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How difficult it is to become a seiyuu?
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Posted 12/14/08
There are classes for voice training.
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38 / M / Michigan, USA
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Just like acting in general: There are tons of people trying the same thing.

If it seriously what you want to do, don't let anyone discourage you.
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Check out Richard Epcar. He just uses his regular voice for voice acting. If you were to play Xenosaga and then go watch some Ghost in the Shell in English, you'd instantly notice Ziggy and Batou sound exactly the same. The best dub in the world would be Richard Epcar playing every single voice in the whole show, even the cute little school girls, or even dogs and cats.

So I don't think there's any way to tell if it's hard or not, I guess you have to luck out and have an awesome voice.
Posted 12/14/08
I don't know...since I'm not a seiyuu...
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I'd say its probably pretty hard. Small market, no "idol" culture, limited locations, uncertain work. I mean, anyone can be a voice actor just like anyone can be a football player or a writer, its just very few people will make enough money to live off of it. Skill, passion, luck and a good set of pipes.

Japanese VAs would clearly have advantages in a larger market, commodity of VAs, centralized locations. But I'd imagine its just like any other kind of actor. The chances of being "discovered" and then given repeated leading roles in popular shows is slim.
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I dont think its that hard
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like anything, it depends on your level of talent and the opportunities you can take advantage of. Being a voice actor is the same as being a regular actor (except you don't make as much money). It IS difficult, of course it is. It's competitive as any other acting job.
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i heard somewhere that to be a seiyuu you need to be able to speak with 3 different voices. .
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Posted 12/14/08
Depends if you have a "attractive" voice.
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In the US, so long as you get a good agent and hit off well at the start you'll probably be fine, if you want to be a dub voice actor. Unless you have a really, really awesome voice, completely get rid of your accent, and learn to speak really, really good Japanese I doubt you'll do very well, unless you only voice people from your country who therefore have accents.
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What exactly is a seiyuu?
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24 / F / little dot on the...
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Bunniwafflez wrote:

What exactly is a seiyuu?


Seiyuu = Voice actor/actress

;D

whee. im also interested in this topic.
Seiyuu.. very interesting ne! ;D
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Posted 12/17/08
I'm not a seiyuu, why ask me? (just kidding).The truth is being a seiyuu or voice actor in an anime is my dream job. Maybe if you involved some intense emotions in the scene.
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Posted 12/17/08
i'm sure it's just like acting
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26 / M / UK
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voice actors in japan they can change there vioce in order to play many roles if you check out the animes you watching right now you may find the same voice actor play different roles in different animes or even the same anime
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