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“It’s Okay To Love Yourself” with Guest Australian Singer and Voice Actor Donna Burke

  1. “It’s Okay To Love Yourself” with Guest Australian Singer and Voice Actor Donna Burke 29:43

Donna Burke explains that her mum gave birth to seven children of which there are two sets of  twins. Donna is the first born twin to a boy and the second set of twins was also boy/girl. She basically in the middle of the seven children.

To add to Donna’s many talents, she is also the long time English announcer on the Shinkansen bullet train, from Tokyo to Osaka.  She refers to herself as an entrepreneur, which she says she inherited from her dad. In addition to lending her voice to many genres, she also has a business called “Royal Flush” Japan Toilet Sound Maker.  There’s a Japanese cultural love affair with sound effects that mask any noises one may make while busy on the toilet!

The video games that she’s featured on, including  her singing songs and character roles in video games are  Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill 2 and 3.

My guest’s mum had a very rough childhood. Marg’s mother, Donna’s maternal grandmother, was an alcoholic. Her second husband was a pedophile. Marg and her older sister were in and out of orphanages, treated horribly while they were there. So the two sisters figured out that they could pretend that their life was better than it actually was. The two sisters felt so much shame about their broken family, parent’s divorced, etc so they decided it was a good idea to dream up a different past. This was a coping mechanism which seemed to help. When Marg was 14-15 years old, her biological father eventually let Marg live with him once he saw the horrific conditions she had been living in.  

Donna loved to sing and really tried very hard to get every opportunity to perform when she was a teen. Unfortunately her mom, busy with all the kids, didn’t really realize how passionate Donna was and how committed she was to fulfilling her dreams of being a performer. 

Come 1996, Donna realized it was time to get away from Australia and ventured on to live in Japan. She is still there today with a budding career -using her voice for singing monster hits from legendary video games  and doing voice overs, including the job as the english announcer on  one of Japan’s bullet trains.

Marg has been to Tokyo to visit her daughter and loves spending time in Tokyo. Marg also was thrown into the spotlight because of the notoriety of her daughter’s voice as the announcer on the Shinkansen bullet train. The video interview went viral  and that was Marg’s first experience with real fame.

Though Donna’s mom had a dark childhood for many, many years, she still instilled in her children that it okay and important                 “to be kind to yourself and it’s okay to love yourself “

Donna Burke has a wonderful sense of humor, though at times her childhood may have been a bit chaotic, her sense of humor staid intact. I so enjoyed speaking with her about her mom Marg.

   One of Marg’s favorite songs  that Donna sings is “Sins of the Father.”

Sins of the Father” is a song from the game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It was first featured in the E3 2013 trailer.

The lyrics were written by Ludvig Forssell, performed by Donna Burke and composed by Akihiro Honda.

Donna also sings:”Metal Gear V:The Phantom Pain


Donna Burke, the voice of Angela in “Silent Hill 2” wrote a song about her character. “no one can save me-Angela’s song Silent Hill 2”

Donna Burke, the voice of Angela in Silent Hill 2 wrote a song about her character. “No one can save me- Angela’s song Silent Hill 2”
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“Should Have Listened To My Mother” is an ongoing conversation about mothers and the roles they play in our lives. And my guests answer the question, ‘are you who you are today because of, or in spite of, your mother’? You’ll be amazed at what the responses are.

“Should Have Listened To My Mother” would not be possible without the generosity, sincerity and insight from my guests. In getting ready to launch my podcast, so many were willing to give their time and share their personal relationships with their mother.

Some of my guests include Baritone Singer Christopheren Nomura, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Tim Wacker, Activist Kim Miller, Freighter Sea Captain Terry Viscount, Film Production Manager Peg Robinson, Professor of Writing Montclair State University Dr. Bridget Brown, Tammy Steckler, attorney and family advocate @CUNY Law; NYC First Responder/NYC Firefighter Mark Heingartner, Child and Adult Special Needs Activist, Maryellen Valyo Cole and Roger Evens, Property Manager in New Jersey and so many more talented and insightful women and men.

I’ve worked in the broadcasting industry for over four decades. I’ve interviewed so many fascinating people including musicians, celebrities, authors, activists, entrepreneurs, politicians and more.

A big thank you goes to Ricky Soto, NYC based Graphic Designer, who created my logo for “Should Have Listened To My Mother”.

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Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother



Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo loves being on both sides of the microphone –as Voice Over Artist and Producer/Engineer and in front of the camera as an On Camera Talent. She has been featured in National and International On Camera and Voice Over Commercials and Industrials. Over the years, she has mentored students with an interest in production and broadcasting and has volunteered with elementary school aged children in theatre production. Jackie is able to draw from her many years as a spokesperson and radio talent to bring warmth and insight to her many endeavors, including representative for organizations such as D.A.R.E., March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals. A mom and the youngest of seven siblings, Italian American born in Rota Spain, Jackie or ‘Juani’ as her family and friends call her, comes from a very close knit family. Her knowledge of conversational French, Italian and Spanish has broadened the scope of her work. She lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors and traveling.

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