What a brilliant episode of the  The State of VO hosted by The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences   (SOVAS)    on yesterday with special guest: actor, director, producer,  JB Blanc. His straightforward and upfront answers to our questions were as refreshing as ever. Especially when asked, “What’s the secret to being successful in voiceover?” To which he replied, “Work your ass off!” — There are no shortcuts!

There Are No Shortcuts

JB is one of the most prolific voice directors of video games for major houses like Blizzard, Fortnite, and League of Legends voicing video games such as  Dante’s InfernoDarksiders,  Wildstar ,  James Bond 007: From Russia with Love, Saints Row IVTitanfall and he is currently voicing Caustic in  Apex Legends.

His many on-camera screen credits include  Breaking BadBetter Call SaulCold CaseCSI: New YorkRaising the BarThe UnitCrashNYPD BluePrison BreakDr. Vegas  and  The Company.

JB was born in  Paris and  moved to  England  with his mother at the age of five, where he was educated at  Bramcote School  in  Scarborough,  North Yorkshire  and  Sedbergh School  in  Sedbergh,  Cumbria. At the age of 16, he successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre. In 1987, he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art  (RADA), the youngest person to do so that year. He graduated in 1990 and, after a short sabbatical traveling, began his theatre career.

The State of VO is hosted by SOVAS’   Joan Baker  and   Rudy Gaskins  along with  Marc Guss  of   ACM Talent.

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JB Blanc on SOVAS The State of VO