At Anime Evolution this past weekend I decided to go to Subway for lunch. Just as I was paying for my sub, I saw Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt get in line to buy food. I told the cashier that I would be paying for their food. When they realized they said thank you and asked why.
I was in the studio to record a tag for a TV commercial. It was literally six words. I thought I’d be in and out in fifteen minutes tops, even if they had me do it several different ways to make sure they had their bases covered. Almost half an hour into the session, I’m sweating. They’ve had me do it what seemed like a thousand different ways, so obviously they’re not getting what they want. I’m alone in the booth and they’ve cut the talkback, but I can still see them through the glass.
I try to focus on the script, the floor, anything to keep myself from obsessing over what they might be talking about, but it’s no use. I see the director talking heatedly to the client. They go back and forth. The engineer turns around to give his two cents. I don’t know what they’re saying, but it’s not good. I can tell. “I’m about to get fired,” I think. An assistant reaches for a phone.
I figure at that point they’re getting on the phone to do one of two things: 1) Call my agent to complain about how bad an actor I am, or 2) Get another actor in to replace me. Maybe both. What was I going to do? My life was over. Word would get out that I couldn’t hack even six words of commercial copy and I’d be back to temping, working in an office where I’d – the talkback clicked on. They must have seen my pitiful face looking out from behind the glass.
The director says, “Hey, sorry for the wait, Yuri. We totally got it, you’re brilliant, thanks. We were just arguing over what we were going to get for lunch today. You want us to order you something?” I learned two things that day: 1) Never assume you know what they’re talking about on the other side of the glass, and 2) If you are going to assume, assume it has something to do with Thai vs. Mexican.
Yuri Lowenthal (Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind The Mic)