Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarcheWhat makes voice acting special to you?

How do you feel when you step up to the mic, get into character or create something worth hearing with your very own voice?
Each voice actor may articulate their feelings in a different way, however, there are some common threads that bind.
Voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen were kind to share how they felt at the VOICE 2010 Celebrity Banquet.
Hear how Maurice LaMarche describes character voice acting and share your own thoughts and feelings on the subject here at VOX Daily.

The Closest Thing to Magic

At VOICE 2010, special guests Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen shared their thoughts on character voice acting and gave us a taste of their talent. You might recognize their names from starring in Pinky and the Brain (Rob was Pinky and Maurice was the Brain), and for being on shows such as Animaniacs, Futurama and more.
There was some improvised banter as Pinky and the Brain as well as Rob singing the Nations of the World song as Yakko Warner from Animaniacs.

At one point, Maurice, who is Canadian born, shared his thoughts about voice acting and they were so succinct and heartfelt that I quickly jotted them down to share here with you.
“Hearing your voice come out of the mouth of an animated character is the closest thing we have to magic.”
— Maurice LaMarche

What About You?

How would you describe your passion for voice acting as a voice over artist? Be sure to leave a comment here on VOX Daily and join the conversation.
Best wishes,
Image courtesy of John Mueller Photography

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  1. I think that magic does indeed happen, at some point, for a voice over artist. For me, I think that point came when I truly realized that it really wasn’t about me. As voice actors we are blessed to have the opportunity to speak for so many others in so many different ways. A picture may speak a thousand words, but words truly matter. As a fairly new participant with I have been grateful for the work that has come my way and for the positive messages I have been able to produce. I will continue to do this work for as long as I can with constant awareness of the impact and importance of the spoken word. It truly can be magic!
    Deborah Brisacher

  2. Always wanted to do animated voice characters ( professionally ) and enjoy performing em for myself or an audience !

  3. My thought is, we are born with the trait. I mean the desire to be entertaining, has to be rooted in the soul as a child.
    See, I can remember when it caught me, this ‘voice acting bug’. I was about age 7, and my father would have me do the “da da da dadadadadada” thing from heehaw, yes the old tv show. (yes, I’m ancient people)
    Just the idea as a little kid, that his “italian poker buddies”, usually ripped on vodka and gin, would actually find my comical voices, worthy of a laugh, while puffing on their cuban cigars, was overwhelming.
    That’s when I got the “voice acting bug” for the first time. It was a sensation of, well, self-worth of sorts I guess. Years later, the bug never left me, and here I am, 25 years into this so called “career”, but never took the big plunge and did the LA / NY thing for various reasons. Well at least not as a vo talent.
    So these days, it is not about the money to me, (don’t tell that to my credit card folks) but more kind of like a bad drug. Guess I’m still looking for that first, “high”, like I felt that very first time at 7.
    Yes, this voice acting thing is more about ‘self-reward’ when it all comes down to it. Guess it is safe to say, we are all the lead voice actor, in our very own “animated” series. Once you get the bug, good luck finding a medicine, or the antibiotic to make it go away!

  4. Hi Stephanie,
    I loved that comment from Maurice as well. I also loved when Penny Abshire compared meeting June Foray with “going to Disneyland.” Another bit of magic.


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