Working in the voice over industry definitely has its perks. But of all the experiences that I’ve had, since entering the field at sixteen, some of the most enjoyable were spent working with people like producers Taro Koki and Masa Kuji while voicing the auto enthusiast DVDs for Best Motoring and Hot Version. I had the pleasure of being, as Taro goes on to put it, “the voice of Best Motoring” from 2004 to the most recent project we completed just late last year.
So anyway, the other day I came across a couple of the DVDs we had worked on together and thought it would be cool to reach out to Taro to see how things are going over at Best Motoring—which has now evolved in to one of the most actively viewed online video networks for auto enthusiasts…GT Channel.
Here is a bit about my experience while working with Best Motoring/GT Channel, what they are currently up to, and according to Taro Koki, the unveiling of a car that you won’t want to miss:
DL: Taro- tell me a about any exciting projects or media you may be currently working on.
TK: Well, we just kicked off Season 2 of “Behind the Smoke.” The series follows current drifting champion Dai Yoshihara.
DL: GT Channel has a great blog for catching the unveiling of new cars! Are there any new cars that you might be looking forward to?
TK: The Scion FRS. In fact, I believe the first unit was delivered to a Toyota today. It is the first light, compact, rear wheel drive car from Toyota in a long time. And although it is only 200 HP people are looking forward to it.
DL: To put you on the spot, what was the worst part of working with me?
TK: Nothing. Working together was great! When people hear your voice elsewhere they point it out as the voice of Best Motoring.
DL: Well, you’re very kind. So, we both know there were just a few Japanese names that I had trouble with. Recall any?
TK: You know, surprisingly, also a lot of European names. Fiat and Ferrari models were pretty tough.
DL: I might be throwing myself under the bus a bit here, but what about any English words?
TK: The English pronunciation of Porsche was one that actually stumped us both once. We had to make a phone call or two…
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A special thanks not only to Taro for allowing me to share his experiences, but also Scott Schlichter and his team at Dogma Studios, for not only authoring the DVDs but also with post production.
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