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Patric Morgan

I am a freelance writer from the UK. I specialise in celebrity interviews and autobiography/biography. I speak to those at the top of their game. I found out what they have done, how they did it, and why they did it.

The Unseen Actor, an Interview with US Voiceover Artist, Deby Cedars


Without it knowing it, you may have already heard of Deby Cedars. Well, heard Deby Cedars’voice at least.

  Voiceover work is the hidden art that seems to pass many listeners by. But as with many other artistic fields, the less it is noticed, the more successful the artist’s job.

Deby Cedars from Derby, Connecticutis a full-time voiceover artist but her acting roots started in her younger years.

  “I guess it all started at home. I was one of the last to be born in my family. By the time I came along, I think my mom was bored with having kids. I’d shout and make a noise to get her attention at the side of the pool for instance, but she’d put her face back into her romantic novel.

  “When I was in kindergarten, I had a best friend and we did everything together. We had to audition for parts in a musical play although I didn’t know it was an audition as such at the time. I was picked, but my best friend wasn’t which I felt pretty bad about, but I realised that I had some sort of talent that I could work with.

  “So I decided to get into acting. It wasn’t for the glamorous side of it - I wanted to enjoy the process of finding a character and performing that role to the best of my ability. I didn’t care if I had an audience of two or thousands - of which I have had both by the way!

  “I had been doing stand up comedy in bars in the Rainbow Club in California. I had also been dancing and singing in Browsnville and had people recognising me in grocery stores. I even got a stalker, which freaked me out a little and I wasn’t entirely comfortable with that way of living.”

  Deby’s acting skills saw her through a decade of work, but by the time she was reaching 30, she was becoming conscious of the fact that casting agents were becoming more picky.

  “Being only 5’2, I was playing teenagers until my late 20s. But my height was becoming a problem.I had one guy call me up after an audition and told me that I read the best, and that I was the most talented, but physically I wasn’t what they were looking for. ”

  Deby started getting work for radio commercials but there came a turning point when a routine examination found that I had lumps in my breasts. I had a lot of tests which involved a lot of waiting. I was very scared. During the long days and weeks of waiting, I had time to put my life into context and I decided that if I had the all-clear, that I would take more care of myself.”

  The all-important all-clear came a few long weeks later and Deby threw herself into her work.

  “I had first understood the concept of voiceover work when I was at film classes in Houston. The teacher had up an advert for Grape-Nuts and then asked for a volunteer to do the voiceover. No-one put themselves forward. I hadn’t as the adverts for Grape-Nuts at that time was usually done by a middle aged guy but then I thought ‘What the hell?’.

  “I moved to Connecticut where I knew I’d have access to a studio. A guy called David Goldberg helped me a lot but it was at his studio where I met Paul Liberti who really taught me the basics. He taught me so much about voice acting – the different microphone technique, the breathing, and tongue placement. He taught me how to create a character that I could never create on stage by adding accents, rhythm and speech patterns. I realised that with these new skills that I could make a living and be competitive.”

  Deby was soon hired for book trailers, video games, celebrity impersonations, cartoons and documentaries.

  “My work and my repertoire has become very diverse. It’s hard for casting directors to define me as a result. Being diverse can work against me so I have to market myself to each genre in different ways.

  “I'm very proud of the book trailers I've done but, the biggest role to date is the video game Phantasmat, where I play a dead girl. It has not been released yet.”

  But for any artist, getting a contract can prove a tricky experience.

  “Most of the work I get is from marketing that I have done. It means that I have more control over the things I do. Most of the big studios are in New York too but I do have my own studios here. I work mostly out of my living room. As a consequence, I tend not to get out of the house much!” she laughs.

  “Voiceover work is different to other acting roles in that you don’t really have other actors to bounce off. I therefore have to really think about the audience. The diversity is staggering - one minute I’ll be a geeky teenager, the next I’ll be a sultry woman talking erotica!

  “My career has certainly been interesting so far. I’ve worked on movies like Face Off (with John Travolta), Deep Impact (with Elijah Wood) and America’s Most Wanted. Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig, has even complimented me on my voiceover work. He told me that I was very, very talented and even compared me to Tara Strong. That was nice.”

  Deby’s chameleon-like ability to transform her voice into many different characters is the result of many years of dedication and hard work.

  Deby’s latest role is Sebastian, the little boy slug character who will be teaching children how to dial 911. It’s a role that Deby is very excited about.

  “When I finally get time to myself, I think I’d like to get my poetry published someday and write an animation script. Until then, I’m quite happy being the unseen actor and the voice that makes the difference to the project I am working on.”

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