Surround yourself with people who know more than you so you can learn from them

  9. Spanish speaking voiceover actors are doing wonderful things and want to compete with the same conditions as their American colleagues


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


Simone’s Website
More info on ipDTL

Transcript

Announcer: Today’s voice over talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss, a VO BOSS. Set yourself up with business owner strategies and success with you host Anne Ganguzza along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS.

Gabby: Hey, guys. It’s Gabby. Before we get started on today’s show, we want to tell you a little bit about all the ways that you can live the BOSS life.

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Anne: [laughs] You can do this on a monthly basis or a quarterly basis. What’s really cool is we incorporate your own list, and we manage it and send out the marketing blast on your behalf, all in your own brand.

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

Gabby: Hello.

Anne: Gabby, I am always so excited when we have a super special BOSS guest on, and today, we have an amazing, amazing lady boss. Welcome to the show Simone Fojgiel.

Simone: Hola.

Anne: Yay! Simone, finally, we were able to get you on for a show. [laughs] You are one busy lady. [laughs]

Simone: Yes, like you girls.

Anne: Any day, but you are busy —

Simone: Any day. Every hour.

Anne: I always say is a good day if you own your own business, for sure.

Simone: Oh, I agree 100%.

Anne: I’ve known you for quite some time now, quite a few years. I mean, I’m trying to think. At least six years or so, right?

Simone: Or so.

Anne: Or so, and I think Gabby as well. Right? We’ve known you for a long time.

Gabby: Oh gosh, longer than that.

Anne: Right? And I’ll tell you, I am a fan girl. Um having watched you over the years just evolve into this powerhouse in the VO community, in the Spanish community, just in general. So for those listeners that may or may not be familiar with, with your history, tell us a little bit about your entry into voiceover and how you’ve come to have evolved to be this lady boss of the day.

Simone: It was through music. Music is my real passion, actually. Umm I was playing live on a, on a pub with the keyboards. You know, I play keyboard since I was four by a year, and someone discovered me from a very well known FM station in Montevideo. That is the city where I was born. And he invited me to go to the station to do some pilots, and of course it was horrible.

[others laugh]

Simone: I realized, I realized that radio was much more beautiful than I expected, from the inside part. To make the story short, I ended up recording a song for a radio show that I was a big fan of um on another station, and the owner of that station bought the rights, the copyrights, of that song so they could play it every single day for that show. They loved the song, and they invited me to do some other pilots. Like we say in Spanish, la tercera es la vencida. That means, you try to the third time, and that is the very last one. Right?

Anne: Third time’s the charm. Yup.

Simone: Professor at the University where, that I was attended, stud