Joseph Valentinetti

Bio:

I grew up in New York City. I earned a master’s at the University of Minnesota. I taught  at the university level. As a volunteer, I counselled teenagers who were involved in the court system. I worked through a deferral program to help the teens keep their records `clean’. My charitable interests include micro lending in third world countries through KIVA International, to assist people in improving the economic future for their families and themselves.

I’ve kept this short on purpose because I’d rather be  getting to know you, learning about you; your needs, and, how my skills, as an voice-over artist, might be an advantage to you in reaching your goals.

My grounding is in the Meisner approach to acting. I continue to study and work with  top teachers and coaches and I apply those skills to my voice-over work. Please sample my reel. I have a confident voice that is believable, informative and genuine. I am easy to work with, very direct-able, fast and fair.

If you’d like to know more about me a longer bio appears below.

Commercial Demos

Narration Demos

eLearning and Explainer Videos

 

Contact Me

by Phone 909.800.4102

by eMail in this form

 

More about me

Whenever I’m faced with the prompt to say something about myself I’m stumped. Maybe it’s because when I read how other people have responded to that, with dates of birth, schools attended, jobs held, marriages tried, children raised, accomplishments they’re proud of, I’m a little to a lot bored by it. Resumes and vita sheets-I don’t know. I always thought the only difference between a  resume and a prison record was who’s doing the writing, who’s the record keeper.

I was born in New York City. From a national perspective it’s a world class place, full of everything anyone could ever want. From someone who grew up there it was the biggest small town in the world. Most New Yorkers live in enclaves of a few thousand people and spend most of their lives in a limited geographical area. My years there were spent in Washington Heights-some trips downtown, once to Jersey, to a camp, sponsored by the church for poor kids, but mostly within the confines of a square mile or two. I failed to graduate from George Washington High School because I failed to attend most of the time. By the authority vested in the City of New York I was transferred from GWHS P.S. 192 to P.S. 614. The 600 schools were special. To put it simply, you went on Monday and came home in June. I’d probably still be there but, about this time, the transit authority built the second level of the George Washington Bridge through my bedroom, forcing us to relocate, relieving the city of its responsibility toward my education.

One night, some friends and me were sitting around bored, playing cards, in a furnished room, on 48th and Palisades, over the 300 Club, in Union City New Jersey. We were mostly jobless, older teenagers. I don’t remember how the subject came up but we were talking about military service. Henry said he liked the Air Force, they had cool raincoats. I said the Army was three years and that was better than the four years the air Force demanded so it was the better deal. We cut the cards for it. I drew a queen. We enlisted the next day, on the buddy plan, Henry and me. He got pneumonia the first week of basic training and that was the last I saw of him.

One night, some friends and me were sitting around bored, playing cards, in a furnished room, on 48th and Palisades, over the 300 Club, in Union City New Jersey. We were mostly jobless, older teenagers. I don’t remember how the subject came up but we were talking about military service. Henry said he liked the Air Force, they had cool raincoats. I said the Army was three years and that was better than the four years the air Force demanded so it was the better deal. We cut the cards for it. I drew a queen. We enlisted the next day, on the buddy plan, Henry and me. He got pneumonia the first week of basic training and that was the last I saw of him.

Through no fault of my own I served in the peace time army. I got my GED in the service. I earned the GI bill for my time. All in all I got the better of the deal. It paid all the way through to a master’s degree in education. My undergraduate advisor told me I was the brightest undergraduate he’d ever met. My son’s mother said I was the dumbest bastard she’d ever met. A hand full of one, a handful of the other. Neither held the ring of truth or the aroma, for that matter, I wanted from either relationship. I was probably somewhere in the middle. I was a counselor/instructor at the University of Minnesota. I worked with federal grants to help underprivileged students access higher education. I did that until the university and federal government decided educating the underprivileged was no longer something worth doing.

During this same period I worked in public relations photography for the music industry, photographing their artists when they came to town for concerts. I also did studio photography as well as teach photography for Metropolitan State University. I taught training classes for state employees in utilizing media to improve agency communication. I had five one-man shows of my Photographs at the universities and private galleries.

I have since worked as a Public Guardian and a private detective. There is a block of time in this later period that I refer to as The Lost Years. You’ll have to wait to hear about that.

Some days I am happy and some days I am sad, some days I feel good and some days I don’t. I dropped out of high school because I didn’t see the connection between tin exports from Bolivia, solving for X and teachers who didn’t seem to understand the limits of their responsibilities, but, more likely it was because I didn’t understand the limitlessness of my own.

So. Now I’ve said something about myself.

Subscribe
Name:

10 Responses to Joseph Valentinetti

  1. Your bio reads like a novel! Love it… feel like turning the page and hearing what happens next.

  2. Kit says:

    Hi Joseph,

    I just got your email and am writing a quick response here in your comments. After all, SEO is SEO, and writing on your comment stream will give you a nice quick splash of good Google energy. 🙂

    I appreciate you reaching out. I personally know quite a few writers, and some of them are my clients. Let me pass this offer on to my PR Writer/Publicist Liz Riviere and see what she thinks.

    In the meantime, I will reach out to other writer and authors and see how it flies. Great to meet you !

    Best

    Kit

  3. am.Paige says:

    Hey Joseph 🙂
    Thanks for touching base though I haven’t visited vimeo for quite a while now.
    Enjoyed the sublime humor of your mini bio; I’d like to see a short titled “Henry & Me” entered at a film fest.
    Will check out the rest of the site later and e-mail you as well.
    Let’s connect via twitter too.

  4. Hello Joseph.

    It’s a pleasure to meet you and get to know you a bit. Your life sounds very interesting. I’m sure you put that energy into your books. I’ll have to add them to my reading list.

    Glad to have connected with you on Twitter.

  5. Henry Mazel says:

    Wanted to the thank you for the graciousness shown to my associate Shira. Hope everything worked out despite our computer hiccups.

  6. Joyce Oroz says:

    Hi, Joseph,
    I would like to be interviewed, and I would like to interview you on my blog. I have written four novels in my Josephine Stuart Mystery Series. The first novel, Secure the Ranch, is available in paperback and Kindle. The second book is, Read My Lipstick–available on Kindle. Shaking In Her Flip Flops will be available on Kindle at the end of Sept.
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Sincerely,
    Joyce Oroz

  7. Debbie Wallack Prieto says:

    Hi Joe,
    Love your bio and have purchased some of your books. I want to purchase the newest ones. I am so glad that you pursued your writing dream. Hope you are doing well.

    Debbie

  8. Jeff Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Joe,

    You had an interesting life. Mine also got started in New York City in the Bronx (where did that name come from Mr. bronx?). I strated life on Friday, the 13th, 1947 – only friday the 13th that year (each year must have at least one Friday the 13th and can three Friday the 13ths in a non-leap year).

    I have lead a strange interesting life which is why I have written a trilogy autobiography (a la 3 volumes – like Frodo in Lord of the Rings trilogy, I have suffered a lot but still can’t find a way to destroy my ring yet). My autobiographies are aptly titled: “My Only Crime Was being Born” – read and you’ll see why.

    I’ll check tonight because I’m work but if yor books are ebooks only, i can’t read because no ebook reader yet…but someday.

    Thanks again for publishing my interview – you seem like a cool dude and when I get time I’ll explore your site more.

    Jeff

    • valentinetti says:

      Thanks Jeff. My books are not only eBooks. Paperbacks at Amazon or directly from my site. And thanks again for your comments. Joseph

  9. Chrissy says:

    Hi Joe,
    I enjoyed reading your bio.You have lead an interesting life. I think you have accomplished so much on your own. Far from the kid I remember who didn’t want to go to school. I’m so PROUD to have known you.I’m sure your family are proud too.
    As far as having good days and not so good days, I think we all go through that, some because we are ill, or many other reasons.It’s all in how you handle it and you have done pretty good.
    So this old lady , who knew you a LONG time ago, will say again, I’m so glad to have known you.You were always special, and you have proved it. Take care Joe, Always in my heart n’ prayers

Leave a Reply to smumnvand Cancel reply