A Chat With Pokemon Voice Actress Veronica Taylor
Veronica Taylor the voice of Ash attended Sac Anime Winter 2016 and Jay Snook was able to ask her a few questions
How did you land the job as the voice of Ash Ketchum?
Veronica: Well I was doing Slayers at the time and the company that was recording Slayers got Pokemon, so I was called in to audition. Then we got the opportunity to listen to the first episode and they wanted the voice to kind of match what was done originally in Japan. I got to do that and my little brother was ten at the time and it kind of sounded like his voice in a way.
What do you like best about the character Ash?
Veronica: I love his positive attitude. Ash never says we are doomed or we’ll never get through. Instead he says how can we does this or what can we do. I learned a lot from that actually. I mean I figured I was positive anyway but I learned about how to really be positive because of it.
How was voicing Ash in the video games different from the TV show?
Veronica: Well working on the show, we got to see the picture and you still do just your lines, but you can see what the character is doing. When you work on a video game, you do just your lines. There is no picture available so you have to imagine what is going on. You kind of put in your own thought into it. It is different.
What characters did you voice on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Veronica: I played April O’ Neil on the 2003-2007
What was your favorite thing about playing April O’Neil
Veronica: Well, she is such an iconic character. I liked her because she is so strong an smart. I don’t do a lot on the computer and I am bad at math and she is not. She’s a wiz and she matches her intelligence with Donatello. I thought it was nice that she could be an equal.
What is your best and worst experiences you’ve had in voice acting?
Veronica: Well I think they kind of go together. The best experience is that I am working and that I have gotten to play some amazing characters in amazing projects. My worst is that I do a lot of auditioning and there is a lot of things I don’t get cast in. I love to work and so I guess that is the most disappointing is that you can’t play everything.
Have you ever done any live action work?
Veronica: I do a lot of theater and some film, soap opera. I also do commercial which I guess is voice over. My daughter was born the first year of Pokemon in 1998 so a lot of my work luckily went towards voice over because I didn’t have time to rehearse, I had to be home with her.
Between the two do you prefer to do voice acting or live action and why?
Veronica: Well I love working on stage because you have that interaction. It is kind of like a convention in a way, you really get to talk to the audience and the show is a different experience every night because of the audience. I love that. At the same time like with audio books I play all of the parts and in cartoons I play crazy characters that I would never be cast as on stage. I like it all really, I don’t have a favorite.
In voice acting, have you ever gotten to work with someone you admire?
Veronica: Well interestingly enough as a lot of my projects I am alone I don’t find out until later who is working on the show so sometimes I didn’t even know. Here at Sac Anime there are a few people from Sailor Moon that I didn’t even know were working on the show. We never see each other, so that is pretty cool. I don’t often work in the booth with people so I don’t have that experience live.
What is some advice you would give to people who want to become voice actors?
Veronica: I would give is the same for anyone in a free lance job like an artist, dancer or an actor. First of all, you have got to do what you love and if there is anything you love more than acting then do something else or do that because it is really hard and there is a lot of rejection, I think you want to immerse yourself in your art.
Take as many acting classes as you can, do any volunteer work and be involved doing whatever you want to do. Then you want to have a demo that is what everyone will tell you, so that you have something to send out when people want to know who you are. After that be on the lookout for opportunities because you never know when they are going to come.