Blaze Berdahl Biography (1980-)

Blaze and twin sister Beau were born in Manhattan, into a showbiz family. Her dad was a Broadway actor and her older brother was in the middle of his run as Tiny Tim in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Though a lack of hair by age 4 proved an initial impediment to the twins ability to get commercial roles … their hair eventually grew in and they began pulling their weight in the family business. At age 8, Blaze booked the role of Ellie Creed in Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. By 10, she was starring as Lenni on Ghostwriter, a childrens tv series on PBS. The show lasted 4 years (and was syndicated in 15+ countries), leading to tween celebrity stature. She performed on the White House Lawn at Easter, for Katie Couric on the Today Show and had a longer autograph line at Mall of America than Neil Diamond! The life of a D-List child celebrity proved trying for Blaze, who at that time just wanted to live the life of a regular NYC kid. Competing against little girls in curlers who ‘wanted to be stars’ always had casting directors scratching their heads at the comparatively nonchalent would-rather-be-at-school Berdahl kids. They remained consummate professionals however and continued to perform in national commercials, New York theatre, soap operas and voice-overs for tv & radio. Voice-overs appealed to Blaze because you could perform … without anyone caring if you were having a bad hair day! She could wear whatever wacky outfit she had planned out that day … and her mom wouldn’t make her change after school for the gig! It didn’t hurt that some of these voice-overs were recorded across the microphone from such legendary orators as James Earl Jones and Walter Cronkite. Talk about master class! She was the voice of a major commercial campaign by the time she was 15 (The Burger King Kids Club) and even voiced a major character in “We’re Back,” an animated film produced by Stephen Spielberg.

Blaze took a four-year self-imposed hiatus from ‘showbiz’ to attend college at Bucknell University (in Amish Country, PA of all places), eventually double majoring in economics and political science and graduating with honors. She took a job at Merrill Lynch in private wealth management because she wanted to be “normal,” passing major licensing exams in order to trade stocks for clients. Within 2 years, Blaze learned that “normalcy” is in the eye of the beholder. She missed the creative showbiz community and ad world. As it turned out, the grass was NOT greener! So she called up her old agency from the kiddie days … and based off her success as a child they agreed to represent her again! Within a year, she was doing voice-overs full time and this time, was able to bring a new understanding of business to a famously unstructured profession. Blaze has since gone on to become one of the most active adult voice-over actresses in NY. She has promoted shows on just about every basic cable channel there is. She has done announcing for live tv events and is the pre-announcement voice of many concerts at Madison Square Garden and other NY venues. Starting in 2006, Blaze became the voice of “Swiffer” products for P & G, helping to brand and make Swiffer a household name. Aside from tv & radio, you can hear Blaze’s voice in the most unexpected of places: standing on line at the checkout, sitting waiting for your movie to start, helping you program in your tv settings, and calling to order concert tickets.

Blaze’s voice has has been described as young but with maturity, having interesting texture and rich tones that make her voice rise above the music. She brings 20 + years of experience and a wide range.

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