VAM 070 | Interview with Andrea Toyias, Part 3

VAM 070 | Interview with Andrea Toyias, Part 3

Welcome to episode 70 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

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This is the third part of my interview with my good friend, the incredibly talented voice director, Andrea Toyias. Andrea works for Blizzard Entertainment and has voice directed on such high profile titles as World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Diablo III. We first met while working on Diablo III, where I played the voice of the Male Wizard. We’ve admired each other’s work ever since.

In the last episode, Andrea shared with us what she’s looking for from a voice actor when they audition for her. She discussed how important it is for an actor have a playful nature.  She also talked about how helpful it is when an actor truly understands the style or the genre of the project they’re working on and she shared an amazing story of working with the legendary voice actor, Frank Welker.

In this episode, Andrea and I talk about the challenges that a voice director faces when trying to guide a project so that it comes out well. There are many people and many personalities a voice director needs to manage in order to ensure that she captures believable performances that will work well together in the final product. Andrea and I also discuss the nature of collaboration and what it takes to work with other artists in order to create storytelling that is captivating and appealing.

Later, I share with Andrea what I appreciate about talented directors like her and how they help make my work as a voice actor easier and more satisfying. Listening to this segment will really give you an insight into the mind of a voice director so you can understand what challenges they face and how to interact with them more effectively.

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #70 Here (MP3)


4 Responses to “VAM 070 | Interview with Andrea Toyias, Part 3”

  1. Eric Rivera says:

    Communication is key in collaboration. It’s one of those things that we know of it, but we don’t know what’s involved until we actually do it.

    I’ve directed a two plays and a movie as part of my courses in college, so I understand directing is difficult. However, I don’t think I could be able to do it on a regular basis. Andrea must be amazing.

    Thank you and Andrea Toyias for your time and wisdom. I look forward to the next episode.

  2. Kalyn McCabe says:

    I definitely know the challenge of directing. I had to direct a 10-minute play for a class, as well as myself for my senior thesis. It was really hard to tell someone how to move and think and feel when you can’t even find words to describe it. I think in feelings, not words.

    I admire directors with the talent to communicate properly AND strive to make a safe environment for the actor. Andrea must be a goddess among directors.

    Looking forward to the final part!

    ~ Kalyn

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Andrea is a goddess! She’s pretty amazing. I’m glad that you’ve had practical directing experience so you can understand the challenges Andrea faces when working with actors.

      I think you’re really going to enjoy the final part!

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