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Podcast EP 180: How David Kaye Got into Voice Acting for Animation

The veteran voice actor discusses how he got his start in animation, and how others with a knack for making voices can do the same; he provides tips for improving voice acting skills and shares how many auditions it takes to actually book a gig.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are and what they learned along the way. Now home to 180 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design.

Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

His most recent interview is Episode 180: How David Kaye Got into Voice Acting For Animation

This episode features David Kaye, voice actor “extraordinaire.” Throughout his career, Kaye has worked on TV shows and movies including Transformers, He-Man, Ben 10, Ducktales, Up, Scooby Doo, and Eternals, plus video games like Assassin’s Creed, Ratchet and Clank, Call of Duty, and Kingdom Hearts. In this chat, Kaye shares how he got his start in voice acting, transitioned into animated films, TV shows, and video games, and how anyone else with a knack for making voices can do the same.

Tune in to Ibele and Kaye to hear:

  • Five simple tips to improve your voice acting
  • How many auditions Kaye does in a week to land just one client
  • How stable a career voice acting is for those just starting out

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Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design, and animation.

In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.