Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlyn Elizabeth.
Hi Caitlyn, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I had no intention of moving to California or being an actress when I grew up, but here I am! It’s never a quick story of how you get from point A to B, but I’ll summarize as best I can. My parents started me in music and the arts very early. Piano started at 4, and I can remember plenty of drawing classes. Ballet and jazz dance kept me busy until I was around 10 when I picked up French horn and upright double bass.
Bass stayed in my life until I was 19, and during that time I had picked up jewelry making, stained glass, ceramics, and woodworking. I spent my summers horseback riding or out in the woods. There was also musical theater, a LOT of video games, anime, writing and drawing around this time. In college, I was still pursuing the arts and ended up with a studio arts degree at Indiana University. During my stint at Ivy Tech and IU, I worked for a video game website that traveled across the country to conventions. We interviewed guests, took photos, and wrote articles of our weekend excursions. I also ended up working for several other vendors at conventions: Blonde Swan Hats, The Leather Lair, Pendragon Costumes, Steampunkfunk Bizarre, and others. Usually wearing corsets and heels while selling modern Victorian garb to the nerdy masses. This led to friendships with some of the attendees and guests, who encouraged me to pursue a creative field in LA. I moved to Los Angeles in 2015 aiming to build sets and props as I had always enjoyed working with my hands.
Driving across the country in my little car filled with all my belongings, I was determined to make whatever happened ‘work’. I was still writing for gadget and technology websites at that time but knew I’d need more work. Background acting was an occasional income boost, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed the performing arts. Most of my friends in California were voice actors, so it should come as no surprise that when my interest in acting was piqued, I ended up in voice acting first. My first major role was as Croix Meridies in Little Witch Academia, and since then I’ve done dozens of projects such for commercials, video games, live action dubs, and more. While I had some acting training as a kid, I hadn’t taken time to truly hone the craft, so I’ve spent the last four years heavily pursuing training. I’m currently honing my toolkit to enter the on camera realm, of which I’ve already had a taste through PA’s, produced by StoryBored. That experience led me to being a host on Nerd On! the Podcast, of which I’ve been a host for three and a half years now! There is certainly more to the story, but that seems like enough to whet an appetite.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
HA! The road is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough, and at other times completely unpaved. As soon as I learn something, I’ll find ten more things I didn’t know. There’s a comfort in that though! Knowing everything would be boring. Once you become hungry for knowledge and understanding, it’s then a battle to figure out how to focus that hunger. You can’t just run in every direction willy nilly (though I did try). In my day-to-day life, I’m juggling acting, writing, a day job, streaming, podcasting, and more. That is greatly reduced from previous years though as I focus on what is both realistic AND makes me feel happy and fulfilled.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a voice and on camera actor! Some of my more notable roles have been Croix Meridies from Little Witch Academia, being the commercial voice of Build a Bear Workshop for a couple of years, and more recently for Monster Hunter Rise (Hunter – Voice Type 19), Genshin Impact (Donna, Gotelinde), and Smite (Mighty Mage Cupid). Also had my first stint doing audio description, which is broadening my horizons to a new way of experiencing media. I’ve also adapted some of the scripts I’ve performed. For the last several years, I’ve worked in adaptation for primarily Netflix shows. The Innocents, Willy and the Guardians of the Lake, Berlin, Berlin, and others! I like to know every aspect of the production process to help me be a better performer. Our industry is constantly changing, and if you understand the technology and process, it helps you stay ahead of curveballs. I’ve been an adapter, first AD, boom operator, time coder, and more.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The pandemic definitely changed things. Self tapes for on camera and recording remotely for voice over sessions are now very normal. There is a huge push for AI to take some aspects of voice over, and the technology is not far off to do so. I’m no expert in that field, but it’s something to keep your fingers on the pulse of. A virtual model has been signed by CAA, and Vtubers are on the rise, so digital everything will likely be making huge strides before long.
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