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INTERVIEW: Voice Actress and Director Stephanie Sheh

Our sweet reader Rhona has one swanky friend who has turned her geeky passion into her career! Stephanie Sheh went from being a member of the UCLA anime club to being a successful voice actor and director for many anime series.

Stephanie is best known for providing the American voice for Orihime from Bleach and Hinata from Naruto and she was the co-director for the voicework of Resident Evil 5.  She is also pursuing an on-camera career and plays mini Olivia Munn on G4’s  “Attack of the Show” and was a part of an  ABC pilot with Damon Wayans and Jane Lynch.

But her work doesn’t stop there. She’s got a very philanthropic side as well. She started the not-for-profit group, We Heart Japan, with fellow friends in the anime industry after the devastating March 11th 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Towering at a height of 4’9″, Stephanie is living proof that big things come in small packages. Like dynamite.

How was it like going from being a member of fandom to becoming a strong presence in the American anime industry?

SHEH: It’s  a dream come true, I guess! But at the same time there are certain things that I miss about being a fan. That’s not to say that I’m not a fan; I’m just not the same type of fan. When you’re working in anime and go to your voiceover sessions or writing scripts at the same time and adapting, or reviewing, or directing, you’re watching anime while you’re doing it. The last thing that you think to do when you have free time is to watch some more anime.

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We Heart Japan at Meltdown Comics

On St. Patrick’s Day, Meltdown Comics hosted a charity art event called We Heart Japan. Since I would be missing the rest of the charity art shows that weekend, I wanted to attend at least one event– and it has been awhile since I’ve made a stop at Meltdown Comics! My friend and co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, covered the event that night for LA Weekly and I accompanied her as her photographer. I got to watch her be a pro and interview some of the voice actors and artists that night!

The event was  put together by Stephanie Sheh, an American voice actress who has worked within the anime industry primarily. She recruited a long list of voice actors to come out and do autograph signings. Among the few actors present were Wendee Lee, Crispin Freeman, Travis Willingham and Daran Norris. There were a lot of wonderful artwork that were donated by different artists inside Meltdown’s art gallery.

We also got to see friends all night. Mike of The Wandering Kaijyu and Daniella of All About Manga were both present at the party. My friend, Shing,creator of Marlowe the Monster, was one of the artist who donated art and also volunteered for most of the night.

Money raised during the event and from the art sales went towards the aid of victims in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami.

Check out Liz’s blog on LA Weekly’s Style Council for a full report: Voice Actors, Artists and Anime Fans Say ‘We Heart Japan’ at Meltdown Comics.

Click here to check out my LA Weekly Slideshow and see more photos from the event!