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Interview: Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship 2019 Winner - Breanna Alonzo


By Al Black | 30th October 2019

We're delighted to announce Breanna Alonzo as the winner of the Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship 2019!

After many weeks of reviewing scholarship submissions, the Voquent team has selected Breanna Alonzo as the winner of the Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship 2019.

It was a really tough process but ultimately we were impressed with her diverse range of characters and the obvious effort she'd put into ensuring her submission was of the highest quality possible.

Her submission demonstrated that she took the opportunity seriously and likewise our investment in time and resources would be well received.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be providing Breanna with professional home studio recording equipment and helping her to set up her studio. She'll also receive mentorship from established industry veterans on both the business and performance sides. It's an amazing opportunity.

Breanna is currently a student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah and we sat down with her this week to learn more about her background and her motivation to apply for the scholarship.

 

Q: What are you studying at Salt Lake Community College?

Breanna: I am studying for a Theater degree Majoring in Acting, Musical Theater, and Stage Combat; Mainly for the experience to apply it towards Voice Acting. As a minor, I am also studying stagecraft, Make-up design, and of course generals on the side.

As my Theater Professor tells all of his students, "It's better to have craft in all departments rather than only one department." I very much agree with him because you can't expect to do just acting whilst still working a waitressing job your whole life, instead, why not have the knowledge in all of theatre. I can apply what I learned from acting, musical theatre and improvisation to my voice to give a more well thought out voice performance. Other than studying theatre I am also completing my generals to further my education.

 

During the recording sessions struggled to find the right voice at times but in the end I found that as I kept going I got more into the character voices, and in turn the takes I recorded improved.

 

Q: Your submission included a variety of character voices, which voice do you enjoy performing most?

Breanna: The voice I enjoy performing the most is my Terry Gamaguchi voice. This voice is inspired by Veronica Taylors, 'Ash Ketchum' voice from the original season of Pokemon. I enjoy performing this voice because I've been working for about two years on how to create a child voice without hurting my voice. I enjoy performing this one but I feel it still needs work.

 

 

Q: What does winning the Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship 2019 mean to you?

Breanna: Winning the Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship 2019 to me means I can have a career in voice acting. It means that I can finally get ahead of the game with the professional help that I dearly need. It means that this could be the beginning of my voice acting journey. This means so much to me and with every moment that goes by, I am so very grateful.

 

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Q: Who is your favourite voice actor of all time?

Breanna: My favourite voice actor of all time is Tara Strong, she is one of the most inspirational, iconic, and most amazing voice actresses I've ever had the pleasure to hear.

I've grown up with her voice my entire life. What I admire most is the fact that her voice is so malleable and diverse. She can play young boys really well, she can play older folks very well, and she can sing amazingly well. For most of my childhood she was always in the cartoons that I watched, because of her she gives me hope for my future in voice acting.

 

Breanna Alonzo Wins Voquent Scholarship 2019

 

Q: What is your dream voice-over role?

Breanna: Being an animator used to be the career I aspired to but it's just not for me. I'm much better suited to voice-over acting but I'm very passionate about the animation business and this is definitely where I see myself in the future.

My dream role is to voice a cartoon character, whether it be for children or adults I would love to be that inspirational voice that people hear throughout their life. For example, if I could voice a character in a children's TV  show I'd love to do something in Steven Universe. On the other hand, I don't really have a preference for adult animation, any role would be fine by me!  

 

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Al Black

Al Black

Al has over twenty years of experience in audiovisual translations. A Voquent co-founder, he has produced tens of thousands of voice-overs and translations for education, advertising and entertainment projects.

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Al Black

Al Black

Al has over twenty years of experience in audiovisual translations. A Voquent co-founder, he has produced tens of thousands of voice-overs and translations for education, advertising and entertainment projects.