Greetings faithful podcast listeners!
As I announced in episode 100, I have changed the release schedule of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast.
New episodes of the podcast will be released on a monthly basis instead of a bi-weekly basis.
I just wanted to post this reminder on the blog to anyone who hadn’t had a chance to listen to episode 100 and may be confused by the new release schedule.
Now I know that many of my faithful listeners may be disappointed to hear this, but I have some good news as well! By changing the podcast release schedule to only once a month, it will give me time to focus on some new and interactive ways to reach my listeners. I’m really excited about what’s on the horizon, and I hope you will be too. So don’t worry, the podcast has been very effective so far and I have no plans to stop it. I just want to free up some time to make way for some new developments at Voice Acting Mastery.
To reiterate: I will now be releasing new podcast episodes the third Wednesday of every month. Episode 101 will be available on May 20th so look out for it!
Welcome to episode 95 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!
This is the third part of my interview with the amazing Phil LaMarr.
Phil has played major roles in such animated shows as Futurama, Justice League, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack.
In the last episode, Phil and I discussed how his passion for improvisational acting helped shape the trajectory of his early acting career. We also discussed how the difficulties he faced during that time helped him face and eventually let go of the judgements that were holding back his progress towards becoming a professional actor.
In this episode I ask Phil what inspired him to become an actor in the first place. This is a very important question to ask, especially of one’s self. Often people have a vague notion that they’d like to try acting because it looks like fun, or maybe they’re interested in getting attention or in becoming famous. However, pursuing acting as a career can be a very challenging road to travel, and during times of adversity, one’s conviction can really be tested. I have found that when the going gets tough, when the hardships increase, when it’s not clear what can help you continue on in the face of difficulties or discouragement, it is very important to have solid reasons for what you are doing so you can remind yourself why acting is so important to you.
In this section of our interview, Phil is generous enough to share with us the single, fascinating experience he had which drove him to pursue an acting career. I think you’ll find that hearing what inspired Phil to pursue acting will help you discover your own inspiration as well.
Here’s an amazing interview with one of the greatest voice directors in America, Andrea Romano. Andrea’s resume is littered with some of the most popular cartoon series of all time including the original Batman, The Animated Series from the mid 90’s, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Andrea talks about some very important ideas to remember when approaching voice acting:
Microphone technique and animation acting, you can teach in a very short time. I can’t teach acting in a four-hour recording session. Acting is something that they’ve got to bring to the table themselves.
That is why I stress so much that you must be a capable actor before you can be truly successful as a voice actor. No matter how much time you spend in the booth, recording on a microphone or polishing your voice, if you do not have the acting ability to support all of your wonderful technique, you won’t be able to bring a good performance to the project.
So do whatever you can to get more acting experience. Take acting classes. Join your local or school theater group. Get online and join a voice acting group. Whatever it takes to give you more opportunities to practice playing pretend as characters.
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I decided to start this website in response to the the overwhelming requests I got from aspiring voice actors around the world who wanted to know how to break in to the world of voice over! While I offer a comprehensive set of classes on voice acting in LA, I had no way to reach my worldwide audience. Now I can!
I’m really looking forward to sharing my insights, tips, and experience with you. The first thing I’ll be doing is launching a podcast! I’m totally excited about having an opportunity to chat with you about all the different aspects of voice acting.
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Thanks for joining me! It’s great to have you here!