I Wish I Was Bi (Part Two)

Besides easily being the nicest person I have ever met in my life, VTP talent Tito Alvarez is well on his way to becoming a legend in our industry.  His impressive list of clients include Coca Cola, Verizon, Budweiser, Showtime, Microsoft, Master Card, American Airlines and Nascar and he has done the Spanish trailers for films such as Frida, Traffic and Dawn Of The Dead.  While primarily working as a Latino talent being bilingual has helped him virtually corner the Hispanic market in the United States and earned him representation with the nation’s top talent agencies.

A quick story:  A few months back I was talking to Tito on the phone and he was a bit torn because it seemed that he would have to leave his long term relationship with William Morris in Los Angeles because he was offered a contract with TGMD.  Seriously, I would give up body parts that I have become quite attached to if I could have dilemmas like that.1 Jeez.  Oh, he is also with Abrams in New York.  This guy is a rock star.

Feast your ears on this but be warned,  keep your ladies out of the room gentlemen or you will lose them.

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If you are a Spanish male talent you might just want to go to dental school right about now because it’s over.2 Lo siento, amigos.

1. Perhaps that is an overstatement, but not by much.
2. Don’t worry Banderas, he has no interest in Nasonex.

I Wish I Was Bi (Part One)

For religious reasons I only speak English, although those who have heard me speak it say that my oratory is pretty much the pinnacle of the language as an art form.  While I know this to be true, I still can’t help but feel that I am missing out on something being limited to just one tongue.1 Besides the obvious coolness and perceived worldliness that goes along with being bilingual, if you are fluent enough you can double your market.  The insanely talented VTP talent Liz de Nesnera basically tripled hers.  Check this out: Liz speaks both English and French BUT she speaks Continental French as well as French Canadian so she has clients from just about everywhere falling all over themselves to get her in the booth for them.

So on any given day she can get a phone call from an American company looking to book an IVR talent, some Canuck might get off his moose and hire her for a beer commercial and later some cheese eating surrender monkey might email from France asking her to do a corporate spot for his white flag factory.  She makes a mint this way.  How cool is that?

“Un voiceover s’il vous plaît”

Jealous?  Of course you are, although Liz can kick an ass or two so she totally deserves everything she gets.  Check her out:

American Liz:

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French Liz:

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So, do you want a whole lot more work?  Just go out, learn an entirely new language and voilà!

1. My ex-wife felt the same way.  *sigh*