TFormers: What made you decide to become an voice actor?David: I was always screwing around with my voice and always seemed to have a tape recorder with me when I was a kid....Little did I know I'd actually be paid for it one day ! In about '89 I was taking a commercial modeling course. The modeling thing was kind of a farce but the commercial side of it....learning lines, acting, etc...really made it all worthwhile. My agent-to-be was teaching the course and thought I could do this full time. Few weeks later he called and asked if I could 'do voices'...I lied and said....sure !! That was for GI Joe. I eventually wound up with the part of General Hawk.
TFormers: What kind of education did you have to pursue in order to become an voice actor?David: Well in hindsight I needed to be sufficient enough as an actor. You need to be able to bring it off the page.
TFormers: What advice would you give to any would-be voice actors?David: Acting lessons....theatre experience.....don't grow up !
TFormers: Besides Energon, what other voice work have you done?David: See resume (www.davidkaye.com) although it needs an update.
TFormers: Tell us a little about the character(s) you voice in the Energon show?David:Well Megatron LIVES !! Now he's become Galvetron. This is just the continuation of the Transformers legacy.
TFormers: Do you think you have any traits or quirks in common with the character(s) you play?David: Yesssss. I DO have a bit of a dark side (laughing evil-like)
TFormers: What is it like working with the rest of the Energon cast?David: I don't know. No, seriously....I rarely see anyone else as it's dubbed and not a pre-lay series. We come in separate to do our lines.
TFormers: Are any of you close friends?
David: Yes, quite a few. Michael Dobson, Gary Chalk. Scotty McNeil, Paul Dobson...The list goes on. They're all great fun to work with and hang with.
TFormers: Please describe for us what a regular voice acting session is like.David: Pick up the script from the agents (when it's actually available), show up on time, rehearse...then we might record walla (all the grunts, groans, hits, punches during the episode) then we'll break for 10 minutes, come back and record the show....some pre-lay shows like X-men and such take about 2 to 3 hours...Some, like the new Hot Wheels can take all day ! The ADR session..Like Energon...is recorded with one actor in the studio...Voice director, engineer and assistant behind the glass. You have a TV monitor showing the scene. Just before your line, the engineer electronically inserts 3 beeps before your character opens his mouth to speak. Your job is to fill in the 'lip flaps' with the translated English words. Sounds kind of difficult, but like riding a bike, you get the hang of it fairly quickly...If you don't, though, they might be reluctant to have you back for any other projects that require dubbing in the future.
TFormers: Did the Energon directors allow you to develop any part of your character(s)?David: Being a 'dubbed' to English series (or ADR) there's not much room for playing around 'cause the 'toon is already drawn.
TFormers: How is the Energon cartoon different from the other projects you have worked on?David: No different from other ADR series. It's fun, 'cause the director, Terry Klassen, makes it fun...
TFormers: Have you ever seen G1 or other TF cartoons?David: Not too much G1....I was obviously in the following BeastWars, etc......and I have seen some of those.
TFormers: What are your Thoughts/opinions on the different TF cartoons over the years?David: It's amazing how huge it is STILL ! The toys are obviously the driving force behind it all too. They're soooo cool!
TFormers: What was your favorite cartoon series and why?David: Bugs Bunny !!! Mel Blanc was/is still the king. ALTHOUGH>>>>>Family Guy is a real favorite of mine. I think Seth Green is a genius.
TFormers: As things wind up for Energon, is there any talk about doing a follow Up to It?David: Don't know. I know there's a feature live action Spielberg thing happening. Hmmmmm, I wonder if I'll get the call from 'Mr. S. ??
TFormers: What other projects are you working on?David: See above.....
TFormers: If it was up to you, what would be your dream Transformers role come true?David: A call from Mr Spielberg about wanting me involved in the Transformers movie !!
TFormers: Each year, hundreds upon hundreds of Transfans From all over the world gather together for OTFCC, the (now-official) Transformers convention! Would you be willing to attend OTFCC if invited?David: I did and have and would again.
Thanks to David Kaye for taking the time to answer our questions and to Holly for organizing everything. You can learn more about David Kaye at his web site located at: www.davidkaye.com.
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