This year's Comic-Con was filled to the brim with more celebrities than ever before, faces you could recognize from a thousand yards away. Of course, it was also packed with famous, beloved actors that even most hard-core nerds wouldn't recognize, simply because they've never seen their faces. I'm talking about the people who give life to your favorite cartoons and video game characters, voice actors. Today, we have an interview with one such actor (and film maker) who has lent his voice to such classic game series as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Red Faction and Saints Row and current cartoon sensations like The Emperor’s New School, Justin Cowden.
What inspired you to want to do voice acting?
I always loved cartoons! You name it, I watched it; Hanna Barbara, Rankin and Bass, Looney Toons, Mel Blank was the King! But there was actually a moment when I was about eight years old. I grew up in Culver City and they were filming Matlock on my street. I got to meet Kenny Holiday. And when I found out that he was the voice of RoadBlock on GI.Joe, I went nuts. Not only was he the coolest, this guy was the biggest celebrity to me. I haven't seen him since, and I don't think he knows what he did for me. He inspired me. I wanted to be like him.
How did you get your start?
I kind of fell into voice acting. I had gone into an audition for a radio spot. They asked me if I did Spanish, which I do. After that, they sent me up against a bunch of little kids to play a little Latino boy on a cartoon, knowing that my voice wouldn't change and I was an adult. The producers hired me for Ozzy and Drix on Kids WB. That was where I met all my mentors and heroes: Pat Fraley, Rob Paulson, Jeff Bennett, Phill Lammar, Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Alanna Ubach,Tasia Valenz, Billy West, and Jess Harnell. And that was only a few!!
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