VAMFR 005 | Interview with Matthew Mercer, Part 1

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VAMFR 005 | Interview with Matthew Mercer, Part 1

Welcome to episode 5 of the Voice Acting Mastery: Field Report podcast!

In this episode our correspondent, DanWill McCann, begins his interview with the prolific and mult-talented Matthew Mercer.

Matthew has given fantastic voice performances in over 150 projects, ranging from Video Games, like Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight and MacCready in the recent hit Fallout 4, to animation, like Levi in Attack on Titan and Iron Man in Iron Man Rise of the Technovore.

In this segment, he shares his beginnings, his journey, his inspirations, and he offers some advice for those aspiring to work in the field. I sincerely appreciate Matthew’s straightforward honesty about the amount of effort it takes to become and remain professionally competitive in the voice acting world. I think you’ll enjoy hearing him share his ongoing love of animation as much as I did! So please welcome Matthew Mercer:

The VAM Field Report will be released on the 1st Wednesday of every month so stay on the look out for it!

 

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VAM 109 | Interview with Stephanie Sheh, Part 1

VAM 109 | Interview with Stephanie Sheh, Part 1

Welcome to episode 109 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

As always, you can listen to the podcast using the player above, or download the mp3 using the link at the bottom of this blog post. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

Welcome to the first part of my interview with the talented and amazingly driven voice actress, Stephanie Sheh! You may know Stephanie’s voice acting from her work portraying characters such as Zhu-Li in Nickelodeon’s hit series, the Legend of Korra, Hinata in the ever popular anime series Naruto, and most recently Sailor Moon herself in both the re-released original anime series and the newer Sailor Moon Crystal remake. What you may not be as familiar with is her work behind the scenes in animation and video games! She’s produced, directed, cast and even engineered voice acting sessions for numerous projects. She has hands-on experience with almost every aspect of the production chain, and because of her broad array of talents, she has a wealth of information about what it truly takes to succeed in the industry.

I had the great pleasure of working with Stephanie when I first came to Los Angeles. I was fortunate enough to direct her in an obscure anime show called I, My, Me Strawberry Eggs where she played one of the lead characters. I was impressed with her work and commitment level back then and my admiration for her tenacity and skill has only grown. What I really appreciate about Stephanie is how down to earth and practical she is. She never minces words about what it takes to succeed and always tells the unvarnished truth. She is focused and dedicated. She knows that her success is up to her and she tries to share that understanding with others so that they too will take responsibility for finding their own avenues to creating a viable and fulfilling career.

In the first part of our discussion, Stephanie shares with us how she broke into voice acting. She had a very unconventional path and her journey reveals a lot, not only about her and her level of commitment, but also about the entertainment industry and some of the unspoken expectations that people in Hollywood may have. She also discusses her initial fear that her family would not support her decision to pursue acting as a career and how she had to overcome that fear of rejection in order to follow her acting dreams. I’m honored to have Stephanie on the podcast, so pay close attention! She’s got a lot of great insights to share!

 

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VAMFR 004 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 3

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VAMFR 004 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 3

Welcome to episode 4 of the Voice Acting Mastery: Field Report podcast!

In this episode our correspondent, Ashley Huyge, continues her discussion with writer, director, and VO talent, Robin Armstrong.

As of now, there’s no traditional academic path for voiceover. You can’t go to college, study for four years and leave with a degree in voiceover. Finding someone to guide you as a mentor is invaluable and in today’s episode Ashley is joined by one of her mentors, actor, director and VO talent, Robin Armstrong. In the two previous episodes of this interview, Robin has treated us to stories about his journey to becoming a voiceover talent, and how he keeps his business and artistry balanced. Today he’ll be sharing a couple of very important concepts: generosity and community. It’s due to Robin’s generosity and his ability to develop his community that he and Ashley met. I think you’ll find the final part of their interview very enlightening.

The VAM Field Report will be released on the 1st Wednesday of every month so stay on the look out for it!

 

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VAM 108 | How to Overcome Anxiety and Fear as a Voice Actor

VAM 108 | How to Overcome Anxiety and Fear as a Voice Actor

Welcome to episode 108 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

As always, you can listen to the podcast using the player above, or download the mp3 using the link at the bottom of this blog post. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

In this episode, I continue answering questions from my podcast audience! For those who may not be as familiar with the podcast, in past episodes, I’ve given out a phone number where you can call in and leave me a question about voice acting as a voicemail. From time to time, I’ll pick the most relevant questions I receive and answer them here on the podcast.

For this round of Q & A, I answer a question from Greg from Nashville, TN.

Greg wants to know what he can do to overcome his feelings of anxiety and fear when it comes to voice acting. He feels like it’s getting in the way of taking his voice acting to the next level.

His question is a very common question. In fact, probably the most common question I get other than simply how to become a voice actor, is whether or not I can help someone overcome their feelings of anxiety. I actually did my best to address this question way back in episode 9 of the podcast entitled “Building Confidence“, and I encourage Greg and everyone in my audience to listen to that episode if you haven’t already.

However, I’d like to applaud Greg for asking this very common question in a very uncommon and insightful way. When you listen to his voice mail in the episode, you’ll realize that he’s clearly taken the time to analyze his own patterns of thought and his own internal emotional life. He understands the importance of mastering his own anxiety and he’s even aware that it’s possible to channel his nervous energy so that it can help him rather than hinder him.

Because Greg has put so much forethought into his question, and because he articulated it in such a clear and thorough manner, I’d like to take this entire episode to share with all my listeners the best tools I know of to help overcome anxiety from an actor’s perspective. Hopefully that will give Greg and my entire audience added confidence when pursuing your own voice acting goals.

 

If any of my listeners would like to call in with your own thoughts, thank you’s or questions, the number is:

323-696-2655.

Please don’t forget to include your first name and what city in the world you’re calling from. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for listening!

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VAMFR 003 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 2

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VAMFR 003 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 2

Welcome to episode 3 of the Voice Acting Mastery: Field Report podcast!

In this episode our correspondent, Ashley Huyge, continues her discussion with writer, director, and VO talent, Robin Armstrong.

In entertainment, there are often people who wear many different hats and have multiple skill sets: Actor/ director. Model/ actor. Singer/dancer. In our last episode, Robin was kind enough to share with us his background as an actor, director and writer and how self-motivation was a key to his success. Now he’ll share with us his leap from film director to VO talent and how he believes the combination of artistry, science and business are important for balance in the entertainment industry.

The VAM Field Report will be released on the 1st Wednesday of every month so stay on the look out for it!

 

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VAM 107 | Q & A Session 21 – Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed as a Voice Actor?

VAM 107 | Q & A Session 21 – Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed as a Voice Actor?

Welcome to episode 107 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

As always, you can listen to the podcast using the player above, or download the mp3 using the link at the bottom of this blog post. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

In this episode, I continue answering questions from my podcast audience! For those who may not be as familiar with the podcast, in past episodes, I’ve given out a phone number where you can call in and leave me a question about voice acting as a voicemail. From time to time, I’ll pick the most relevant questions I receive and answer them here on the podcast.

For this round of Q & A, I answer a question from Varna from Rock Hill, SC.

Varna has what seems like a perfectly straightforward question. She asks how do you know if you have what it takes to become a voice actor. She’s gotten compliments on her voice from her friends, but she doesn’t know how to determine if she really is capable of succeeding in voice acting as a career. In addition she wants to know how I knew that I would succeed as a voice actor.

If you’re wondering whether or not you have what it takes to be a professional voice actor, you’re not alone. It can be difficult when looking in from the outside to determine exactly what is required to become successful in such a specific and often poorly-understood profession. As of now there are no college degrees I know of for voice acting, nor is there any official or accredited path into the voice over industry. While many professions require specialized schooling, exams and licenses, voice acting seems mysterious because people from all walks of life seem to achieve varying levels of success. What’s even more confusing is that formal acting education may or may not be the determining factor in any one person’s success. Some people seem to be “naturals” while others need more structured training. Because Varna’s question is so common and every person who asks it faces a different journey on the way to a voice acting career, I’ve decided to spend this entire episode deciding once and for all “what it takes” to be a successful voice actor.

 

I hope you find the answer to her question useful in your own voice acting endeavors!

 

If any of my listeners would like to call in with your own thoughts, thank you’s or questions, the number is:

323-696-2655.

Please don’t forget to include your first name and what city in the world you’re calling from. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #107 Here (MP3)

 

VAMFR 002 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 1

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VAMFR 002 | Interview with Robin Armstrong, Part 1

Welcome to episode 2 of the Voice Acting Mastery: Field Report podcast!

In this episode our correspondent, Ashley Huyge, is fortunate to be speaking with writer, director, and VO talent, Robin Armstrong. Winner of a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Robin began as a young man in Arizona, creating commercials, chasing after opportunities and building a career in entertainment. He continues to coach, craft and create in Los Angeles. Today he shares with us a bit of his journey through the making of a career, and the importance of self-motivation.

The VAM Field Report will be released on the 1st Wednesday of every month so stay on the look out for it!

 

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VAM 106 | Q & A Session 20 – How to Overcome Envy and Self-Doubt as a Voice Actor

VAM 106 | Q & A Session 20 – How to Overcome Envy and Self-Doubt as a Voice Actor

Welcome to episode 106 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

As always, you can listen to the podcast using the player above, or download the mp3 using the link at the bottom of this blog post. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

In this episode, I continue answering questions from my podcast audience! For those who may not be as familiar with the podcast, in past episodes, I’ve given out a phone number where you can call in and leave me a question about voice acting as a voicemail. From time to time, I’ll pick the most relevant questions I receive and answer them here on the podcast.

For this round of Q & A, I answer questions from Eric from Nashville, TN .

Eric has a very personal question to ask. He’s been helping a friend of his learn more about voice acting and he’s even gone so far as to help her set up her home studio and give her some acting coaching. It turns out that Eric’s efforts were very effective because his friend is now booking voice acting work. Unfortunately, Eric now feels a bit of jealousy because he is not booking as much work as his friend is. His frustration is compounded by the fact that his friend is new to the world of voice acting whereas he has been studying acting for quite some time. Her success has made him doubt his own abilities and has made him feel inadequate.

A situation like this happens to almost every artist and I’m glad that Eric has given me the opportunity to address it. Learning how to defuse envy and self-doubt is an incredibly important ability and I’m happy to share the most useful techniques I have found to help both Eric and my listeners get back on track!

 

I hope you find the answers to his question useful in your own voice acting endeavors!

 

If any of my listeners would like to call in with your own thoughts, thank you’s or questions, the number is:

323-696-2655.

Please don’t forget to include your first name and what city in the world you’re calling from. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #106 Here (MP3)

 

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