Frequently Asked Questions
What’s on the DVD?
Dozens upon dozens of first person real accounts about the voice over industry. This volume focuses on voice acting for anime, but also goes into other aspects such as original animation and games, etc.
Subjects covered include:
• How to break into the business.
• What to expect on your first day in the studio.
• How to prepare for your first audition.
• Advice from the Pros.
• The Process
• And much more!
Special Features include:
• Virtual Voice Actor
• Words of Wisdom
• Additional Footage
• Vocal Warm Up Exercises
• Running time: 108 minutes. Extra Features: an additional 30 minutes of footage.
• A cornucopia of professional voice artists, casting directors, producers and directors!
There are five special features on the DVD including Vocal Warm Ups, Virtual Voice Actor, Words of Wisdom and two segments that were cut out of the film itself due to running time.
Volume One focuses on the anime industry. For one, it’s lesser known in the US and it’s still easier – relatively speaking – to break into this part of the business than some of the other aspects of Voice Over. (That does NOT mean it’s easy!) Most of the voice artists in this documentary do a lot of other things other than anime, and much of that is discussed. We’ll be diving much more deeply into voice work in games and original (Western) animation (ie, cartoons) in future volumes. Stay tuned for those. But there is so much information packed into this DVD about voice work that we guarantee you’ll need to watch it several times to be able to absorb it all.
There is no single path to follow. You’ll need to make your own adventures. The stories, advice and information in this DVD may inspire you to follow your heart and create your own road to success.
Much of the information you’ll get by watching the DVD is very “nuts and bolts” practical stuff. It’s a lot like take an intensive course taught by the most successful people in the industry. There’s a section in the DVD called “advice” which probably answers every question you have. Warning: Some of the answers may not be what you want to hear. Everything in this film is real. All the actors spoke from the heart and no one was paid to promote anything. You’ll probably have the feeling that you’ve welcomed the artists in it right into your living room, for some one-on-one coaching.
Yes. Two more volumes are currently being planned. Volume Two: Games and Volume Three: Original Animation (aka “cartoons”). Each volume will also contain a lot of other information about different aspects of the voice over industry. There will also be new extra features on each DVD such as “Voice Acting 101″ – a virtual workshop experience.
AiVA will give a lot of insight into the workings of the voice acting industry. Volume one targets anime specifically because that is relatively easier to break into than original animation, promos and other types of voice work. However, nothing worthwhile in life is ever easy, and Voice Acting as a career is certainly no exception. This DVD will help some figure out that this is not the right path for them after all, and will help others find the next steps for them on their way to a voice acting career.
There are no other DVDs available anywhere in the world like this that we know of. There are plenty of books that are great resources for aspiring voice actors, although none with the specific program that we’ve developed with AiVA. You can find a list of reference material on our website!
This should NOT be your first question. There are a lot of steps you need to take first. If, however, you’ve already been training for some time, and have produced a decent demo, then you are ready to hit the pavement. You’ll want to contact the studios and production companies and email them a link to your demo. Be prepared to spend a lot time and get a lot of emails unanswered. You don’t get an audition over night. Watch the DVD for more insights that might inspire you… or scare you away!
July 3, 2008 at Anime Expo. Production took over three years because there was so much footage shot.
It’s true. She’s worked on an anime series for Cartoon Network, and wanted to share her experiences.