Meet Natalie Daise
Hey There! You probably know me as "Miss Natalie" on Gullah
Gullah Islandthe mother who with a song on my lips
and a smile on my face, solves all the problems and loves all the
children. Well, actually, that's not all that far from the truth.
I am a mother. Sara and Simeon, who play themselves on our show,
are Ron's and my real children. I do sing a lot. Everybody in our
house does. As a matter of fact, I grew up in a house that was full
of music. My dad sang baritone, my mom contralto; my great grandmother
had a strong lead voice, and my two brothers and I filled in the
spaces. And yes, I do smile a lot. Genetics. My whole family is
blessed with big, white, smiley teeth. As far as loving children
goes, that's true too. In real life, though, I don't have quite
as much time for daylong games, elaborate decorations and wacky
snacks. And as for problem solving? I do my best. I'm not nearly
as good or as calm about it as my character is on TV (sometimes
I'm downright grouchy), but what can I say? That's TV for you! Everything
neat and tidy and wrapped in 23 minutes.
But I'm sure you knew there was more to our lives than what you've
seen on television. I grew up in Rochester and Syracuse, New York
where I still have family. I moved to the Lowcountry of South Carolina
in 1983 and fell in love with the stories, the water, and the salt
scented air, and of course, Ron. We married in 1985 and have been
singing and working together ever since. Together we have told stories,
sung songs, done theater, given lectures, and visited schools, libraries,
museums, theaters, convention centers, festivals. (!) all over the
country. During this time I earned my B.A. degree in Writing, we
made three recordings of songs and stories, appeared in several
television documentaries and taped four seasons of Gullah Gullah
Island for Nick Jr. For the most part, it has been a lot of
fun. It's also been a challenge to live by our talents. We realize
that many people never have that opportunity. When I was a little
girl, dreaming of what I would be when I "grew up," it never occurred
to me that I could tell stories for a living. Or that the things
that made me unique (my imagination, love of music, passion for
words) would create and shape the life I would lead as an adult.
Now I know that the very best thing that anyone can do, regardless
of their age, is to be themselves to the best of their ability.
If I can pass that on to my children, along with a deep trust in
God, it will be my greatest accomplishment.