Localization company BTI Studios took to Comic World Hong Kong in February to uncover the next generation of Asian voiceover artists, as BTI Asia (formerly Medi-Lan) held the first in a series of dubbing competitions in a bid to meet client demand for fresh talent across the continent.
Over 100 male and female entrants aged 15 to 50 applied for the chance to be named a future voice star. A total of 15 finalists were shown a clip from Japanese animated series Concrete Revolutio (produced by Bones, available through Anime Consortium Japan) and given one hour to prepare a performance of one of the voices in Cantonese.
The contestants were judged on their ability to lip-sync the new dialog into the clip as well as their performance quality by a panel including established voice artists used by BTI Asia as well as dubbing manager Meeling Wong and director KC Sek. The winner was given a spot in BTI Asia’s dubbing training program. The runner up received a 50% discount on the course, which starts this month at BTI’s Hong Kong studio.