Manhattan, New York, US
About Jude Milstein
I have founded produced and written for three small original theater spaces in the last four decades, allowing me to create a wild variety of diverse characters. My expensive background as a teacher and a member of several improvisational companies, two of which made me a good living at the time I believe also are great Assets in this particular area of the business as Both my ability to think on my feet and my natural comic bent, seemed to be to everyone's great advantage when I was doing extensive steady voiceover work on the West Coast .
At the risk of having to downright Bragg I also was constantly told by at least a dozen different producers/ advertising execs ,that I was one of the fastest Direction takers, both literally TimeWise do understand and redirect the new wants as well as nail over there were saying however abstract again I think this comes from the fact that I'm obsessive book reader at podcast listener and I love language but my own rather hyperactive nature is not one that knows how to Chisel and I actually love to take Direction and just surf thru whatever someone is asking me . I'm a little bit of an unusual performer because I've never had that tiger like ambition but I've been gifted with some natural gifts and so my time has always been spent kind of pushing against what could be so much easier where I could just go with the flow instead of my perhaps premature hippie dim and love of small towns in rural areas which clearly you never mind for those last 20 years did not do much although I was able to work off and under it Actors Equity contract for anything to do with Screen Actors Guild or aftra all of which I belong to . I also am so used to living on so little and like to be easy to hire so not wanting to defy the union which I do believe in but I was off and willing to take less or give it back or give more time just because I love doing voice-over work and there was so little of it we all know it's a great gig matter where you're doing it needless to say my 25 years of Vermont have spiralled down to wanting a huge change after lot of research transition and I am ready eager available and I believe probably more skilled than I was in terms of being able to take on anything you could throw me and the direction executing with great specificity.... I still have one voiceover tape mostly from actual commercial side dated years ago although it's old I can't say my voice is changed all that much I'm a character actress so I have no problem sharing that I think it's like 3 or 4 minutes long and maybe 12 or 15 characters on it that I still do some of which were theater character siren but I think that would show my diversity and flexibility And as time is always money, I was clearly well appreciated and receive ongoing compliments regarding how few takes it took to nail what was being asked of me.
Of course the humorous side of that - is, like most of us, our eccentricities or particular skills which in other Arenas do NOT work to my advantage, such as my ability to talk faster than people can understand ,as well as my... "hyperactivity", for lack of a better description, suddenly became attributes in this particular setting, to my great surprise!!
Otherwise I come with an attitude of wanting to learn and understanding that it's important to listen carefully to what the client is looking for and to take risks, or do whatever is necessary to achieve.
I am not a money hungry person, I've lived in rural Vermont too long now... so much as a money challenged person being in arts and education most of my life . I am currently a middle aged woman, just having just come out of my fair share of life's Hard Knocks and parents caretaking excetera for the last few years and so ready to get back to work I cannot tell you willing to travel anywhere take any kind of risk nothing to lose anymore wanting almost complete and total change in every area and Life Changes including where I live..what I do for a living coming out of several years now of parent caretaking and my own personal illness challenges which have someone stopped me i
All that to say that QUALITY, both for the client but especially for me, doing the best I can it's all important as I've had the first and only detour in 45 years from my creative life and very eager to get back to it.
I only include this information to stress that leaving that I actually have an innate ability in this particular end of the industry and that I would be a commodity not is first and foremost to me vs how much I'm being paid or how much time it might take.
I'm very easy to work with , have a great sense of humor, lots of patience and Im willing to try just about anything. I can't honestly say there are that many things I completely Excel at quite so naturally or that I don't have to work especially hard at to even be mediocre but in the areas of which I have described I have been gifted in this is pretty much where I need to stay comedy language voice over work theater everything else is just too much of an effort and doesn't make me feel as good as my work does in this end of the industry. I believe my years and years of professional performance and a wide variety from Children's Theater to Shakespeare as well as dozens and dozens of original one women shows I've done in Manhattan, winning both emerging artist of the Year Awards as well as rave reviews in the New York Times, makes it a winning combination for the both of us, as I come with confidence and experience and a real appreciation and joy in this particular art form.
Well I think I've already gone on a little bit too long but I think what most would appeal is my quick wit ability to think on my feet and extremely diverse character work I've done over the years with a really good listening ear and a natural knack at all sorts of styles. I think having someone experienced and confident is on but on the other hand absolutely eager and willing to take Direction constructive criticism and any and all suggestions make me a creative partner of sorts that can help breathe life into almost anything that's put in front of me. I'm also an Avid Reader and a lover of language so I think that also helps. I can contribute as little or as much Creator suggestions my own as may be wanted or not!Read More
I have been in the theater for 40 years and sort of fell into voice over work when I was living in San Diego 25 years ago. I'm a character actress who has done years of sketch comedy work as well as serious theater. I was lucky enough to be asked into the industry versus even seeking it out as I was fairly well known in the community as someone who ran a late night sketch comedy club and was in quite a few shows around town excetera. For many years this voice over natural ability actually it was a wonderful way to support my first love which is arts and education and original theatet projects. I quickly became a member of AFTRA. I did everything from medical training films to car commercials to daily announcements for talk show content for TV. Perfume, Habitat for Humanity, toys for exotic trips to India are just of the few I was involved in. Much of this ability I took for granted, both in terms I love how easily my particular set of personal reports and talents made for a really great fit as well as the unbelievably wonderful and enjoyable ability to earn funds to support my last lucrative loves. Unfortunately once I ended up moving to Vermont to work in arts and education in the late 90s it became quite clear that as a aftra artist anyway there will be little to no work. And even when putting my membership into hiatus they're still were very few jobs that made it worth the time in the area that I'm in especially in Vermont.
Now however it's a whole new world and I really think I'd be a very valuable asset to all sorts of projects as not only do I learn quickly and take Direction well so I'm told but I have a wide variety of voices tones temperaments that I do and of course most important financially speaking, although I think I'm worth it I'm certainly willing to work non-union and since I've been out of the industry for a good 20 years now will be more than happy to offer up the first free use of my voice should you want it in order to dare I say that much more quickly bribe you into actual work in the future.
The old Globe Theater in San Diego California
San Diego Repertory Theatre
The Rodger Hedgecock show in San Diego
Lost Nation theater in Montpelier Vermont
Lewis Black comedian, worked both on stage and off
Oliver goldstick, writer-producer for Ugly Betty Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond
Williamstown Theatre Festival Massachusetts
West Bank Cafe New York City
Scott Ellis Roundabout Theatre in New York City artistic director
SAG, AFTRA, ACTORS ASSOCIATION (IT SHOULD BE NOTED HOWEVER SINCE MOVING TO VERMONT OVER TWO DECADES AGO I HAVE NOT BEEN ACTIVE IN EITHER SAG-AFTRA , AND AS BEST AS I CAN UNDERSTAND AM CONSIDERED A LONG-TERM FROZEN MEMBER OF BOTH OF THOSE UNIONS MEANING IF I EVER DID RETURN TO A BIG CITY WHERE THERE WAS ENOUGH UNION WORK , I COULD JUMP START BOTH OF THOSE MEMBERSHIPS. I HAVE REMAINED AN ACTIVE MEMBER AEA. I HAVE AN ARTS AND EDUCATION DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WHICH I BASICALLY NAMED POLITICAL ARTS AT THE TIME AS IT WAS IN THE ALTERNATIVE WAY OF THE UNIVERSITY NOW DORMAT. I ALSO HAVE A ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITYS TEACHING COLLEGE IN NEW YORK CITY IN A PROGRAM THEY WERE CALLING "TEACHING ARTISTS IN THE SCHOOLS". OTHERWISE NOT SURE IT'S RELEVANT HERE BUT IN THE MID-TO-LATE 80S IN NEW YORK CITY MY AGENTS WERE THE GAGE GROUP. WHEN I MADE THE DECISION TO LEAVE NYC IN ORDER TO TEAM UP WITH THE SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE TO CREATE MY OWN LATE NIGHT SKETCH COMEDY ROOM AND HEAD UP THEIR ARTS AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMING, I PARTED WAYS WITH THAT AGENT BUT TO THIS DAY THEY ARE STILL WILLING TO WORK WITH ME SHOULD I EVER RETURN TO EITHER NEW YORK CITY OR LA
I THINK THAT'S ALL THAT'S RELEVANT FOR THIS SECTION
...Oliver goldsticks play soars largely on the up and coming Judy milstein, who with the flashing Genius of a Geraldine Fitzgerald and the caustic comic tongue of a Elaine Strich, makes her someone to watch, who despite her able CoStar Jim Gandolfini, keeps us unable to look awayNew York post
But it is on the wings of Jude milstein Vermont's favorite comedian, that this play becomes spectacular. Or understanding of both nuance and detail of her character make for both hysterical thigh slapping humor and simultaneously some of the most heartfelt totally present stage moments this reviewer has ever seen. Jim LoweLost Nation theater Montpelier Vermont
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