VAM 036 | How to Play Villains in Voice Acting

VAM 036 | How to Play Villains in Voice Acting

Welcome to episode 36 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

This episode of Voice Acting Mastery just happens to fall on Halloween, 2012. So in honor of my favorite holiday, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my thoughts on how to play villains in voice acting effectively. The villain is one of the most popular types of characters that beginning voice actors tend to want to play, and I often get asked how best to portray larger than life villainous characters or psychotic out of control antagonists.

I’ve played a number of villains, such as the dark and powerful Duskmon in Digimon, the impetuous and unstable Electro in the Spectacular Spider-Man, the brooding and methodical Itachi in Naruto, and the maniacal and demonic Alucard in Hellsing. While these villains are definitely fun to play, they can also be challenging, because it takes a certain understanding of their mindset in order to portray them with depth and believability and to avoid sounding flat and one-sided in your performance.

There are 3 common misconceptions about Villains:

  • Misconception #1: You need to have a deep or powerful voice in order to play a villain.
  • Misconception #2: Villains are easier to play because they’re so melodramatic.
  • Misconception #3: Villains do what they do because they’re just evil for evil’s sake.
I disprove these and instead give you 3 tools for creating believable villains:
  • Technique #1: Understand the villain’s wound.
  • Technique #2: Empathize with the villain, don’t judge them.
  • Technique #3: Less is always more when portraying truly diabolical villains.

I go into great detail on each of these topics. I hope you enjoy my special Halloween treat, an exploration of the psychology of the villain!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #36 Here (MP3)

 

VAM 035 | Interview with Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, Part 3

VAM 035 | Interview with Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, Part 3

Welcome to episode 35 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

This is the third and final installment of my interview with my former students, Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, about their experiences working on the popular independent game, Dust: An Elysian Tail. You can find it on the Xbox Live Arcade. If you haven’t already, I suggest you listen to episodes 33 and 34 before listening to this episode.

I wrap up our discussion by asking them what advice they would give to other voice actors like themselves who are just starting their professional careers. It’s wonderful to get a recent, up-to-date take on what it’s like out there for aspiring voice actors. They give fantastic tips on what you need to do to truly improve your craft as a performer. Enjoy!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #35 Here (MP3)

 

VAM 034 | Interview with Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, Part 2

VAM 034 | Interview with Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, Part 2

Welcome to episode 34 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 my interview with Kimlinh Tran and Edward Bosco, two of my former students who have gone on to play main characters in the popular independent video game Dust: An Elysian Tail. You can find it on the Xbox Live Arcade. If you haven’t heard the first part of their interview, I suggest you check out the previous episode before you listen to this one.

This time around, we discuss both the casting process for the game as well as some interesting acting lessons Edward and Kimlinh learned while working on it. While they each had very different paths to being hired as voice actors for the project, once they were cast, they both faced the same challenge any voice actor has: how to portray a character believably and authentically and not simply demonstrate a caricature of that character. I think you’ll find it very enlightening!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #34 Here (MP3)

 

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