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  • He's good for you, everybody rolling.

  • Wow!

  • Movie magic.

  • Let's make a content, baby.

  • Yeah, let's do it I'm at Hey, what's up?

  • But how's it going?

  • Good.

  • Thanks for having me here for being here.

  • Yeah, inside the Actors studio with our fine wine.

  • I mean, what says finer than mid day on a Wednesday with some warm wine?

  • I love it.

  • Is this a Californian red?

  • A mile back?

  • Email.

  • Better.

  • What's going on, man?

  • Have you been?

  • I think I have been good.

  • It's been very busy, but you always know it's good when someone goes having good.

  • I don't know.

  • I have been called on that recently of like starting my response to that question with a large sign.

  • I don't mean to guess it's kind of wearing them in life right now.

  • What's the Laird sy from?

  • Uh, it's being very good with very busy.

  • It's missing a lot of video games that have also backed up, but I have been able to touch barely monster under Ice Born just came out, and I had power within its like to actually just play.

  • Just play I have to clarify it with us is like are you in it or Yeah.

  • Are you?

  • Yeah, but I actually really like the game, too.

  • Yeah.

  • Um, yeah.

  • I guess the side comes from being pleasantly busy with a lot of projects that I'm proud of.

  • Yeah, but it was, You know, when you're passionate about your work, you work yourself to death.

  • Yeah.

  • So very scary cycle, because it's like, I love this work so much.

  • I want to be in it completely.

  • I want to drown in this, and then you realize I'm and I'm getting burned out.

  • You have to, like, pull away and figure out your limits.

  • And yeah, what works is otherwise you're just gonna end up hating your job.

  • You don't hate something that you were originally super passionate about.

  • Exactly.

  • Weird balance to find.

  • I think I think having the right people around, he helps with that.

  • I'm very fortunate that I have a wife who definitely gives me saying Yeah, and we'll call me on my shit and tell me when to back away, starting to scare me a little for you from the precipice.

  • She's awesome.

  • We I hung out with Matt last year for the first time.

  • We went to two bit circus.

  • Yeah, wife Cristina V way.

  • All just kind of hung out and shot the shit.

  • But you guys were like a riot.

  • Your wife's also so much for She's a black, So bubbly.

  • Oh, yeah, She's also she'll cut a bitch.

  • You know, she did.

  • I've said before.

  • She she defends my honor.

  • Yeah.

  • You know, the two of us.

  • I'm the diplomat.

  • She's the fighter.

  • So she's the one is ready.

  • Just, like, smash a bottle and fucking got someone.

  • And I'm like, Well, it's not a prison.

  • It's a good It's a good balance.

  • It works out well, because you guys work a lot together as well, right?

  • Yeah.

  • Actually, how does that does that ever get in the way?

  • Not to delve into your personal relationship to know, um, the safe space?

  • No.

  • Uh, it's it's great.

  • Um, we work on a lot of things together.

  • Like through a critical role in everything.

  • We do it.

  • That company.

  • She's the creative director of our twist.

  • Transistor develops and produces all the content we do for the channel.

  • And she's just a She's a badass.

  • She is great.

  • A production.

  • She knows what she wants.

  • She's incredibly creative, and she's another hard worker, so we work in a similar space.

  • But we also don't overlap so heavily.

  • Yeah, so it's not like we're stepping on each other's toes when we come home.

  • In the end of the day, we both can talk about the adventures that we had, even though we're in the same space.

  • So it's not too similar.

  • Yeah.

  • Um, what does a work day for you even look like and so much of the week.

  • I guess, um, you seem to be on all the time.

  • It's definitely Well, there's that.

  • I don't have one of those things where you realize that.

  • You starting early subconscious, about like, Oh, God, my song All the time, huh?

  • No, but, uh, yeah, I'm very fortunate.

  • Voiceovers been very, very good.

  • I'm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays usually are filled with sessions for different cartoons and video games and stuff with little little breaks in between.

  • And then Tuesdays begin awesome.

  • Getting with a personal trainer again, trying to help the older you get, the harder it is to keep yourself functioning.

  • Yeah, especially in this like circle.

  • It's so easy.

  • Just let yourself go.

  • because you work so much.

  • And then it's like shit.

  • I forgot to eat from 12 hours.

  • Yeah, and then you just end up eating shit, and then you look like shit.

  • Six months?

  • Yeah.

  • You know, six months, if you're lucky, I'm, like, three weeks.

  • Uh, yes.

  • Like trying get up early and go to the gym for a bit from their waking up.

  • Seeing what auditions or do that day going to my office and record this auditions set him off, Uh, then go through my e mails and see what sort of business responses need to be responded to a lot of its approvals right now with critical role.

  • Yeah, which those who aren't familiar particles are a DND twitch stream that I started with a bunch of other voice actor friends of mine about almost five years ago.

  • And now we're doing a dark horse comic book series.

  • We're doing art books were doing the animated series of the kick started, and it's just kind of blown up in a way we never expected.

  • I think I feel like I should brag about it for you because I feel like you're underselling it this way.

  • Got a kick started.

  • We only ask for 750 k and got like 11.

  • Yeah, got it.

  • Got pretty crazy to get to a point where you're like Oh, fuck.

  • What do we do it all this morning?

  • Yeah, the first day.

  • Like, we're like, we ran into stretch goals in the 1st 24 hours and we're in this weird, numb fugue state of one like, I don't know what's happening way do know.

  • Oh, God, yeah.

  • Um, so it's great.

  • It's great.

  • It's a wonderful problem, tohave It just means you get to make the Siri's that much more amazing.

  • Uh, yes, Like, right now it's going to the email approvals of that.

  • I'm going through our designs and approvals for landscapes and character designs and objects and architecture of the different cities.

  • And because it's a world that I created, that part of my job now is giving notes to all these artists and approving everything.

  • And make sure that it's kind of in the space you want it to be that you're like the creative director that basically is subtly.

  • Yeah, there is the one over on that over which is the entire project.

  • But I'm still, you know, the buck stops with me as far as design approvals that fit with my world.

  • Yeah, which is pretty cool.

  • So it's like going to those emails in the morning.

  • Then, like on a Tuesday, we have our company meeting where all of us meet from different departments and go over what's happened, what we're planning to do.

  • Uh, you know, like our upcoming charity initiatives are becoming projects that are being shot on film than any ideas you want to throw out.

  • Then the rest of the afternoon usually is doing more meetings with the animated series or proving comic book stuff, of course.

  • And then, uh, going home and me and my wife probably getting in our pajamas, she pours a glass of wine, and we our current, is kind of weird.

  • Our current YouTube ritual, we do know is we get home.

  • We turn on Philip Franco to catch up on just general news, um, in that sphere, and then probably veg for about an hour.

  • Just silly.

  • You two videos.

  • And if we follow?

  • Yeah, don't play with our bird bird.

  • We have a bird bird's name, birds, names, day gone day gone?

  • Yeah, partially.

  • She named it partially named off.

  • Uh, like the actual castle Mythos Day gone?

  • Yeah, and maybe even stay.

  • Gone from sky room.

  • Just rewards.

  • That's cool.

  • What kind of bird is it?

  • She's a little green sheet, Konya, which is like a hook build parrot about that Big o is really adorable.

  • She says a few things.

  • She definitely loves my wife a lot more than she loves me.

  • You could detect.

  • Yeah, we're like, we're okay with each other, you know?

  • But she, like, cuddles up on more Isha.

  • And it's like a I love him.

  • I get close to kiss her and she trusted wish between us.

  • And there's, like, mine.

  • Like you have a u t oppose due to start dominance.

  • Todo often that is just stared down that for I'll try that next time, you know how goes from beneath my bloody nose bandage?

  • Um, do you ever get time to switch off then?

  • Yeah, I am.

  • I will say I'm I'm thankful that all the stuff we're doing with critical role for the most part and, uh, I guess getting comfortable with just being myself on the Internet.

  • Yeah, has allowed me a space where I don't have to be on as much.

  • Yeah, that's the secret to it, because it's, I feel like you probably started off in the same way where it's like you're not like putting out like a fake version of yourself.

  • You like your I feel like you're very genuine.

  • You're very honest and humble, and you put out yourself out there for people to see.

  • But it's nothing.

  • It's like it's on the Internet, still performing.

  • In a way, it's me.

  • But you're seeing me at, like my best when I'm doing my thing and I'm in my zone and I'm performing for you to entertain for you.

  • But it's It's that secret that you kind of need to, like, Turn off the light.

  • Okay, that's that's one version of me.

  • Now I need to go back and be the other version of me.

  • Yeah, it's been it's been nice in recent years to be a little more open with some of my challenges.

  • Yeah, you know, like mental health stuff.

  • You know, the things that I had to struggle with because then it gives me permission.

  • I feel to not always have to be at my best time, but it is still an element of feeling.

  • Like you want to be your best for this people.

  • So I guess might turning off honestly is at home with my wife when I get to go out with my friends and, you know, get a margarita and just catch up on life.

  • Good.

  • Margarita is the best thing l.

  • A has taught me you had margaritas.

  • Margaritas in l A pretty great.

  • And, uh, I've learned to be better.

  • My my wife is a kind of sewer.

  • Um, as if you couldn't tell.

  • I follow her lead in a lot of ways.

  • She's much smarter than I am in a lot of ways.

  • Um but, uh, bso turning off his meaning when I'm with friends, uh, and quietly playing a game.

  • This is my I'm a little more not a big social, like go out and party guy go dancing.

  • But you tweeted at something a while back that camera one over there sometime this year that I really related a lot to you said you were out like a parody with all these other like, high end people.

  • And they were all smoothing and rubbing shoulders everything.

  • And I feel like.

  • And like I've been at that party, I know what that's like.

  • Or like, I want to mingle with people.

  • But I just I don't align with you like mentally.

  • I can't get in that space.

  • Where am I?

  • I have to get up and talk about business or anything.

  • I just shoot the shit and have fun.

  • Yeah, Um, man, I get it.

  • But I I think I tweeted back to you that that was, like, a good, uh, like balance board for your personality.

  • I think that it shows that because you don't do that, it's like you're just more of yourself.

  • You're not.

  • You can't just flick it on to be a douche when you need to be.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • Although I mean, it doesn't necessarily make for the most successful career in entertainment.

  • Sure, I don't care.

  • You know, I'd rather be moderately or hopefully It's some degree of successful and just be myself and have to turn into something I'm not.

  • Yeah.

  • In order to make it happen.

  • Yeah.

  • Don't get me wrong.

  • I also critic to prove a point.

  • Oh, Chef.

  • But let's compare notes.

  • I'll show you my various marks.

  • Now what do you What do you think then?

  • Cause doing that kind of stuff?

  • That's a lot of pressure, cause I have my own pressures doing what I do.

  • But I feel like I don't have $11 million type of pressure on like you guys think is like turn into such a big phenomenon.

  • It's like the DND thing now.

  • Unexpectedly.

  • Yeah, but you know, Dante was very important to growing up is still very important to me.

  • Like it got me out of my shell as a kid who got me into theater.

  • It went from this really quite artist kid, too, you know, being able to function socially to a certain degree because I would play this game growing up.

  • And so to see it re embraced by society and flourishing in a way it really hasn't in a long time.

  • It's been really cool to be any part of that's been huge, but it is a lot of pressure.

  • Yeah, he's ever make you anxious.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • Um, because there's expectations around it.

  • Yeah.

  • Plus, whenever anyone is successful in a space, a couple of things happened.

  • One.

  • A lot of people that normally wouldn't give a shit or really care about who you are begin to come out of the woodwork.

  • This is how they can ingratiate themselves or find their way in, and so it can get very defensive and kind of like, you know, circle the wagons and, yeah, hold them off and you get people that get very verbally aggressive about trying to tear you down, because one, it's a way to get attention for themselves.

  • And it's also a way to whenever he whenever you're in the spotlight, there's always a reaction socially to wanna tear down whoever's in the spotlight.

  • Yeah, and some people for valid points and for valid feelings.

  • But it's also very hard when