Chuck and Stacey are thrilled to welcome the accomplished anime, video game, animation voice actor, Theatre/TV/Film actor, voice director and dialect expert, JB Blanc to the show. JB talks about growing up in North Yorkshire, England graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, touring extensively in the UK with the National Theatre and landing a plum role in the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo, which brought him to America just 10 days before the 9/11 attacks.
He talks about how his theatre training, talent for improvisation and adapting to the physicality and tone of dialects and accents has helped him as a voice actor and voice director working in, among many other projects, the anime series Helsing with Crispin Freeman. JB offers advice to actors about building their acting chops and the importance of character development before adding layers of accents and dialects. He breaks down the fundamental differences of speaking in an American accent versus a British accent and takes viewers on an amazing tour of the different regions of England by way of their different accents.
JB and Chuck reminisce about first meeting in 2002 when they worked together on JB’s first commercial voiceover demo and JB tells the story of how changing his voiceover representation to the Arlene Thornton Agency changed the course of his career. He also shares the experience he had working on two episodes of the hit AMC television series, Breaking Bad, one of Chuck’s all time favorite shows.
Another fave is Beware The Batman!
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