Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a New York-based award-winning writer, performer, and producer with nearly 500 audiobooks under her belt. She is the winner of the 2017 BEST FEMALE NARRATOR Audie Award, as well as a nine-time Audie nominee, winner of a Voice Arts Award, a ListenUp Award, and 17 Earphones Awards. She earned her MFA in creative-nonfiction, so she brings a literary writer’s expertise to every audio interpretation. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs. Click here for examples and reviews.
Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has sung in choirs since she was 12 years old and has worked full time as a voice actor since 2006.
Tavia is also a producer with over a decade of experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.
Tavia’s presence is realistic and compelling without being melodramatic; her voice is ideally suited to professional and corporate voiceover work. In addition, she is an accomplished actress and singer. Her warmth, breadth, and range offer countless possibilities for producers.
Why should you trust your work to no one but Tavia? For more, read her value statement below, and see Why Choose Tavia.
I believe in and am nourished by your creativity.
I want you to envision with me the story you long to tell, the voice you dream of hearing bring your story to life, the fullest spirit with which your project will be infused. I want to be inspired by my work and I want you to be energized by our collaboration. I want you to be excited by the creations we plan together.
I believe in giving you a good value and providing you with the highest quality.
I will encourage you to plan the very best methods to bring your story to life, not necessarily the most expensive methods. I believe that you get the highest quality when you are supported in making decisions that meet your standards and expectations. Whether you choose me to voice an audiobook or long narration, write and narrate an audio tour, or conduct interviews and create an audio documentary, you are deeply valued and deserving of my presence, respect, and attention.
I believe that words and voice have mass – they are not ethereal and immaterial.
When I give voice to words, I am creating, and the words will live far beyond me and impact the universe. So I will give my heart to the task of voicing your story in the most authentic and genuine way I can. If for any reason I can’t commit my whole heart to your story, I’ll be honest with you and encourage you to find the best person to bring your story to life.
I believe that a light touch and playfulness are crucial – not just when I’m actually recording, but whenever I’m connecting with you.
Can you tell I’m passionate about my work? This whole-heartedness does not remove humor from the equation! This voiceover business is my business, but if it’s cold, and restrained, and passionless, and impersonal, then what’s the point – for either of us? Some of my clients have become really precious and trusted friends, some of my clients and I laugh together – like out of control, gasping for breath laughter – during sessions, and some of my clients have engendered great affection and warmth. The relationships I have with my clients make this work my absolute delight, and I will do everything I can to make the experience of working together delightful for you.
I believe in being an active, contributing, generous member of my global community.
I am committed to building a strong, sustainable business that strengthens human connectedness, equality, justice, and peace. My intention is to manifest opportunities to develop deep relationships and tell stories that enlighten, uplift, inspire, entertain, move, comfort, motivate, educate, and encourage transformation.