Chuck and Stacey continue their interview with respected kids animation coach Tony Gonzales, founder of Kids VO Productions in Los Angeles. Tony speaks to the expectations of young talent in the voice over industry and the vocal challenges young male voice actors face when going through puberty. He talks about how he helped his student, Zach Callison capture the voice of his character, Steven on Steven Universe and shares why he’s often called upon by networks like Nickelodeon and Disney to help actors work through vocal difficulties.
Tony recommends things like tea and Entertainer’s Secret spray, an industry standard and proud sponsor of VO Buzz Weekly, to help keep your voice healthy. He explains how his journey in acting began with theatre and improvisation, and lead to working in casting at Disney TV Animation. Realizing he wanted to work more closely with talent, Tony considered becoming an agent but was guided by respected peers to pursue his calling as a coach.
Tony talks about the importance of working with a coach that knows what the industry is asking for and the importance of knowing when you’re ready to make a voice over demo. He offers some lessons he’s learned that have helped him in his career, some of the wisdom he passes along to his students and their parents about working in the industry, and some things to do and to avoid doing at auditions or callbacks.
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