August 12, 2015 Erin Fitzgerald is a skilled voice actress who has lent her talents to several anime and video games. Since 1994, she has amassed a prolific list of credits in several cartoons and anime, but the lion's share of her work is in video games. Some of her roles include Agnes (Bravely Default: Flying Fairy), Noire (the Hyperdimension Neptunia series), Quark (Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward), Raquna (Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl), Polka (Eternal Sonata), multiple roles in Dragon's Crown (including Sorceress), and many many more. She is probably most well known among RPGFan readers for taking over the role of Chie Satonaka in Persona 4: The Golden, Persona 4: Arena, and Persona 4: The Anime. We, are therefore, honored and privileged that Erin Fitzgerald took the time out to speak with us about her experiences.
Erin: To me, it was never "voiceover work" — it was just another aspect of acting. I did all genres of acting back in the day, and then when I discovered acting behind the mic, it quickly became my favorite.
Erin: Acting influences are Peter Sellers, Jennifer Saunders, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Mike Myers, Gary Oldman, and Julie Andrews.
Erin: I use my character acting training that I studied for many years. It's all character development, and it takes a team of people to do it. The director and writer have tremendous influence and say about how a character is to be performed, and the company does too. Did you know that Agnes was originally recorded with a French accent before Square Enix Japan got uncomfortable with it, concerned that English speakers would not like it, and we re-recorded everything without?
Erin: For video games, you are RARELY given anything beforehand, and if you are, it is only your lines with no description of what's going on in the game. Anime, you get to at least see before you enter the booth when you get there. Prelay (editor's note: voicing now what will be animated later), you usually get the script beforehand (but not always), and if you are lucky, there will be a storyboard. But that seems to be getting rarer and rarer these days.
Erin: There are wayyyyy too many lines in a video game to have all the actors record together. It would probably quadruple the time in the booth. That is standard.
Erin: I was given freedom by Yu Namba (editor's note: a senior project manager at Atlus) to do Chie my own way and not mimic the original actress. That made me very comfortable in what can sometimes be an uncomfortable situation.
Erin: EXHAUSTING! I was soaking wet from sweat after every session and many times required a nap.
Erin: Super fun and over the top! Love getting to be that campy!
Erin: I have a tomboy side of me. Quark was easy for me to get to. Again, it is ALWAYS about character creation, NOT voice.
Erin: Yup, Dragon's Crown is my favorite.
Erin: Scuba Diving, Cards Against Humanity, dancing, hanging with my pets, playing video games and traveling.
Erin: More of what I am doing!!!!!!
Erin: Please take proper acting classes and train in the craft of acting; it seems to be a dying art, with so many people who think having a "quirky" voice is all that is required. 99.9% of the top talent they will be competing against have classical acting training and have spent a lot of time in the theater performing (and many of them still do).
Erin: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! It blows my mind that anyone even knows who I am. That you would take time out of your game play or program watching to find out really makes me grateful. Thanks for supporting my work and characters for all these years! ♥
We at RPGFan would like to thank Erin Fitzgerald for taking the time out for us, and we hope to hear more from her in future projects. To hear more of her work, visit her website!