About AVA

Addicted to Voice Acting, or AVA, is a blog dedicated to the betterment of oneself as a voice actor. It was launched in June 2016, originally just a platform for founder James Burton (that's me!) to express his observations and recent lessons as a voice actor, but the focus gradually shifted into an educational format with an emphasis on interviews and interacting with the community. I realized all the questions I had about the industry were the same questions tons of other people were asking, and rather than continue winging it alone, AVA evolved into a place to get everyone's questions answered and all grow as one.

The bulk of AVA is made up of three kinds of content: articles, educational interviews, and "Journey of a Voice Actor" interviews.

Articles are mainly written by yours truly (though I won't say no to a good collaboration!) and generally take the forms of opinions or personal anecdotes, from recent lessons learned to thoughts on various industry developments.

Educational interviews are talks held with industry professionals to shed light onto a particular topic that may be baffling voice actors still trying to figure things out. There are tons of articles and videos from countless individuals far smarter than me on managing the business aspect of voice over, but they don't always go as in-depth as the average layperson would like, nor can you always find everything else you want to know in one place. AVA interviews are conducted with the express purpose of asking the stupid questions so no one else has to.

"Journey of a Voice Actor" interviews are interviews with voice acting figures who have had some success in the industry, chronicling their origins, hardships and successes to arrive where they are today. It's part of AVA's mission to gather and archive the stories of voice actors, putting them all in one place so no one ever has to go spelunking through the web to learn about their VO role models. Not only are the Journey of a Voice Actor interviews entertaining since we get to learn more about and connect with our favorite professionals, but they're educational since we can apply the lessons they've learned to ourselves and our own personal journeys as well.

About James Burton: I was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, before moving up to farmland Indiana when I was 8 and remaining in that area for the next 15 years, though never staying in one house for long. I, like many of my fellow nerds during my formative years, became an avid fan of anime and video games, and moreover I became enamored with the voice actors who brought the characters to life within. I harbored an appreciation for them and began keeping up with the actors I kept hearing over and over, and - again, like many of my fellow nerds - I often fantasized about what it would be like to be behind the mic lending my own voice to these shows and games I loved.

It wasn't much more than a passing fantasy until, eager to learn more about the profession, I started reading "Voice Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic" by Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal. The book made voice acting out to be a ridiculously challenging endeavor that took years to build into anything resembling a career. It was terrifying. But at a crossroads where I had to decide what to do with my life, I took the plunge, despite knowing not a blasted thing about acting or recording, and started taking lessons.

Fast forward to the present day. I still have a downright jaw-dropping amount of growing to do in my career, but I do get to say I voice act professionally and love it, lending my voice to various indie video games, online projects, and audiobooks, with an eye on adding other genres to my repertoire. I am also a published author, as writing has always been in my blood, which lends itself well to this blog. My hope is to better myself through AVA, as well as any other kindred spirit who desires to nail this whole voice acting thing.

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