Response to Voice Acting Club 2005-06-03 12:15:32
And now to return to my rant on the GOOD and the BAD of voice acting! Actually, this following example might be considered UGLY voice acting.
And bad voice acting? Dragonball Z. But wait! Not the North American dub. Oh nosiree. That's practical GOD-LIKE compared to.... THE MALAYSIAN ENGRISH DUB! I bought a tape of one of the DBZ OAVs in Malaysia a long time ago, not knowing what to expect. When I first popped it in the VCR, I thought they were speaking Japanese. And then I realised that I could understand a word or two in there. And then I realised that they were actually speaking some horrible rendition of ENGLISH. Y'see, what happened was there was a Malaysian dubbed version of DBZ at the time, and it was decided the best way to expand to the English-speaking market of Malaysia (admittedly tiny as a tiny acorn thingma) was to have those Malaysian actors do an English version as well. And the results.... Well, you've just read them. So the next time you people whine and complain about your so-called "crappy, talentless, no-good hacks" in the US voiceover industry.... Spare a thought.... To that Malaysian Engrish dubbed version of Dragonball Z. And shudder with relief that you dodged that particular bullet.
And that was a long reply to a single person's post. Let us move on.
Hobbes_The_Prince: I wish your son a belated happy birthday. May he live long and prosper. And have the Force with him. And may the water he drinks not shine back at him in the dark. Yup. ANd I'd be happy to get into the hole of talent you mentioned for Newgrounds' Survivor, as long as everybody's showered first and doesn't smell too bad. And hey, if we're comparing the fall in memberage of NGVAC with the fall of Jedi in ROTS, all I gotta say is: Screw that, I'm becoming a clone trooper and surviving the goddamn carnage! KILL ALL JEDI!
Jerma: You seem a bit bitter about the whole voice imitation thing. You need a cookie and lots of love. I'm not going to get into the whole imitations versus THE REAL DEAL VOICE ACTING RAAAWWWWAAAAARRRZZZZSS1211211!@@#####!!!!!! battle or whatnot.... So I won't. Next post!
KagomeHigurashi: Try being owned by people with one day's experience when you have been kicking around for FIVE YEARS. It's not pretty. But in the end, if you stay and they disappear after one or two roles, what difference does their talent make? And even if they stick around, you've got experience under your belt and you've got advantages in certain areas of vocal control they probably haven't even heard of yet. And anyway, you have to realise that there will always be someone who's better than you at something, so you gotta keep your head screwed on right and realise you have your own unique abilities. And one other thing: talent is one thing, but longetivity and reliability should be equally considered, as well.
In the end however, it's up to you what you want to do. Sticking with something you're good at usually ends up being heartbreaking. When you reach a certain level, you realise you're not as good at it as you thought you were and now that you're knee-deep in the hard stuff you don't have enough of an interest in it to keep going. That's what happened to me and Computer Systems Engineering. I took that course in University, thinking that since I was good at computers, I'd do well in it. 4 years and a mental breakdown later, I realised that being good in something doesn't necessarily mean you LIKE it. Find something you like to do. Something that you'll stick to even in the hardest and darkest of times. If you can do that, you're probably one of the lucky human beings who managed to be honest enough to break through to that level.
t0ast: Ooooooooh. Nice. I agree with your large-posted sentimonies. STAYING POWER RULES!
Isca: Will this vengeance be filled with justice? JUSTICE VENGEANCE: The Movie. This Time It's Collateral. And congrats on that new job and your newfound resolute strength and
bigdsloan: Try emailing HollywoodSound for advice directly. His email is available in the roster
Gamesdisk: Welcome back. May the Jello be with you. Always.
Frogs: Sorry to hear you got the boot. Perhaps you should commit a final day prank in order to avenge your unfair retrenchment. For that would be a great way to go. Possibly a slow time-delayed final prank so you can get your severance packet before they discover the horrible truth of that smell in the ventilation system.
olaftheblue: Inspiring wisdom there. Words of improvement are never welcomed, but always sought. Strange that, sometimes.
Yes! In the midst of the decaying ruins of the NGVAC thread! It is up to ME to ressurect it with my splendiferous overly wordy megaposts! Yes, I shall stride boldly into the wasteland, braving the great unknowns of non-postoingdom and bring back fresh kills for all here to consume and revive this thread once more! Needless to say, we are all doomed. You may begin dispensing water out of your tearducts now.
Anyway since I have this space left at the bottom (1,200 characters or so remaining! Ooooooh....) I shall talk about something in order to liven the mood of all here. So. Anyway. That there voice acting thang. It shore is an interesting hobby, y'know. Ayup. Really interesting. Really, really interesting. Rats, I'm no good at this if my thoughts aren't focussed on something! Erm..... erm.... A question! Yes, I shall ask an excellent voice acting related question that no one has ever, in the history of this entire thread has ever asked before! It shall be an awesome question too! One which would totally floor you completely! Okay! Here we go!
Since almost every single professional voice actor in existence has a second name in order to work around the stupid acting guilds and regulations.... What would be YOUR second name to fool around and get more voice acting jobs than you're supposed to? Or would you do something as underhanded as that?
Me? I already got one: Omahdon. All I need to do is add a last name and I'm all set! How about.... Omahdon Lee? Cornelius Omahdon? Phillip Omahdon Fry! The possibilities are near limitless! Apart from the fact that I'm asian and it'd look weird if I didn't have at least an Asian looking last name. Or maybe I'd choose a last name that COULD be asian but at the same time it might not be!