Hi! I’m Gary Tiedemann. I was born in Los Angeles to a mother from Cuba and a dad from Huntington Beach. I grew up bilingual, spending a lot of my early childhood either at my Cuban grandparents’ dental practice or at their house in Hawthorne, where I was only allowed to speak Spanish. Between the Cuban side of the family and my dad’s German/Italian side, I was raised by quite a diverse cast of characters.
As a kid, I loved watching Dodgers games on my great-grandfather’s lap. We talked about baseball in Spanish while listening to the game in English. I liked the players but my real hero was the announcer, Vin Scully. It was around then I started noticing the different ways people around me spoke, in both English and Spanish. I wanted to imitate people I heard. As soon as I discovered what a tape recorder was, I never looked back. From an early age, I was constantly recording myself. I made fake commercials, fake talk shows, DJ’d fake radio shows and forced my very supportive family to listen.
My dream was to be on the radio, so after graduating from Tulane University with a History degree (why not?), my first job after college was as a part-time board-op and morning show producer at WRNO New Orleans, which was a classic rock station at the time. In my two years there, I ended up being on-air talent. I played way too much Led Zepplin and hawked hot-tubs, cars and jet-ski’s to the good people of New Orleans. Soon after, I moved to Chicago to try my hand in commercial voice-over, improv, sketch comedy and theatre.
In Chicago, I performed in countless improv shows, sketch comedy reviews, and theatrical productions. I co-founded the New Colony theatre company which still operates today. It is in Chicago where I learned the fundamentals of acting, storytelling, and playing characters authentically.
Offstage, I voiced hundreds commercials, corporate videos, e-learning projects, animation, audio dramas and whatever else people let me do. In 2014, I narrated my first audiobook and never looked back. Since then, I have narrated almost 100 unabridged titles in many genres, including Sci-Fi, History (finally using that degree!), True Crime, Literature, Horror, Young-Adult, Children’s books, and academic Non-Fiction. I take pride in bringing authenticity to my characters, dialects, Spanish dialogue, and being completely engaged in the story I narrate.
I now live in New York City and Naples, Florida. When I’m not recording, I’m wondering if I have time to go camping or travel somewere.