As a voice actor, I love to narrate audiobooks of all kinds, but my mission is to give a voice to stories, messages, and writers that reflect authentic stories of people of color, and/or humanist and yogic principles. Through my work, I want to give voice to the change I want to see in the world.
I was born in Chicago, IL, and I graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Acting Program. I lived in New York City for 11 years, soaking in the language and rhythms of African and West Indian people in Bed-Stuy. I’ve now lived in Atlanta for the past 20 years swimming in the swagger and sway of the south. As a result, I excel in portraying authentic characters and voices of African Americans and other people of the African Diaspora, plus other English speaking cultures (for example, West Indian, or Yoruba).
In 2019 my recording of Royal Holiday (by Jasmine Guillory) won an Earphones Award. My narration of The Lion King (which accompanied the Disney movie release) and The Lesson, by Cadwell Turnbulll (with co-narrator Ronnie Butler) were SOVAS award finalists. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (2018) is an Earphones Award winner and an Audie award finalist. Voice of Freedom (2016, Dreamscape) was an Audie Finalist. My performances have been noted in AudioFile Magazine numerous times.
Beyond my audiobook work, I shine in elearning. My clients include Kineo, Lumosity, and New Leaders.
I have an eclectic background. I was initiated to Oya in Santeria in my 20's. I’m a former dancer and as an amateur runner completed the Chicago Marathon twice and the Georgia Half Marathon 3 times. I'm a theatre geek, moved to Atlanta to manage the Props department for the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, the southeast’s largest regional theatre. I started my company janinaspeaksvolumes (originally JustWrite! Communications & Proposals) in 2003. PLUS, I’m a certified yoga teacher, teach meditation, sing kirtan, and play the violin.