VAMFR 013 | Interview with Tony Oliver, Part 2


VAMFR 013 | Interview with Tony Oliver, Part 2

Welcome to episode 13 of the Voice Acting Mastery: Field Report podcast!

In this episode, our correspondent, Tom Bauer continues his interview one of his personal voice over mentors: Tony Oliver.

Tom first met Tony taking a class with him in November of 2012 and he’s been fortunate enough to work with him as an actor on a few anime shows. Tony is probably most famous for his voice acting work in anime, taking on such roles as Rick Hunter in Robotech and Lupin in the Lupin the Third TV series. Tony also worked for many years as a writer and producer on the famous Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers television series for Saban Entertainment. If that wasn’t enough, Tony is also a talented director and teacher, directing such popular anime titles as Gurren Lagann and Hunter X Hunter.

In part 1 of this interview, Tony was telling us in detail how his personal life experiences led him to where he is today as a voice over director. He also emphasized how important it is for an actor to be training constantly so that they’re ready for anything when it comes time to perform.

In this episode, Tony talks about what he learned in the early days of his voice over career and how he applies his personal acting methodology both as a director, when he’s guiding the performances of other actors, and as a teacher, when he’s working with his students. Tom and Tony also talk about what it takes to succeed as a voice actor and how to thrive in an industry where you constantly face rejection. They begin this part of their chat with Tom asking Tony about the kinds of challenges he faced while he was developing his skills as a voice actor.

The VAM Field Report will be released on the 1st Wednesday of every month so stay on the look out for it!


Download VAM Field Report Episode #13 Here (MP3)


3 Responses to “VAMFR 013 | Interview with Tony Oliver, Part 2”

  1. Kalyn McCabe says:

    Ouch.. A coin flip of fate. I’m sure there was a good lesson and a better place to come to because of it.

    Awesome part, can’t wait for the next part~

  2. Thank you all for taking the time to do these interviews. In the midst of some personal storms, the insights here help me keep calm and focused on pursuing this.

    Also, I happy to say that these podcasts have kept me from making mistakes, and have given me relief in the idea that this is not an instant thing, but it takes time. I’m actually quite happy about that, and the learning that I will have to do.

    The only thing I’d like to add, that I have found is: If you love a job even in the worst day you could possibly have there, (barring car accidents and catastrophic events) then it is worth it. In hearing these interviews, it truly DOES provide a pathway, and allows people to test this idea. Your works even translate to other non voice acting scenarios.

    Apologies for the occasional “dumb” questions, but thank you all for sharing your experiences. Looking forward to the next episode!


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