So the next big step with Body Meets World and the theatre and performing world is the Q&A Have you met? Saga.
So here it is 🙂
The Q&A instalment is designed to help artists support artists. I have been fortunate enough to get to interview professionals from all over the entertainment industry and world. In the Have you met? series you will get to hear from Actors, Singers, Dancers, Models, Fashion Designers, Casting Directors, Agents and more. Learning about their journeys within the industry and also hopefully learn some helpful tips along the way.
To start off the series we go straight to NYC where we meet Marisa Dargahi. Marisa is a well established voice over artists having voiced commercials for companies like Starbucks, Walmart, Coca- Cola, Nivea and Spotify to name a few. Marisa also has worked extensively as a singer and musical theatre performer appearing in such shows as Secret Garden, Les Miserables and Big Band Beat to name but a few.
So Tell us, What’s your name and where do you come from? And where do you live now?
I’m Marisa Dargahi born and raised in NYC…still living here!
Tell us what you do/ who you are?
I’m a fun, passionate, creative lady taking advantage of everything NYC has to offer! I wear quite a few hats these days…I do voiceovers for commercials, promos, audiobooks, etc, sing jazz around town, and I’m also getting certified to become a health coach.
So what’s a typical day in the life of Marisa like?
Typical? Ha! Every day is different which keeps it exciting/anxiety producing. My schedule usually involves me waking up, doing a bit of meditation (even if it’s for 5 min), cooking breakfast, recording voiceover auditions or jobs from my home studio for a few hours, working out at my favorite gym in NYC (Mark Fisher Fitness), sometimes going to a voiceover audition at a casting office, and if there is time then doing a few hours of health coaching work from a coffee shop with wifi. I like to stay busy in the evenings also – whether it’s grabbing a drink with friends, going to some type of networking event, seeing live music., etc. I eat lunch and dinner somewhere in between doing these things!
Training are you self taught, or did you go to college or university and if so which one?
I got into the voiceover business through my acting and singing career. I went to the Performing Arts High School (Fame!) for drama and studied Musical Theatre at Ithaca College. Is that path you would recommend to other performers? I highly recommend training to prepare you so that you have what it takes to compete in this crazy business of show that we’re in! However, just because you have training and talent doesn’t mean you’ll make it – sometimes people that have no training have raw talent or no talent and they were just in the right place at the right time. It’s just the reality of the business. You can either resent it, or you can accept what it is and focus on your own path.
Tell us about your best and/or worst audition?
Well, I have to say I am asked ridiculous things for voice over auditions on a daily basis haha. The best audition was when I used to go in for a lot of musical theatre and it was when I crashed an audition for Les Miserables and ended up booking my dream role – Fantine.
My worst audition has to be; Singing “As Long As He Needs Me” in front of a jungle gym.
Tell us something you love about the city you live in?
Most people have a love/hate relationship with NYC. It’s expensive and dirty and everyone is too career focused, but there’s so much I love about living here. I love that you can find something fun to do any time of the day, I love that the city is filled with the the most talented artists and brilliant minds, I love how spontaneous you can be living here…I also love the pizza and bagels.
Is there any advice or a quote you live by?
“In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
I’ve realised this year that my life purpose is to help others find their light within and inspire them to shine brightly in the world. No matter what I’m doing, whether it’s voiceovers, singing jazz, health coaching or all three I want to do everything in my life with that intention in mind. A husband and baby in five years would be nice too.
Cat or Dog person?
Dogs! I’ve been known to chase cute puppies on the street just so I can pet them.
As a child where did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Broadway star! I’ve seen the reality of what it’s like to be that broadway star and it’s not the idea I had in my head as a child. Performing is such a huge part of my life, but the dream of what it means to be a successful performer has changed.
You have a parallel career of being a health and well being coach – how did that come about?
I’m still in the process of getting certified as a health coach. I came across the health coaching program (Integrative Nutrition) three years ago and knew I was meant to do it at some point in my life. I’ve had my own journey to health and wellness and felt inspired to help others. A few months ago I finally decided to enrol and it fits in perfectly in my schedule because it’s all online. I’m loving it and feeling super inspired.
Where can we see you next perform or find your online.