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Exclusive Interview: Richard Epcar, Man of 500 Voices

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! 

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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!