VAM 021 | Interview with J.B. Blanc, Accent Coach, Part 3

VAM 021 | Interview with J.B. Blanc, Accent Coach, Part 3

Welcome to episode 21 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 part of my interview with my fellow voice actor and accent expert, J.B. Blanc.

In this episode we conclude our discussion by talking about a number of different topics including:

  1. What someone can do to work on an accent by themselves.
  2. JB’s favorite resource online for researching accents. (Hint: it’s the International Dialects of English Archive or IDEA)
  3. Realizing that not everyone speaks a certain dialect in the exact same way.
  4. How to contact JB to get individual coaching from him. (Hint, visit his website: http://www.jbblanc.com/)

A big thanks to JB for spending time with me talking in so much detail about such an important topic. And thanks to you for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #21 Here (MP3)

 

16 Responses to “VAM 021 | Interview with J.B. Blanc, Accent Coach, Part 3”

  1. Kalyn McCabe says:

    Such a wonderful ending! I really enjoyed J.B. Blanc. I’ve always had a fascination with accents and often imitated them for my amusement.

    Crispin, when I listened to your role as the butler in Resident Evil: Regeneration, I was back and forth on whether it was you or not. You disguised your voice quality so well in the English accent, I was in awe. Very well done.

    I’m excited for the next podcast and its subject!

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed not only the podcast, but my performance in Resident Evil. It was a fun part to play.

  2. Meg says:

    Hi Crispin, Thank you so much for the final episode of J.B. Blanc 🙂 That interview (Epi 19-21) is really my favorite one, so is the episode 4-5 and 9.

    I really agree with you and Mr. Blanc about don’t change any accents. I have a question, is it true that I don’t have to change any Southern accent since I’m still live in deep south ?

    Thank you for your time

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the interview with JB.

      I’m not sure I understand your question. When did JB and I say that you shouldn’t change accents? The whole interview is about the ability to adopt different accents if they suit the character you’re playing.

  3. Andy Hopkins says:

    Hey Crispin Andy again I have another question for you if you wouldn’t mind answering. What were some of your fears, concerns, or trepidations and how did you handle or overcome them fresh out of college? Also what are some ways a person new to the industry can find work? Again thank you for all your advice.
    Best regards,
    Andy Hopkins

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Hi there Andy. I talk at length about overcoming fears in Episode 9: Building Confidence. If you have a question about fear that isn’t answered in that episode, please let me know.

      One way to find work as a voice actor is to register for one of the “Pay to Play” sites, Voices.com or Voice123.com. Both are websites where you pay to post up a demo and resume. People looking for voice actors will post auditions on those sites and you can audition for jobs as they become available.

      But first things first. Do you sound competitive as a voice actor? There’s not much point in paying for access to a site if your voice acting skills aren’t solid and if you don’t have a professional sounding recording environment. You need both in order to book a job on one of those sites.

      You can also try visiting sites where people are putting together video game projects like New Grounds and audition for projects there.

      Hope that helps.

  4. Rico Gayle says:

    Thank you again for another great podcast. I particularly enjoyed this one because I happen to share a similar experience as JB. I came from another country. I was made to learn to adopt a very proper sounding American accent. And from that I learned to love accents and I’ve taught myself quite a few by ear.

    Naturally, when you started the accent series I was very excited. I always hoped there was a resource like the IDEA site and it far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to many more amazing podcasts and being a male wizard on May 15th, Thank you.

  5. HD says:

    I’ve kind of noticed that when you’re reading out the standardised “Welcome to episode 21….” kind of stuff, your voice gets a lot deeper and slightly reminsicent of your Itachi Uchiha voice. You sounded totally different when you were talking to J.B.Blanc. A lot more fluid, and a little less polished.

    I guess listening to the podcast kinda helped me pick out the differences in the way you speak in different situations. Mr. Blanc was really very inciteful on accents and I’m starting to notice the way people speak a whole lot.

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Yes, my voice sounds different when I’m talking to JB because I’m on a completely different microphone, in a completely different environment and I have a completely different intention when I’m talking to JB than when I’m talking to you as the audience. I’m glad you noticed the difference.

  6. Angelican Marcos says:

    Hello Mr. Freeman sorry if i haven’t made an inquiry in awhile but i have a concern about age. I mean do you have to be a certain age to become a voice actor/actress? And if there is explain which age you have to be a voice actor/actress? Thank You.
    Sincerely,
    Angelican Marcos

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      No, there is no minimum age to be a voice actor. There are plenty of child voice actors working in animation all the time.

      • Angelican Marcos says:

        Thank You Mr. Freeman actually i do recall a child did the voice of Billy Parson in BioShock 2 i thaught his voice was so adorable when he was reading his lines he was a little nervous but at least he tried his best and i thaught it was cute and also thaught that you would know that considering that you did the voices for Eliot Nelson and Thomas in BioShock 2 😉

  7. Anth Wareham says:

    Hey Crispin,

    What an informational trilogy. J.B. is incredibly talented.

    In your opinion, what are the most important accents for a voice actor to have in their repertoire? If this is too open-ended, what would you say are the top three to five accents a beginning voice actor should be able to perform in order to be considered competitive at that level?

    In the meantime, here’s an anecdote for you. Many years ago, when I was in high school, my English class did a dramatic reading of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” Everyone had to take an assigned role, and my particular character didn’t show up until the third act. The days went on and on, as standardized testing and other mishaps lengthened the reading of the play. I grew frustrated, wanting my part to arrive sooner. Finally, when it came time for my first line, I belted out this emotionally-driven performance with a very pronounced English accent. Everyone was rather stunned and lost their place. I think that was the moment.

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Yes. Mr. Blanc is incredibly talented! I’m so grateful he came on the podcast!

      In terms of the most useful accents to have in one’s repertoire, it’s hard to go wrong with a selection of British accents (high class, low class, Scottish, Irish, etc.). They get used an awful lot in Fantasy games and anything that’s historical.

      Beyond mastering British accents, it depends on your ethnic background. As a white male, I tend to find European accents the most useful to have readily available. If I were African-American, I would want to have British accents as well as Caribbean and possibly African accents. If I were Asian-American, I would want to have all the different flavors of Asian accents so that I could sound authentically Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, etc.

      Many times producers want to cast people who are actually from the areas that have the accent they’re looking for. For example, often they would rather cast real Australians than hire someone who can do a good Australian accent.

      Hopefully that clarifies.

      Thanks also for the anecdote!

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