John Walker [johnwalker]
How did you begin acting?
I began with a voice role for an online fighting game project I didn't have the tools nor the experience to back me up. I was easily taken out of the voice hunt. Fast forward to 2009, I lost my primary job and was out of work. I found a forum in which people had dozens of projects that had to due with voice acting. There was one that stood out to me that I enjoyed. I thought I could go with a minor role seeing as that's how most talent begins off. So I auditioned for the roles but as I was about to leave the forum, I spotted another role in that same project. I saw the description of the role in which I had to preform a pirate's voice and simply maintain it for the rest of the series. I didn't hesitate and auditioned.
A few weeks later I gotten an e-mail from the producer stating that he did not choose me for the first two roles but loved the third role which was the pirate's voice. Ever since then I caught the acting bug.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
Would say that acting became something important when I was in high school.
Please list an Internet address where one can see something about you.
Please list the most important or defining jobs of your career.
I would have to say the start of it all with Hook, a Halo 3 Machinima. It gave me the key to open the gate of voice acting.
Please list any famous performances that have helped you in reference to your evolution in acting.
For Hook, my idea was to be just like any ol' regular pirate that was seen on TV.
Please list three actors and three actresses that you like.
There's too many to list but overall my favorite is James Cagney. Michael Emmerson is also another astounding actor.
What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
Warm up my voice, read the lines and try to get myself into the character as much as possible.
What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
I shoot for the original projects simply because I can be a unknown character and morph it into being something important and different. With fandubs, all the info is displayed for the voice actor. People will know how they act if they seen that character before and try to focus on that character's voice. Not with me unfortunately, I like original characters and give them life to make them stand out from the usual.
What type of communication do you normally establish with directors?
Just basic e-mail chatter and skype conversations. I don't really talk to them that much unless they want redone lines or other ideas about the script.
What is the archetypal character in which you tend to be typecast?
I thought I could of been second fiddle to the main character. I always shoot for a major roles, most likely the main character of a story. I don't know why I go for it but I enjoy playing these roles a lot.
Has there been a role that has been especially difficult for you?
As of right now not really. The only one I can imagine would be Indigo from Hook because I didn't want to mess up the voice at all and it was my first major role in a series. So there was a lot of pressure on getting it right.
Do you see yourself working in this field in twenty years?
yes definitely. This is something I wanted to do recently and living in the tri-state area helps out a lot. And I hope that most of the people on the forums will also be there with me.
What do you do to kill time during waiting periods at casting calls?
I would tell you but I'll keep it a secret. lol.
Are you continuing to educate yourself through acting classes, seminars, or other courses? Do you combine this with your normal job?
There is a web workshop online that I attend but I don't know if my community college has anything on it. I'll have to look further into it.
Is there any fetish role you haven't interpreted yet, but that you have in your head to do one day?
hopefully a psychotic role will jump my way. I can do a pretty crazy laugh.
According to your experience, please describe the best and worst of each medium: cinema, theatre, television.
pros: Great way to start off your career regardless of regular acting or vocal acting.
cons: Dying breed. I has a play house a few towns down that is getting shut down due to the hard times in the economy.
pros: watched by many, good way to explore your creative side.
cons: really that Nealson ratings thing pisses me off. It's only in a few select homes how does that determine what gets canceled and what stays.
pros: great for the masses, make tons of money, big budget
cons: expensive movie tickets will drive people away.
Is there any scene or role that you would never interpret due to personal morals, principles, or taboos?
no, everything's on the table as far as things of that nature are concerned.
Could you say that your tools as an actor pertain to a certain school or concrete method?
can't really say for certain.
Which director would you like to read this interview? What type of role would you like for him/her to offer you?
Anybody looking for a voice actor and that can give me a job lol. I wouldn't mind what kind of role is given just as long as my name gets out there.
Have you ever thought of giving up on the profession? If yes, when and why?
Not right now. But if I had to, it would be for how tough it is to get into the business.
One personal reason why to keep doing this work
fans. tons and tons of fans and regular people watching your shows. Doing conventions, people noticing you. Okay I went off on a tangent there but all of that condenses into the fans.
How do you feel when people recognise you on the street?
Well not many recognize me but I do tell my friends and they all think it's awesome that I'm doing this.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in acting?
Stick to your guns, work hard. That is how dreams are achieved.