We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty Anderson/Ty The Voice Guy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Billings, Mt and spent the first 15 years of my life there. My Mom remarried when I was 5 and my older sister and myself joined his family of 3, Ed, my stepdad, Kellie my stepsister and Gus my stepbrother, both older.(Our little sister Sandra would come along 2 years later).
For the 7 years they were married, I would have considered myself “Upper Middle class”. I went to the same elementary school from 1st til 6th. Went roller skating every weekend and spent a hellava lot of time outside using playing with mass amounts of neighborhood kids, using my imagination and not owning a cell phone, video game platform (except for Pong) or streaming TV. (Just a lot of reruns of Cartoons, Brady Bunch and Hogans Heroes!)
Here lies my voice acting impact at a young age…my brother Gus. He may have been a bit of a butthead, but he introduced me to so many things that have brought me to this point in my life, artistically.
It all starts with Looney Tunes, ALL the characters in the old school Warner Brothers cartoon vault. Then it was black and white monster movies. Frankenstein, The Mummy and GODZILLA! Then it was Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The list goes on, until one night, I introduced him to Saturday Night Live. Then SCTV.
I have absolutely fantastic memories of those 7 years, with my brother, watching monster movies, cartoons and strange English men dressed as woman doing weird walks.
Thank you Gus!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Professional Voice Actor. I have “branded” myself a VoiceSlinger. Why? Because I hope it helps me stand out a little bit from the hundreds of thousand “voice actors” who suddenly appeared during the pandemic.
So here’s how I got to where I am today…
First was lots of cartoons and any TV show actors I could mimic, repeat it to people and make them laugh.(That kept me out of getting beat up sometimes) Flash forward 20 years later. I started out being an on-air personality on talk and country radio, shortly after graduating technical college for Radio Broadcasting.
I discovered that I wasn’t meant for talk OR country radio, but experience, in any form, is a good thing.
I found that I really enjoyed being a Club DJ. So for 30+ years of my life…that’s what I did. I really enjoyed being out with a crowd and partying and having fun with them whilst I got paid.
Well the body, mind and hearing can take only so much so I decided to move my energies to voice over and voice acting.
Breaking into the industry was very hard, and still is. The first 9 years I took anything and everything voice acting related. Paid or not. You have to work constantly and do what it takes to get your name out there!
I still search and hunt every day for voice work. That includes social media, past clients, future prospects and referrals. Just like anything in life, some days are prosperous and some days…eh, not so much!
I am truly happy and proud of the voice work I have done over the past 10+ years (and I’m just getting rollin’)
From recording over sixty character voices for Amazon to having a side quest character in the new Gearbox/2K game, “Tiny Tina’s Wonderland’s”.
One of my favorite and hardest voice works I’ve done was a submarine sailor for the USS BowFin Submarine Museum, located at Pearl harbor.
There have been so many fantastic voice gigs I have had over the years and I have met and worked with some great people. For that…I am thankful and blessed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well since I haven’t been here in Texas long, I would have to say a concert at the Woodlands Pavillion. A walk around a couple of very expensive shopping areas, The Galleria in downtown Houston and Town Square in The Woodlands. Not to shop mind you, but to people watch. (My friend I’ve known for 35 years and we both have a very off the wall sense of humor)
Then just south of downtown Houston is a massive comic and movie memorabilia store. The kind of place you spend hours!
Our trip would take us down to Galveston Island to hang out on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, hang out on Pleasure Pier, ride the rides, play some games then find a great food joint on the beach, look out at the Gulf and reminisce of good time past.
Finish the week out with a round of Disc golf.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my Brother Gus. Without you I would have never discovered my love for doing voices!
To my Wife Amy. WOW…without you I would probably be dead.
Other: All link information can be found on my website.