Being the voice double for such a phenomenal and recognizable actor has been both a blessing and a curse.
Who is Sir Christopher Lee
He was a British actor with over 70 years of experience and is best known for his roles as Count Dracula, Count Dooku, Francisco Scaramanga, Saruman, as well as a plethora of other roles. As of his death in June in 2015 he had been in at least 116 films, and possibly more given how many foreign and indie films he was apart of during his time.
For more on this legendary actor, follow this link here.
How did you land the job?
Well, that is a long story. Last May, I auditioned along with a few thousand other people to voice a character Sir Christopher Lee portrayed on several occasions. (Sorry about being vague, I am still under my NDA.) A month later the casting call ended and by then we were supposed to have been asked for a call back if we were needed. As you can imagine, I never got that call. I was disappointed, sure, but it wasn’t unexpected. I hadn’t been doing voice-over work very long and it was all fairly new to me. Then in July of 2017 I get a phone call from the casting director saying that there was a mix up of contact information and asked if I would like to voice the legend himself. Obviously, I said yes and I’ve been his voice double ever since!
Why it sucks…
Having been a professional voice talent for some time now, I can safely say it has been a blessing and a curse being the voice double of such a legendary actor. It’s a blessing because I don’t have to experiment with new voices and directors come to me with work, not the other way around. However, it has been a bit of a curse as well. I was recently hired for a five-day recording session and it was an incredible but odd experience, to say the least.
I walk into the studio, do my warm-ups, and then start reading the first paragraph of the script. It wasn’t far into it that they cut me off and told me that my voice wasn’t the voice they hired me for. They hired me to sound like Sir Christopher Lee. I shrugged my shoulders and complied. I mean, the pay was fantastic and I had loved voicing the legendary actor. However, after five days I would find myself naturally talking like Sir Lee. It was irritating for sure. Which leaves me wondering now, “Is this the only way I am going to find paid work? Using someone else’s voice instead of my own?”
I don’t know. Like I said, a blessing and a curse.
Never the less we are in the home stretch on these personal posts! One more to go! See you all then!