Interview with Justin S Barrett
To celebrate'Devils, Angels & Dating' reaching 2 Million views on YouTube, we wanted to check in on our talented team members to see where they are and what they've been up to since they worked on the film. This is a conversation with the voice of Devil and Cupid, Justin S Barrett.
Tell us about your discovery of 'Devils, Angels & Dating', then what you ended up working on during the project.
I can't recall exactly how Idiscoveredtheproject. I think I was browsing around some animation websites and sawa postabout it, or itmight'vebeenon Twitter. Anyway, however I found it, I checked out the progress at the time, and it caught my interest, so I reached out to see if therewasanyneed forvoicetalent for the characters. I was initially toldthecharacterswouldn'tbe speaking, but then was later approached about doing some nonverbal vocalizations for them. I recorded material for bothCupidandthe devil, and then was later asked to voice some narration that would beplacedthroughoutthe short, as though the devil were looking back on the situation many years later.
What were your thoughts, hopes and concerns about the project at the time, and how do you feel about it now?
Did Devils change the way you approach your career at all?
Not really, though it did put a nice feather in my cap when I could say that I had voiced two of the three characters -- plus the narrator -- in an animated short. To be able to point people to a single project that is a great example of the diverse voices that I can produce is very uncommon.
Whathaveyou been up to professionally since your involvement in Devils?
Inthevoice-overrealm,I'veworkedon quite a few things since then, includingacouple audio books, a video game, numerous online videos, some radio commercials, and a feature-length documentary.
Have you worked on any other short films since Devils?
Not of the animated variety, though as an actor, I've had parts in afewlive-actionshortfilms and an independent feature film. It's called "Left", and is about a young woman with Erb's Palsy who is working to overcome her handicap and learn to play the piano. The Facebook page is here:
Are you working on any personal projects?
Iused towritestrangelittle songs on my computer back in the day, and I've been trying to get back into music creation now I've got a bit more experience with my DAW (Reaper). My initialprojectin that vein is a remix of a Pentatonix song, and I'll post the finished piece to mySoundcloud channelwhen it's done (a short sample is up now, posted a few months ago). I'm also slowly working on a significant rework/update ofmy tweenMachine tool for Maya, and have a fun holiday-themed VO piece that I plan onproducing for Christmas. Oh, and I also produced (and partly voiced)a parody commercialbased on the original spot for Aflac. That was fun.
I was recently invited to direct a stage play, and we're in the early stages of rehearsals. It's a hilarious comedy called "Always a Bridesmaid," and will be presented on the Iris Theatre stage inside Books and Crannies in Terrell, TX. If you're in the Dallas area, I'd love to see you at one of the shows! Opening night isOctober 31, and it will run for two weekends. For more details and ticket reservations, call Books and Crannies at972-563-5481.