Professional Speaker, Published Author, and Popular Actor Amanda McDonough
Amanda has been a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, and resilience trainer for organizations, corporations, and educational institutions such as: TEDx, The US Airforce, California Polytechnic University: Pomona, University of California: Riverside, Saddle Ranch Church, Diamond Ranch High School, and many more! Follow this strong, independent, thought leader and consider her as the speaker at your next event!
"Ready to be Heard" the Book
Amanda McDonough's new book “Ready to be Heard” is the story of how Ms. McDonough (mc-duh-nuh) lost her hearing, taught herself to speak after becoming deaf and mute, taught herself to lip-read, and to sign. Amanda explains how she discovered a new culture, language, and most importantly, herself. In this memoir, the author narrates how she managed to finish college after becoming deaf. How she garnered straight A’s in school, entered the workforce, enjoyed a successful Hollywood acting career, fought for her independence, and found her purpose. “Ready to be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice” tells about the author’s inspiring journey to find a balance between the hearing world she was raised in and the Deaf culture to which she now belonged.
Amanda’s recent television, theater and film credits include: Netflix's "Sweet Magnolias," ABC's "Speechless," NBC’s “Bad Judge,” ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” Chris Lilly’s Pilot series “Just Us Guys,” "Our Town" with Tony nominated Deaf West Theater and films such as “Listen” directed by Michaela Higgins and "Silent Star" directed by Steven Sanders.. Her films "Passengers," "In the Mirror," "Loud and Clear, " and "Lady Electric" have gone on to show in various festivals (such as Cannes) and win awards. Amanda's life story has even been the subject of documentaries such as USC's "Amanda" and radio broadcast stories such as KCRW's "Silence."
Amanda has been a speaker and resilience trainer for organizations and companies such as: The US Airforce, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, Saddle Ranch Church, Diamond Ranch High School, and many more! Follow this strong, independent, thought leader and consider her as your speaker at your next event!
Amanda pursued higher education at California Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration- International Business and Marketing Management, with an emphasis in Entertainment Marketing.
I don’t use the word ‘can’t’ because I don’t believe in limiting myself. I am able. I am capable. I am strong. Never think less of yourself because society expects you to behave a certain way. We decide our own limits. I have chosen to have none."