For Actors/Aspiring Actors
What microphone do you use to record?
I normally use the Sennheiser MKH-416 (shotgun mic) for game and narration recordings, and Neumann TLM103 (large-diaphragm condenser) for animation and anime recordings. If you have a specific request for your project, feel free to note it in your e-mail!
What are your rates for voiceover recording?
Rates vary widely based on a number of factors, such as type of project, workload, and how it will be used/distributed. Please contact me with details of your project if you would like a specific quote!
Can you help me with finding actors to voice the other characters?
Yes, absolutely! I have assisted with casting for several game projects in the past and am connected with a diverse roster of hundreds of other voice talent. I can also assist with preparing audition materials and curating submissions. Please contact me if this is a service you are interested in!
How soon can you deliver audio files?
Many times, audio for self-directed projects can be turned around within 24 hours (save for long-form recordings), but please discuss any specific deadline/availability needs for your project at the time of booking.
Can you edit the files?
I can provide basic cleanup of the recordings. Individual file splitting/labeling is available for an extra fee. If you need the audio to be mastered, I suggest working with an audio engineer/dialogue editor to ensure that everyone in the cast has consistently edited audio that meets the specifications of the project.
Can we listen in on the recording and give direction?
Yes. Live-directed sessions will be subject to current schedule availability, but there are a variety of options for connecting including Source Connect (Standard or Now), Zoom, Skype, or Discord.
Can you do ADR/dubbing remotely?
Yes! I have a large monitor in my booth and hardwired Internet, and have recorded many hours of dubbing remotely including for major studios in both the California and Texas markets. Note that your studio will need to be set up for ADR on your end (usually SourceConnect Standard/Now or SessionLink for audio recording, Zoom/Skype for video sharing). If you are an independent client who needs me to dub to video on my own time and place all the audio myself, this is possible too, but it will result in an extra hourly fee for the editing work.
Can you come in-studio to record?
If the studio is located in the Los Angeles area, this is certainly a possibility. If the studio is out of town, all travel/accommodations will need to be discussed prior.
Do you only do character work, or are you available for narration work as well?
I’m happy to voice all sorts of projects and can easily transition my style from game & animation work to explainer videos, e-Learning, announcements, commercials, automated phone messaging, kiosks, trailers, you name it! Please feel free to contact me for a custom sample.
Are you open to doing indie/student projects?
This depends on a number of factors, such as type of project, schedule availability, pay rate and workload. Please feel free to contact me with the details of your project and we can discuss—or if I’m not available, I can refer you to other actors who are!
**FOR ACTORS/ASPIRING ACTORS**
How do I get into voice acting? Do you have any tips/tricks for people wanting to go into this field?
Please read “How do I get into voice acting?” Mega Thread – it explains everything in depth and will likely answer most of your questions!
How long have you been voice acting?
I started as a hobby in 2004, but have been voice acting professionally since around 2011 when I moved to California (with a few on-and-off professional roles before that).
Do you offer coaching or classes?
I do not currently offer coaching, as I believe there are many others more qualified to offer this service. I occasionally appear as a guest instructor for specialized workshops run by various studios, but I do not directly offer classes. If you are looking for a coach or instructor, I suggest checking out the #classes-coaches-workshops channel on the <a href=”http://discord.gg/voiceactingclub”>VAC Discord Server</a>.
I heard you offer live direction for demo reels—how can I get more information?
You can find all the most up-to-date information regarding my demo directing services <a href=”http://demoservices.kirabuckland.com”>here</a>. You will need to source your own script writer and audio mixer. Please keep in mind that this service is meant for those who aren’t quite ready to invest in a professionally produced demo, but need something in the interim to submit to indie clients, online castings, etc. If you are at the point where you are ready for agency representation, you are encouraged to save your money for an industry-level demo producer.
Are you available to meet one-on-one for mentorship, consultation, etc?
Usually, a mentorship is a unique situation that happens naturally. As much as I would love to be able to meet with everyone and give individualized advice, I unfortunately just don’t have the time and emotional resources available to do so. However, if you just have some questions you need answered, I founded the <a href=”http://voiceactingclub.com”>Voice Acting Club</a> as a free resource to connect with other actors and share advice. You’re also welcome to shoot me a quick email if you have something specific that’s not answered in the guides, and I’ll do my best to answer your question.
How can I get your autograph?
My <a href=”http://kirabuckland.storenvy.com”>online autograph shop</a> is generally open year-round with the exception of the holiday break, and I occasionally do themed events through <a href=”http://streamily.com/kirabuckland”>Streamily</a> as well. If you have a personal item you would like signed (such as a DVD, figure, or game case), this service is currently only available at in-person events such as conventions.
Can you do shoutouts/voice recordings/personal messages as one of your characters?
Due to legal and contractual reasons, I am generally unable to provide unofficial voice recordings as my characters, including/especially in exchange for payment. If you have a unique circumstance for strictly personal use that you feel warrants an exception (for example: I once voiced a greeting for someone’s car!) then e-mail me and we will discuss. Otherwise, if you just want a gift for a friend or family member, please consider <a href=”http://kirabuckland.storenvy.com”>purchasing an autograph</a> instead—it can be addressed to that person and even include a quote or custom message of your choosing.
Can I interview you for my podcast/YouTube channel?
As I am often extremely busy with recording and events, I often do not have time to do interviews, but I will consider them on a case-by-case basis depending on my current availability, the concept for your show and various other factors. You can read my <a href=”http://interviews.kirabuckland.com”>interview policy</a> here.
Can you come to a convention near me?
The best way to get ANY guest you want to see is to tell the people in charge of guest relations at the convention that you want to see us! Attendee input carries a lot more weight than us e-mailing the con saying we’d like to go, so please reach out to your local convention(s) via e-mail, social media, their forums or a guest suggestion page and let them know who you’d like to see.
Can I add you on Facebook/Skype/Discord/PSN/Pokemon GO/etc?
My personal accounts are reserved for close friends and family only. However, please feel free to connect and chat on Twitter (@KiraBuckland) or connect with a community of other voice actors at the Voice Acting Club.
Do you accept gifts/letters/fan art?
Yes. My PO Box address is:
1812 W Burbank Blvd #151
Burbank, CA 91506
*Please note that any items sent to this address cannot be returned.
What is your favorite role that you have voiced?
Jolyne Cujoh from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (my dream role of 8 years!)
Who is your biggest creative inspiration?