Today we’re joined by Eliott. Eliott is a phenomenally talented Japanese voice actor who mostly works in the Homestuck community. When he’s not voice acting, Eliott also does some singing, mostly Vocaloid. He’s got a great amount of enthusiasm for his art, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I do some voice acting and singing. I mostly voice act in
the Homestuck community, but I’ve
done other fandoms such as Steven
Universe and My Little Pony, and
I’m in a few original productions where I’m not imitating a voice. For my
singing, I just cover songs that I feel like, whether it be popular songs by
mainstream artists like Fallout Boy or Imagine Dragons or more niche songs like
Vocaloid or anime openings. I also combine my VA work with my singing by
singing as a character. Of course, this is mostly Homestuck because that’s how I got into voice acting, but that’s
What inspires you?
For my VA work, it’s mostly anime voice actors in Japan,
like Ikue Otani (Chopper from One Piece,
Pikachu), Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke from Naruto,
England from Hetalia), and Daisuke
Namikawa (Italy from Hetalia, Eustass
Kid from One Piece). I can’t really
list off English voice actors because I just don’t watch dubs all that often,
and in most cases, I prefer the original Japanese voices. For my singing, I’d
say my number one inspiration is Case (hi I’m Case). Not a lot of people know
of them, but they’re a musician in Wisconsin that some people might know if they
were in the Homestuck fandom. Their
music is super relatable to me, and I honestly aspire to be like them one day
and actually write my music too, not just do covers. Other than Case, I enjoy
works of Fallout Boy, Imagine Dragons and Taylor Swift. I also enjoy Idina
Menzel (voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen,
Elphaba in Wicked) and wish I was as
talent as her, haha.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
As I briefly mentioned earlier, Homestuck got me into voice acting. I saw works of Zanney (Broadway
Karkat) and wanted to be like them, and singing just came as part of the
package since I tried to go straight into the voice acting/singing field.
I’d always wanted to be an artist, yes, and originally it
was somewhere in music. Considering not many artists live off of doing only covers of songs, though, I was a bit
discouraged. I mean, I couldn’t compose well just because of my lack of musical
creativity, and I still can’t, and I’ve honestly come to terms with that. I
know all the musical theory that goes into composing, but I just couldn’t compose. That combined with the
fact that the entertainment industry is really a hit or miss, I thought that
I’d keep this on the sidelines as my super dedicated hobby.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t really have that “trademark me” type stuff, just
because I work for other people and their projects. I guess the most unique
thing is having people ask how I do my “Nepeta voice” which is pretty high and
cutesy (imagine the range of Honey senpai from Host Club or Chopper from One
Piece) when my regular speaking tone is much lower, and I try to use that
vocal versatility for a variety of projects. Then again, I’m starting HRT soon
so I won’t be able to do it anymore, haha.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up. I know it’s been said countless times, but
just don’t give up. Unless you’re a prodigy, you won’t get cast in the first
production you auditioned for, and you won’t get a million notes on your first
song that you post. Show it to friends and boost it, but you’ll only really get
two or three notes. That’s not your fault, and it doesn’t mean that you’re bad
at it. It just means that people don’t know you yet. Keep working, keep
improving, and keep faith. With time, there will come a time when people will
recognize you at conventions or just online through your voice.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I’m an asexual. I say I’m homoromantic but I’m also leaning
towards demiromantic, but I’m not sure about that part yet.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I guess I have, in a way. It’s not a “aces are actually
cishet and don’t belong in LGBT spaces” type deal, but a lot of the people who
are trying to be inclusive of all genders and sexualities just … forget about
asexual people, y’know? Mostly in the original podcasts, which are trying to be
inclusive with leads being trans and/or POC and whatnot, forget about us aces.
If they do remember, the label of ace is slapped on that one kid that appears
in episode 4 for two minutes. Don’t get me wrong, not all podcasts do this, but
it’s still really frustrating to see other marginalized orientations be
represented more than others. We’re like the one percent of the one percent. No
one sees us. Those that I’ve brought this up to, though, have been pretty cool about
it, saying that they’ll either write in an asexual character or straight up
start another podcast with an ace as a lead, and I think that’s pretty awesome!
More to come on that later, hopefully.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“Aces don’t have sex” probably. I’m 21. I’ve had sex. I
don’t really like it, and probably somewhere between neutral and sex-repulsed.
I mean, part of my asexuality might have come from past trauma and maybe that’s
why I don’t enjoy it? I don’t know, and I honestly don’t care why I’m ace. I just know that I am. Date
at Cheesecake Factory? Perfect. Taking me to Outback so you can get laid? Back
Another is that because I’m ace, I can’t find people
attractive and/or make lewd jokes. Like, yeah, I’m ace, that doesn’t mean I
can’t appreciate the way people look and fall in love with them. For the jokes,
especially, I’m pretty sure that I make these jokes because I’m ace. It’s just… I guess how I cope and a way for people
to stay off my ass about being ace. “OMG are you a plant” is so old, and jokes
are funnier and easier to deal with than that aphobic bullcrap.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Don’t listen to all the negative stuff that the media spews
at you. They’re just uninformed and ignorant, and that’s their loss, not yours.
You are 100% valid. Whether your asexuality comes from trauma or not, whether
you love sex or not, none of that really matters in the end. If you’re asexual,
embrace it. Find other aces who want to actually Netflix and Chill, binge ice
cream, and talk about puppies. You are not broken, and you are valid.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
All of my voice related work (reblogged or original posts)
can be found on my voice blog at http://skylerva.tumblr.com.
I made the blog before I changed my name to Eliott and that’s why it’s Skyler,
but don’t worry, that’s still me.
Thank you, Eliott, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.