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Going to school for Voice acting.
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Posted 6/28/14

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I do it all the time! its BEEN an experience the crew, the enjoyment u get outta it ...NEVER stop workin at it K? Its the best


It is a passion and dream of mine so I'll never quite until I succeed.
Thats the spirit rite? If u need help u no how 2 find me^_~

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Chopsuey9444 wrote:

I don't think you need to go to college to learn how to voice act, but best of luck!


Oh you would be really surprised at how competitive the field is just having a diploma of certification from an credited acting college can really make a huge difference. Thanks for the luck I'll surely need a good bit of it.
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I actually know a few aspiring voice actors and learning how to do so back at home.
Going to a good school is a great way to meet people and debut, but chances are still very, very slim.
Just know the risks and have a back-up.

I'm no voice actor, but I'm a professional musician and I'm sure that my experience in the field of the entertainment industry still apply...somewhat.

Best of luck to you!


Thank you for the reply and yes I would concur that your experience is defiantly valid.
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I have nothing to really add, content wise to this Thread. But I just wanted to stop by and say Good Luck to You OP in all of Your future acting endeavors! :D


Thank you very much.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

I have nothing to really add, content wise to this Thread. But I just wanted to stop by and say Good Luck to You OP in all of Your future acting endeavors! :D


Thank you very much.


It's My pleasure, My Friend! Wishing You ALL the best!
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Voice acting is rough to get into, but I wish you the best. Personally, I'm a social sciences major.


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I have 1 nice piece of advice for you watch Glass Mask(2006). The acting in that was great even for it to be 8 old. Best of luck.


The live action from the 90's was awesome. If you ever get a chance to watch it, you should!
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BabyBlueAbhorsen wrote:

Voice acting is rough to get into, but I wish you the best. Personally, I'm a social sciences major.


Judgementwolf wrote:

I have 1 nice piece of advice for you watch Glass Mask(2006). The acting in that was great even for it to be 8 old. Best of luck.


The live action from the 90's was awesome. If you ever get a chance to watch it, you should!

Social science seems like it would be a rather interesting field. Best of luck to you.
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Posted 6/28/14 , edited 6/28/14

acertainfinefrock wrote:


BabyBlueAbhorsen wrote:

Voice acting is rough to get into, but I wish you the best. Personally, I'm a social sciences major.


Judgementwolf wrote:

I have 1 nice piece of advice for you watch Glass Mask(2006). The acting in that was great even for it to be 8 old. Best of luck.


The live action from the 90's was awesome. If you ever get a chance to watch it, you should!

Social science seems like it would be a rather interesting field. Best of luck to you.


It is! I have minors in mass comm., anthropology, and sociology to round it out! Can't wait to finish this December!
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Posted 6/28/14

BabyBlueAbhorsen wrote:


acertainfinefrock wrote:


BabyBlueAbhorsen wrote:

Voice acting is rough to get into, but I wish you the best. Personally, I'm a social sciences major.


Judgementwolf wrote:

I have 1 nice piece of advice for you watch Glass Mask(2006). The acting in that was great even for it to be 8 old. Best of luck.


The live action from the 90's was awesome. If you ever get a chance to watch it, you should!

Social science seems like it would be a rather interesting field. Best of luck to you.


It is! I have minors in mass comm., anthropology, and sociology to round it out! Can't wait to finish this December!


Wow congratulations ahead of time. That is very impressive.
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Hey, that's good that you just love and want acting in general and applying to Academy with complex program. But since you hope for a job in voice acting for animation (and from the fact that we are on Crunchyroll and b/c of your avatar I bet by animation you mean anime!), suppose, you stick to your goal of this specialization.

Since your native language is English, not Japanese, right? it means work in dubbing, correct? And I'm curious what is your own view of it?
I'm just comparing it in my mind with what original language voice actors do - being part of team specifically gathered for this anime and working on it as it is being born, actually creating it (because, we'll all agree, of course, voices recorded by good voice actors are great part of anime), and being aware of this, working with so strong a magic of the moment, which also surely enhances creative atmosphere. Doesn't this make dubbing feel somewhat "secondary" in comparison?

Also all these technical difficulties described by AzazelOfNexium (need to be fast to fit longer translation in available time etc). I wonder how do you feel about doing this? Do you think it is really worth it? I don't know, may be, for example, you think that watching with subtitles is a pain and ruins experience as you can't fully immerse into anime having to catch up with reading. Don't you think then that it would still make sense to leave viewers without dubbing, so that if they really want full immersion - availability of dubs wouldn't be an excuse for not-learning the language? :)

I feel the pain of Azazel when he refers to dub-haters. But from the fact that it is not part of original work of art anyway + all difficulties Azazel himself described, I figure that dubs are bound to not be as good, as a rule anyway.

I (like everyone here I guess) like _some_ dubs (ironically that usually are fandubs), but that's rather exceptions and I personally think that this just means that original voice acting in those specific series was probably not that good).

Sorry for being so critical about what you want to do (at least specialization :), but I guess if you really love/want exactly that, questioning will not hurt Thanks in advance for answers
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Hey, that's good that you just love and want acting in general and applying to Academy with complex program. But since you hope for a job in voice acting for animation (and from the fact that we are on Crunchyroll and b/c of your avatar I bet by animation you mean anime!), suppose, you stick to your goal of this specialization.

Since your native language is English, not Japanese, right? it means work in dubbing, correct? And I'm curious what is your own view of it?
I'm just comparing it in my mind with what original language voice actors do - being part of team specifically gathered for this anime and working on it as it is being born, actually creating it (because, we'll all agree, of course, voices recorded by good voice actors are great part of anime), and being aware of this, working with so strong a magic of the moment, which also surely enhances creative atmosphere. Doesn't this make dubbing feel somewhat "secondary" in comparison?

Also all these technical difficulties described by AzazelOfNexium (need to be fast to fit longer translation in available time etc). I wonder how do you feel about doing this? Do you think it is really worth it? I don't know, may be, for example, you think that watching with subtitles is a pain and ruins experience as you can't fully immerse into anime having to catch up with reading. Don't you think then that it would still make sense to leave viewers without dubbing, so that if they really want full immersion - availability of dubs wouldn't be an excuse for not-learning the language? :)

I feel the pain of Azazel when he refers to dub-haters. But from the fact that it is not part of original work of art anyway + all difficulties Azazel himself described, I figure that dubs are bound to not be as good, as a rule anyway.

I (like everyone here I guess) like _some_ dubs (ironically that usually are fandubs), but that's rather exceptions and I personally think that this just means that original voice acting in those specific series was probably not that good).

Sorry for being so critical about what you want to do (at least specialization :), but I guess if you really love/want exactly that, questioning will not hurt Thanks in advance for answers


First I would like to say that there is no need to apologize. It is good in any conversation to have diffing opinions and yours is welcome

Moving on however in response to your question on what I think about Dubbing, English in particular? Well I honestly believe that is has to do with two things why people tend to not enjoy dubs. The first being that when a non Japaneses speaker be it native or trained hears Japaneses they can not really here the enunciation in the voices. So when the same people hear English or there native language they can hear every little enunciation so it's more likely that they may not enjoy the delivery.

The second main point why I think English dubs are not received well by a large fraction of the community has to do with the fact that we hear the same voice actor and actresses constantly. And this has primarily in my opinion to do with the fact that the industry in most places other than Japan is while not insignificant it pales in comparison where in Japan they get new voice talent consistently and the talent is of a very high quality. While here in the states dubbing departments use the same credited voice talent to frequently. So there is this concept where it becomes hard to sell characters to the audience because an actor like Johnny Yong Bosch while not a bad voice talent, does practically the same voice for all of his characters and this creates an environment of disbelief leading to less than satisfactory performance. Again that is simply my opinion and an no way is fact but I thought your question deserved a response again thank you for commenting.
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Thank you for taking time to answer!
Sorry I guess I wrote too much and my main concern was lost in there! :D
What I'm most curious about is dub(language adaptation) vs. original voice acting.
That the team behind One Piece manga adaptation, being first, might actually feel like Luffy's crew during their work, whilst the English actors, being second will rather feel like cosplayers.
There's announce on CR today of book by English artist about her work as mangaka assistant in Japan. I'm sure without reading that book, that's incredible experience, but I also can bet that her ultimate goal is to be manga author, not assistant.
So I am just confused as to why one would aim so much for the job in dubbing, as to me it appears similar to dreaming to become mangaka assistant.
May be I'm just understimating the happiness of dubbing work and am wrong in my comparisons :)
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elan7aad10 wrote:



Hey, that's good that you just love and want acting in general and applying to Academy with complex program. But since you hope for a job in voice acting for animation (and from the fact that we are on Crunchyroll and b/c of your avatar I bet by animation you mean anime!), suppose, you stick to your goal of this specialization.

Since your native language is English, not Japanese, right? it means work in dubbing, correct? And I'm curious what is your own view of it?
I'm just comparing it in my mind with what original language voice actors do - being part of team specifically gathered for this anime and working on it as it is being born, actually creating it (because, we'll all agree, of course, voices recorded by good voice actors are great part of anime), and being aware of this, working with so strong a magic of the moment, which also surely enhances creative atmosphere. Doesn't this make dubbing feel somewhat "secondary" in comparison?

Also all these technical difficulties described by AzazelOfNexium (need to be fast to fit longer translation in available time etc). I wonder how do you feel about doing this? Do you think it is really worth it? I don't know, may be, for example, you think that watching with subtitles is a pain and ruins experience as you can't fully immerse into anime having to catch up with reading. Don't you think then that it would still make sense to leave viewers without dubbing, so that if they really want full immersion - availability of dubs wouldn't be an excuse for not-learning the language? :)

I feel the pain of Azazel when he refers to dub-haters. But from the fact that it is not part of original work of art anyway + all difficulties Azazel himself described, I figure that dubs are bound to not be as good, as a rule anyway.

I (like everyone here I guess) like _some_ dubs (ironically that usually are fandubs), but that's rather exceptions and I personally think that this just means that original voice acting in those specific series was probably not that good).

Sorry for being so critical about what you want to do (at least specialization :), but I guess if you really love/want exactly that, questioning will not hurt Thanks in advance for answers


I read a chart of how anime is made and the animation and sound effects are all made first then it is sent to a dubbing company(obviously Japanese dubbing first). The English dubbing is just another dubbing company. I can't say if the Japanese dubbers and animators have any interaction though.

Secondly, I read a study where a significant difference of enjoyment could not be found between subs/dubs of foreign movies. Elements such as flow and w/e other terms I don't understand don't change very much at all whether you do dubs/subs so you don't actually immerse yourself more in one or the other. It's just a matter of preference in other words. The only reason you would mind reading is if you were taught how to read by a slow reader and you never bothered spending a couple hours learning how to read faster and more effortlessly.

Also, social control is a major contender as to why so many people hate dubbing-it's practically an American culture! In a study, the test subjects was to take an exam where he got to see the answers of the others(with purposely incorrect answers) and as a result, they were more likely to choose that answer. The test subjects that did not do so were more likely to answer correctly.

If they looked over on the test subjects from the other group's answers, they would be like "Wtf are you guys thinking?!". Sociology is a practical study that looks over everyday life that we are surrounded by right now so I do believe it's heavily applicable to all this anime stuff as well.


Sub vs dub wars also takes place among Japanese people btw(surprise!). Well, idk about anime but for Western stuff like our video games and My Little Pony? Yeah, subs get more support for those.
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I'm going to college majoring in acting with an aspiration to become a voice over actor. I'm wondering if anybody else here is also going to college for acting? Or if anybody has gone to college for acting and would like to share their experience.


What college are you looking to go to?
You might want to also take some classical voice (singing) training as well, that way if you ever are needed for a musical you can rock it! and it looks alot better in the industry if you are trained very well in singing as it makes you a better speaker. You can get a "theater" degree which also gives you more options. If you become a fantastic singer, actor, AND voice actor you can go lots of places, fill lots of roles, and be better off job wise than specializing in just VA.
ps. I know a very nice college where you can get such a degree (I haven't attended so don't ask me too many questions) and there are several very great professors who can help you. They are literally one of a kind people and you will be very lucky to ever have met them let alone get them to help you. Send me pm if you want to know more.

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good luck, dude and remember to practice as much as possible
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