Voice Acting Mastery is a previously bi-weekly, now monthly podcast created by Crispin Freeman. In it, he discusses the voice acting industry and offers advice to up-and-coming actors. Crispin notes that it is called voice acting mastery rather than "learn to master voice acting" as voice acting is a skill that is a continual learning process, even for the pros (especially for the pros). He also frequently interviews other prominent voice actors and entertainment professionals to offer additional perspectives and advice. Since October 7th 2015 there has been a monthly Spin-Off series on the same website, Voice Acting Mastery Field Report, made by some of the younger professional voice actors Crispin has mentored.
The podcast reached its 100th episode on April 15th, 2015.
Notable guests in order of appearance:
- Wes Davis
- Jack Angel
- JB Blanc
- Melanie Chartoff
- Kimlinh Tran
- Edward Bosco
- Juan Carlos Bagnell
- Steve Blum
- Monica Rial
- Jennifer Taylor Lawrence
- Andrea Toyias
- Grace Rolek
- Scott Menville
- Phil LaMarr
- Richard Steven Horvitz
This podcast provides examples of and/or discusses:
- Affectionate Nickname: Apparently, Monica Rial is the only person outside of Crispin's family who's allowed to call him "Critter."
- Aroused by Their Voice: Monica Rial points out that Crispin sounds "like a very sexy man" during her interview.
- Ascended Fanboy: This mindset is heavily cautioned against by pretty much everyone who's mentioned the topic. Monica Rial in particular cites wearing an anime T-shirt in the Funimation studios as a guaranteed way to not get a call back.
- British Accents: Discussed at length by JB Blanc in his interview.
- Brutal Honesty: Given that this is a podcast about getting into the entertainment industry, it's frequently necessary.
- Classically Trained Extra: Crispin occasionally points out that he is ridiculously overtrained, especially in comparison to someone like Steve Blum who had essentially never taken an acting class in his life.
- Consummate Professional: Being one of these is a requirement in the cut-throat world of Hollywood.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The very first episodes seemed to have much looser scripting than the rest of the series.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Crispin to Jack Angel, and Scott Menville to Crispin.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor/Typecasting: According to Crispin, this is actually a good thing. It's strongly suggested that you first focus on mastering acting with your natural voice, and the character types it's suited for, before attempting to expand your range. The acting ability will transfer over.