Aside from being an incredibly in-demand actor, Pat Fraley is one of the most sought after voice over teachers in the country. Whether it’s acting, microphone technique, or text analysis, he brings nearly forty years of performance and teaching experience to every masterclass and recording session he runs.
Pat truly loves teaching and sharing his tips and advice with other voice actors, so we were excited to sit down with him and hear some of his advice for aspiring voice actors. Here is his response:Transcript: Probably the best advice I could give myself and my students and another player is that to remember that confidence is the real juice. If I could teach confidence, that would be the only thing I teach for the rest of my life. But it turns out that the gateway to confidence is knowledge, which empowers one, and then that unlocks confidence.
If you’re confident, if you can just be confident and committed to your choices, you can’t be bad. I mean, think about Paul Lynde as Hamlet, right? He wouldn’t be bad. He’d be wrong, but hey, you know, “To be or not to be, that’s the question .” Or, uh, who else was I thinking I’d love to see? Oh, well, you know, Jack Nicholson: “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I.” Not bad, just wrong. But the confidence, if you’re wrong for the part, they call you back. They’ll call you back, because they’ll be interested in what you do, and eventually they’ll land on a role for you.