IN COVID-19 CRISIS:Voice Actor Jolanda Bayens Returns To
Nursing: 'My Heart Breaks For My Patients'
April 18, 2020
By Paul StrikwerdaVoice Actor, Coach & Author
In Europe, very few people have heard of Fred Rogers, or Mr. Rogers, as he was known to millions of Americans.
The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood TV show for preschoolers aired from 1968 to 2001, and it continues to run in syndication and on streaming services today. Last year saw the premiere of the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers.
Fred Rogers was an expert at translating the complex adult world in terms kids could understand. His shows are still a resource for parents on talking to children about tragic events such as school shootings and killer viruses.
Rogers is often quoted as saying:
VO RETURNS TO NURSING
As the world is dealing with the coronavirus, one of those helpers is a colleague of ours whom I interviewed not so long ago. She was supposed to come to the VO Atlanta conferfence, but COVID-19 disrupted her plans.
Her name: Jolanda Bayens.
Jolanda (pictured) is one of Holland's most prominent voice overs, and the founder and CEO of the Voice Over College, a training institute for voice actors.
Twenty-six years ago, Jolanda was a nurse, specializing in terminal care. After her studies she worked at a hospice, and later in home nursing.
She fell and broke her pelvis in three locations. A few years later they discovered she had a condition that caused her bones to break very easily and significantly. She was declared unfit to work because the fractures didn't heal properly.
Today, Jolanda is back in her nurse's uniform, being one of the helpers. I asked her to tell her story ...
'URGE TO HELP'
Jolanda Bayens writes:
PS: If you'd like to show Jolanda some love, please leave a few words of encouragement in the comments.
Paul Strikwerda is a 25+-year veteran of the voice over industry whose Nethervoice service features German and Dutch voice overs, translation and evaluation services. Born in Holland, he has worked for Dutch national and international radio, the BBC and American Public Radio. Although 90% of his work is in English, Strikwerda also records in Dutch, German and French. Clients include Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, and the Discovery Channel. He is also a voice over coach, author of the book, Making MONEY In Your PJs: Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs, and writes an informative and entertaining blog.
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