Woman of Gaming: The Voices of the Game Event
The Microsoft flagship store in NY had a fun panel featuring the lady voice actors of Overwatch. We got a chance to hear them talk with us at the Women of Gaming: The Voices of the Game free event. Things are changing for the better and seeing many people including the women in gaming speak out and share their thoughts, opinions, and advice with voice acting.
The Voices of the Game
It is no longer unknown that a lot of content creators and influencers are women and many of them have changed the industry in different ways. The diversity in gaming has grown a lot and i appreciate all my fellow content creators doing their thing and pushing through a lot of barriers. Tonight was a great night to listen to these voice actors’ stories on how they achieved their goals. The best part about the whole thing was they held nothing back and didn’t sugar coat how things work.
I feel a lot of that is lacking when people want to get into something is that many covet the details or the information. It is all about inspiring others right? That is what happened at the Microsoft Store was a bunch of inspiration. We had the pleasure of being in the room with Lucie Pohl (Voice Actress for Mercy in Overwatch), Jen Cohn (Voice Actress of Pharah in Overwatch) and Ivy Dupler (Voice Actress of Viv in Marvel Avengers Academy). It was a warm welcome and all the panelists were filled with happiness and all around down to earth chilled vibe.
Things I took Away From the Event:
You know through the years hearing many people in the industry talk about what you need to do, but never what you might have to go through? These ladies P.M.D (Put Me Down) all of us during this session. They talked about knowing your worth in terms of we all would drop the dime on our dream jobs. Some people will even do it for free or even pay to be in something. You have to know your worth and even though that was addressed later on. Decided to bring that up now.
Now, this needs a bit more explanation in terms of knowing your worth as in getting paid to work. You and many of us are creators and we need to finance our craft. Don’t go out being greedy, but don’t sell yourself short. It is a fine balance you need to fine-tune until you are aware of what you actually need. There will be a lot of tests and universal obstacles and even people that do not understand your craft will get in the way. However, you can do it and don’t listen to those that tell you that you can’t.
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
It has been said many times and it will keep on being said until people understand that. You got time as long as you are already on the path to what you want to achieve. If the path is already in motion then you have nothing to worry about, just keep at it. Also, they gave out great insight on things to take into consideration while going for voice acting. There are unions so you can have fair rates because one of the questions someone asked was about equal pay being that you are a woman.
Ivy Dupler pressed that she is freelance earning on her own and that’s where you have to pay attention. Going back to the previous paragraph of knowing your worth.
There were some other great questions, one being, “What made you break the mold or the taboo of females in video games?” The best part about a lot of games with many female characters has become badass with their personalities and skills. More than just their revealing outfits. Games like WET, Heavenly Sword, Hellblade and of course Overwatch. There are both female protagonist and antagonist that have compelling backstories.
The conclusion to the Event:
The ladies of gaming are amazing. The panel was fun and friendly, as well as informative. It is awesome to hear how things have evolved from back in the day with more women influencers out there. The footage that was recorded wasn’t good, but I do have photos to share with you all. But yes, get out there and conquer your dreams. Just do it and let nothing and nobody stand in your way of that. Special shoutout to my bestie Mochiarty for taking me to this event. The only person that can do that is you, but trust in yourself and you will be right as rain.
There will be more events happening at the Microsoft Store which you can check out events by clicking here. It is a great time to be a gamer. – Beast Out –