Ep.77 My Turn To Talk (Yagami - Voice Actor)_mixdown
4:38AM Feb 10, 2020
Good day everyone, you're listening to Dr. Hobby. And this is Episode 77. My turn to talk. I'm your host Alex and today I have the honor to have yagami as my goal is not as my goal as my guest
on the show how you doing today. I'm doing great. Thanks for having me. Well, thanks for Always a pleasure to be here. Yeah, you go ahead. Thank you. I know I think it's just the fact that there is a tiny bit of delay between us that we will be having a bit of difficulty talking over each other, but I think I'm gonna be salty that really made it easy.
In that case, I'll give you as much time You need to talk I will not interrupt. I'll be very quiet throughout because you have a beautiful voice First of all, if you make my voice go to shame. Nice got so speaking about your beautiful voice, we're going to jump right into your hobby of today. But before that, who is
yagami? So yeah, give me is the rock I mean, I mean as my, you know first nor my name, and the rock is my family name, but I don't really use that for the interwebs I go by the name of yoga me or Mr. yagami or all things like me for my other social platforms. I am 34 years of age and to be honest, voice acting is kind of a new thing for me. So, normally when I introduced myself, I introduced myself as you know, as I don't know, for example, a game mentor. I used to do that a long time ago. But for this occasion. Hi, I'm Bianca me and I'm a voice actor.
I can listen to your voice all day. Thanks, man. Okay, okay, I gotta keep going with the podcast and not just Daydream. Yes. Before we jump into the topic of voice acting, do you have any social media links or websites that you could share and so that people can come and listen to your beautiful, beautiful voice?
Without a doubt. So usually, I have a YouTube channel, it is all things yagami I don't pull my videos and project on there. So that's basically my main hub. I also occasionally stream every other day on my twitch channel. It is Mr. yagami twitch.com slash Mr. McCabe and the other social media is between Mr. yagami and at Acme which is all things Yeah, can be shortened. So you
can find me that that's perfect. I'll put that in the description below so people can look you up, follow you and follow your soothing soothing voice. I know I've been giving compliments all day. I just, man, I just can't get enough of it.
Oh, anyways, the topic of the day is voice acting and being a voice actor. So what does what does that entail? Exactly what kind of voice acting do you do? The thing that I do is that the thing that people wanted me to do, everyone I meet tells me that I need to be doing some sort of a documentary, some sort of narration and some sort of, you know, something that is related to just me talking over something. And at the beginning, I was like, I want to do something more than that. But to be honest, the more I listen to my own voice coming to terms now I actually have a voice that is suited for voice acting, the more I believe that yes, I think they are right. So usually I do narration and something that has to do with me talking a lot, which is pretty good.
You know what I feel your struggle. I was in the same situation, people listen to my voice and said, Alex, you have a radio voice. So why don't you go do radio? I'm like, Well, I don't know what to do. And here I am doing a podcast so i guess i caved in.
Yeah, doing a podcast is a really good thing to start and brought Your perspective really, really good time. I really, really a lot.
And it also allows me to meet wonderful people like yourself, right?
Yeah. Thank you for that.
Now, how did you actually get introduced to voice acting?
Now this is the juicy question because, to be honest, I had the voice acting thing for a long, long time, and I can even pinpoint where that came to the image. And that was back in the early 2000s. And I was watching this movie. I don't know if many people knows about it or not. It's apparently I'm an old fart now, but it's pitch black. The movie is pitch black, and in pitch black there is this main character. His name is Richard B. Riddick. And I remember being young and being extremely drawn to the way he acts. You know, Vin Diesel is the actor then the Richard B relic, and the fact that his voice was so amazing. So filled with And he didn't speak much, but it took his time seeing those few words, and his present or presence was really, really that. So that was the turning points. That was when I started getting interested in voice acting and how people deliver those things. And of course, with yours, you know more of those things again, like for example, if you go even on the matrix, you know, his monologue on the first movie, when he got Neo, for example, when he was interrogating him, that was amazing to me, you know, his him taking his time and speaking and portraying this menacing character. So, I had an interest in voice acting and acting in general, but I never really considered myself you know, in the domain. I thought I didn't have that good of a voice. I you know, I live in a third world country as, as we talked about this before, and When you do have those conditions, you never think that you're going to be in that domain. Until recently, I'm playing Overwatch around 2017 and I start using my headset and people start telling me you have a good voice you might be good for, you know, acting or commentary and everything. And I, at the beginning, I didn't really believe it, you know, like, maybe it's just someone, but around 2000 games later, and every game the same thing. I started thinking, you know what, maybe, and that's when I decided you know what, okay, I'm just I'm just gonna do it. It's gonna be hard. I'm just gonna do it. Here we are.
You know what, I play a lot of Overwatch too. And I had the same situation. Let me just have some people guessed that you were Winston.
Reaper and Zenyatta. It's either weeba OLS any other I don't know sometimes I'm tired or something. I do sound angry like times I'm relaxed. I'm saying I sound like Zenyatta.
There you go. So yeah, both both of us. We are Overwatch characters.
Actually, it's my dream to be an overwatch character. That's something I'm working on to be honest. Oh, that'd be
awesome. Hopefully I'm doing my part by sharing this and somebody who who is listening works for Overwatch, just as you know what? I would love to have Mr. yagami as a voice for representing your country, which, which is what's your country, if you don't mind me asking
a lot is Algeria in North Africa.
And I don't believe they have an Algerian character yet, right? No,
no, only an Egyptian one. So to basically far is it if she lives in the United States? No, no, I think she's back to Egypt.
Well, you know, there's 150 some question questions, not questions, countries around the world. So there's a lot of room for new Overwatch character. This sounds like a sponsorship for Overwatch. I'm not sponsored by Overwatch. Anyways, I'm sponsored by no one, just by the good times. So yes. Do you still remember the first thing you created your first not Overwatch your first voiceover or voice acting content you've created.
Those are random question. It was not written down. Mr. yagami was not prepared for this. So this is why, but no, I do appreciate the answer. And you know what, I couldn't tell you the first time I tried to record something what I've recorded because I've recorded so many things and yeah, a lot of it is meant to be forgotten at that point. Yeah. So yes, for you. What would you say is the best part about being a voice
actor? Oh, the best part is like, again, always wanted to do something related to acting. But since there is no such thing hair, I never really looked into it. But I was always in the field, looking at actors, you know, looking at ways to act and portraying things and everything. So Being able to voice act and being able to portray a character, and I'm having three or four characters now I am looking and working on is something that is extremely ecstatic to me. It's something unreal, it's like stepping into another world basically, where you have to not be yourself, you have to not be usual normal guy and do something out of the box, which is really exciting. Some every time I'm doing that thing, I am really happy. And that's the basic and that's the thing that I'm looking for when I'm doing voice acting.
That actually speaking of which, you're just talking about trying new things. Do you have different characters for your voice acting or you're always using the same one and perfecting that one?
See, I thought about that I thought about you know, having to do different voices. But I remember a an interview with nolan north is a voice actor. He did the Uncharted character and he said Don't be an impersonator. Just be yourself work on your craft. And then when you have, you know, a perfect position, when you have the training for it, start using, you know your voice and start playing with it. And I was like, it's exactly that because, yes, I'm starting in the field, but I don't have much experience in, you know, playing with my voice and doing other different tones and all those things. I know, I can do that. But if I don't have the necessary knowledge and the necessary experience behind it, it's just gonna sound you know, like a broken record, basically. So now I'm just staying in my range doing myself this voice, this rested voice, I do you know, angry I do neutral and relax expressions. But other than that, I'm just going to stick in this no vocal range
like that. And speaking of which, saying that you're trying to perfect your skills and honing your voice and your vocal range. What do you do to learn how to be a voice actor? Do you go online to learn? Do you get it from somebody who teaches you how to do it in person? Or I would say magazines, but magazines, reading words may not be the best source, but I mean, what's your technique to improve your skills?
So this is a very, very interesting question for me because it is actually a challenge. When I decided to become a voice actor. I started looking at ways to become a voice actor, what are the things that I need to do in order to go into this direction? So I turned to Crispin Freeman, I don't know if you know the guy or not. Crispin Freeman is another voice actor, and he is the voice of Winston in Overwatch to be more, you know, clear. And he has a class a mastery class. And the first class is him talking about how to do this how to be introduced into this world, and I was laughing and crying at the same time because he tells me, okay, you need to find your local theater. And you need to find actors in that theater and just start taking classes there, which is something I don't have. Okay, so what I need to do you need to go online and pay for classes. Well, I can't do that either. So what can I do? Well, I need to look left and right. I need to watch videos, and I need to watch you know, to find free vocal coaches that will help me with their free time and all those things. And that's exactly what I'm doing. Until I, I don't know, step up or leave the country and go to another country because it is kind of hard here. Because having a theater experience is kind of primordial to be a really good voice actor. And that's something I don't have here. So they have it,
no well hopefully that you are helping out and getting the right stuff. So people who are listening to this people in your home country, listen to this and say you know what, we need more voice actors from our homeland. And we You and I are doing our part to promote this. And actually On that note, Would you ever consider teaching other people like myself? Because right now I'm like, man, I should just sit here. And listen not not not ask too many questions, just listen and see what you can teach me.
Now the thing is, you have to if you have something you want it, you want relay to say it, it's okay to interrupt. And it kind of enriches the conversation goes without saying, but seriously, I'm learning this from the perspective of someone who does not have the usual tools. Because when you live in the United States, for example, it's actually easier. You have vocal coaches, you have you know, theater, you have actors, you have acting classes, you know, schools, universities, even your own mental no High School, for example, have their own club where they can do that. So you can start with that. But many people like me don't have access to those things. And that's where I think when I get that I will be teaching goes without saying, I would love to share the techniques, how I get there, and how I do these things. Because, again, you don't have the money, you don't have the means. So how I'm going to do it? Are you going to just sit here and pretend? Or are you just going to be pushing forward and hoping for the best, and that's what I'm doing.
I've always loved the DIY tactic. I've used it for so many things. I've taught myself how to use editing programs and stuff like that. I I can't read music, I tried going to taking a class about it. This can't do it can't sing, but I was able to do it. But either way, I'm talking too much about myself. It's all about you today. How often did you do voice acting? I'm sorry. I'm just in love with this whole conversation that I'm going off. But yes, how often do you do voice acting?
To be honest, not often enough. Not often enough. I want to do as much project as I can. But it's kind of tough. You know, finding the white ones. You know, perfect in an accent for example, because I'm still working on my American accent. It is a bit tough for me, English is my fourth language. So things are not as easy and when you speak it as a second language, for example, or your native language, but for now, I do have a good deal of projects I'm working on main one, something I can't really talk about, but it's a really, really good act and a really, really good character building. And the other ones are just things that come and go. People want me to do some documentaries. Someone wants me to do a video. I'm always obliging I don't even bother looking at the finished product. I just want experience as part of the what we were talking earlier about, you know, getting an experience and everything because you either have someone to teach you or you just throw yourself into the sea and learn as you make mistakes. That's how I'm doing it.
This might sound a little creepy, but I don't know why I would just love to just have you follow me and narrate my entire life. Like I pick up a glass of water drink said he goes and sleeps for one hour, two hours, three hours. Every kind of creepy, but it was just I was just picturing that. But you were talking about projects, how long does it usually take you to complete a project?
There's two things. I speak slow, because I have to formulate the sentence in my head because I have this fear of not sounding correct. So I have to formulate the phrase or the phrase in my head. And this comes out of me speaking slowly, but other way why people think I do narration I don't do this, you know, on purpose. It's just like, because it's my fourth language, and I have to think before before I speak, and for that, it takes me longer than the average person. I need to read the whole thing and understand what is my part in it? Or am I portraying a character? Am I narrating something? Is that narrated a narration in monotone? Is it historical or is it Something that has me involved in it because sometimes when you do documentaries sometimes you have to be involved emotionally. When there is something funny you have to be funny, when there is something dark you have to be dramatic and you know level of your voice and speak in a slower tone and all those things so it depends but since it you know, I'm not like your average voice actor, I take my time taking all that in. And then I start slowly working on it. And I always ask whoever is given me the the project to give me a tiny bit more time so I can perfect it and give it as good as I can.
So you spoke about being very emotional sometimes in your performances. How much does the body language and the facial expressions play into your acting
a lot? There is a I did have a talk with some upcoming voice actors left and right some people I Metatron there and some of them are just sitting in the I chair and just trying to do and deliver. You cannot do that. If you want to be grandiose for example, if you want to be aggressive, you have to sit you know you have to be on your feet, you have to have a body language. That's how you sell something. You can't just sit in your chair and try to pretend to be angry. Probably would sound angry, but it will sound like someone is pretending to be angry. He is he is always so interesting. When I do that, and I listened to myself, it's not the same. When you do it with your you know body language when you do it with your face. When you try to reach that place. Your voice is going to portray it really really perfectly. So I always try to do as much as that as possible. But be it as you know, just with my hands or the my body language I standing straight you know, sitting sleeping, all those things are part of what I do.
So on the note, I have to ask, Are you currently
standing up right now?
We're just having a nice casual.
Oh no, I just had that moment. I'm like, you know, I should just get rid of my chair because I have to, you know, live up to his standards. He's he's put so much passion to it. I can't just sit here while he's standing. Okay, so if you're sitting, it's fine that I'm sitting too perfect. So you mentioned the voice acting community is not too too big in your area, or have you found certain people who have common interest?
Well, in my area, there's only one friend, one friend Ali, who has an interest and has a really good voice and is also working. You know, doing those he recently gave me one of his auditions. He was like, portraying someone was scared in the dog, and he made the whole thing with a background noise and everything. I'm like, dude, you're not You're me, I can't even make that. And other than that, sadly, no, there's no one interested in these things here. But thankfully, there's the internet. And that's the online world where you can meet many people like you and you can share your ideas and so on and so forth. So I do have a close call of friends now. And we bounce things each other with each other. And that's really we have flow. On that
note, I remember seeing a couple weeks ago on Reddit, this person starting up a Greek mythology storyline, and they were looking for voice actors. I'm going to send you the link. You can join it if you want or not. I've signed up by you. I'm not a professional, you would definitely dominate and you could play pretty much everybody. But you know what, I would never say no.
perfect after this podcast, I'll send you the link so at least you have something there on top of that. I'm sure you're pretty busy. But if you have free time you have that there. But for you, we talked about this a little bit earlier on Do you have any inspirations or many, many inspirations?
Like I said, from the number one from the source, like I said, I remember it just like yesterday. I didn't even speak English at the time. By the way, I was just watching this movie with subtitles. And it just blew me away. You know, you're young and everything and you sound like a screeching, I don't know, creature from another world. And you see this guy who's dominating with his voice. It doesn't say much, but everyone listens. So you start from there. And then you notice others, like I said, from Agent Smith to you know, the guy who did Optimus Prime if you remember there, the old guy, and, and so on and so forth. And as I play video games, I'm right into the center of voice acting. There's so many of this amazing, talented people, like for example, Laura Beatty, who plays Jaina for example, in Warcraft or Many other things in many other games, she is a huge name, or the fact that I also remember watching that documentary about the sound creator and director in Silent Hill video game. And I remember him looking for vocals in his upcoming title at the time, which is Silent Hill three, and how he wanted that process and how was walking about that process. And he found a Mary Elizabeth McNeil. I don't know if you know the name or not, but she's also big into automation. She done. She's basically almost in every dog in Africa animation almost. She's really, really big in that domain. And I remember seeing him when she recorded her demo and sent it to him. And mind you, he listened to 500 others. So the second she started singing he was like lotsa. That's exactly what those things inspires me every time I listen to those. Now recently, in the recent days, I'm really, really enjoying Troy Baker's work. That guy is just everywhere his vocal ranges out of this planet. And I was surprised when I learned from him, he has a gaming channel, and he's currently playing the last of us. He didn't have any acting experience up until the last of us. And there was a particular scene that he needed to do perfectly. And that was when he started seriously taking voice acting, acting lessons. And I was like, seriously so all those projects before projects before you did without acting experience gives me hope always gives me hope. So yeah, that's among many, many others are we to bake inspiring people to me and us not forget, of course. Crispin Freeman, how can
you and I have to ask? I know it's a stereotype, but David Attenborough does.
To the guy. I don't sound like I think I have a similar delivery term. I think that's why people join the connections. But every two games, someone is like, dude, you sound like David Attenborough. Like, no, that's an old guy. I'm not all. But yeah, I know, David, lots of row is a master in his domain. And I just, sometimes you can't even compare things to him and just let that to the people who listens to me and draw those conclusions.
You know what, man? You're definitely on your way. And I've been loving every second of this podcast so far. I just want to keep it going forever just to listen to your voice. Anyways, for you, what was your biggest challenge when you first started doing Voice acting?
Well, for this question, let's just not keep that one challenge. That's just me. So at the end, there's so many challenges. So, you know, you ask yourself a question because the biggest problem currently To be honest, not just, you know, used to be in the path, the biggest problem is me. So there is this reality, personality in you, that always keeps you kind of grounded, and everything that happens or everything that comes your way. That is this guy in the back of your head that tells you Well, you can't do that. You can't, you shouldn't be able to think about that and everything. So that was the hardest person to convince to do voice acting. I live in a third world country. There's no such thing as voice acting, where I live, there is no theaters, there's no actors. There's no even acting school, that where there is an acting school and they have to go to the capital and you have to know someone, you have to have money and all those things. So how on earth Would you even think about this, but to be honest, every time I fight Overwatch, and there are someone who tells me, you need to do this, I get motivated. And that's one of the major challenges. So, the number one is how to do this and how to get over yourself and how to defeat that defeatist mentality. And then when you do that, when you manage to convince yourself, okay, you know what, I've nothing to lose, I need to do this. There is the other, you know, ocean of things, how to act, how to, you know, perfect your vocal range to do training there. And those are the things that I'm currently facing, obviously, but step by step, obviously, I will try my best to reach a higher standard.
And luckily, we live in a day and age where the internet
is so, so fast and it allows us connect with other people like we connected. And it gives us the opportunities that we might not have had maybe 30 years ago or 20 years ago. Oh, yes, that without the dots 10 years ago, I wouldn't even realize about or think about this or even consider it, even if it came my way. Now, it's not gonna happen. But nowadays, with all those platforms, with all those things come my way. I feel blessed to be honest. And I will try to do anything, any project that comes my way. Because it's not like you have to choose which is good and which is bad, or what, what you like and don't like, I take it as I need to do it in order to become better at what I do. And they have it.
No, I completely agree with you. And you kind of answered this in the first question, but I'm gonna ask you still the same. What are your current biggest challenges? If I can add an s to it or challenge depends for you
know, you know, not the biggest Challenge currently, without a doubt, is acting need acting to be better. You see, you can do it, but you can do it slow, and you will not, you know, you will not have the correct method. So, if I have to give an advice to someone who's in the field, find an acting class, find someone who teaches this and go and do it because he will propel you in the domain. Many people think that you just sit in a chair and you have this big script and you read it. No, no, no, that is acting. You have to know how to deliver a certain line. Are you angry? Are you sad? Do you need to be angry or sad? You know, because the character is just monotone sometimes, and you have to breathe life into it. So all those things if you don't know how to add, are going to hinder your progress. So that's currently my biggest challenge. I am Always hard at work to try to find a way around it but you know what? You need an acting class and that's the biggest challenge period
on that point you we see in YouTube videos the behind the scenes of movies let's say the Lion King and other movies like that you can actually see like the voice actors getting full body motion into it they're not just standing still like you're saying like you will get no emotions if you just stand still and say the lines you have to get fully involved and and that's what I guess acting classes will teach you like the whole acting just because there's a mic. You still have to give out 100%
Oh, yes. There's I watched so many of those. By the way I watch hundreds of those videos I love them without even realizing I just love watching those scenes and watching I you know voice acting in their nature natural habitat, to be honest. I do recall the voice actress who did she's French and the Widowmaker and for her in order to portray the character. She bought those really big high heels. She keeps them around the studio. And every time she's recording, she wears them. So she embodies Widowmaker because she is self esteem is over the roof and she's a cold calculating killer. Same goes for so many other videos and characters, they will try to find the best way to, you know, incorporate anything they can to bring life to that character. So some of them would stand some of them will be on the ground like Cumberbatch when he when he was portraying the dragon in Lord of the Rings Hobbit,
The Hobbit. Yeah, he was literally like a serpent in the ground, so that he is 100% into that character. And he has to do that so many takes. It's not just one take. So you see. That's why The dragon in the hobbit is so good. It's because the guy gave it 120%. And that's what I'm talking about. That's the thing that we need to do.
You know what? That's awesome. I love the thinking out of the box method did actually offer you Do you have any of those? thinking out of the box either laying on the ground or doing it? I don't know. Well, taking a shower. That sounds stupid, but I mean anything that's out of the box during your shower? No, I don't recall your Charlotte's horrible for multiple reasons. But do you have any of those? Exactly. Do you have any of those special techniques?
The Dean is depends on what I'm doing currently. Okay, I can talk about that a tiny bit. So I have this character who's a scientist and he is evil, but to him it's not as cold and as calculating and I have to be him. So it's like hard to convey being evil, but in a calm and calculating Anyway, so I have to convince myself that I am doing the right thing. But at the same time I have to deliver as it is evolved. So, all this time, sometimes I'm standing sometimes I'm sitting sometimes I'm, you know, smiling while I'm delivering the line. And all those things actually do help a lot. You it's not just you know, for the character, sometimes it's just for you, because in order to understand an emotion, you have to do it. If he is you know, trying to speak while smiling, you have to speak wide smiling, you can do to that, you know the smile factor because no one is going to be seeing you but some of its not going to work. And that's what I do. It depends when I'm reading a book. Before that, I'd like to be extremely relaxed and no Overwatch. No way No outside world influence because if you get a tiny bit entertainment, your voice is going to suffer. And you have to be relaxed, and you have to be in the zone. And then you take the book and you read from it, and it sounds as it should sound. And they have it.
I don't know why, but I can just imagine when you're doing your evil recording, you have all the lights turned off, you have one little candle lit just to give that atmosphere
now replace the candle with my monitor. Exactly. Why did you see are you managing the guy just you know, sitting in the head because it's kind of a futuristic sci fi world but and, and he's really, really big in that word and everything. So I have to imagine him sitting and given those lines and just being kind of smug and calm about it. But everyone else is like furious and about his decisions and everything. So it's always that way. And I think also the goes writing the series is right in them according to how I sound which is really good. At the beginning, it wasn't like that. But the more I portray the character, the more the guy writes it as me, for me to be more precise, and that's really helping.
It always makes it a lot easier. No, you were mentioning yes
at the beginning, well not the beginning. But in this answered, just hear that the alteration of the voice has an impact if you had a long day and stuff like that, it might have an impact on your voice. So on that note, what is the best time of day for you to record is it in the morning, the afternoon, the evening? I have to laugh at times because of to account for the neighbors and everything. But usually when I'm recording something, it is either now it's after midnight, because I don't know if you can hear there is absolutely no noise. Everyone is asleep. That's perfect. So the amount of noise I need to cancel is minimalistic is just the sound of the computer for example to my right, or maybe some passing car that sometimes doesn't even happen especially in the winter, everyone is asleep. All I'd like to wake up really early in the morning and do it. And those two times one is because of the noise. And the second one is because of the fact that my vocal cords are rested. So if I want to sound extra, extra in the base side of things, I'll just do it as I woke up, I wake up, drink my tea, some honey in it, and just get right into the thing that I have to do. After some, you know, vocal warm ups.
We should have done this podcast in the morning for you then you would have sounded better like we would have both sound better so I would have to wake up a lot earlier since the time difference but we would both have deeper and nice and smoother voices. But ya know for you, what would you say are some misconceptions about people who do
voice acting, I've talked about this a little bit earlier, but people think that you just said when I was at and you read and that's all there is to know, there's so much things you need to do. It's so exhausting to be honest. And even the people who are directing me doesn't even tell me how many times I need to do it. Sometimes I do something 1520 times, not even sending the, the, you know, the recording to someone, I just do 1520 times and listen, it's not sounding right, I didn't breathe right other see, you know, I'm this particular place. My words are coming too slow, too fast and all those things. So, even without proper direction, I'm already spending a ton of time just to do something that is presentable. And it also applies to what we also talked about earlier, is the you know, because I am good impressions. That means I'm just going to go you know, and be a voice like no you have Yeah, you're probably talented. goes without saying you probably had the talent. But talent without a proper guidance would like guidance is nothing. Yes, you can do a joking impression, for example, but what would that be good for you, you could do it for the Joker, but you can't employ it in where you need to employ it. So, like I said, you work with your own voice. You start with that you go do acting, you go do you theater, you have to, you know, be there with the audience and see the reactions of the director and everything. And then when you have a level, you can just start doing the other voices. And you know, people don't think about this, but it's just thought knowledge is going to change so much about how you think about things. It is interesting. Sometimes I do catch a lesson here and there. And I'm like, Whoa, is that how you Do these things. Some people would even teach you how to put your tongue in your mouth so that the noise will come correctly. And you try it and you are blown away. You know, people don't pay attention to, you know, why would I do acting classes? Trust me. I do remember a lesson taught by it was Morgan Freeman and the guy who did the book laugh about man's book. was the guy always from the I forget the name of it. The guy from England.
From the brother Batman's brother, right?
Yeah, Batman. Yes.
I don't know. I know exactly who you're talking about. But yeah, you keep talking. I'll look it up and and I'll tell you what it is.
Yeah, so he was talking about how to keep an eye contact when you talk to someone so that the camera will capture you in a person perfect position. And the trick is, you don't look up both eyes, you look at one eye, and the other eye is where the camera is. So, one the cameraman is shooting you, you will look like you're looking at the actor. And the thing is your positioning will allow you to not have, I don't know, you've probably seen some movies where someone was some, they have in that discussion on some something one on one, and you see their eyes going left and right and up and down. And all those things. Sometimes they look at the nose, sometimes they look tonight in the mold, and I know that their eyes are all over the place is that they don't have a particular training. So when you watch one of those movies from Morgan Freeman or anything, when he's looking at someone, his eyes are fixed, and they are in a perfect angle because actually the trick is one eye is looking at the camera and the eyes looking at the actors. And then you deliver and everything is Just perfect when you do it and when you film yourself doing it you're like holy cow, that is something so these are the things that we need to account for these are why I say we need acting classes It is such an important thing
if the simple things but yet they're complicated some masters
Oh yes. Now he's just like details like you overlook you think you work in hard enough but no, someone has knowledge and someone is going to give you that knowledge that will give you a huge boost.
And it's only with experience that you will be able to get better. Now to answer the question about the Batman Butler, Michael Caine,
It's always in my head, but I'm really really weak with names I always forget. I'm surprised that I remember the name of Hugo Weaving which is much more complicated than you know Michael Caine. But
I think we're my band probably had a bigger impact on you. But you know what, there's so many names in the world where we can't We cannot remember all them, but we know we can remember a lot, but not all of them. So Oh yeah, it's okay. It's okay to forget some and enter learn it later on. Now for you has voice acting ever stressed you out.
On the contrary, you know, even though sometimes you need to be angry to deliver something, and that probably has a tiny bit of strain. I'm actually having the most fun when I'm doing those things. When I'm in that character, when I'm in that word, when I'm feeling like I'm doing something I'm advancing, maybe this project is going to prepare me somewhere. So that's my thought. And every time I get a project, I just throw myself into it, because it's so interesting. I am the scholar learning I'm not someone trying to do a job for example, I'm not getting paid for these things. I just doing those to be learning to be acquiring experience. So it's always something that my eager to do. I'm always Looking forward to it when I have a project, I'm always thinking about it when I'm outside doing my shopping everything. Maybe I should do this, maybe I should do. It's always more exciting than stretching for me.
No, I like that approach. But I would imagine it let's say sometimes you're working on a project. And there's just one line you cannot get, no matter how many times you try. What's your process to take a break and try it again? Do you take a long one day break? Or do you take a little 15 minute break? And then come back to it or get some tea? Or what is your process to try to get back onto the project?
Oh, that actually happened to me pretty recently. It was this line I was trying to learn, and I wouldn't ever even consider that it will happen to me. I don't know what happens in the brain. But it happened that when you see someone in a blooper or something, and they keep messing things up and seeing things backwards, I kept doing that. You just my brain farted or something. I was more amazed and stressed but I always was a bit, you know, kind of frustrated. But why did is say one word after the other, and then save them slowly and go faster and faster, faster until you reach normal speed. But sometimes you just get a tiny bit more frustrated, and you take walk. And luckily, like I said, I need my, my, my real life is kind of dominated me and I need to go do shopping and everything. So sometimes I just need to stop the project and go do something outside. And that's really good. That's really helpful. Just, you shouldn't just be honored percent into something. Sometimes you need to stop and think and that's why I do.
It's a very good approach. It should be applied for so many things in life, not just voice acting, just literally everything. If you're getting stress, take a break, come back to it and do it later.
I think this comes from a tiny bit from Oh has the truck.
Yes, like I said, there's just one sometimes less
it's just coming from my own experience in video games to be honest, it's something I learned throughout trial and error. You can't just be always stressing yourself trying to learn something sometimes just stop, go outside and stop doing that activity.
And they have it it's kind of like the idea that the less you think about it, the better it will be in certain certain cases. Like without thinking too hard just give it a try and then boom, it's magic. 100% right there.
I see me nation.
Now for you Do you want to present this hobby to the world are using more as an escape from reality?
So it's interesting because part of me one No, not really. I know it's like a secret stuff that I do. I don't talk to many people about it, except for my one friend who does this. So I have some other friends who knows that I am trying to be a voice actor and everything but I will never talked about this. We they don't care. So part of me want to show this to the world. Especially where I live where this thing's doesn't happen. But I want to wait until I am ready until I have a successful enough projects, and I want to do that. But at the same time, I don't want outside influence, you know, people to start into the flock left and right to me, I just want to be me and never change. I feel like I'm talking
to myself right now.
Because I have the exact same approach. I don't want to take too much influence from other people. I want to just come out this and do it myself. And when I'm ready for the world, they'll be ready. But for now, just take it slow. There's no rush. I'm just trying to perfect myself. know you've talked about this at the beginning and a little bit in the middle. You've always gave like a bunch of tips and advice, but I'm going to ask it again, for one big piece. Do you have any word of advice for anybody who might be interested? So if you had to give one big piece of advice, what would it be?
to work hard, work hard is the number one advice for basically anything you think is going to be impossible. When you think something is impossible. When someone tells you that someone something is impossible, that's exactly when you need to do it. Because probably you can do it because that's the thing. You just need to be there. You just need to do it. And there is going to be challenges, there's going to be a lot of challenging, but with working hard, you can do those challenges. those obstacles are no longer going to matter. If you work hard, if you be in the zone, and if you perfect your craft, eventually it's going to pay out. So don't just go and do something haphazardly. If you want to be something be something, don't just think, Okay, I'm going to do that I'd never do it or just go and do some recording left and right and never think about you know Researching or all those things, if you want to be a voice actor, you have to understand that there is so many with a package is not just you in a studio recording to the to this big company and then getting paid. Now it's a lot of work. It's a lot of, you know, classes, it's a lot of knowledge you need to take in, in order to become better. So work hard, learn, and be open to possibilities. This is my big advice. And when you say like that with that voice, how can nobody How can somebody say no, I don't want to listen to you, of course, you know, listen to you, you're, you're delivering it with so much passion and so much dedication. So, I'm listening to this right now, man, you know what? Yep, yeah, this is my new goal. I gotta satisfy I gotta look up back into making yagami proud. It's like I do. I did talk to someone who's in the United States. And he's like, No, no, it's not gonna work. out like I use serious brother. You're in the epicenter of things you can do, you have so many options. And yet you already given up I you crazy. Please go take some classes. And then when you fail, you fail, you just try your best. I am in a position where I cannot do any of those things. I would love to do those things I can't even not even you know, to to do to do to have a work in the future. I just want to do those things because I love doing those things. And yet here you are giving up should never give up.
I had a guest on my previous episode where we talked and he said, You only fail if you don't learn. Oh, yes, that's the only type of failure. So as long as you learn and walk away learning something new, then you haven't really failed. You've only prepared yourself to succeed the next time Next time you try. Undoubtedly now, the beginning of the interview, you talked about this, I'll ask it again. Do you have any social media links or websites that you would like to share so people can learn more about you and follow your projects and support you? Oh again,
my main hub is YouTube, YouTube slash all things space yakka. Me, we're not space in our space and sponsored by, you know, all things space era, but it's a kind of a placeholder, I need to change it at one point. But for now, whatever. That's why you can find all my projects, all my demos are my lots of plays and all those things that I think are win. And then you can also find me streaming on Twitch, it's twitch.com slash, Mr. yagami. I switch of the other day every two days, three days on and so on and so forth. Other than that, my Facebook page is all things yagami. And my Twitter is at yagami as well as my Instagram. So there you have it,
perfect. The only reason why I asked it twice so people can have it at the beginning. And if they listen all the way to the end, you can say oh my goodness, I still want to subscribe I still want to follow so they get double the chance to listen to it. So perfect. I'll put all that in the description below so people can go follow with support like link Whatever you guys do on the internet, DO IT support my friend yagami. And yeah, so for the last question, do you have any questions for me about voice acting? But to be honest,
I don't know. What would you recommend to me is the always is the question that always is, in my on my mind, what would you recommend for me? Is that some sort of a website that I should go to, in order to register? Is there someone that gives stuff for free I should go and, you know, swallow up all those things that I am always eager to, you know, either learn or partake in and everything. So, whenever I find someone in the domain, do guide me somewhere, when I can present myself for example, or work on something or learn something.
Um, so to answer your question, I don't actually have anything I can offer because I feel like you're the expert right now. You're the first voice actor I spoke to and you knocked it out the park. You're amazing. The only thing I guess I could give is, like I mentioned in the podcast, I found this voice acting opportunity on Reddit. And what I think I'll do from now on, if I ever see everything or anything about voice acting, I'm going to link it to you. Whether you saw it or not already, I'm just going to link everything because I'm a huge supporter of people following their passions and their dreams and their hobbies. So I don't know if I'm really answering your question. But if I ever do find some degree, a plus, if I ever do find something online regarding voice acting, I'm going to send it your way, because I want to see you succeed. I really do. That's great. Thank you very much. So there you have it. Another body with the hobby. Thank you, Mr. yagami. for coming on and just wowing just being amazing. Just your voice. Usually I'm the one with the deep voice now you out deep my deep voice.
To be honest, I was and sit I'm extremely nervous. I noticed I made a ton of mistakes. You wouldn't realize and when someone doesn't speak the language Like, oh god, did I just repeat myself? Oh god, did I just pronounced something, you know, in a wrong way and like terrifies me. So I hope I did good. And I hope I was in a certain level that people would appreciate it. And thank you so much for having me. Well, first of all,
your English is fantastic. And you said, it's your fourth language. Come on, you got to give yourself you got to give yourself a pat on the back for that. That's amazing. I would have never guessed that. And also, whenever people come on my podcast, I'm the one who screws up more, so no need to worry. I make all the mistakes. So you're the one who's beautiful. I'm the one who's like stumbling and mumbling. So you're you did fantastic, man. Thanks a lot. Thanks a lot. So once again, if you guys want to learn more about Mr. yagami, you can go check them out on all the social media links, they'll be in the description below. So you can go check that out. And of course, if you'd like to be on my podcast or have any questions at all, you could send me an email at Tom for your firstname.lastname@example.org and of course, if you think this episode is going to be helpful for anybody, they might be going through a hard time. And you know what voice acting can be a wonderful thing. You know, just let that inner expression and just express yourself vocally and just be a new person or even be a new you and try new things because voice acting can be fun. It can be really fun. You can try different things Anyways, I'm just I'm really bad. I'm not the best at it. So leave it up to this, y'all give me if you have any questions for him. I'm sure he'd be more than happy to help you out. And yeah, thank you so much again. Thank you. So Until the next episode, make some time for your hobby. Take care.