Snow White shares a voice with MSU alumna
As a child, MSU alumna Katie Von Till never imagined she would one day be the voice of one of Disney’s most iconic princesses.
“Working as a Disney princess is every girl’s dream,” Von Till said. “It didn’t even occur to me that (it) was a job that existed. It’s the most special job I’ve had.”
Now the voice of Snow White for new Disney films, the fourth person to do so since 1937, she said voicing such a major character is larger than life.
“It’s something where I tell (people) what I do and I tell them that I’m the voice of Snow White, people’s faces light up,” she said. “I’m a Disney lover, I’ve loved Disney since I was a kid.”
Von Till, who graduated from MSU in 1997, said it took a lot of work to get to the point in her career where she is now. She first got involved in theater as an 8-year-old.
“My dad was coaching his son in the little leagues and was looking for a way to relate to his daughter,” she said. “He had me audition for a local production of Annie, which I got.”
At MSU, Von Till double majored in interdisciplinary humanities and theatre. She described her time at MSU as “the full-college experience.”
“Going to MSU is what college is in the movies,” she said. “Sports and social life and academics. It’s the full complete movie experience of movies in college.”
Associate professor of voice, Harlan Jennings said Von Till was a highly-motivated student at MSU.
“She had everything you need in the business,” Jennings said. “Like most motivated people in the business, she was always very clear about what her goal was, which was to succeed in television or Broadway.”
Von Till is also recognizable as the voice of The Style Network, handling all of their on-air promotions. In addition, she’s done voice-over work for the TV show, “Robot Chicken,” and recently completed work for upcoming Nickelodeon show “Sam and Cat.”
Von Till said that it’s rewarding to be able to work in acting and voice-overs, something she said she’s good at.
“I’m very passionate about the escapism that is given to people when they play a video game or watch a movie,” she said. “I think entertainment and art feed us as a people. And I like being able to add to that nourishment.”
Kinesiology junior Megan Tootalian, who is interning with the Disney College Program in Orlando, Fla., said kids have special connections with Disney princesses.
“Especially little girls, they’re speechless because they look up to the princesses as a role model,” she said. “They feel like they have a one-on-one connection.”
Von Till said to succeed, students have to learn to bridge the gap between passion and skill.
“It’s not enough to be passionate about something, you also have to be really good at it,” she said.
“More than that, enjoy college. Have a good time, life is short.”