US voice actor to visit Gold Coast expo
WHEN US woman Brina Palencia was a kid watching Dragon Ball Z after school, she had no idea she’d one day voice two of its characters.
With the animation industry ever-expanding, voice acting has become a more competitive niche than when Palencia first walked into a recruiting business and asked for an audition.
While she remains humble in her astounding success, she was looking forward to appearing at the Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova Pop Culture Expos in April.
“I’m so excited,” Palencia said.
She visited Supanova in Brisbane several years ago and was keen to see more of the country.
“I had such a great time and I’ve been really itching to come back,” she said.
“I’m just excited to experience the culture and experience two new cities.
“I’m keen to see what else Australia has to offer.”
Palencia, who works out of Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, Califormia, boasts a string of voice acting roles too long to list.
She said the fans she met at conventions were representative of her vast and diverse experience.
Along with voicing the characters Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Palencia has performed as Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Shirayuki in Snow White With the Red Hair, Touka in Tokyo Ghoul and a handful of other anime, video games and live action productions.
“I like playing diverse characters,” Palencia said.
“They’re all very very different from one another in terms of range, vocally and emotionally.”
She said it was “surreal” to go from being a fan of shows like Dragon Ball Z to working on them.
At Supanova, she looked forward to seeing fans dress up as her characters.
“That’s the coolest part,” she said. “I used to watch it every day after school with my friends, so to see kids enamoured with the things we work on… it’s really surreal.
“When we’re just a language option on a DVD, I’m just happy that it matters and that it moves people.”
Supanova is at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 8-10. For tickets or more info, visit supanova.com.au.