Courtesy of Dragon-Con Media Relations and Brooks herself, HBB Reviews’ Samyukta Iyer was able to partake in an exclusive press conference featuring Kimberly Brooks, the iconic voice actress from Mass Effect 3 and Doc McStuffins. Bringing her usual charm and charisma to the table, the press conference was filled with laughter and smiles amidst the “professional” journalism. Brooks answered questions about the peaks of her own career, diversity in the voice acting space, particular character roles, and even the fandoms that Brooks herself adores. Iyer asked some great questions, all of which are transcribed below.
Samyukta Iyer: So, as you mentioned that you did have theater training, how did you transition from doing theater and stage performances to voice over where it’s more concentrated what you’re able to show?
Kimberly Brooks: It’s actually a very smooth transition because if you’re lucky enough to work in animation and you get to do ensemble recordings, it’s like doing a stage reading. Those were some good skills for me to learn, but I’ve been doing theater forever, even children’s theater. I’ve never not been doing some play or something, so when I transitioned into voice over, it was so natural with all the theater stuff that I had learned being just right there. For example, you’d be amazed how much I get to sing in voice over; it’s awesome. I just sung on DuckTales not too long ago; I was like a pirate. You can do anything in voice over.
ADDITIONAL COVERAGE FROM DRAGON-CON 2019:
Kimberly Brooks: I had no idea when I joined the Steven Universe because I had never even seen the show when I auditioned for that role, and when I booked it, I was like okay. It was only when I actually got into it that I had my “Oh my god” moment. It’s great since it’s a character that I don’t normally play; I have to use a different part of my voice and all of that stuff, but Rebecca Sugar is another goddess; she’s just so intelligent. I’m just surrounded by intelligent women; there’s a lot of exciting things happening with that show. She told me that I’m the only person on the show that uses a different voice; everyone else kind of uses their own voice.
Samyukta Iyer: As you mentioned that you did have theater training, how did you transition from doing theater and stage performances to voice over where it’s more concentrated what you’re able to show?
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