When discussing favorite video game voice actors, it's quite hard to go without mentioning Yuri Lowenthal. His contributions to the voice acting industry are limitless. His resume includes characters such as The Prince from Prince of Persia : Sands of Time, Cecil Harvey from Dissidia, Ryouji Mochizuki from Persona 3 and so on.
Gaming Union was lucky enough to catch an interview with Mr. Lowenthal and answer some questions posted by GU forum members. His responses can be found below.
GamingUnion.net: What was it like to reprise your role as the Prince in the Prince of Persia?
Yuri Lowenthal:A dream come true. I have always loved playing the Prince and It'll always be a joy to come back. Hopefully I'll get to do it againâ€¦ But it was also nerve wracking because I didn't want to disappoint the fans of the series. It's a daunting task to try and recapture the PoP:SoT magic...
GU: 6 Projects underway and most are Live-Action : Are you moving in a new direction away from Video Games?
Yuri: Nope. I'll still do everything. Acting in video games allows me to exercise a certain muscle, but if I don't do stage acting, or TV or film as well, I feel somehow incomplete. Hey, I take it where I can get it. We as actors don't always get to choose...
GU: What are some tips you could provide for aspiring voice actors?
Yuri: That's a long conversation that is best answered by checking out the book Tara and I wrote, Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic (www.voiceovervoiceactor.com), but here are a few simple things almost anyone can start with:
1) Read aloud. It may sound simple, but it works. Read anything: a newspaper, a comic book, a textbook, an advertisement a little bit every day.
2) Study acting anywhere you can. We've found that the people who make it in this business are really good actors, not just people who can do some funny voices. So take drama classes , do local theatre, make movies with your friends, take singing lessons, martial arts, it all helps.
3) Listen to the radio/TV/Video Games and really pay attention to what voices are working. What is it about them that makes them memorable to you? What are their qualities? Ask you friends to describe your voice by using three adjectives so you can begin to hone in on what your voice says to others.
Razgriz: Do you have a personal favorite video game you wish to work on, but haven't been asked yet?
Yuri: Tons. Dead Space, Read Dead Redemption, Left 4 Dead are but a few. The list goes on and on...
Zero: Are you fluent in Japanese?
Yuri: Yes. Pretty much. I haven't been back in a while, so I'm sure some of it's gotten rusty, but when I deal with Japanese clients it seems to work just fine.
Sillcher: Do you prefer voicing in anime or video games?
Yuri: I like them both for different reasons, although I will say that video games generally pay more.
Sillcher: What is the most memorable thing that has ever happened to you relating to a fan?
Yuri: Memorable things happen thanks to fans all the time. Mostly because I'm a fan as well. But once a fan confided in me that she had been in a very dark place in her life but her discovery of a character that I played allowed her to pull out of it because she was able to appreciate that the character was going through similar things. I love that my performance (and the writing, etc.) was actually able to help someone, as opposed to just sell toys...
aznriku: What were the processes involved in writing the book "Voice Over Voice Actor"?
Yuri: It was about a year-long process for Tara and I to write the book, and much of that was learning how to actually publish a book! Much of the material in the book came from having answered similar questions over and over for people, both fans and friends.
Nadia: What game or anime did you enjoy working on the most?
Yuri: I couldn't pick just one, but some of my favorites are Naruto, Gurren Lagann, Code Geass, Robotech, Afro Samurai, Ben 10: Alien Force, Legion of Superheroes, Prince of Persia, Bioshock 2...
Nadia: Of all the characters you've voiced, which would you say is your favorite?
Yuri: Also impossible, but I do love Sasuke, The Prince, Ben, Superman & Kuma.
Nadia: What was it like working with big gaming companies like Square Enix and Ubisoft?
Yuri: I love that they put a lot of time and energy into making great games. It makes it much easier to be proud of the games I work on.
riku: How much do you adjust your voice when switching from characters such as Cecil and Sasuke?
Yuri: Sometimes very little and sometimes a lot. It all depends on the character. While my voice may be similar from character to character, every character is different and helps me create their own personal voice. But they're always part of me. For Sasuke I have to go to a dark place, for sure...
CielTynave: Do you watch/play most of the anime/video games you have roles in?
Yuri: I wish! I try, but I don't always have the time or the money. It's sad because I am a big fan of the types of projects I work on. Even before I got into this business.
akisura12: How long does the recording process usually take?
Yuri: Recording sessions usually last from 1-4 hours, and depending on the project and my role in it, I can finish in one session, or it may take many more.
We would like to thank Yuri for taking the time to answer these questions. To find out more about Yuri, check out his official site.