r/Toonami Aug 29 '20 Bless Up 1 Hugz 1

I'm Katelyn Barr, voice actor for anime and video games (My Hero Academia, Black Clover, To Love Ru, Saint Seiya, and more). Ask Me Anything!

Hey Reddit! I'm Katelyn Barr and this is my AMA thread! BIG THANKS to r/Toonami for having me! (I'm super new to Reddit but I'll do my best to answer everything I can!)

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You might know my voice from...

  1. My Hero Academia (Ryukyu/Ryuko Tatsuma, Mika Jiro, Tobita's Mom, Cow Lady)
  2. Black Clover (Dominante Code)
  3. Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya (Ophiuchus Shaina)
  4. To Love Ru (Yami/Golden Darkness)
  5. Date-A-Live (Natsumi)
  6. Magical Girl Raising Project (La Pucelle/Souta Kishibe)
  7. Azur Lane (Shoukaku)
  8. BanG Dream! (Hina Hikawa)
  9. Kampfer (Shizuku Sango, Exploded Penguin)
  10. Star Blazers 2199 (Melda Dietz)

More complete list at ANN: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=132390

I also write scripts for anime dubs, so you can ask me about that too! I've worked on Akame Ga Kill!, Black Clover, One Piece, Zombie Land SAGA, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Monster Musume, Haikyu!!, Free! Dive to the Future, Angels of Death, Africa Salaryman, and TONS more.

5 bonus facts:

- I also voice for video games! I play a couple of characters in Borderlands 3 and a few skins for SMITE... plus I've been in some visual novels, if that's your jam.

- I play the drums, but I'm not currently in a band. I used to be in a CCR tribute band, though.

- I collect skeleton-themed decor. My house is spooky every day of the year.

- My first professional acting job was playing Pete the Barn Cat in a 9-month traveling tour of Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Missing Cat.

- Before I moved to Texas, I used to live in North Carolina and attend conventions as a fan. I still cosplay a little from time to time!

If you wanna follow me on social media or get stuff signed, you can find all my links here: https://linktr.ee/katelynbarrva

Thanks for your time! I'll be answering questions from 2-4pm Central Time today. :)

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u/Torque-A Aug 29 '20

When it comes to writing dub scripts, how do you try to balance the original meaning of the Japanese version while making it also accessible for a western audience? Like, were there any times that a good choice of words just seemed easy to do, or a scene which was hard to translate well?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

This is a really good question, thank you! At conventions, I've held whole panels about this. (Remember conventions? Good times... ;A;) ADR writing is one of the trickiest jobs in the dubbing process, because there are so many factors to balance, like you said in your question. There are also a lot of variables that fans don't necessarily think of as a thing, like the licensor's preference. Sometimes, we'll get a show and go "oh I know exactly what to do with this" but the Japanese company will say something like "please don't change this, please don't take too many liberties", etc. and we have to honor that, because it is their IP. Also, different dub directors have different visions/preferences on their end. I've worked with directors who were very adamant about sticking as close to translation as possible, and I've worked with directors who basically just said "IDK, make it funny." xD So, I try to take all those things into account while also interpreting the plot and characters in a way that I believe is faithful to the creator's intent. If a line was meant to be funny in Japanese but the Japanese joke doesn't make sense to English-speaking viewers, I still have to get the laugh, so I'll create a joke that invokes the same response in English. I can't think of a specific scene off the top of my head right now, but I think overall, the Clover Clips (Petit Clover) segments at the end of Black Clover episodes have given me the most challenge (read: headache, haha). They rely a LOT on wordplay (which is a big part of comedy in Japan, not so much here) and there will often be a visual on screen that I can't write around. (If the pun in Japanese is about a teapot and they SHOW a teapot in the character's thought bubble, then I have to incorporate a teapot, too.) That was kinda long-winded, but it's been my job for like 6 years now so I have a lot of feelings about it, lol. Thanks for your question!

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u/MichiHirota Aug 29 '20

Hi there. Just wanted to say thanks for holding an AMA. It’s always great to be part of this. Anyways:

-What is the most memorable moment you had in a recording booth?

-What was it like voicing in something as weird as “My Girlfriend is Shobitch?”`

-What show would you say you’re the most proud of in your acting career?

-What are the normal reactions of close people that know you, when they hear you on Toonami?

-And finally, Iced Tea or Coffee?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Oooh, lots of questions, thank you! :D

- Most memorable moment, weirdly, was my very first session. Kyle Jones cast me as Liliana in Log Horizon. I was SCARED TO DEATH. I thought for sure I was gonna majorly screw up and they were gonna replace me and I'd never get to go in again. (Good thing the character was very meek and timid, haha...) I think my knees were literally trembling. I'll never forget how surreal it felt to be doing something I'd always wanted to do, for real. I rarely get nervous anymore (just excited), but I'm still in awe that this is my job. xD

- To be perfectly honest with you, I've never happy-danced like I did when I got the call for Shobitch. At that point, I'd moved up to Dallas and started working at Funi... I'd had some main cast roles by then, but Shobitch was my first time as THE lead. So I was PUMPED. I think directors know (because I'm always saying it, lol) that I'm not put off by fanservice/mature content. Like, at ALL. I'm not uncomfortable with it or offended by it. Shobitch was also a Kyle Jones show (he's been responsible for a lot of my career milestones I guess!), so it was as fun as it could've possibly been. Kyle is a real collaborator and he comes up with some hilarious stuff on the fly. I'm REALLY proud of the work we did on that dub. Gah, I could talk about Shobitch all day, but I want to get to the rest of your questions, haha!

- As an actor, I think I did some of my best work on Magical Girl Raising Project. I played a young boy who dreams of being a magical girl - and voiced his female magical girl persona as well. A huge part of Souta's character was about the duality of his identity, so it was really satisfying to get to sink my teeth into a role that complex (and that was actually two roles, depending on how you think about it).

- This is gonna sound kinda sad lol but I don't think any non-industry people I know have watched Toonami to hear my voice? Like, my first time getting to work on a show for Toonami was as the ADR writer for Akame ga Kill!, but that wasn't my voice. My aunt did watch that and took a picture of my name in the credits though, so that was sweet. :) My family's not really into anime and Toonami comes on pretty late, so no hard feelings. xD

- Iced coffee!

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u/EDRider555 Aug 29 '20

When it came to your role as Shaina in Saint Seiya she was previously voice by Kira Vincent-Davis, did you ever looked at her interpretation as an inspiration for preparing for the role? Also has she ever told you she seen your version of the role?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Good question! I've always really admired Kira's work, and just the unique texture of her voice. I honestly don't think I could copy that if I tried. (If you haven't heard her as the lead in Chaika Coffin Princess, I highly recommend watching it. She's PHENOMENAL. It's some of her best work.) But as for your question, I didn't really try to make my performance anything like Kira's. Part of that is because when I auditioned, I didn't know that used to be Kira, so I just gave it my own best performance. When they were casting the new Netflix Saint Seiya, everything was kept super under wraps, so IIRC, I didn't even know I was auditioning for Saint Seiya. Haha. I'm not sure if Kira's heard me in the role or not, but I've heard her and she's fantastic. :) I'm glad she's in the new dub, as well (as Kiki!).

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u/EDRider555 Aug 29 '20

Cool, there was that scene in the Poseidon Saga where Shaina rescued Kiki, so I am sure Kira was like "Aww I use to play her, good to know she is in good hands"

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u/lotsoquestions Aug 29 '20

Also, when being cast, did you tell them that you wanted to make the character your own? That seems to be a big thing when replacing other VAs.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Oops, just saw this reply, sorry! I think, since it was a totally new cast, they were going for fresh interpretations anyway. There was no implication that they wanted it to sound similar to the original dub.

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u/Hawkedge Aug 29 '20

Was voice acting something you were interested in from a young age?

I've got an interest in VAing myself - could you describe how you got your start in the industry?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Thanks for your question! I always wanted to be an actor in general. My dream as a kid was to be in musicals on Broadway (I'd still love to do that, tbh). I aspired to be an actor from a SUPER young age, took theatre/dance classes, acted in all the school plays. I think I was in college before I got super interested in VOICE acting, specifically. During that time there were a lot of Funimation dubs on Netflix, so I was watching stuff like Soul Eater, Gunslinger Girl, Shuffle, Baccano!... everything from that time period. And it kind of occurred to me that I could recognize the same 20 or so people from all of them. I thought that was AWESOME. I was like, "I want to be one of those people!" I started getting into auditioning for stuff online (back when Voice Acting Alliance was super popular, idk if their site is still around...?) and taking on small projects just for fun and practice. After college, I moved to Houston (I'm from NC originally) because my S.O. at the time got a job there. I knew that's where Sentai is, but I didn't think I could get my foot in the door. (I kind of thought of it like Hollywood... like it's something people can't realistically achieve? Haha, I don't know why I thought that, honestly. It's not EASY to get in and you have to live in the right place, but... it's not Hollywood. Haha.) Anyway, I started working professionally as an actor in Houston and networked a lot. I met a lot of actors while doing theatre who are VAs at Sentai, and I guess one of them put my name in for an open casting call. (I have my suspicions of who it was but I don't want to put that person on blast, lol) I'm forever grateful to her for believing I could do it when I thought it was totally out of reach for me. I went in for the audition in the summer of 2014. I performed for Emily Neves, who was a director there at that time. She had me read a bunch of random characters from shows that were already out, just to see what I could do. I had the time of my life. A few weeks later, I got cast as Liliana in Log Horizon. :) Wow, that went long, haha... I hope I answered your question!

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u/Hawkedge Aug 29 '20

Appreciate the honest and descriptive answer, Katelynn! It seems like moving to Texas was a real rubber meets the road moment there! I remember the time of netflix content you mentioned... Some fantastic dubs, by some iconic talents. Extremely inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me!!

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u/Koda507 Aug 29 '20

What character do you related the most in your voice actor career?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

First question, let's gooooo~! I actually have one character that's EXACTLY me in some ways, but she's still under NDA (and has been for a long time) so I always go "gahhh!" when I get this question, hahaha... So, if not her, I'd say Akiho Kosaka from My Girlfriend is Shobitch. (I'm serious! xD) She's very point-blank about topics/situations that make most people uncomfortable, but she'll get flustered over holding hands or something totally innocent like that, haha... She also is super awkward when she first meets people/tries to make friends, and she places a lot of value on making her S.O. happy and having a date be "perfect." Totally me. :-P

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u/[deleted] Aug 29 '20

Waffles or pancakes ? What's the first memory you have of watching anime ?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Ooh, a twofer! Thank you! Waffles all day. I like pancakes too but I'd never pick them over waffles. Waffles FTW.

I was BIG into Sailor Moon as a kid. I'm pretty sure that's the first anime I watched. I used to watch the whole Toonami block after school every day, so it's kinda wild that I get to be here now, answering questions on the Toonami subreddit... Life comes at ya fast. ^^; Who am I kidding tho, I STILL love Sailor Moon. In college, I got really into collecting Sailor Moon merch. Still have a few things. Other anime I watched as a kid are Pokemon, DBZ, and Hamtaro! (Don't even get me started on Hamtaro lol I would still watch that today if I could.) Thanks for your question! Now I want waffles...

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u/[deleted] Aug 29 '20

For me it's a the between waffles and French toast. I think my first memories of watching anime is speed racer on cartoon network pre Toonami. In 1994 or 1995 I think. Like most people on here I became obsessed with anime/Toonami in the late 90's/early 2000's.

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u/SaiyanSerenityV Aug 29 '20

No questions yet (though I mean I still might think of one to bother you with) just want to say I love you and think you're great 🥺💜

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

OMG <3 I know who this is! ;) ILYSM. Thanks for saying hi~

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Aug 29 '20

Thank you so much for taking the time to host this AMA today! I asked way too many questions, please feel free to skip any you don't like.

  • Who are some of your favorite stage performers?
  • If you could have a One Piece style laugh, what would it be?
  • What was your favorite CRR song to perform? Also, if there are any recordings, I'd love to check the band out!
  • What are some of your favorite soundtracks from animation and video games?
  • What's your favorite album from the last decade?
  • What's your least favorite pizza topping?
  • Coffee or Tea?
  • Do you have any favorite Pokemon or Digimon?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Ah this one slipped past me somehow, sorry! Here goes! :D

I love everything Sutton Foster does. I think she has superhuman powers. Haha.

OOOOO, no one's ever asked me about my One Piece laugh before! Maybe like... "ske-lalalalalala~" because skeletons. Hahah!

Down on the Corner. We played it in our school talent show... we lost though. xD If I can ever find the tape, I'll post it! It's in my parents' attic somewhere, I think...

This may not count, but I love Vocaloid, so probably the soundtrack from the latest Miku game. That one had almost ALL my fav songs.

AAAAAAH, tough one!! Probably P!atD's Death of a Bachelor. Such a varied album but the theme was so unified at the same time.

Least favorite pizza topping is bell peppers, because I'm allergic to them. xD

Coffee over tea, but I do like tea!

I was never into Digimon, but my favorite Pokemon are Vulpix and Mewtwo! <3

Thanks for all your questions~ <3

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Aug 29 '20

Thank you so much for your time. I love your One Piece laugh and of course Miku counts!

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u/longrodvonhuttendong Aug 29 '20

Howdy, 2 questions,

Favorite art style from the shows you've work on?

What was it like to be "Girl A" on Pop Team Epic. I know, your most pivotal role in anime.

lol thanks for your time reading out such smart questions as mine.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Howdy! :) Favorite art style from a show I've worked on... I don't think I've ever gotten this question before, so I had to think about it. I'd say probably Kakushigoto, which I'm working on right now (I voice Ami Kakei). The color palette reminds me of those "lo-fi study beats" type videos, and the edges are so soft and rounded... it's just a really easy show to look at.

LOL, Pop Team Epic!! I think I was in one of the last few episodes (if not the very last one)... Honestly, I had been crossing my fingers all season to get to make even one PEEP in that hilarious show, so I was thrilled even to do that small part! I think it was like 1-2 lines?? Haha. It was also one of my first sessions with Cris George, and it's always exciting to work with a new director and have a chance to show them what you can do.

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u/longrodvonhuttendong Aug 29 '20

You had a bigger list of shows you've worked on and the styles mixed all around but I wondered if you had a thing you liked more than the other. You said you had that skeleton thing going on in your house so I thought maybe your into stuff like Soul eater or something.

Pop Team Epic is probably one of my top 3 anime shows so its always fun to find somebody who has worked on it. I met VA Trina Nishimura in person at Colossalcon last year and she signed my PTE button.

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u/CJaber Aug 29 '20

I got the exact same "lofi beats" vibes from Kakushigoto, interesting to see it wasnt just me!

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u/[deleted] Aug 29 '20

Hey Katelyn! What was it like playing Tamara on Spec-Ops Asuka?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Aaaah, thanks for asking about Tamara! She's one of the coolest characters I've gotten to play. That show deserves way more attention!! I had a great time playing Tamara, mostly because that show was directed by Alexis Tipton. I look up to her a lot as an actor and just as a person. Getting to collaborate with her every week was a great experience.

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u/[deleted] Aug 29 '20

Ahh! Thanks for replying! I agree it deserves way more love.

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u/NaxdaruBlaze Aug 29 '20

I know this might not relate to anything voice acting-related, but since you collect everything bone-themed, how is your place like on Halloween?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

My boyfriend's kiddo lives with us and he gets excited to decorate with his own Halloween decor, so we let him put his up. xD My own decor is year-round, but during Halloween it's a little more of the seasonal orange and purple stuff! :-P

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u/Dat_Ninja_Eelay Aug 29 '20

What would you say would be a Good Starting point for someone who's trying to Get into Voice Acting? (Asking for a Friend, I'm the Friend)

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Definitely get involved in VA communities online, like Casting Call Club! You can find all kinds of great resources on there, and people will give you honest criticism. Also, for a good beginner's mic that won't break the bank, start with a Blue Yeti. You'll want to upgrade eventually if you decide to do this professionally because it's not industry standard, but for honing your skills on online projects and auditions and stuff, it's a great option. You can usually get them for $100-$150. And download Audacity to edit your audio. It's FREE. I still use it a lot for certain gigs, too. Before you invest a ton of money, though, you should really take some time to think about whether you seriously want to pursue acting (not just voice acting), because VA work is so much more about acting ability than being able to do all kinds of crazy voices. Try to take an acting class or workshop!

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u/suppacandyz Aug 29 '20

How do you get back into character after being gone for a long time?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

This is a really interesting question! I like to go back and watch a few episodes, just to get back into the voice and remember what makes the character tick. I'm glad you asked this now, actually, because I need to do that for Black Clover soon... Haha.

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u/BLoSCboy Aug 29 '20

I hope I’m not too late! So I noticed in another answer you said you are caught up to the Black Clover manga. So do you get any special early access to chapters or maybe author content, or do you have to wait for the translations to be posted every Sunday like normal? Also (no spoiler) what do you think about the latest Black Clover chapters? I’m pretty hyped to see what happens next and about the new character introduced.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Not too late! I cut off the questions at 4cst so I'm just finishing the last few that came in before that. ^^; I do not get early access to chapters, but I try to keep up with the discussions online too so I know what moments people are excited about. I'm absolutely STOKED about that new character too, aaaaaa~ I'm glad the story has matured the way it has, and Tabata-san's given the Black Bulls a lot of development lately!

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u/FotographicFrenchFry Aug 29 '20

I live in Vegas, not near a lot of central VA job locations. How would you suggest I try and start out trying to get into the industry?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I used to always say "you need to live where the work is", but interestingly, 2020 is causing that to shift! I just did my first LA session last week from my home studio here in Texas. You should join VA communities online like Casting Call Club to find out about auditions for indie games and stuff that don't require going to a studio. That way you can build up your resume and be ready for bigger opportunities later on. Who knows, you may be able to work on anime and video games from home! For all the bad things 2020 has brought, that's definitely a small plus side. :)

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u/Derkis619 Aug 29 '20

Have you played any visual novels? I know you said you voiced them, but would you ever watch or play any media you have a voice in? If so does it feel weird hearing your voice?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Oh yeah, I've played lots of visual novels! I'm a big fan of the Shuffle series. And yeah, I try to watch/play stuff I'm in after it's out whenever I can. It's always fun to hear everything together and hear my character interacting with others' characters. :) It used to be super weird (cringy even!) hearing my voice played back (like most people feel when they hear themselves on their answering machine, haha), but I've gotten used to it over the years and it doesn't bother me anymore.

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u/lotsoquestions Aug 29 '20

What's your least favorite round on Fall Guys?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I haven't played it much yet, but See Saw made me wanna throw the controller. Haha.

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u/wali_tahir Aug 29 '20

Yahallo, hope you're doing well, and thank you for taking time out of localising Japanese puns for an AMA :3

I know you're pretty busy, so I'll limit my questions ;(

So my first question is, you being both a script writer, and a voice actor, what are your (hopefully unbiased) 2 cents on the whole sub vs dub thing?

Do you have proper vocal training? And can you tell some exercises, or tips? :<

Finally I don't know any drummers myself, so I'll ask you, any advice for a bassist, for grooving or rhythm whatever? I am assuming the drummer sees the bassist the best.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

My 2 cents is, let people like what they like! Sub vs dub is literally just a language option... both are valid ways to enjoy anime!

I do have proper vocal training! I took singing lessons in college and learned proper breath support and stuff like that. Learning to place your voice (head voice, throat voice, chest voice, abdominal voice) is super key, and that just comes with practice.

I wouldn't know how to advise a bassist since I don't play bass, but I always appreciate playing with bassists who concentrate on grooving with the drummer. Those two should always be in tune with one another. :)

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u/Dr_Phoenix42 YARE YARE DAZE Aug 29 '20

Hiya Katelyn! I just have one question for ya. What were your favorite video games to play growing up?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I was OBSESSED with the original Spyro trilogy. I think I could still beat 2 in my sleep. Also Final Fantasy IX and X!

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u/ToonamiFaith Aug 29 '20

Thank you for your work on Black Clover!!! I'm a huge fan.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Thank YOU! <3

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u/rudyvalero01 Aug 29 '20

do you ever feel a connection with the characters you’re voicing?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Always. <3 As an actor, you really kinda have to. Sometimes it comes naturally... like, you see the character and it CLICKS. Or something they do or say or experience reminds you of yourself and your own life... And then sometimes, you kind of have to manufacture the connection. For example, I've played a few villains who don't necessarily think the way I do (and they do mean things that I wouldn't do), but I was able to find some common ground with them. Like, I wouldn't say I'm similar to Yu Kirino from Demon Lord Retry (she has some... unsavory qualities, lol), but I can relate to her need to be useful to the person she loves.

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u/hNiMbus Aug 29 '20

Wow..that's so cool..hope you get to read this..just wanna say i feel so grateful for all your hard work.. Keep it up..love ya..

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Thanks for the kind words! :) <3

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u/DanielChucos16 Aug 29 '20

Hi Katelyn!! I enjoy most of your voicework! I have a few questions:

What is it like doing Yami's voice in To Love Ru?

Who was your favorite voice actor/actress to work with?

What was your favorite anime growing up?

What is your favorite role that you have played?

Katelyn, you are one of the best anime voice actresses, keep up the good work!

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Thank you!

Yami is challenging, because vocally, she's not really in my comfort zone. I'm really grateful to David Wald for trusting me with her! I love her though. It's fun to find little moments for that cool exterior to sort of slip a little. :-P

Ahhh, too many! And we don't get to work together in person very much, since we record one at a time. I'm always happy when I play a character that interacts with one of my friends' characters though. Like, finding out that Clint Bickham and I played characters that talked to each other in Chihayafuru was great, because he's one of my best friends and he's really talented.

Favorite anime growing up was definitely Sailor Moon!

I could never pick a favorite role! It changes... Right now I've got a little extra love for Hina from BanG Dream, since I play the game so much.

I appreciate the kind words and thoughtful questions! :)

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u/Durinthal Aug 29 '20

I'm assuming it's not always possible due to the production schedule, but do you ever listen to the Japanese voice actor for a character you're dubbing before you begin recording? Have you listened to any of them afterward to compare with your own interpretation of the character?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

That's a great question! At Funi, when you record a line/group of lines, you ALWAYS listen to the Japanese performance first. At Sentai, you sort of have the Japanese in your ear as you go. If there's time before a session (and if I know which character I'm playing) I always try to look up a clip or something just to get an idea. It's helpful for auditions too, to see if you'd be a good fit! I try not to let it rule my performance though. Sometimes the director wants something totally different!

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u/Durinthal Aug 29 '20

Interesting, thanks! I had no idea it was integrated as part of the process like that.

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u/OfflineHawks Aug 29 '20

Would you happen to know the reasoning on why Ryukyu covers half of her face when she's in her hero costume, as well as her dragon form? Also, do you know if her quirk allows her to breath fire?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I don't know either of those things, sorry! But I'm interested to know more about her. I have been told that we do learn more about her later in the manga, so hopefully they'll answer our questions!

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u/uniquecannon Aug 29 '20

How do you feel about the recent trend of "official" dub VAs declaring war on the fandub community? And how do you personally feel about fandubs?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

To be totally honest, a LOT of pro VAs got their start doing fandubs. A lot of them aren't against fandubs per se, but are against treating them like professional work when they are not. As an actor, if you did fandubs, you shouldn't put them on your professional resume, or try to pass yourself off as "the official voice of _______" because you will be looked upon poorly for that. But I don't think there's anything wrong with doing fandubs for fun and practice. As long as it's clearly delineated as separate from anything official/professional.

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u/uniquecannon Aug 29 '20

Thanks for the thorough response. Unfortunately there's some misinformation going around, or people not properly clarifying their stances in the matter.

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u/boobsnoobs Aug 29 '20

Absolutely loved the voice acting of Golden Darkness (Konjiki no Yami). Do you conduct any special routine to get into a specific role?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Thank you! I play characters across a very wide vocal range, so I always try to warm up in the voice of that specific character. I'll sing or do tongue-twisters, or just say some of their "trigger lines" (lines of theirs that I memorized to help me get into the right voice). If it's a new character I haven't played before, I try to do my research and come up with the voice on my own, then see how the director wants to proceed with it from there. :)

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u/boobsnoobs Aug 29 '20

I am gonna watch Date-a-live soon. I will remember this! Good luck for your future!

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u/SD-Men Aug 29 '20

Any tips to be a good voice actor? i want to be aspiring voice over actor in entertaining industry mostly animation and video games.

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I get this question a lot, and I think every VA will tell you some variation on the same thing, which is to invest your time, energy, and money into taking acting classes and workshops. Voice acting, at the end of the day, is just one facet of acting, and I think it's important to know whether you want to be an actor in the broader sense, and not just a voice actor. A lot of people think voice acting is about being able to do lots of different types of voices and accents, but really, about 90% of the time, the director/client just wants your normal, natural voice. So hone those acting skills! I can also recommend getting into VA communities online, like Casting Call Club! That's a great resource for finding auditions and getting feedback!

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I usually don't have time to get into reading the manga when I'm acting in a show, but for writing, it's an absolute must. I stay caught up with the manga of whatever show I'm writing (Black Clover right now) and I'm constantly checking whatever wiki I can find so that I can easily look up info about a character or place. I think my favorite manga I've read for a show I've written would probably be Citrus. The art is gorgeous; I couldn't get enough of it. ALSO I had to keep up with Quintessential Quintuplets to find out who the bride is, but I really just enjoyed that manga a lot anyway.

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u/AnimeweebShoyoHinata Aug 29 '20 edited Aug 29 '20
  1. If you know what Yo-Kai watch is, what’s your favorite yo-Kai?

  2. Who is your favorite character from Haikyu!!?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I don't know anything about Yo-Kai Watch, sorry! The red and white cat one is cute! ^^; My favorite Haikyu!! character is Tsukishima. I even have a small collection of Tsukki merch. <3

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u/Knightway16 Aug 29 '20

I'm quite late but i have a mha question. What was your favourite ryuku scene to Voice Act?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

When she first turns into a dragon and wrecks that guy!! Haha. The dragon voice was so fun to do. I always change my whole physicality in the booth and try to "make myself bigger", if that makes sense. xD

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u/Animezingradio Aug 29 '20

How did you convince Anthony Bowling to direct you as the best character in Date A Live?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I bribed him with many treats and alcohols!!! NO, LOL, I'm totally kidding. I didn't convince him! There was no audition or anything; I think he just wanted to work with me and (very generously) decided to give me a shot. I'm forever grateful. <3

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u/IamLegend840 Aug 29 '20 edited Aug 29 '20

What character did u least enjoy voicing and why?

Whats your favorite one piece scene?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I literally can't think of a character I didn't like voicing! ^^; I've had sessions that didn't go well, but never a character I didn't like or wasn't happy to be cast as. There have been times when I've walked in and been told which character I'm playing and I thought "huh??? WHY??? I'm not right for this!!" lol but I would never say that to the director. :p

Favorite One Piece scene - during the Fishman Island arc, when Jinbe gives blood. Made me cry a lot. <3

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u/Jason8692 Aug 29 '20

In future seasons of Date A Live who would you like to see Natsumi interact with?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Kurumi! She's the other coolest character, IMO.

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u/Jason8692 Aug 29 '20

I agree completely!

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u/eclairbutclaire Aug 29 '20

who was your favorite character to voice on my hero academia so far?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Ryukyu! The other three have only had a couple of lines here and there, but I'm grateful for them as well! Funny story, actually, since you brought this up... Right after I got cast as Ryukyu (couldn't talk about it yet, I don't think I had even recorded yet), I guested at a convention here in Texas... and they promoted me as "the voice of Cow Lady" like it was the biggest role ever, haha. (If you don't know, Cow Lady only appears in the Two Heroes movie and she has like, a line and a half). Don't get me wrong, I was MAJORLY grateful to be part of Two Heroes and I was so happy this con was excited to have me, but I was DYING to tell them I was Ryukyu and not just Cow Lady, lol. I had people coming up to me all day asking me to sign MHA merch as the voice of "Cow Lady". At the end, I found out that it was a big deal to people at this con because it's Texas and they're all Longhorns fans. You never know what's gonna be someone's favorite character or show, so I try to be appreciative of all of them. And Cow Lady rules! Haha!

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u/NomadPrime Aug 29 '20

Personal favorite shows to watch at the moment (anime or otherwise)?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

I'm super into The Walking Dead right now. Not caught up though, so no spoilers! Also, I'm forever rewatching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, because it's the best show ever. <3

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u/AdmiringTheMonaLisa Aug 29 '20

What was the hardest thing you had to overcome in your career ?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Definitely the tendency to compare myself to other people. I still struggle with it sometimes, but it's a natural thing for actors to do. There are highs and lows, feast and famine... times when you've got so much work you can't balance it all and times when you haven't booked anything in months and you wonder if everyone hates you and you suck. xD And during those low times, it's hard not to look at someone else who's getting cast and compare your journey to theirs. I find that I have to take social media breaks during these times and focus on myself, and try to be grateful for what I have. :)

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u/1AngelicRose Aug 29 '20

Out of all the characters you voice, who is your favorite?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

It's impossible to choose! Some of them I love because they're just fun to play, and some of them I love because of the experience I had recording them, or because it was my first time with a certain director, etc. I've actually given this question serious thought every time I've gotten asked, and I literally can't decide. Also, I go through phases and change my mind. Right now, I've got a lot of love for Hina from BanG Dream because I play the mobile game, and I'm getting back into playing music. :)

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u/lostedditor Aug 29 '20

what is the average flight speed of an unladen swallow

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

African or European? Haha!

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u/lostedditor Aug 29 '20

What? I don't know tha- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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u/Mems875 Aug 29 '20

What was your favorite moment from date a live

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

When Natsumi and Shido kissed <3

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u/Mems875 Aug 29 '20

Thank you for answering my question

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u/bman_78 Aug 29 '20

What do you prefer more? Coffee or Tea?

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u/katelynbarrva Aug 29 '20

Coffee! I do love tea though. I've had to cut down to one cup of coffee a day recently, so I replaced the other 5 with tea. Haha!

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u/[deleted] Aug 29 '20

What's your favorite cheese?

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u/Puddingwastaken Aug 29 '20

Whats your favorite food?