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84. Stand Up Presence - Olivia Carter

February 06, 20241 min read
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In this episode, Stand-Up Presence, we sit down with Olivia Carter, KC native now NYC-based stand up comedian, writer, and actress. 

Olivia gives us a sneak-peak into the comedy scene, starting from the very beginning of her comedic development in college–featuring professor Jen Vellenga! 

Hear how Olivia has developed her stage persona and how she finds audience and “heckler” interactions feed into her presence. She highlights how she’s avoided being boxed into archetypes and how studying theatre shaped her trajectory into the world of stand-up. 

Watch Olivia on Kill Tony, episode #639. Find Olivia at the 21:30 mark. 


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Jen Vellenga and Jennifer Rettele-Thomas are the co-founders of Voice First World®, a communication and executive coaching company.  They train executives and leaders on the Presence Paradigm™, a communication technique created from Jen V's decades of training actors to perform authentically, with presence, on stages, on audio, and video.  If you want to learn more about how to speak and lead confidently, book a discovery call at www.voicefirstworld.com/chat.

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Jen has been magical in helping me to identify my voice and my VOICE! The ways that she has holistically addressed my strengths and my areas of improvement have all made me feel so much more confident.

-Cate R.

Politician, Chicago, IL