Interview with Andrea Romano

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:

  1. Her first question is always, “Is this person I’m thinking of casting a good actor?”
  2. Her second question is, “Do they have voice over experience?”
Notice the order of those questions. Acting always comes first for Andrea, not experience on the microphone. To quote her directly:

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.

Enjoy!

5 Responses to “Interview with Andrea Romano”

  1. Ryan Ashlight says:

    Acting first, actual voice over experience second…

    Wow.

    Huge weight off my shoulders to hear that coming from one of the best in the business.

    It’s strange, but even if someone tells you otherwise, somewhere in the back of your mind you think you need some kind of professional experience before you can even think of trying it out with the pros. Rather contradictory, no?

    Really though, hearing Andrea say that is great. Become a skilled enough actor first and just go for it. Awesome.

  2. Wilson says:

    I found out about your podcast last week via a Facebook page (“Voice Actors in the News”), so I’m exploring the site. I discovered that the link to the interview above has changed. It’s now at:

    http://www.toonzone.net/2011/10/nycc2011-a-roundtable-interview-with-voice-and-casting-director-andrea-romano/

    Thought you’d like to know.

  3. Edward Liu says:

    Hey, thanks for the linkback and apologies for the moving of the link. We shifted to wordpress and some auto-redirects went a bit weird on us. If I can blow our horn a bit more, I did a longer, solo interview with Andrea Romano right before “Batman the Brave and the Bold” premiered which may be one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done:

    http://www.toonzone.net/2008/08/from-tiny-toons-brave-amp-bold-toon-zone-interviews-voice-director-andrea-romano/

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Not a problem! Thanks for helping me update the link! I appreciate it! I’ll definitely check out the second interview as well. Thanks again!

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