Here it is! My writing's in the normal AP colour while Patricks' is this green!
How did you get into Voice Acting?
Like so many things in life, it was a mixture of dumb luck and the unforeseen results of what I'd already been doing. I got the acting bug in high school and by the end of college, I was all ready to move to Los Angeles and try to make it as a film/TV actor. The woman with whom I'd been taking acting/singing lessons for seven years by that point mentioned that her daughter lived in L.A. and gave voiceover lessons, and that I might want to look into that as something to pursue on the side. So I moved out to L.A., took the classes, had a voiceover demo CD made, and had the good fortune to send it out to a dubbing company that was looking for actors to work on what was only their second or third anime project, at that point. I got in with them on the ground floor, and as their fortunes increased and they took on more shows, I got more opportunities to work. That eventually led to my doing VO work for other companies, adapting dub scripts, and eventually doing ADR direction for a few shows, too. The "side-project" turned out to be the main event, so to speak.
What do you think of One Piece?
It's about pirates, there are hundreds upon hundreds of episodes, and I was lucky enough to nab an awesome role. From where I'm sitting, that makes "One Piece" damn near perfect.
What character have you enjoyed playing the most (Any series)?
I've been lucky in that I've had the chance to play a lot of interesting characters (a lot of them have been villains, not coincidentally, thanks to my low voice), but the one who stands out in my mind as my absolute favorite is Koshiro, one of the main characters in "Koi Kaze". He's just your average guy–girlfriend dumped him, living at home to save money, sleepwalking through his job and his life. Then, through a series of events that are definitely coincidental but not entirely implausible, he runs into his long-forgotten younger sister (i.e. their folks divorced years ago; each took one of the two kids) and, against his better judgment, falls in love with her. We really took our time with the recording process, since the subject matter was so volatile and intense, and I think the final product really reflects that respect and care. From a performance perspective, it was the most like theater of any anime VO job I've had in terms of getting to explore Koshiro's motivations and character arc. I'm amazed Geneon USA had the cajones to release it here, but I give them major props for doing so. A lot of people wrote off the series sight-unseen due to the subject matter, but I thought was unnecessarily squeamish of them. If you go around equating coverage of a subject with endorsement of a subject, you have to chuck out a lot of great literature--including most of Shakespeare and the Greek tragedies upon which our concept of drama and theater are based. Murder? Regicide? Incest? Blasphemy? Right out.
What's it like working with such actors as Sonny Strait, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher R. Sabat and the rest of the FUNimation cast?
I've met many of the "One Piece" regulars–just a few weeks ago at an anime convention, in the case of Sonny Strait and Stephanie Young--but we unfortunately don't get to work together in the most literal sense of the phrase. We record only one person at a time in the booth, unless we're A) doing background walla, B) have another actor available at the same time and C) want to expedite the process, so generally speaking--and this holds true for projects in Los Angeles as well as Texas--you only see the other cast members if they're leaving as you arrive, or if they're coming into work as you call it a day. That said, they're a delightful bunch, and I hope my being in their neck of the woods for "One Piece" sessions will grant me the opportunity to hang out with them further.
Have enjoyed working on it so far (One Piece) and will look forward to playing Franky later on in the series?
To date, I've only had the opportunity to work on "One Piece: Unlimited Adventure" for the Wii, but so far, so good! It was a bit odd having recording for a spin-off game be my first experience getting into the character's shoes, instead of working on the series proper, but the reaction to his voice in the game has been pretty positive. And yeah, I'm really looking forward to playing him in the show, once they get to him–he's very much unlike any character I've ever played before. Not many Speedo-wearing, cola-swigging, ship-building cyborgs in my resume...!