Michelle Ruff is a voice actress from Los Angelas. You may know her as Rukia from Bleach some other shows she voice charters on Zatch Bell, Lupin The 3rd, Over the Hedge, Polar Express, Final Fantasy, Rave Master, Final Fantasy, and I could go on and on. I had a chance to speak with Michelle and here’s the woman herself…
Great! Super busy with work which is always a plus.
Interesting question because my first experience wasn’t my ahaaa moment. My first experience was a radio spot I did an audition for in Michigan when I was going to school at Michigan State. I used to work for a talent agency helping book talent, etc. (Originally I thought I was going to be behind the scenes doing production work or producing, etc. so It was a perfect job for me) and the talent director said, hey you’d be perfect for this spot, why don’t you audition. So I went and auditioned. A week or so later I was in the car with a friend and we heard the spot on the radio with my voice! They had never officially booked me, they just lifted my audition and used it for the spot. My friend was like, hey isnt that you? So, my boss tracked the client down and that was the first official job I got paid for my time and talents for. I really didn’t know acting and stage was for me until I was on Stage at Second City in Chicago doing a show with a group I had taken an improv class with. It was such a blast! That was my ahaaa, this is for me moment.
Wow, I guess I shot my wad on the previous question…guess I should’ve read all the questions first. Please see above!
Lots of Hard work and consistency….When I walk into a job, I’m ready to be a team player. I leave my problems and my ego at the door and give 110%…every time. I think people get that and they like to know they can count on you.
I have a passion for adventure and travel and new experiences…I think that’s the stuff that shapes us.
I have a little chat with myself in the car. I thank God for my creative focus. I push away any bad thoughts. I sing, stretch out. Do vocal warmups. Think about what experiences I have that I can bring to the character…think about vocal placement, listen to direction from the Director and Producers and then jump in!
That would have to be meeting The real original Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble from The Flintstones on the very first commercial I booked in LA for Hollywood Cocoa Pebbles. I got to work with them in the flesh! What a trip cause I grew up watching their show. My agent didn’t tell me when I booked the spot so I just about pooped myself when I walked in. Yeah, I know, little messy.
No, I’m not a gamer. Sometimes I wish I was! Some of the games I work on look really fun. I guess I’m just so super busy in studio and looking at a TV screen or monitor all day that when I want to chill out, the last thing I think of doing is staring at a screen some more. I have played Mario Kart on the Wii and Guitar Hero, John Madden Football…How about Centipede? Does that count?
BBM: What’s in heavy rotation in your Ipod?
study acting and improvisation…don’t ever let anyone tell you, you can’t do it…and move somewhere where theres a descent market for voice over work!
Oh boy, here comes the cheese….sorry in advance. I find inspiration sparkling on the sun drenched meditteranean sea (for real, I’m not joking) . I find it in the eyes of a good friend that I love or someone vulnerable enough to share a good story. I find inspiration in all the amazing and talented people I work with everyday. And there’s always the inspiration of an amazing glass of red wine!
Well, I just signed with a rockin new Voice Over Agency, Atlas Talent in Los Angeles last week and things are already poppin! I just booked my first job with them like an hour ago. A little spoof voice over thing for The Jimmy Kimmel show. So fun! So I’m thinking lots of good things coming up for me in the future but just taking it a day at a time.
BBM: Any Last words anything you want to add?
Hell yeah! Thank you to all the fans who continually support my work! I always appreciate it with much much gratitude.
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