What is your age?
Over 21.

Who are your influences?
As a kid, I loved Flip Wilson – for general entertainment inspiration. For acting, I’d say Laurence Olivier and James Earl Jones [also for that great voice!] My main influence in voiceover is Frank Welker – he was just amazing. I also think these guys are great – Jess Harnell, who was very kind to me at one of my first jobs. I was very nervous and showed up 45 minutes late! He helped me tremendously. Also, Billy West, who is not from this galaxy – the first time I heard him, he blew me away!

In studio recording with Grammy Winning Engineer Tom Weir at Studio City Sound, recording remake of Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Baby"

  What’s your educational background? Do you have a drama degree? If so, from where?
I went to Syracuse University, where I got a B.F.A. in Theatre.

What did you do before you got into voice acting?
Stage acting and on-camera work.

How did you get into the business?
I studied theatre, and through friends’ referrals - I asked to meet their agent, etc.

How long have you been in it?
Professionally, since 1989.

How many rejections from talent agencies did you get before one offered to represent you?
I was very lucky – I didn’t go through that. I got in through a friend. I was very green in those days.

What was your first gig?
It was an on-camera commercial for AT&T. My stage debut came in college in Romeo and Juliet with Syracuse Stage.

At what point did you decide that VO work was going to be your main medium?
It just really kind of started happening around 1993.

What are your other interests?

Karaoke – I was an International Champion in Los Angeles in 1995! I also enjoy video games a lot. Plus my remote control toys – I just love toys!

Do you do music or stand-up comedy?
I tried stand-up in NY, I was successful but I never pursued it.

Do you produce anything?
I’m producing Monica Burnett’s album. I’m also developing ideas – both voiceover and animation. I would like to pursue producing those perhaps.

How should fans contact you?
Through the email link on the Contact page or contact my agent.

What medium do you most prefer to work in [on-camera and VO, TV and film]?
All of them!

Did you take any voice cues from Mark Hamill for The Joker?
His energy? Yes. I try not to otherwise…you might hear some similarities, but I’m really trying to be more like Cesar Romero’s interpretation of the character [from the 60’s TV series.]

What commercials have you been in?
On-camera, I've been in ads for Wendy’s, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, AT&T, Nyquil, Tyson Chicken and too many others to remember.

What are the favorite characters that you’ve voiced?
Captain Gantu from Lilo & Stitch, Barney Rubble, The Joker, of course, and the Happy Elf.

Have you ever felt typecast?
I sometimes get looks from people when I’m playing on the microphone that look like they’re thinking “How did that come from you?” Sometimes, but not often – once in a blue.

Have you liked everything you’ve done or did you ever do anything just to have work?
Not really – I just did it because it’s my job.

Copyright ©2006 Kevin Michael Richardson