Voice actors can take on a number of different roles throughout their career. They can narrate, or market products for commercials, animation, audiobooks, video games, and educational content. For anime specifically, Voice Actors are an essential part of the process. They breathe life into the characters and make them memorable to the audience - whether through a blood curdling laugh, authoritative tone, or the way they deliver a trademark phrase.
To find out more about voicing anime, BuzzFeed chatted with voice actor Austin Tindle. Austin has voiced hundreds of different characters in English dubbed anime including Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul), Marco Bott (Attack on Titan), Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Neito Monoma (My Hero Academia) and Yu Ishigami (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War).
He shared that as a voice actor the greatest tool you can have is your own natural speaking voice because it's unique. Casting directors are looking for grounded performances and natural voices -- and this is true for all styles of VO, whether commercial, character, or narration. Voice actors need to treat their voices like an instrument — which involves taking care of it via doctor appointments, voice therapists, and vocal exercises.
Voice actors also need to know the style of the genre they are working in. This article highlights several important skills for anime, such as matching “lip flap” and mastering quick line memorizations. Mami Okada, Casting Director from Emmy and Golden-Reel award-winning studio Bang Zoom!, casts for anime, animation, and games. When Voice One interviewed her in our April 2022 Professional Invitational, she said the biggest deal breaker for her when considering hiring a voice actor is when actors don't know the style of the genre. This aligns with Austin's advice about the importance of specificity and preparation.
For more tips and insights about being a professional voice actor check out the full interview with Austin from Buzzfeed, linked below!
(By Isha Bassi)
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