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Being a part of the voice over industry fills me with excitement, just like my other artistic endeavors. My journey as a performer has spanned across film, stage, TV, print, and radio, but it was my first encounter with voice over during a high school project that truly ignited my passion for this art form and sparked my desire to learn more.
I pursued my love for acting by majoring in theater and studying at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Along the way, I had the privilege of learning from talented mentors like Mauricio Bustamante, Stanley Zareff, David Cady, and esteemed voice over professionals such as Dan Duckworth, Steve Garrin, and more recently, J. M. Collins. Continuously honing my craft, I regularly engage in ongoing classes to further polish my skills in voice over.
Being bilingual, I take pride in my ability to deliver neutral English and Spanish voice overs. My education has been enriched by my childhood travels with my family, which granted me a keen ear for the diverse sounds of speech across different parts of the USA. Additionally, my journeys as a dancer abroad have exposed me to various cultures and languages. On top of my voice over pursuits, I have also ventured into writing and have had articles published on the web.
Looking back at my voice over journey in the character genre and considering the classes and workshops I’ve immerse myself into lately, it’s interesting to see how much I did quite by instinct. In reality voice acting is just acting and if you have a background in acting you have a good foundation to begin with. My experience as an actor has given me that foundation. However, I also discovered how much more there is to learn in building a multi-dimensional character in voice overs. There is clearly a difference between acting and voice acting. But let me tell you how I found my first three characters for my storytelling podcast The Kit Bull Story.
Understanding the Characters
Since I wrote the story and created the characters, I knew them very well and knew exactly what I wanted from them. So, naturally I took my first cue from the personalities of the three characters I had created and would play. All were female, each one of them completely different from the other in voice type and age, ranging from young tween, to a middle-aged woman with an accent and one with a mature, matronly voice.
Sustaining Voice Style
I didn’t want to hurt my voice in terms of tone and pitch. This was something I had read once on a blog on animation. Not only did I have to feel comfortable, but I also had to be able to sustain the voice characterizations long term without hurting my vocal cords and it had to feel natural.
Breathing Life into Characters
It was fun discovering where the voices would go as I layered each character with emotional range; anger, surprise, sadness, joy and so on. By adjusting pacing, tone and nuance and incorporating unique qualities and distinctions the characters became even more defined. It was like creating a person! Being a voice actor is more than just having a nice voice; it's about infusing life into stories and characters, giving them breadth and depth. For Kit it was her sweetness, kind and inquisitive nature, for my French lady Fran it was her eccentricity, warmth and friendliness, and for Mrs. Stern it was her icy demeanor and snooty manner—they're not just roles; they're the expression of emotion and narrative.
The Journey Ahead
Looking ahead, I see a canvas filled with possibilities, characters waiting to be discovered. Each voice whether for animation, commercial, corporate narration or other type of voice acting is a new adventure, a fresh exploration into the world of imagination. As a voice actor, you’re always learning and taking classes. It is an ongoing process of discovery and a constant dance between vocal artistry and storytelling.
So, as I wrap up this chapter of my voice-over journey, I'm profoundly
grateful for the vibrant characters that have sprung to life in The Kit Bull
Story Podcast. Kit Bull, Fran, and Mrs. Stern go beyond mere voices—they're
living expressions, embodying the artistry of storytelling through sound. See for yourself and listen to the podcast www.thekitbullstory.com