We interviewed voice actor Dashawn Ricks!


We not too long ago spoke with Dashawn Ricks on voice appearing. We discuss objectives, the business, and what being a voice actor actually means. Supporting indie creators is what All Ages of Geek is all about, and this dialog was proper up our alley.

1. What initially impressed you to change into a creator, and the way has that inspiration developed all through your inventive journey?

Nice query! What impressed me to change into a creator was my love for films and video video games. My very first undertaking was a giant bros machinima on YouTube known as Brawl Universe and in that small group of individuals have been individuals with ardour and drive to only create issues, regardless of how foolish it appears to others. If you happen to’re accustomed to the time period ‘Machinima’, it is principally a reputation for individuals who use a online game engine to create memes, brief tales, or well-crafted amvs/edits for his or her channels! I beloved all that rising up as a child.

2.Are you able to share a particular second or expertise that sparked your ardour to your present inventive undertaking?

I believe the one second that basically sparked my ardour for my present inventive undertaking was listening to the voice actors on a undertaking known as “Smash King” on YouTube. In idea, it is so silly to listen to voice appearing coming from characters within the Smash Bros recreation, however – it really works? Solely to find that years later those self same voice actors would change into the giants we hear within the voice appearing group at the moment. Sean Chiplock, Kellen Goff, Kira Buckland, simply to call just a few huge names.

3. What challenges have you ever encountered as an indie creator, and the way have they formed your method to your work?

The largest problem I’ve encountered as a creator is just motivation and time. After school, I misplaced a lot of my editorial capability to provide the sequence that gave me a lot drive and keenness throughout my days 2011-2016. I attempted to fill that void with a voiceover as a result of that was the best factor to do on the time, as a result of I already felt like I had misplaced a lot time and that nobody would ever trouble coming to work once more to observe. However as voice appearing took maintain of me, I began to comprehend that I actually take pleasure in seeing individuals’s visions come to life in all of the YouTube work I see, whether or not it is fan-made or unique. I like seeing these tasks proceed stay. Possibly in the future I am going to come again to my very own undertaking, however for now I believe my method will assist others make their desires come true!

4. Are there any creators who’ve considerably influenced your model or method? How do you combine these influences into your individual distinctive voice?

If there’s anybody who has had a significant affect on me in my voiceover journey, it’s positively the one and solely Dave Fennoy. I’ve stated earlier than that video video games and flicks are my absolute favourite issues, however after I performed Telltale’s The Strolling Lifeless recreation years in the past, Dave’s efficiency as Lee Evertte made me love voice appearing greater than ever. A lot in order that every time I get the possibility to play a father determine, that is the voice I all the time return to after I carry out. Clearly I attempt to not mirror him an excessive amount of or simply do an impression of him, however he made such an affect on my life that I owe all of it to him why I needed my very own distinctive sounding voice on the earth discover. Thanks very a lot Dave Fennoy. I am sorry, however this query could be very private to me, as a result of whereas I can not say a lot proper now, there’s a motive why this query hits me so laborious…

5. How will you discover the steadiness between staying true to your creative imaginative and prescient and adapting to suggestions out of your viewers or collaborators?

The toughest half about being a creator is that not everybody will likely be a fan of your work. You’ll all the time discover criticism, whether or not you might be an indie director or voice actor. I believe one of the simplest ways to navigate that suggestions is to see the place individuals actually resonate together with your imaginative and prescient and modify the issues they do not like, however nonetheless keep true to what story YOU wish to inform. I believe this goes for film administrators too, whereas some films that I can not actually watch a second time, I nonetheless give them props for telling a narrative that they needed!

6. Are you able to keep in mind a memorable success story or milestone in your indie creator journey that could be a turning level for you?

I believe the one second that basically stands out to me because the second that claims, “I booked that” was after I acquired the function of Barian in Defenders of Alodia. Up till that time, I used to be both engaged on YouTube tasks alone or attempting to gentle the hearth to proceed my very own tasks. I by no means may have imagined that I’d find yourself in an indie animated sequence that was not solely directed by a black creator, but additionally attracted widespread curiosity from the indie scene. I believe at this level I spotted that… “Possibly I can do that factor professionally in spite of everything.”

7.What function do setbacks or failures play in your inventive course of, and the way do you overcome them to maintain transferring ahead?

They carry me again to actuality. Till Alodia, I used to be reserving work that I believed was so cool to be part of. And after I began getting ghosted or tasks and disappearing, I’ve by no means been extra disillusioned, not solely in myself, however in the truth that nobody will ever see that imaginative and prescient come to gentle. My largest drawback is that I am all the time trying ahead to one thing, setting the bar so excessive and setting my expectations for the very best and solely probably the most optimistic, endearing. And seeing them crumble or fail is what makes me beat myself up over them. I do not understand how a lot I can say about this, however I acquired a callback for 2 roles in a cellular recreation, and I’ve to inform you, I believed I had that within the BAG. The director favored my studying, I wore a shirt that suited the event to point out that I’m a nerd/fan identical to them. I felt so positive of myself, so when the cellular recreation launched and I by no means heard something once more, I used to be…. Effectively, I can not deceive you, I used to be devastated. That was most likely my largest failure as a voice actor, however truthfully I am glad I did not e book it. As a result of it form of introduced me again right down to earth, it made me understand that not all the things is about in stone for you and you need to preserve expectations low and transfer on to the following huge factor. Doorways will all the time be open for you in case you simply preserve transferring ahead!

8. How do you handle your time and vitality to keep up constant inventive output whereas juggling different elements of life?

I am nonetheless scuffling with that half to be trustworthy haha, I believe the most suitable choice for me is…. I solely dedicate sure days to voice appearing for myself and in between these days I give attention to myself and have my time for myself. It’ll take slightly longer to get used to this schedule as I’ve been sleeping higher these days resulting from this alteration in my day by day schedule. Now I simply should compensate for my large backlog of video video games and anime 😀

9. Have you ever discovered any sudden joys or rewards within the indie creator group, and the way has this contributed to your general expertise?

The sudden pleasure I get from the indie scene is a brand new sense of discovery. Since I have been within the indie group, I’ve found so many issues, not simply video video games but additionally animated sequence! It provides me pleasure to see so many individuals eager to convey their imaginative and prescient to life and share it with the remainder of the world!

10.If you happen to may give one piece of recommendation to aspiring creators, what wouldn’t it be, primarily based on the teachings you have discovered your self?

Go at your individual tempo. I can not stress that sufficient, do not feel like you need to play catch-up or be the primary of all the things. You don’t have any thought how a lot I needed to determine this out by myself and I want I knew this sooner. There’ll all the time be be just right for you as a voice actor, and the web is without end! When you’ve got one thing you wish to make, do it! However do not rush your work. It takes time to truly create one thing you really need, so be affected person!

11. What do you consider All Ages of Geek? What are some issues we have to change/do? What do you want about our web site?

Effectively to start with, very inventive title haha! There’s one thing very particular happening right here, I’ve truly been following you since I found you thru ‘I Married a Monster on a Hill’. And whereas I do know these are two separate issues, had I not been tremendous concerned within the indie and voice appearing scene I’d by no means have found from you guys. So that claims lots about how small the world actually is! I additionally love the redesign of the web site! I am glad to see the content material you set there!

12. Targets for 2024?

I truly preserve an inventory of objectives on my cellphone to look again at and see what I’ve completed, this 12 months is not any completely different! I am going to do my finest to do away with a few of them!

-File in knowledgeable studio
-New informal portrait photographs
-New interface
– Get solid in a combating recreation
-Anime debut
-ADR courses
-Online game reel on a console
-Interactive demo function

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