Interview with a voice actor

I had a great opportunity to ask David Sobolov a few questions, David is a voice actor and has done a quite a few games and movies, including Enemey Terriotory: Quake Wars, Call of Duty 4, Command and Conquer 3 just to name a few.

Q: How did you get started in voice acting?

Back in 1994 or so I was making a living touring around singing bass in an a cappella group. Someone who had a connection to a voiceover agent heard my voice and recommended me. The very first gig I did was a trailer for a game at Radical in Vancouver called “Eurit” My first series role was “Vortech” on Fox. I had a hire a private plane to pick me up at a landing strip in a remote forest to get me back from a tour to start that show!

Q: How do you feel the industry treats the voice actors? Is there a difference in how you are treated between the two (video games vs movies)?

For the most part, it’s more low-drama than on-camera… fewer people milling around – sometimes just two or three behind the glass… a fun day at the office.

Q: For voice actors, is there more work involved with video games compared to animated movies?

I don’t know if the work is more involved, it’s just different. Usually in an animated feature, you have time with the script, and sometimes a rehearsal before recording. With videogames, there’s no advance prep, you have the game play lines to record… the cinematic scenes, then a library of sounds (screams, fight noises, etc.).

Q: Rumor has it you’re not a big gamer, is this true? Why?

You’re right. Maybe if one of the studios sends me an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 someday I’ll get started. 🙂 I’m kinda old-fashioned in some ways… I always say that the only drama I want in my life has a Screen Actors Guild contract attached. On the rare occasion I play, I like the Wii. It’s the only thing that gets me up and moving outside the gym.

Q: We feel video gaming is slowly making it’s way as a legitimate past time for both adults and kids, like reading and seeing a movie, what are your thoughts?

I agree. Videogames are the new Saturday morning cartoons for kids… and ultimately cheaper than going out for a family. With more elaborate home entertainment systems becoming affordable, they take the place of movies for some… and it’s something you can do with other people in the comfort of your own home. Gaming packs a lot of value in a small space and delivers a world-class entertainment experience.

Q: What is the best single advice you could give to an aspiring voice actor?

Learn to act, not just to do funny voices. Voice characterization is important, but Bob Bergen already has the Tweety gig. Unless you’re a DEAD-on voice match for a famous person or character, don’t put that on your demo. Be yourself… have fun… and do community theater or improv classes – they help a lot.

Thanks David!

If you have any more questions for David, he would be happy to answer them, just send us an e-mail! Also be sure to check out his website where you can see some clips of his work and his extensive resume!

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  • alana

    wow you guys are hitting the big time!

  • geoff daum

    Yep – I would agree with that.. Thanks for the line.