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My mother told me it took me quite awhile to speak to people. I either made noises or pointed to things I wanted to communicate. Though she told me when it came to watching Disney films, I memorized the lyrics and sang those all the time. Later on when I did learn to talk more, including taking speech classes, my mother enrolled me in some acting classes and I think my love for acting started from there. I auditioned for commercials, recreational stage shows, and even The Lion King Broadway musical.
When I got to high school, I started not enjoying performing on stage as much as I used to and decided to pursue my love of animation in college. It was there that I was reinvigorated with my love for acting as animators are required to take acting classes to understand actions better when drawing. That class was combined with a storytelling class where my teacher brought up me voicing a character for a script I made. I never thought of creating my own voices. I thought that was just something done by special people behind a magic screen, but in reality, it was just another form of acting.
I explored more into voice acting online, doing random fandom song covers and eventually parodies. Yu-gi-oh Abridged; a parody show based on making fun of the anime, inspired me to make my own parody with my friends. It got popular for awhile, which eventually led me to more voice work, and then to Team Four Star. Being part of this team definitely helped with more exposure and talking to people in the industry, especially with fellow actors from FUNimation, who have actually been very supportive of the parody. I think being part of this team definitely helped me get a nice start towards voice acting more in the industry.
2. Who or what inspired you that made you want to get into the media business? Voice acting in general?
I’ve always loved cartoons and animation. I could name thousands of people that inspired me, but there’s just too many to name. I guess some of the biggest names that come to mind are the works of Disney Studios, Looney Tunes, Warner Bros., and animation and anime such as Pokemon and Sailor Moon.
I always dreamed of being part of that in some way, whether it was acting, drawing or whatever. Being in the School of Visual Arts definitely helped me want to explore more media-based things and tools based on them. I didn’t just learn animation, but also editing, making graphics, sound design, voice acting, and much more that helped with my internet work, making parodies, and giving myself a name on YouTube.
As for voice acting, there are many inspirations, but again, top few that come to mind are Rob Paulsen, Crispin Freeman, Mel Blanc, Tress MacNeille and Bob Bergen. All of them have tons of history in the field and some have been kind enough to offer classes to help future actors like myself pursue the same dreams someday.
3. What companies/studios have you worked for? What was something interesting you learned or what experience did you have that helped your career?
I’m still just a beginner, but so far I’ve worked for Everest Productions, which dubs Turkish/Korean based shows into English. I also work for Media Blasters/MB Voice Works and 4K Media, which dubs shows from Japan. I’ve auditioned for many other studios around the city (NYC) such as DuART, the people behind Pokemon. Most of my work actually comes via online or word of mouth, which is nice as people see your skills and recommend you to others of work.
I learned a lot this year especially. There are many, kinds of directors you will face and you need to read how each person is like when working for them. You also need to understand that time is money for them so it’s best to always be on time, follow direction and not take up too much of their time. You never want to be a whiner or leave a bad impression while working with a studio. If you’re fast and easy to work with, you’ll continue to have work and maybe even get recommended for more from other studios.
4. How did you market yourself to these companies?
My character demo has definitely helped me find work, but I think what has really helped me was just being a nice, social person. I go to a lot of anime conventions not just to have fun, but also to meet guests that are in the industry and learn what’s happening. I ask questions or recommendations, sometimes I’ll even throw my card/demo if they’re interested. It’s always good to keep in touch and just be a social person, especially if you have something to share with your work. Always practicing your craft and showing others new projects you are a part of definitely helps as well.
5. Have you become a part of any local or national organizations? (Charity, union, etc.) If you have, what has that been like? Why did you choose to become a part of that particular organization?
6. What are some of your upcoming projects you’re a part of (that you’re able to talk about)?
You can always hear me in the upcoming Team Four Star episodes and Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. I’m also part of a few, fun indie games that are on Steam or will be eventually including Haunsters, Ancestory, Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe, and more that I can’t announce yet. I also have been part of a pilot episode playing one of the main characters called, Welcome to the Showside by comic writer, Ian McGinty. If it gets good press, you never know if it will lead to something even bigger.
7. What would your ideal job in the industry be? What role have you always wanted to play? Or is there someone in particular you have always wanted to work with?
If I could work with someone, I love to work with Rob Paulsen. I’ve met him a few times and he seems like a fun, friendly guy to work with.
2015 has been very good to me. This job is definitely a struggle and it can seem very hopeless at times where you may not see work for quite awhile. I would love to just make a nice, steady stream of work and voicing for all kinds of media in general. My biggest dream is to voice for any kind of Disney thing, whether it’s a movie or just some kid show on their channel. Children’s television definitely seems like the most fun to perform for and I would love my voice to be part of teaching kids valuable lessons or just making them laugh.
Interview conducted by: Katrina C.