By Zoe Bedard
From Steamboat Willie, all the way to Elsa from Frozen, the voices of many cartoons have filled our living rooms and our hearts. Cartoon characters have become icons in our day to day lives, but what about the people behind them? Voice actors have been around for many years and barely get enough credit for the characters they bring to life.
One of the most famous voice actors is Tom Kenny, is not only the voice to many characters we know, but also performs stand up comedy. A few of the characters Tom Kenny has voiced include; SpongeBob Squarepants, Valhallen from Dexter’s Laboratory, and the Ice King, from one of my favorite cartoons, Adventure Time. Being the voice for a few of the most popular characters, you would assume most people knew your name, yet barely anyone knows who Tom Kenny is.
Another famous voice actor is Mel Blanc, more commonly recognized as “The man of a thousand voices.” Mel Blanc has done tons of voices for characters such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, and many more. He did many voices during the Golden Age of American Animation (1928-1972). Blanc passed away in 1981 at the age of 81. He is remembered as one of the greatest voice actors of all time, and considered among the most talented as well.
Voice acting does not require much education, just a natural talent and a lot of practice. To become a voice actor, practicing different accents and replicating voices can help you build your own original characters, and working hard on practice might help you get somewhere if you want a voice acting career. Either way, voice acting sounds like an extremely enjoyable career that more people should know about.