A Cycle of Shared Art: The Father of Modern Dubbing in the Philippine's Vision for the Next Five Years

We had an opportunity to interview Danny Mandia, the father of modern dubbing in the Philippines himself. He’s a director, a theater person, and also a professor for theater arts. He is also currently the mentor of our new advanced voice acting class, Voice Act Now. In this interview, he shared with us his visions for the next five years in the industry of dubbing in the Philippines. He also told us a few interesting observations on this workshop and his students. And finally read through till the end as he also imparted some golden advice for us aspiring voice actors.

The Next Five Years: A Cycle of Shared Art

We asked him about his expectations in the art of dubbing for the next five years, and he told us that it still hasn’t changed. He’s expecting that more dubbers are going to surface. He also challenged the dubbers of today not to be complacent with what they are doing now because dubbing is an art.

This is why he told us that we must take care of what is the ”sining” or the art of dubbing. He said that it is in sharing that we show our responsibility for the art. He challenges them to share with those who they think are interested in the art of dubbing so that, in the end, they too will show support in this art. He sees that in the future, there will be a cycle of shared art. That this cycle will go on from the dubbers of today to the dubbers of the future.

Advanced Dubbing Class

Danny Mandia’s advanced dubbing workshop is a class that has never been seen before. He specifically created the syllabus himself for his students to have the edge in the industry of dubbing. Since this is a new workshop, he didn’t expect that so many students will be joining this workshop. This is primarily because he purposely changed the syllabus of our workshops to be more advanced.

Though it is a good thing to see so many are interested in this workshop, he now finds himself challenged to give each of them a more meaningful discussion of not just a shared consumption of knowledge but also a one-on-one clinical lesson for each of them about what they did and how they can improve individually. In this workshop, he wants to establish their confidence and instill this confidence in them. You could say that he has high expectations for his students. He sees a lot of hidden gems in them with unique voices waiting to be polished and shine anew. He believes that their voices, when put on the microphone, would turn out well when invited in a dubbing session.

A Challenge to Aspiring Voice Talents

First of all, he would like us to ask ourselves first. Is being a voice talent what I really want? If you’ve decided that being a voice talent is what you really want, then you need to study more about it.

For his students, the challenge to them is not to be contented on what had been taught. He says that as aspiring voice talents, you need to be able to learn by yourself. It will help if you research more on how to fill what you think you still are lacking. Remember that not everything is going to be taught in a workshop. Workshops are just a guide for you to step up or level up in this industry.

To be a real voice talent, you need to add value to what you have now. Have the initiative to learn and have the perseverance to fill in what you still are missing now for you to be a successful voice talent.

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