VAM 013 | Interview with Jack Angel, Part 1

VAM 013 | Interview with Jack Angel, Part 1

Welcome to episode 13 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

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The holidays are approaching fast! As an end of the year treat, I thought I’d share with you a very special interview I did with one of the great talents in the world of voice acting, Jack Angel.

Jack started his voice acting career back in the 1970’s working on some of the most iconic animated shows of all time. Including

  • Superfriends where he played Hawkman, Super Samurai and The Flash
  • Voltron where he played the evil King Zarkon
  • G.I. Joe where he voiced Wet Suit
  • The Original Transformers where he played Ramjet, Astrotrain, Smokescreen and Omega Supreme.

While most voice actors developed their skills by going to acting school and working in the theater, Jack has an incredibly unique and unconventional path into the world of voice acting, from cartooning, to joining the army to becoming a DJ. I think you’ll find his journey incredibly inspiring and enlightening! I hope you enjoy it!

If you have any questions, please post your question as a comment to this blog post. Chances are, someone else has a similar question. By posting your question here on the blog, I get to communicate with all of you at once.

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #13 Here (MP3)


12 Responses to “VAM 013 | Interview with Jack Angel, Part 1”

  1. Kalyn McCabe says:

    Wow, that’s quite the story. Can’t wait to hear more of it.

    I’m planning on making an audio book in the near future, it hasn’t been published (it’s more like fanfiction, but a little more higher end than that) and I was wondering if adding voices to that might distract from the actual reading of it or add to it. I’m on the fence, really.

    I don’t know if you’ve done audio books before, I just want a professional opinion about it.

    Many thanks and happy holidays!

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Glad you like the interview so far!

      As far as audiobooks go, some people prefer to read, some prefer to listen. Some people prefer pictures with their stories, some prefer to use their imagination. There’s no right way or wrong way.

      I always loved to have people read me stories, as long as they were good storytellers. I loved reading along in a book with someone narrating to me as well. That’s just my personal preference.

  2. Dave Bisson says:

    Wild story. It’s nice to hear (from a legend) that if you really want to do voice work, & work at it, you’ll eventually find a way in.

    Question for you, Mr. Freeman; as an aspiring voice talent, what are some things that I should be doing every day to keep up my chops? Anything besides conventional vocal exercises & reading out loud that you think should also be done?

    Thanks again so much for doing this podcast. It is greatly appreciated.


    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Those are both great things to do on a regular basis! You might also want to try working on imitations, especially of celebrities. That can be a really great way to stretch your instrument. It’s also great to practice different accents so that you can perform them reliably and believably.

  3. Angelican Marcos says:

    Jack Angel sounds like my life kind of but i’m still in high school though and like him i’m still obsess with the artistic drawing that i still do but his life is very fascinating to know a legend voice actor i can’t wait for the other part of this podcast thank you Mr. Freeman have a nice day 🙂

  4. Adrian Herrera says:

    Awesome podcast. One of my favorite ones hands down. I can’t wait to hear part two. Your tips and tricks from the e-letters and this site have helped me so much!

    In an earlier podcast you mentioned and I just wanted to say that website in addition to this has helped me grow.I actually landed a role in an original production from that site. It’s an animation that’s going to be put up on youtube. I figured it’s something awesome to add to my demo reel. It’s also helped me get to know all the people involved in making an animation possible and what its like as a voice actor working with them.

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      If you liked Part 1, just wait until Part 2! Jack’s stories just get better and better!

      So glad that you’ve been having success with your voice acting! I’m also glad that you’ve found the voice acting alliance helpful!

  5. Meg says:

    That’s a very interesting interview so far 🙂 I’m look forward to it for the Part 2.
    I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Crispin

  6. Kelly says:

    wow this is a really intresting story so far! From what it seems talent can come in any form from anywhere. Pretty cool so far cant wait for part 2!
    Also thanks for the enewsletter for subscribers very intresting tips 🙂

    Have a happy Holiday Crispin!!

    that was supposed to be a santa hat but fail…

  7. Nicholas says:

    what would happen if someone used a shootgun mic in a opin envierment?
    Ps sorry if i spelled anything wrong

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      The shotgun would pick up the sound in that open environment. While the polar pattern of a shotgun is narrower than that of a cardiod mic, it does not exclude the sound from the sides. That’s why they say, “Quiet on the set” when they’re filming a movie. Just because they’re using a shotgun mic to record the actors doesn’t mean that it’s not going to pick up sound from the sides of the microphone, it just picks up sound from the sides less than it does from the front.


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