Nancy Cartwright delivering 2012 Commencement speech
Photo courtesy of: University Communications and Marketing
Apr 24, 2013
By Chealsia Smedley
Hilarious, humble and successful, Ohio University alumna Nancy Cartwright, the voice of TV personality Bart Simpson, Skyped with students, faculty, and community members on Tuesday.
The two Skype sessions followed the screenings of the documentary "Nancy Cartwright: The Voice of Success." The documentary was created by Andie Walla, assistant video producer at Ohio University Communications and Marketing, and a crew of 11 Ohio University students and one recent Ohio graduate.
"Nancy Cartwright: the Voice of Success" captures Cartwright's visit to Ohio University in 2012 to give the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony. The crew also followed Cartwright to Dayton, Ohio, where she was inducted into the Dayton area Broadcast Hall of Fame.
The documentary, like Cartwright, is both lighthearted and inspirational. It is centered on the six tips for success that she shared with the graduating class, as well as her own success story and her many dynamic voices, such as Bart Simpson and Chuckie Finster from the Rugrats.
"I really like how down to earth and funny Nancy was," said audience member Ashleigh Dye. "It was really cool to see that she cares about helping others succeed and she worked really hard to get where she is. It makes me want to pursue my goals even more."
After each screening, Walla led a Skype session where Cartwright answered questions from the audience.
"I think it was awesome that everybody's questions got answered," said Walla. "There was just a wide variety of questions. I think it was really great that the audience got to interact with Nancy."
Questions ranged from "can we expect a sequel to the Simpsons movie" to "what was your favorite thing about Athens."
One audience member asked Nancy "why are you proud to be a Bobcat and part of our Ohio University family?"
"I'm proud to be a Bobcat because Ohio University provided a playground for me to have so much fun, cultivating and finding my own voice not only as an artist but for me, myself, Nancy," replied Cartwright. "I had a wonderful time when I was there, there were so many opportunities and I got involved with a lot of activities, especially the speech team that as you know catapulted me out to Hollywood."