Advice from the Pros: Kara Edwards

Just wanted to share some advice from the lovely and talented Kara Edwards (whose voice anime fans will recognize from characters she voiced on DragonBall Z), with some recent excerpts from her blog:

– On “the importance of being likable”:

Last week an ‘anonymous’ LA Agent put a comment on Twitter that actors should always remember the importance of being likable. I couldn’t agree more! We’ve all worked with someone that came across not so likable, and it can really leave a lasting impression.

Now, imagine being the client with a job on the line! It makes everyone’s lives easier when we act professional, reliable, and yes…likable.

However, you don’t want to ONLY be likable when you are behind the mic. As I always like to say, you never know where your next job is coming from.

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So, should we all be likable in the hopes of scoring a gig, or impressing someone that knows our work? No. We should all be likable because it’s the right thing to do- and it makes the world a better, brighter place. Everything else is just icing on the cake!

– On what voice acting and gambling have in common:

I’ve spoken with many voice actors over the past year that are frustrated with how their business is going. Some want more work, some want different work, some are questioning if this is the right business for them. The truth is, voice acting is a profession that not everyone can succeed in. You need a thick skin to weather the storms, perseverance to keep planting seeds, and trust to just let mother nature take her course. You have to take the tough times, and turn them around.

And here’s a few YouTube links of Kara in action:

KYLE TV (interview @ Animazement 2007 by Kyle Hebert)
“Coach” Commercial for Charlotte Metro Credit Union
Charlotte Metro “Fee Pig”

And on a related note, I’ve been meaning to post an update regarding the article I wrote on the passing of Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse). I continued to add links to other tributes following mine (and will continue to do so), including a very moving one written by Kara which I heartily recommend reading to all Wayne’s fans.

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