An interview with Maida
Why did you get into voice-over and narration?
After the process of writing the fiction novel, Double Up, getting it to print, and then available as an e-book, I saw the increased demand for audiobooks. When I did some research for this I saw a new avenue for my imagination and love of reading & research by doing audiobook narration and voice-over work.
What makes you stand out from your competition?
My main strengths are my intellect, eye for details, imagination, and a wide variety of careers, interests, and skills. Also having been an entrepreneur for over 26 years I have the dedication and discipline to get jobs done in a timely and professional manner.
Can you give us some examples of your past or ongoing careers?
My earliest career was as a Forestry Technician working for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Atikokan in North-Western Ontario. After realizing there was not a great future in the industry, I moved from there back to the Kitchener area in Southern Ontario to pursue upgrading my education with two years in general science programs at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo before being accepted into the Nuclear Medicine program at the Michener Institute in Toronto. I graduated 5th in my class and worked at two hospitals in the area over the next five years.
It was a hectic time, commuting with two small children, on top of which, the governmental re-structuring was going on in the hospital system. It made life really stressful. My father had asked me on numerous occasions to “come work for me”, at his structural steel detailing company. With a little planning that’s exactly what I did. A few years later I had my own business doing steel detailing and have never looked back. Working for myself has been a perfect fit.
Along the way, I helped with the administrative, marketing, and accounting side of an industrial wastewater treatment business. Back in 2010 as an offshoot of that company I started up Canadian Recycled Glass, which sells recycled glass mainly for landscape and concrete projects.
Where do you live now?
I have been in Panama since 2016. Living in Bocas del Toro for 4 years before moving over to the Pacific side where I have a small hobby farm in the highlands near the Costa Rica border.
How is your internet there?
The internet and cell phone data connection are excellent.