Back with a bang after a short Easter break; today we're meeting @bravster , international man of mystery and voice-over artist extraordinaire! I've known Brav for some time now, since the early days of BNN, and have been looking forward to getting this one on paper for some time - enjoy!
Bravster! Welcome! Let's start with a bit about you.
Well, I'm Bravster or Steve whichever takes your fancy and I'm a voice actor.
A voice actor eh? That sounds fun! How did you get into doing that? What do you enjoy most about doing it?
I was inspired after the late 80s and 90s cartoons with the array of odd and differing characters that were created at the time. Things like Johnny Bravo, Dexters Lab and lots of early Anime. Not to forget my first love - gaming, Voice acting in gaming, I could talk for hours on the subject! I love really getting to grips with a character whenever I'm asked to work on a project.
I love that I'm able to be free and have fun with what I'm doing, be it a larger production or something relatively small scale. Voice acting allows me to be as imagineative as possible and really embody the characters and worlds they inhabit, from castle ruins and dank dungeons to cyber punk neo fantasy - it's all appealling and great fun to me!
I love really getting to grips with a character whenever I'm asked to work on a project.
How do you go about doing that?
It depends on the character. Most of them I will try and get into the headspace of the character and think about how I'm similar, or even how I'm different to that person in particular, usually this helps as it gives me something real to draw from. Most important to me is to really feel like "I am this character." For example, if I'm playing a sneaky goblin, I will hunch myself to his height and contort where I need to. If he has a bad leg, I'll give myself a limp - really try to embody every aspect of that character.
As for the emotional state, I think about what I'm most scared of and what my biggest dream is, be it riches or any other motivation. There has to be an element of belief and honest to every character or it simply does not work.
Bravster - aka Chatfield Voice
If you could take part in any gaming series as a character, which would it be? Do you have a favourite character?
There are two series I would LOVE to be a part of:
1. Final Fantasy. I would love to be in a Final Fantasy game, there's just something about the worlds Squareenix create that speak to me, and they were one of the first series I really fell in love with. Even as a child I would give the characters voices as I read the text on screen.
2. Warcraft. Blizzard set the standard for voice acting in their cinematics and I was privileged enough to spend some time with Senior Casting Director, Andrea Toyias, who brought ou the best damn 50 year Wizard I've ever done! As a fantasy fan, I love the idea of being an orc or a dragon and Warcraft really speaks to my love of all things Tolkien.
Choosing a favourite character in gaming is a lot harder, as there are so many good ones! I think I have to go with Clementine, from Telltale's 'The Walking Dead.' Melissa Hutchison's performance was outstanding and Clem is just such an amazingly well rounded character.
What about voice acting role models?
I have a few. Matthew Mercer is a god in the field, his range and clarity is something that I quite happily aspire to! Chris Sabat, who voices both Vegeta from Dragon Ball and All Might from My Hero Academia, is another very strong contender.
And of course who could forget Andy Serkis, up there in my books for his works on Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and King Kong. Melissa Hutchison for the reasons previously mentioned. There are plenty of others but honestly I see them all as valued colleagues and masters in the acting field.
Cool! So let's talk about your brand. How did you come up with it?
Chatfield Voice - I always hated my last name but I guess its finally good for something that's vocal related. Kinda has a nice to ring to it.
And the Brand is me, full details on this are available on my website www.chatfieldvoice.com.
Check out the Chatfield Voice website here
What about goals? What would you like to achieve as a voice actor?
My goal is to be able to live as a voice actor as my main job, not having to dip between multiple employment. I'll get there but it'll take time and I'm rarely a patient person.
What kind of jobs would you see yourself doing in order to live that dream?
That's a very long and complex question!! Ideally I'd love that one break away job and be noticed right away, much like anyone else in the industry. Realistically I need to continue to hone my craft and put myself out there more and more.
I can see myself doing other voice over jobs - I already have some corporate clients but ideally I would love to have a list longer than both my arms, of both gaming and animation voice overs. For me, character voicing is where I'm strongest and have the most fun.
I do also have a project I'm working on with a fellow Scottish actor, although I'm not quite ready to share that just yet!
Ooh. Love a secret project! How does the Bravster wind down after a long day of voice acting?
Copious amounts of tea and video games, a good RPG or a rogue like usually gets me relaxed. I quite like green tea, but ideally just a standard English Breakfast tea with a splash of milk is fine! Simple, although milk is not great for the voice! Boo!
Fair one! Ok - It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take?
A plastic sheet, some rope and a blade of some sort, I'm a survivalist at heart!
Brav Grylls. It has a ring to it! Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time movie:
Excellent taste, Mr Lister sir! Favourite game?
Final Fantasy VII
Lord of the Rings
Curry. As an ex-chef I love every kind, as long as it's not overly hot and kills the taste buds! But I am very partial to a Kashmiri, Korma or Jalfrezi!
Are you part of any teams or networks you'd like to give a shout out to?
One in particular springs to mind, but I've actually got an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) on it currently! Oops!
Promo time - where can we find you online?
My website - https://www.chatfieldvoice.com , or via my Twitter - @Bravster_
Thanks for your time matey!
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