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I had many unforgettable experiences during my trip to DreamWorks Animation Studios, including the chance to lend my voice to a cartoon! After I watched an advance screening of Voltron: Legendary Defender, I was invited into the recording studio with showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery to record a voiceover. Being able to go behind the scenes and have the very creators of the show record my voice for their character was an opportunity you don’t get every day!
I was given my lines for the clip — I played the part of Shiro. The segment had already been recorded with the real Shiro’s voice actor, Josh Keaton, so I was instructed to listen for a series of beeps and say my lines at the same time as his. I was so excited to get into the booth for my cartoon debut!
I stepped into the recording booth with my lines and donned a pair of headphones so that I could listen for my cue. Trying to say the lines while I heard the same words simultaneously through the headphones was disorienting to me, and I missed the timing and jumbled up the words on my first couple of tries. When I was given my instructions for the re-take, Dos Santos joked, “We’re going to have you do it again, and this time, we’ll have you say ‘Form Voltron’ instead of ‘Firm vermin’!” I laughed that since the 1980s Voltron was overdubbed from a Japanese cartoon, I was just trying to recreate the original by making sure my dialogue didn’t match the mouth. 😉
Recording my lines was such a blast – what could be more fun than getting a chance to be Shiro and command Voltron, if only for a moment? So without further ado, here is my world premiere as a cartoon character: