How did you get your roles?
Ryan Colt Levy: It was a few months ago. I read for season 5, actually, for a few characters. I was very excited to have the opportunity because I had never had the opportunity before. And basically it was like radio silence for about five months. I secretly remembered that I would reserve one of these characters. One day I got an email from Colleen Clinkenbeard [the director], and she asked me I would like you to play this part and I died.
Sarah Roach: Likewise, I auditioned for season 5 for different characters. So when the time came and they called me, they didn’t tell me exactly what it was. When I got to watch I was like, oh wait, that can’t be me. This is not the person I’m reading for. Then I went to audition another time. It happens a lot. You audition for one thing and they put you elsewhere.
Lisa Ortiz: It was the same for me. I read for season 5. Then the time went by. I thought, okay, next time. Later Colleen emailed me and asked if I was interested and I was like, yeah!
Did you see the entire Japanese version before entering the vocal booth?
Sampling: No, we didn’t.
Just go into the vocal booth and do the stage?
Sampling: Yes, when you are brought in you only see the scenes you are working on. The way you’re contacted is to speak with the director and ask him what’s the big picture of what I’m working on right now? It’s like a puzzle like that.
Gardon: Yesou depend on the manager who calls you. You [already] master the writing Jeramy does to see what they want, to be able to read ahead.
You saved during the still ongoing pandemic. How did this process go and what technology did you work with?
Sampling: It wasn’t that long ago that we recorded. Many studios take security measures. It was kind of a hybrid because [Colleen] our director is in Texas. So even though I was in the studio, it was remotely. I never got to see her in person. Much of it is a disembodied voice that I trusted.
Roach: Same with me, I was in a studio at the time. I was also in Texas. It was always by myself, from a distance. I was in a ghost studio and walked in and didn’t see anyone.
Ortiz: I was able to work at home for it. For I have a professional booth in my house. I pushed my cats out of the door several times.
Sampling: They [the cats] want to be part of “Hero Academia”!
Ortiz: If I leave the booth open, the cats will sit in front of the microphone. So you don’t see anybody [physically]. But you have the same process [like Levy and Roach].
Can you tell us more about the technology for the home studio?
Ortiz: Right now, everyone had a different setup when the pandemic started. There was a big rush for voice actors who weren’t able to get into the studio, the booth, to make sure their gear was top notch for the job. I have a stand. I have a studio quality microphone. There’s a ton of gear going in there. You set that up and they do a test with you to make sure you’re ready. There is a special system that you must use. There is a lot of preparation to be done.