A fourth grade teacher helped provide a unique opportunity for success by encouraging a student to pursue a voice acting career when he set up a one on one interview between the student and a video game voice actor.
Scott Clark is a fourth grade teacher at Johnson Elementary, in the Rockford Public School System. He routinely brings guests to his class to speak about interesting careers. These guests have included a musician, a video game developer, and a member of the Peace Corps, among others.
For the school's annual career day, Clark noticed a poster by incoming fourth grader Amanda Martin, about her dream career in voice acting. She makes her friends laugh by speaking in funny voices. Clark tweeted a photo of the poster to Cissy Jones, a video game voice actor he got to know through his podcast, The Gaming Outsider. After Jones retweeted the photo, it became popular, and Clark set up a Skype interview between Amanda and Cissy Jones.
“We were just floored,” said Angela Martin, Amanda’s mother. “It was a dream come true.”
Jones included two other voice actors in the Skype conversation, because she felt it was important for Amanda to know other points of view.
“The thing I love about voice acting is that everybody seems to have gotten into it from different means,” Jones said.
Jones connected Amanda with an audition for a video game that is currently being developed. Clark helped her record the audition. The selection process could take a year.