A piece on how Shea’s voice is part of his identity.
When you think of a “voice-over actor,” you may think of people who are behind the scenes, responsible for the voices of Spongebob Squarepants, Elsa from Frozen, or even Dora the Explorer. But that’s only skimming the surface of what a voice-over actor can do. When Shea Cunha thinks of a voice-over actor, he thinks of his hobby, and his future career.
Shea has been passionate about voice acting ever since he was twelve years old, when he created an outgoing voicemail message and his sister pointed out he had a great voice. Since then, he has worked on many, many projects of his own, ranging from voicing the credits at the ends of podcasts, to creating spoken word videos for friends.
When someone meets Shea for the first time, his voice is the first thing they’ll notice. When I first met Shea, a group of us were playing a game of Cards Against Humanity. He was reading each card in some sort of an over-animated voice – which I thought was cool, of course. For the whole game, I couldn’t stop thinking that this guy had a great voice, one you would hear somewhere in digital media. He went on to explain that voice acting was his passion. If he never fully realized the potential of his voice, Shea says he would have absolutely no idea what he would be doing instead. His exposure to voice acting has also gotten him into audio editing; Shea truly knows the ins and outs of his field. Because his whole college life revolves around voice-over, audio editing, and other jobs in media production, he can’t imagine himself doing anything else. Shea believes that this is the field he belongs in, because if it weren’t for his voice, he would not be where he is today.
One of Shea’s favorite things to do is to make voice-over tracks for his Dungeons and Dragons games. Shea loves D&D equally to voice-over. He thought, what’s better than to mix the two passions and create something based off of them both. He’s done many voice components to all of his campaigns, voicing different characters, or narrating the story. Most recently, he played D&D with his friends, who are all at different colleges, over video chat. He recorded the audio of the game, and edited it together, with his voice narrating the whole campaign. He loves doing things like this, since he can keep creative documentation of him and his friends having fun and doing what they love, all the while adding to his extensive portfolio.
Shea was happy to talk about his passion as he can go on and on about the art of voice-over, but in a good way. It’s great that young people have the ability to find their passions so early on in life. If you want to watch Shea talk about his passion, check out this video!