Crispin Freeman is one of the biggest North American Anime voice acting stars.
Not just a talented voice actor, he’s also a wonderful speaker and insightful teacher as I have come to discover.
This year, Freeman spoke on the “Get Paid to Work in Anime” panel, hosted by the Japan Visual Translation Academy (JVTA).
I’ve included some tips from that panel here for you to discover and hope you enjoy them!
Notes From Crispin Freeman
“A critic will see a piece of art, realize that it’s bad and then tell you about it.
An artist will see a piece of art, realize that it’s bad, and figure out how to fix it.”
That’s what Crispin Freeman teaches in his voice acting classes; how to fix something and make it better.
If something is unbelievable and you’re not convinced by what is coming out of actor’s mouth, you may feel compelled to tell the voice actor to act better… but how?
Crispin suggests that you play pretend, citing that playing pretend is at the very core of acting.
Voice Acting Comprises of These Elements:
You have to know what your character is about, it’s relationship to other characters, their objective (what motivates them), understand the character’s environment, and of course, context.
Weird Technical Skills:
à¹ Match lip flap
à¹ Follow the beeps
à¹ Take direction
à¹ Microphone technique
If you’ve ever had to dub, you know how very important those technical skills are, however, without the emotional side, it doesn’t matter how good you are at dubbing to picture.
The Emotional Actor and the Technical Actor both need to come together to get a believable performance. Improvisation helps you on the emotional side, and when you’re working on an Anime project, dubbing to picture is imperative on the technical side.
Have You Ever Worked on an Anime Cartoon?
I’d love to hear about your experiences with the process and what shows you have worked on. If you’re a fan and dub for fun or as part of a dubbing community, your perspective is welcome, too!
Looking forward to hearing from you.