of MTA21, the academy for voice acting
Who is Kim Kwan-cheol?
He became a MBC Voice actor in 1983 and
did the Kevin Costner part in some movies. For the animation, He did Park
Sang-taek part in Mobile Police Patlabor, Emperor Neo part in Nadia in the
Secret of Blue Water and Ido part in GUNNM
"HOW DARE you do that to me!!"
An angry voice is coming out from a tense room. Guess who this is? He is a voice
actor who is dubbing foreign films into Korean. They act realistically with
their voice and deliver a certain situation to the audiences. Many people may be
curious about the field of voice actors. They are engaged in works such as
dubbing foreign film in Korean, appearing as a narrator in a TV program or
acting in radio drama. Their working fields are much more diverse than people
think. Do you have confidence in characteristic voice, accurate pronunciation,
acting, personality, and analyzing sentences? Then, your aptitude might be
suitable to be a voice actor. To find the world of voice actors, we interviewed
Kim Kwan-cheol who is the head of MTA21, academy for voice acting.
World of the voice actor
Each voice actor may have a
different affections for this job according to the area they are concerned with,
and the term they participated in. However, they commonly know that it is
fruitful enough to appeal to people with only their voices. For instance, voice
actors can get great pleasure when their children boast about their parents'
activity in animation to their friends, and they read books to the blind people.
However, it is a pity that they cannot choose the works of their own. Since it
is a kind of professional job, a beginner gets 600~700 thousand won a month and
a free-lance voice actor 2~10 hundred million won a year. Voice actors do not
have to worry about retirement due to the age limit, but keep in mind that they
could be pushed out by many new and prosperous voice actors in any
to be a voice actor
The way to become a regular
voice actor is to join a broadcasting system. Unlike an announcer, they receive
applicants only in Seoul. As a result, chances to be a voice actor are quite
low: 10 people or so each year. Nowadays, most people attend an academy for
their training. While in old days most voice actors made themselves proficient
only after being a voice actor, today they are already competent for voice
acting because of much practice in the academy. In an academy, students are
supposed to get dialogue and narration-centered education. As there are dubbing
test in MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), they also prepare for this as
well. Even though there is supposedly no age limit to this job, most successful
candidates are younger than 30 since human relationships between seniors and
juniors must be concerned. If they do not consider age, an age gap between them
could be as great as 20~30 years. A high school graduate is a requirement
and for men, they must have served the army. No matter what you are majoring it
does not matter at all to be a voice actor.
Yonseians who want to be a voice actor
It is really difficult to be a
voice actor. Someone who applied for this job at 20 finally became a voice actor
at 30. This proves the high competition in this field. Thus, you need patience
and enthusiasm so that you never give up and keep challenging. Once you pass
that process, you will get more than you expected.