With Ninja-Con coming up quickly, we decided to interview Richard Epcar, the man of 500 voices and counting. We asked him about his favorite characters, his start in the industry, and his side career as a video producer. He will be appearing at Ninja-Con this year! Keep your eyes peeled and ears up because you never know if he will be right next to you..
How does it feel to be known as the man of 500 voices?
It feels great! it would feel better to be the man of a 1000 voices. But the way things are going, that should be soon!
Of all the characters you’ve voiced for, which one is your favorite?
Well as you said, I’ve done over 500 characters and they all have a place in my heart. But if I had to pick just a few, I’d say Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker, Raiden in Mortal Kombat, Amsem in Kingdom Hearts, Jigen in Lupin the Third and Ziggy in Xenosaga!
You’re the only Voice Actor to have played the same character in both the original Japanese language and English dub version (Xenosaga Series). As well as voiced Inspector Koichi Zenigata and Daisuke Jigen in Lupin The 3rd, we’re all dying to know – what’s your secret?
I smell really good! No, I’ve been very fortunate and I’m a very hard worker. And I love what I do!
How did you get started in the Industry? What was your big break?
My wife Ellyn Stern brought me into a voice audition about 30 years ago. I booked it and never stopped working. From that I was cast in Robotech, and the rest is history.
Alongside your career as a Voice Actor-Director, you also own a voice production company. Can you tell us more about that?
Ellyn and I owe Epcar Entertainment. We’ve been incorporated for 12 years and we direct, write, and produce a bunch of voice projects for all the big studios. We do games, animation and foreign film dubbing. And we’ve worked on a bunch of Academy Award winners!
So many people in this new generation want to be where you are now. What advice could you give them to reach such aspirations?
Go to medical school. No, seriously if this is something you really want to do, you can do it. But you have to become the best actor you can be. Train like an athlete training for the Olympics.It’s a super competitive business, you want to be sure you’re competitive when you go into audition. You also need to find your own voice. It’s what makes you unique that will make you stand out from the crowd! Be professional, show up on time, be easy to work with and if you have talent, you will get work! Good Luck!