Moving to the U.S. in 1999, Carmen Cecilia Limardo, aka “CC,” has served as a reporter, correspondent and producer for some of the leading Spanish-language networks, including Univision , Telemundo , and Mun2 . CC’s extensive voice over work has made her one of the most familiar voices in the Hispanic Entertainment Community. She currently owns one of the most successful recording studios in Miami, but her beginnings were not easy as an immigrant.
A native of Venezuela, CC Limardo has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Media Education from Central University of Venezuela. She has also completed and received certifications in other fields of study such as acting, dubbing, vocal training, image and diction, audiovisual broadcasting and production, and is fluent in English and Spanish. When she gets a break from her TV & radio life, you’ll more likely find CC coaching future voice over actors at Oyeme USA , her own voice acting academy with headquarters in her Miami Elite Music Studios .
CC is the perfect LatinGringa. She is hard working and fun at the same time. Her studio is professional and friendly, and it is always a pleasure to hear her beautiful voice switching from English to Spanish.
According to CC, this is what it takes to make it in the US Entertainment Industry as a Latina:
When did you move from Venezuela to the US?
I arrived in Miami 15 years ago. Both my mother and my brothers had already emigrated to the U.S.. In Venezuela we were already suffering Chavez’s evil government, and while I was working at local radio stations, I was already getting censored. I thought that Chavez would fall after one year, so I decided to come and spend one year in Miami with my family and maybe try some international career moves. Fifteen years have already gone by and that same evil government is still ruling Venezuela, and I am still here in the U.S..
What obstacles did you have to overcame both personally and professionally?
I am very lucky that I was at the right place and at the right time when I arrived to the US. The Hispanic market started becoming a serious investment, and therefore there was a big need for a professional Spanish voice who could represent this new emerging market. I immediately started working on camera, on radio shows and commercials. Personally it was much harder. Lawyers, permits, visas, applications, you name it. It all involved a huge expense on all kinds of paperwork in order to be able to work legally. Adapting to the new culture and customs was also challenging. But I can say that from day one I was able to understand what it takes to become successful in the US , and that attitude was key to achieving my goals.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a Latina immigrant?
Being a minority is already a disadvantage. There is definitely a stigma to being an “Immigrant Latin Woman” (even if you are a legal immigrant), and on top of that a single mom, entrepreneur and voice over talent. But I take all of that as a real advantage since they were all life lessons that challenged me and helped me advance in my career. But honestly I don’t think there are that many Latina women who own and run a recording studio… and I am proud.
What do you enjoy the most about living in the U.S.?
Diversity and all the different market segments out there. There is definitely something for everyone.
What is your best achievement?
My son… and to be able to run my own company, Elite Music Studios. I am also proud of my clients, my reputation, my freedom and being single!
What are your recommendations for someone newly arrived in the U.S. looking for career success?
Your first years are going to be hard. Never lie to authorities regarding anything related to your immigration status. They know EVERYTHING.
Be constant, organized, have clear goals, be honest and help others. And don’t forget to pay your debts on time.
What are your plans for the future?
Professionally, I want my audio company to grow, and to offer more dubbing and audio solutions in any language. In this global world, there is a growing need for multilingual voice solutions. I am lucky to be able to count with so many talented voice actors from all over the globe who call Miami home. I also want to retire at a young age in order to enjoy my life, but above everything else, to be with my son and later with my grandchildren. After all, we Latinas are Mamás over anything else.