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Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime. Her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry. Some of her most notable credits have been in League of Legends as Karma the Enlightened One, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm as Hagara the Stormbinder, and Painwheel in the Popular 2D fighting game, Skullgirls Encore!

Danielle has also earned several other roles including Threia Hazelgrimm in Atelier Escha & Logy, Rift Arachna in Heroes of Newerth, New Conglomerate solider in Planetside 2, Sidel in Dragon Nest, Additional voices in Sword Art Online, Captain Arley Sims and the Adjutant in Starcraft Universe, Wing Diver Unit in Earth Defense Force 2025, and Matilda in the upcoming anthromorphic 2D fighter, Beast’s Fury.

 I, luckily enough to be covering the press event at the 2014 Connecticon where Danielle McRae was doing interviews and seminars at. Being very personable, I approached her on the 3rd day of the Connecticon and inquired if maybe I could get her to answer a few questions when the event was all over. We exchanged e-mails and that is what brought us to this point.

 Mr. Incredible: Thank you for sitting down with us. So let’s get to the questions shall we. What got you started in voice acting?:

Danielle McRae: I was interested in cartoons as a child, so as I was watching these cartoons, I started wondering who the voice actors of these characters were. Later on in life, I took some theater and improv classes in college and stumbled upon a voice acting workshop in Los Angeles that got me my start in voices for projects.564580_10151216532580011_11746154_n

Mr. Incredible: Did you set out with the mind state of doing just primarily video games or is that just how things worked out?

Danielle McRae: I was heavily fascinated and interested in voicing for video games mainly because I mostly grew up playing video games as a child. I also had a strong appreciation for anime as well.

Mr. Incredible: How did you get the role of Karma in League of Legends?

Danielle McRae: I auditioned for Karma. At the time when I auditioned and even when I was cast for the role, I had no idea what League of Legends was until after my session.

Mr. Incredible: Did you know when you recorded your part that the game would take off like it did?

Danielle McRae: I had no idea that my character for League of Legends would take off the way it did. It was very surprising that both this character and this game became super successful!

Mr. Incredible: Now you also voiced Hagara from World of Warcraft, another big game…how did you stumble upon that role?

Danielle McRae: I originally auditioned for World of Warcraft 4 times, before a good friend/colleague of mine sent me an audition for a role in WoW. I honestly didn’t think I would get cast as the role, surprisingly. It was an amazing experience recording for Hagara.

Mr. Incredible: How does working on two big games raise your stock in the voice over world?

Danielle McRae: It is a pretty surreal experience, especially when other colleagues and directors are impressed that you had a part in anything huge. I feel very humbled.

Mr. Incredible: Outside of video games you have done some TV work. One of the shows you worked on was Sword Art Online. Can you tell us what did you do on in that series?

Danielle McRae: I worked on a couple of anime tv shows so far, One I can’t yet talk about yet, and Sword Art Online. For SAO, I did a few additional characters for episodes 1 and 12, whereas for the other show I recorded for, I have a bigger supporting role with a bit of a twist.

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Mr. Incredible: With Sword Art’s first season done and second one on the way, will we be hearing you in the second season?

Danielle McRae: Crossing my fingers. I’d love to be apart of the 2nd season.

Mr. Incredible: How do you feel about there not being a very big representation of blacks in Voice Acting…that we know of?

Danielle McRae: I feel like there are quite a few black people in voice over, such as Cree Summer, Keith David, Phil La Marr and Kimberly Brooks (from Mass Effect”, Honestly, I would love to see more black voice actors represented and showcased more.

Mr. Incredible: How do you feel about Geek becoming more acceptable?

Danielle McRae: I think it’s a bit of a weird that the term Geek has become more acceptable in our society mostly because when I was a kid growing up, I felt like I was a geek. Many people around me thought I was strange with all of my geeky mannerisms. I do think it is weird that this terms has become more respected in recent times, since I’m still used to this term being so despised by many people. On a good note, I feel like the people that are “the geeks” can finally feel more accepted in society now.10391704_198838700010_2979241_n

Mr. Incredible: Why do you like coming to events like the Connecticon?

Danielle McRae: I love coming to events like Connecticon because it gives me the chance to meet all of the fans and have fun getting to know them and inspire them to do what they want to do, especially if they want to become a voice actor one day. I also love getting to meet some of the other voice since we rarely ever get to meet during our recording sessions. The most we’ll see each other is when we ass each other on our way out of the booth.

Mr. Incredible: How does social media help you connect to the fans?

Danielle McRae: I think it helps in terms of getting to know the fans and share your interests with them in a social way.

Mr. Incredible: What are some of the anime or games that you hope to be a part of?

Danielle McRae: I’d love to either work on Sailor Moon or a Metal Gear game.

Mr. Incredible: What usually goes into how you craft a voice for a character?

Danielle McRae: I usually focus on the character’s overall description, a picture of the character and any vocal descriptions that the directors give me to ease into the character. A lot of times, I would try to imagine if I was that character and replace their characteristics onto myself for the duration of an anime or video game session.

Mr. Incredible: Who are some of the voice actors that you look forward to hearing?

Danielle McRae: I really love hearing voice actors such as Ali Hillis, Jennifer Hale, Erin Fitzgerald, Troy Baker, Matthew Mercer, Tara Strong, Cree Summer and many more!

Mr. Incredible: Thank you for taking out time to do this interview. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans and the readers?

Danielle McRae: You’re very welcome! I would like to say to the fans, thank you so much for supporting me and following me throughout this journey. It’s your love and support that keeps me going!

For more Danielle McRae check out:

https://www.facebook.com/DaniellleMcRae http://www.daniellemcraevo.com/ https://twitter.com/DanielleMcVO

http://followgram.me/danivoxrae

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