Jo Anna Perrin is a New York–based actor, photographer, and writer. She has appeared in film and television, as well as on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Jo Anna has narrated numerous audiobooks for major publishers, small independent presses, and American and foreign university publishers.
Her voice-over experience includes commercial, documentary, and ADR/film work. As a portrait photographer, her photos have appeared in magazines and newspapers, online, and in print, including AudioFile magazine, the Times, and the Wall Street Journal. As a writer, her credits include published short stories and the creation of original TV programming for children and adults as well as interactive TV segments airing on Nickelodeon and HBO. In addition, she is a freelance article writer, book reviewer, and script editor.
Some of her recent audiobook narrations include the self-help books Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day by Jennifer Iacovelli; The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, Ph.D.; and Selfish, Shallow, and Self-absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids by Meghan Daum.
10 Q&A's with Jo Anna Perrin:
Recorded Books: When did you narrate your first audiobook?
Jo Anna Perrin: 2010
RB: Do you have any superstitions?
JP: Yes. Two, actually. Firstly, never wish anything bad on anyone else. “Don’t dance on anyone else’s grave, because you might just fall in yourself…” And, secondly, the number 13. It’s my lucky number.
RB: Favorite type of character/accent to narrate?
JP: I am fond of playing around with real people's voices and taking them, when necessary, over the top. I do a mean Julia Child on steroids.
RB: What was your last/favorite non-audiobook gig?
JP: Don’t know if you can use this one, BUT: I was hired to work on a theatrical theme party and when my costume arrived, it was leather, came with a whip, thigh-high boots, and fashioned on a storm trooper’s outfit. I’d already signed the contract, so off I went. I spent the evening cracking that whip—unexpectedly liberating—because I was followed by a group of men who kept asking to lick my boots. One of them stole my overcoat, and I had to go home in that outfit.
RB: What was the first audiobook you narrated?
JP: It was an art/travel memoir, Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West by Erin Hogan for University of Chicago Press.
RB: Who is your celebrity crush?
JP: That’s easy. Tom Mison. Adorable and talented. Win-win.
RB: Favorite TV/stage/film role?
JP: Shana, an Irish fighter for the IRA, in the original production The Trinity.
RB: What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
JP: Book: The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders by Robertson Davies. Movie: The Lives of Others.
RB: List five adjectives to describe yourself.
JP: Loyal, introspective, funny, sentimental, stubborn
RB: What is your life motto?
JP: One that I have to practice: “Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will.”
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