Whattup Reddit Nation?!

I've been voice acting for 4.5 years. It's a crazy, unpredictable business and I love every minute of it. I've voiced more than 500 commercials for companies like Denny's, Subway, MasterCard, Chase Bank, Toyota, McDonalds, Buffalo Wild Wings, Budweiser and many others.

I'm the voice of Hasbro's:

I voiced a few characters in the downloadable content for Gearbox's Borderlands video game in conjunction with Dark Side Games. Specifically Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. My characters in the game are:

  • Bandit (one of a few actors)
  • Bandit Midget (I'm the only voice, as far as I know)
  • Hyperion Soldier (one of a few actors)
  • I think I did 2 more, but I don't remember (this was 2 years ago)
  • Here are the Credits. I'm under Post Scores.

Ask away!! I'll do my best to answer as much as I can for as long as I can.

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No brainer right there! EVERYTHING in DC should have solar paneling. It's our capital and should be setting the example for the rest of the nation and the world to follow.

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buddyrubino

I certainly will! Thank you for sharing it with me.

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buddyrubino

Practice and play!! Just keep having fun with it! And thank you so much for your kind words.

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buddyrubino

You sexy bitch!! No I don't get sick of it because it's something that a lot of people really enjoy and so happy that I've been able to be a part of that. Although I do know I'm a very big part of parents frustration with their kids playing Bop It non-stop!

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buddyrubino

That's why they call you JPNasty!

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buddyrubino

It's ok! I totally understand. You've got to learn to just be comfortable with you and not judge yourself. I never really had that feeling because I was fascinated with sound itself. Cameras are what I hate. But to get over that I just kind of jump right into it! When you follow the fear, you realize that fear itself is a little bitch and not nearly as intimidating as it tries to make itself sound :)

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buddyrubino

As far as how your voice sounds, embrace it!! It's YOURS! You know? Don't you worry one bit about it. No matter what, there will always be people that are going to be critical of us in some form or another, no matter how great we may be. SO, you might as well just enjoy who you are and focus on the people that enjoy you too!!

  • As far as tricks in changing voice, try to avoid going from something deep and guttural to something high pitch because that can be harsh on the vocal chords. Other than that, it's just a matter of giving yourself a one or two second pause between characters to mentally and physically adjust. It's easy!

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buddyrubino

Thank you so much! That means a lot! Why were you kicked out of class??

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buddyrubino

Hi Chloe!! How does it feel to know that you're probably better at Bop It than I am?!

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buddyrubino

  • Indeed you've heard my Midget cries of death. You bastard!

  • Yes Bop It still does the YEEEEEOOOOOOOWWWWW! And yes I did voice that myself. It took me a few tries to get it because I kept laughing. Thanks for the props!!

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buddyrubino

  • Ok I can forgive you. No I didn't do anything with Borderlands 2 because I think Gearbox was probably the main developer of that content so they most likely had their go-to talent or other channels of casting. I worked with another developer for the first one.

  • I'm more than happy to do it! Thanks for stopping in to ask.

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buddyrubino

I managed to beat Novice! Don't judge me...

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buddyrubino

Hey!

  • My favorite voice is Terrance. He's the second character in my Crazy Characters video. And that's because he has such a damn attitude problem and some of the best one liners - stuff that I'll include in a near-future demo. He's just that guy that doesn't give a DAMN about anything. It's so much fun being him.

  • I LOVE this question because there are a two right off the bat that I want: Anything Elder Scrolls or anything like Mass Effect. Those games are SO story rich. The writing, the direction, the choice in talent... Ugh.. don't get me started. I'd like to be a part of anything that Bioware or Bethesda is working on, really.

Thanks for those questions!

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buddyrubino

Thank you so much! Remember, it's not so much about what you sound like as it is about what you can do with what you've got! You've got a niche sound. Get creative with it! There is plenty of work for you! Blaze your own trail if you have to. Work on those acting chops. You will do it if you're truly passionate about it. And the pay is great, so long as you're booking! And you're most welcome :) Stay at it!

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buddyrubino

Haha, well I usually don't tell girls that right off the bat if I ever tell them at all. But it definitely makes for interesting conversation when it does come up because it opens up conversation about so many things. But I'm not much of a womanizer.

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buddyrubino

Ha! Unfortunately though that one is not me. All of the Bop It products that my voice is on were release from 2009 and after. But a clever production, nonetheless!

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buddyrubino

If she's not yet seen my video on how I became the voice of Bop It, show her. I'll be doing another video next week that goes more specifically into exactly this. Ultimately though, it's a matter of whether or not she's got the passion for it. Maybe she does and needs a kickstart!

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buddyrubino

I would love to do something like that! I'm actually planning a video to speak to young people. I'm really glad you enjoyed the video. Thank you so much!

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buddyrubino

What's the pay like and where are you situated? ( I'm not planning on robbing you I swear...)

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BigG123

More than anything else, it was that he put it all into plain english for me. He was a successful, full-time voice actor speaking really simply to me. It was his matter of fact "This is what I do. If you want in, just do it" kind of approach that got to me. So perhaps it was more that I sat on the inspiration he gave rather than advice :)

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buddyrubino

Still kickin!

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buddyrubino

  • You're right. I voiced the first real remake in 2009 since it was introduced in 1996. So the brand was already established I anticipated that it would do well since it was a really great remake.

  • I don't personally own any. But I come from a family of gun owners. We really enjoy the sport of it.

  • Hm. I'm still relatively new to Reddit so I've not explored the subreddits very far. I love tech, science and philosophy!

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buddyrubino

Well there is /r/science as well /r/askscience. There is /r/technology and /r/engineering. I'm at a loss with philosophy. /r/chess I guess is the closest thing.

P.S. You didn't get the gun joke did you?

Well there is /r/science as well /r/askscience. There is /r/technology and /r/engineering. I'm at a loss with philosophy. /r/chess I guess is the closest thing.

P.S. You didn't get the gun joke did you?

Dragonsreach

It must've completely gone over my head!! Dammit! lmao The last time, someone got me with "Do you even lift bro?" oy vey!

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buddyrubino

That's a good question. There's really no clause, per se. It's more that I respect Hasbro and the fact that their demographic is children. So while I am not ENTIRELY censoring myself, I'm certainly not going to push the envelop too far.

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buddyrubino

Have you ever gotten recognized simply by your voice? Does your voice-over voice differ greatly from your normal voice? I just imagine you going through the drive-thru at McDonald's and reciting part of a McD's commercial in your order. That'd be dumb, though. (Sometimes my mind makes me think that things will be funnier before I type them.) Also, am I allowed to ask your age?

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PikePlaceRoast

That's what people used to tell me too! Don't doubt yourself. Keep your mind open. I advise you to watch my video in the description above on how I became a voice actor. It may give you a little inspiration. Then next week I will post a video that's more specific about getting into the business (because my method was just crazy). If you can subscribe to my YT channel or just remember to visit next Wednesday to catch that. Until then, keep your mind open. You CAN create :)

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buddyrubino

  • It's certainly possible to get representation over long distances. I have agents in Chicago and LA but I live in NYC. Now I don't know if there's a problem with working with overseas talent, so you may want to do your due diligence in that matter.

  • Promo, narration, character, commercial are the primary demos. Most voice actors may compile theirs into two: Commercial (encompassing promo and narration) and Character. Though you could do one demo if your material is limited and it's well put together. A client looking for a commercial voice can listen to a commercial demo minus any of the other stuff that they're not looking for (promo, narration, character) and get straight to it. That's an advantage to having them separate. That's what seems preferential to me. But work with what you have and build up your material first.

  • You're welcome! Thank you!

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buddyrubino

  • Never let ANYONE ever tell you that the market is saturated. That's up to no one. There's always room for more.

  • The only competition you have is with yourself. Period.

  • It is VERY much a growing industry! I could talk on this for hours. Just think about the booming information/tech industry, the booming App market with smart devices. The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

  • Radio careers don't always translate in to VO careers for many reasons. But yes, many do try. But they're often more disadvantaged than someone with zero experience because they come to the table with years of accumulated bad habits that they learned and developed from station produced advertising. Whereas newbies are clean slates.

  • 99% of my work comes from using my natural voice with variations in character, playing different roles. And that's the case with most of the industry. Animation/Character work is a very small percentage of what we do.

  • Voice acting and voiceovers are one in the same as they both require you to be able to act well.

  • I live in NYC but I could live anywhere really and do this. Really big jobs are usually hired locally in NYC and LA, but for the most part you can make a perfectly good living from anywhere.

  • I do not do the production. I will do some editing and cleaning up, but I leave the production to the true professionals.

I hope this helps!! Thank you so much!

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buddyrubino

You're welcome! And yes there are plenty of clients out there who could certainly use someone that can do both. Just market your services accordingly. I'm sure many would see it as a cost-effective way of doing business! Or you could find work with a studio doing production full-time and incorporate VO with it. It's good to be versatile. I've not heard your voice, but whatever you do make sure you shake off the radio way of voicing commercials. Take acting classes if you must. If you don't have that problem, then go straight to it!!

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buddyrubino

Oh my doody, I caught an AMA before anything I'd have to ask would get buried. Quick! Think of a question.

What's your dream role or gig?

Have you ever used your talent to help you win favor with the ladies (or gentleman)?

Do ever suddenly shudder after peeing?

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okwilder

LOL

  • Dream gig: to be the THE promo voice of a major television network. I got to be the promo voice for Samantha Brown's Great Weekends on the Travel Channel and I fell head over heals in love with promo work.

  • Well, I am kind of always in and out of characters no matter who I am around and I've definitely found favor with a lady or two for it! But not all of them! Which is fine because I'd rather someone be attracted to me for the annoying person that I am than for me to not be myself just to please someone else.

  • I DO! It's the weirdest damn phenomenon... I used to think I was the only one. Then one of my best friends asked me if I ever got the "Piss Wiggles".. LMAO and I knew I wasn't alone.

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buddyrubino

You certainly may!

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buddyrubino

A fine question! There are many types of demos, but all of them require the same things: versatility/range and a fine showing of one's ability to act, be believable and get the message across. So you'll want to record scripts that match your strengths as well as possible. There is absolutely nothing in my demos that I find questionable or that I could not reproduce at the drop of dime. If your range isn't very wide, try and do the very best you can within your niche. I know a guy who's voice is perfectly built for promos and movie trailers. It may be a limited range, but MY GOD does he do it better than anyone!!

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buddyrubino

My favorite line is "Do it again.. but uh... better". That's one of the lines that I suggested to include because in voiceovers we constantly joke about the passive aggressive clients that try so hard to be nice to us when we're just not delivering the lines the way they want.

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buddyrubino

MUHAHAHA!

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buddyrubino

I was wondering where that cursing voice was coming from at random points in my life! Ok I forgive you. And no I've never dared to yell that out! I'm going to venture out on a limb here and say it MIGHT not be the greatest turn on. lol

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buddyrubino

Hola

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buddyrubino

Um let me tell you a damn thing: I've been looking FOREVER for something like that. I'm so glad you've put this to me! Yes, I think I can do that! It won't be right this moment, but I've copied everything to my notes and I will let you know when I complete it. Just brilliant. Thank you for that.

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buddyrubino

There's a link above with me telling how I got into the business. It's a crazy story. One breaks into this line of work by first having a TRUE PASSION for it. You cannot have a passive kind of attitude towards it. I did at first and I went nowhere with it. It wasn't until I was on fire for the opportunity that I figured out exactly what I needed to do. I am going to post a video on the specifics next week. But really, it all comes down to you and your passion and motivation. Voice work is being recorded every day by the THOUSANDS of sessions, there are COUNTLESS auditions and unlimited resources. The real question is: do you care enough about the business and your talent to try and put the puzzle together?

  • And it sounds like you've already got the natural talent! People told me that I should do VO before I got into it. And Voices.com has a lot of really great resources :)

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buddyrubino

  • I've loved creating characters and voices from the age of seven. So it's always been in me. But it wasn't until I got fired from my hotel job with no money that I kicked my ass into gear and had passion to actually DO it.

  • I understand. We all struggle with confidence issues. Doesn't matter who it is or how successful they may be. BUT movement and action are wonderful cures for that. You've just gotta get moving! And whatever your real passions are: BELIEVE ME where there is a will there is a way. You have to be like you were when you were a child. When you thought everything was possible. Maybe read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or for a softer version of that try The Secret. The fact is that it all comes down to the dominating thoughts of our minds. Keep your thoughts in check at ALL times :) You'll make it!

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buddyrubino

I'd have to say any of the lines from when the Midget Bandit dies because they are BEYOND over the top and melodramatic. "SO COLD, SO COLD, SO COOOOOOLLLLLD!!"

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buddyrubino

I believe that the lines for Borderlands were pretty locked into place already. But it is almost inevitable, no matter the project, that a voice actor will ad-lib or improvise SOMETHING. Because that's just part of making the character more realistic and bringing it to life!

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buddyrubino

  • The very first time it took about 2 hours. After I got used to it, I was completing the work within 45 minutes to an hour.

  • I don't keep any of the material but YES there are SO many outtakes. Rest assured, we have fun in those sessions!

And you're very welcome! Great questions.

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buddyrubino

  • I do it both ways. It just depends on what the client prefers and also their location.

  • That is a GREAT question! We usually go through all of the scripted lines first so that the client gets exactly what they came to me for. And then at the end I'll ad-lib and improvise a ton of the "razzes". Those are the lines where I'm mocking you for messing up. A good number of the improvised lines make it into the toy!

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sts302

You are so right! Please sign and share!

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sts302

  • Never let ANYONE ever tell you that the market is saturated. That's up to no one. There's always room for more.

  • The only competition you have is with yourself. Period.

  • It is VERY much a growing industry! I could talk on this for hours. Just think about the booming information/tech industry, the booming App market with smart devices. The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

  • Radio careers don't always translate in to VO careers for many reasons. But yes, many do try. But they're often more disadvantaged than someone with zero experience because they come to the table with years of accumulated bad habits that they learned and developed from station produced advertising. Whereas newbies are clean slates.

  • 99% of my work comes from using my natural voice with variations in character, playing different roles. And that's the case with most of the industry. Animation/Character work is a very small percentage of what we do.

  • Voice acting and voiceovers are one in the same as they both require one to be able to act well.

  • I live in NYC but I could live anywhere really and do this. Really big jobs are usually hired locally in NYC and LA, but for the most part you can make a perfectly good living from anywhere.

  • I do not do the production. I will do some editing and cleaning up, but I leave the production to the true professionals.

I hope this helps!! Thank you so much!

  • Never let ANYONE ever tell you that the market is saturated. That's up to no one. There's always room for more.

  • The only competition you have is with yourself. Period.

  • It is VERY much a growing industry! I could talk on this for hours. Just think about the booming information/tech industry, the booming App market with smart devices. The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

  • Radio careers don't always translate in to VO careers for many reasons. But yes, many do try. But they're often more disadvantaged than someone with zero experience because they come to the table with years of accumulated bad habits that they learned and developed from station produced advertising. Whereas newbies are clean slates.

  • 99% of my work comes from using my natural voice with variations in character, playing different roles. And that's the case with most of the industry. Animation/Character work is a very small percentage of what we do.

  • Voice acting and voiceovers are one in the same as they both require you to be able to act well.

  • I live in NYC but I could live anywhere really and do this. Really big jobs are usually hired locally in NYC and LA, but for the most part you can make a perfectly good living from anywhere.

  • I do not do the production. I will do some editing and cleaning up, but I leave the production to the true professionals.

I hope this helps!! Thank you so much!

buddyrubino

  • Never let ANYONE ever tell you that the market is saturated. That's up to no one. There's always room for more.

  • The only competition you have is with yourself. Period.

  • It is VERY much a growing industry! I could talk on this for hours. Just think about the booming information/tech industry, the booming App market with smart devices. The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

  • Radio careers don't always translate in to VO careers for many reasons. But yes, many do try. But they're often more disadvantaged than someone with zero experience because they come to the table with years of accumulated bad habits that they learned and developed from station produced advertising. Whereas newbies are clean slates.

  • 99% of my work comes from using my natural voice with variations in character, playing different roles. And that's the case with most of the industry. Animation/Character work is a very small percentage of what we do.

  • Voice acting an voiceovers are one in the same as they both require one to be able to act well.

  • I live in NYC but I could live anywhere really and do this. Really big jobs are usually hired locally in NYC and LA, but for the most part you can make a perfectly good living from anywhere.

  • I do not do the production. I will do some editing and cleaning up, but I leave the production to the true professionals.

I hope this helps!! Thank you so much!

  • Never let ANYONE ever tell you that the market is saturated. That's up to no one. There's always room for more.

  • The only competition you have is with yourself. Period.

  • It is VERY much a growing industry! I could talk on this for hours. Just think about the booming information/tech industry, the booming App market with smart devices. The possibilities and opportunities are endless.

  • Radio careers don't always translate in to VO careers for many reasons. But yes, many do try. But they're often more disadvantaged than someone with zero experience because they come to the table with years of accumulated bad habits that they learned and developed from station produced advertising. Whereas newbies are clean slates.

  • 99% of my work comes from using my natural voice with variations in character, playing different roles. And that's the case with most of the industry. Animation/Character work is a very small percentage of what we do.

  • Voice acting and voiceovers are one in the same as they both require one to be able to act well.

  • I live in NYC but I could live anywhere really and do this. Really big jobs are usually hired locally in NYC and LA, but for the most part you can make a perfectly good living from anywhere.

  • I do not do the production. I will do some editing and cleaning up, but I leave the production to the true professionals.

I hope this helps!! Thank you so much!

buddyrubino

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