On November 19, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales conducted a 3-hour voice acting workshop for the Animation students of iAcademy in Makati City. Over 30 participants attended the workshop to learn about the art of giving life to animation through the use of voice.
The VoiceMaster shared the story of his journey in the voice acting world. He told the story of how he discovered his talent and inclination for the craft, and how it has given birth to his vision to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia. He also talked about the opportunities that await those who want to get in to the industry, as well as the future of voice acting amidst all the technological advancements today.
The VoiceMaster also went beyond the topic of voice acting and also highlighted the importance of voice as the most powerful human instrument. He shared how voice is what makes an animation human, and that voice is what enables us to move the world with our message. The VoiceMaster drove the point home as amazed the audience with a repertoire of character voices that he has done and imitated – cartoon characters, famous personalities and celebritites. He also performed a one-man live radio drama for the participants, and afterwards asked the students to draw the characters that they heard in the radio drama.
The VoiceMaster’s talk was not only informative, but more importantly, a very inspirational one. His story of how he made it in the voice acting industry was not only a testament of his talent, but also of his passion and commitment to be true to the life mission he has discovered for himself. He encouraged the students to identify their life purpose – their calling – and dedicate their life to pursuing and living that calling.