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Exclusive Interview: Darrel Guilbeau

We ask voice actor, Darrel Guilbeau, a few questions about his nomination for Best Vocal Ensemble, his favorite character, his influences. He appeared at the FanFilm Awards as a guest reader for charity. We hope to see him at Ninja-Con too!

In 2010, you were nominated for Best Vocal Ensemble in the Anime: Durarara!! How has your journey been as a Voice Actor?
Funny you should ask as ‘DuRaRaRa x2’ has once again been nominated by BTVA for Best Vocal Ensemble. Despite any recognition, I think the journey of being a voice actor is not always an easy one! It is a constant of always looking for your next job. However, I love being on this trek. Am very grateful for every opportunity afforded me to work as an actor.

Which is your favorite character you’ve voiced for?
That is always a difficult question for a voice actor! I personally have a different affinity for each character I’ve voiced. But I will single out Mikado from ‘Durarara. I’ve really enjoyed inhabiting the character of Mikado and going along on his twisted journey in Ikebukuro and as I answer this question I still have 2 last episodes to record. Has also been a thrill to be a part of an ensemble of so many fantastical characters, talented voice actors and directors.

Who were your influences, starting out in your career?
As an actor I was heavily influenced by old black and white classic films. Also gritty performances by such actors as Al Pacino & Robert DeNiro. And of course theater from American playwrights to Shakespeare. I never expected I would end up in the world of voice acting!

You’ve performed a live reading for the FanFilm Awards. What’s it like to perform for charity?

I enjoy being able to use my acting as a means to contribute to worthwhile causes. I’ve also been a part of Read to Kids to encourage literacy in local Los Angeles schools. As well as a staged reading performance to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. As a Voice Actor, what do you recommend people starting out in this industry should expect in their upcoming career? If you really want to do this, you need to expect to be in it for the long haul. It doesn’t happen overnight and there is no guarantee for any actor to have a long term career. Everyone’s path is different. But get as much acting experience and cold reading skills as you can. This will help you to have the confidence you need to get through the difficult times and to be ready when your opportunity does comes. May we ask what other animes you’ll be in next? A sneak peek, perhaps? I do have a series now playing in english on HBO Family throughout Asia called ‘Heroes Legend of the Battle Disks’. I play the arrogant Gaeru. Hope it comes to America soon.In the non anime world, I have a role in the film “LBJ” starring Woody Harrelson due out fall of 2016. Hopefully more to come!
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Welcome Our Musical Guests

This year in Ninja-Con, we are honored to present you our Musical Guests!

NAKITORA

6407496_origNAKITORA (lit. “Crying Tiger”) was founded in 2014 by two former members of the band REOG: Matt Pick and Duan Damais. With a high octane J-Rock influenced energy and unapologetic commerciality, Crying Tiger is not quite like anything you have ever seen before: Wild; Sensitive; Bi-lingual; Bi-shounen… that’s Crying Tiger.

MATT PICK is well-known as a foreign correspondant (‘shikyokuin’) on NTV’s long running ‘Waratte Koraete!!’ television program. He comes from a theatrical background, having starred in the Hollywood premiere of Jonathan Larson’s RENT as Roger.

DUAN DAMAIS is the best guitar player on Earth. He is said to be the second coming of Les Paul. No one has ever refuted this. In Indonesia, he is known as “Ghost Lion.”

MIDNIGHT SHINIGAMI

maxresdefaultIn late 2010, six people met and combined their passion for music and anime, giving creative birth to the band called Midnight Shinigami. Hailing from different parts of the world, Midnight Shinigami’s members are just as diverse as their musical influences and playing styles. From soft ballads to hard-driving metal, they’re sure to have something in their repertoire that’ll make anyone drop dead in pure aural bliss.

LIBRARY BARDS

librarybardsposterThe Library Bards:
The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds). They take Top 40 hits and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! With their catchy tunes and nerdy lyrics, the @LibraryBards will be bringing you into the #BardLife in no time!
xanderposterXander Jeanneret:
Xander Jeanneret is an actor, voiceover artist, and reality personality living in Hollywood, CA. He was a fan-favorite finalist on the hit TBS show, King of the Nerds (Season 2), and returned to host behind the scenes segemnts of Season 3. Xander also provided the voice of the “Announcer” on the hit indie fighting game, Divekick, the English voice for the main character of “Shogo” in the live action Japanese movie “The Final Judgement”, the old man “Delani” in the anime “The Mystic Laws”, and for “Zampa” in the MMORPG “DragonNest.”
You can catch Xander performing at comic and pop culture conventions across the country with his band partner Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest) as the nerdy parody band The Library Bards! (Follow @LibraryBards on all social media)
bonnieposter2Bonnie Gordon:
Although recently seen on many different screen projects and web series, Bonnie is most recognized for her time on ABC’s inventively fun fantasy/reality show, The Quest (now streaming on Netflix!) If her face doesn’t seem familiar to you, then perhaps her voice will… From video games to anime, some of her voiceover credits include Street Fighter V (Rainbow Mika), Ikki Tousen (Soujin); Akiba’s Trip (PS3); Guided Fate Paradox PS3 (Frunetti/Misery); Demon Gaze for PSVita (Comit, Chronos, and Pluto).
Bonnie’s most recent project includes her best friend, Xander Jeanneret, from TBS’s King of the Nerds! Together they’ve created The Library Bards (@LibraryBards on Social Media)– a nerd parody band that takes top 40 hits and transforms them into nerdy, geektastic tunes.
Her future plans include living off of cheese plates and world domination.

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Catch our Musical Guests at Ninja-Con 2016!

June 4, 2016 | Saturday | ninja-conla.org
244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90013