Ask @WowSuchKrystal:

Do you think an actual anime programming block (not counting Toonami since it's an action block, not an anime block) may work in America (i.e. using MNet America airing Love Live! as a basis of example)? Why or why not?

Dark Paladin X
Honestly, if voiceover has taught me anything it's that I'm as dumb as a bag of apples and shouldn't answer the smart people questions. XD
I have no idea how well an anime block would do, but if they made one I would be pretty ecstatic!

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do you have an older brother? if so, you got any suggestions on how to get bros to back off, when they put you in a headlock?

I do NOT, but why on earth would you want them to back off? The proper response is to let someone hurt you and then plan an extravagant revenge. Stay up late at night brooding, plotting, and then, when he least expects it, STRIKE. STRIKE WITH THE WRATH OF A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO GOT THE WRONG ORDER AT STABUCKS.
Then, as he pales and stammers out "w-why?", you thank him for the headlock. You thank him for teaching you the joys of hating, the glory of spending your every waking minute deciding the fate of those that have wronged you. And then you say, "and today was just the beginning."
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA
Or I dunno, you could tell him that it really hurts you and explain yo your parents that they need to get him to stop being so physically confrontational.

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which new anime would you like to be part of and what character would you like to voice as if they made it into a dubbed

Honestly, I just want to work. XD If I got too caught up in who I WANT to play, then I may be limiting my abilities when I'm cast as someone who I didn't consider. I just kind of want to be a blank slate in terms of character preference, so nowadays I mainly watch finished dubbed products instead of staying current.
Also, any anime character is much cooler than myself, so even when it's bits or walla, I get to be someone better for 15 minutes. So I'm just happy to be cast at all.

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Do you have a favorite Anime? (in or not in)

I have way too many. For in, I fell so much in love with Beyond the Boundary it isn't funny. I love Muv-Luv, but I feel like I'm missing out on so much without playing the visual novels, so I'm waiting to play through them before I can call myself a Muv-luv fan.
Some others I love are Kaiba, Gankutsuo, Devil Survivor 2, Higurashi, Elfen Lied, and Kaiji.

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Any advice on creating a character voice demo when you haven't yet been cast in anything? What are directors looking for? Should you make up characters in a variety of situations and vocal ranges?

Before I answer, let me preface:
1. I am ONE actor, and a newbie at voiceover at that. If an actor with more experience in creating demos gives you contradicting advice, listen to them.
2. I am not a director, and have never had say in any casting decision ever, so if a director gives you advice that contradicts mine, listen to them.
3. I have the IQ of a bucket of apples. If my advice doesn't make sense don't get mad, chances are it's because I'm a moron.
So, the first thing I would say is stay away from doing lines directly from anime unless you're using it as an example of official work. At least, don't make it your only source of lines? Directors want actors, and if you show an interest solely in anime, it begs the question whether you want to act, or whether you just want to have a big deal made out of you at anime conventions. That in turn leads to a question of reliability, because if you only want to be a con guest, will you flake out on the second half of a show in a few years when you're frustrated because the invites aren't flooding in? Short bits of monologues may work, and if you go the original route, you can hire someone to write lines and put together a demo that will work with your strengths.
Length: A minute to a minute and a half. If you have a 5 minute demo chances are they'll look at the first minute of it or skip around. You deserve to have your demo heard in its entirety, so choose only your best minute.
Sound: A demo on a laptop mic sounds unprofessional. By renting a studio and paying for a professional demo, it shows that you are willing to make an investment in your art, which shows tenacity. It also shows that you appreciate how amazing and one-of-a-kind audio engineers are, because they are unicorns. If you think that fiddling with adobe audition for a few minutes makes you as capable as a good engineer, you are so dang wrong. And hey, the demo also sounds better that way.
Honestly, there are people who make a living creating anazing demo reels for actors. I 100% reccomend utilizing their expertise over doing one yourself, because you'll get a better product and it feels good to know that you're supporting another artistic audio industry.

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What led to your breaking into the voice over business?

An actress had went into labor and they needed someone quick! It's usually not super common to be heard by several directors in such a short time span, so I consider it the craziest coincidence ever. After that I was somehow let back in the booth.

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Which role at Sentai Filmworks would you say is your current favorite?

I reaaaaallly wish I could have a simple answer for this, but I try to make whatever role I'm currently recording my favorite one in the whole world, because it might be someone's favorite character and I want to honor that.
But once recording's over, I try to distance myself. People who don't like your performance will try very hard to let you know, so it's much easier to not let it get to you if you don't get too attached to a character or franchise because you don't ruminate for months on the fact that you've failed the fans and your studio.

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I think you are a very lovely exciting cosplay, fangirl stuff, etc. & your voice very legit ☀ and sweet also🌙~!! ❤️💙💞 Also your pics look's cute and... Well... Your cute... So yeah, not much to say... So yep... Very cuter... I hope you pretty great job on your career Krystal, so wish you luck~! ;)

Thank you so much Mario! <3 Happy New Year!

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So is voice acting something you always want to do? Or do you eventually want to work in law full time?

If I could act forever, I would. When I am acting is really the only time I'm happy. But law is something I have to put first. Somehow I got into law school, and by the grace of Cthulu I'm passing my classes. I'm far too much of a softy to do law that ISN'T public service, so I feel I'm needed there far more than I am in the anime industry.
I really hope I can keep acting once I'm practicing, though. I would be really depressed if I had to stop.

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so if someone were looking to get into voice acting as a career what would you recommend for them to do? im soso interested in it and im pretty young but i dont even know where to start!

Okey dokes. So you ask any voice actor this, and they're going to give you the same answer; get training and experience. Take classes, try online seminars, read books on acting, do some community theater or other kinds of stage work.
But, you said you want a voice acting career. You won't find that in voice acting unless you are one of about a handful people in the US working on the highest end projects. If you want to use your voice for your career, look at voiceover in general. Commercials, audio books, videogames, anime, web services. Look into all of that, because you'll need a LOT of work to sustain yourself.
Also PLEASE find another hobby that isn't anime related in the slightest. Not that anime isn't positively fantabulouds, but being a voice actor will ruin a lot of the aspects about the anime community you loved for you. The fans online who you admired and considered friends will make fun of you. Friends may become jealous. You will try desperately to convince people you are working really hard to make a product they are happy with, but the per se presumption will always be that you see anime as nothing more than a paycheck. If anime is your biggest love, the way you are treated from a LOT of fans will destroy your self-worth. And it doesn't stop. Ever. You have to turn off your sensitivity to criticism because even the slightest attempt to defend yourself will make people claim you are too sensitive or too mean to "deserve" to be a voice actor, as if it's some accolade bestowed upon people by the theater gods rather than something you acheive by working your ass off. I hope I don't sound bitter, I just want you to avoid the mistakes I made by being too optimistic and trusting. I play the ukelele and take pictures of cats now. I will always love anime, but sometimes watching it or interacting with others in my fandoms now depresses rather than destresses.
Some of the worst things I've read about voice actors are typed by people who also say THEY want to be voice actors! If you are an anime connoisseur, do be careful with reviews, since they are about your future peers. Not liking someone's choices is natural and expecting. Calling them a whiny bitch, or saying how second-hand embarrassed you are at their voice, or calling them the cancer that is killing the industry is kind of mean. And nothing we say online is COMPLETELY anonymous. While making fun of voice actors is unfortunately a huge part of being a fan nowadays, the day will come when you will have to choose between mocking them and becoming one of them, especially if you use your real name online.
I hope that helps. Open your options. Get some training. Get excellent self-care techniques. Be mindful of your online conduct with future emloyers/peers. Most importantly though, have fun along the way.

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I've been recording stuff (completely unrelated to acting) and noticed having to rerecord things over and over, which is fine for me cause I'm not really on a schedule. But I was wondering, how much pressure you feel to not mess up or require multiple takes since it's more deadline based?

It's not really the deadline, because the gods that be at the studio are very good at determining booking time. I do get very down on myself with FUBAR'd lines because I want to impress the director, studio and fans very much, and in this industry that's nearly impossible. So I do my best to shake it off and just bask in the gratitude that I'm seen as employable despite my mistakes.

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Name one anime in your mind that you will NEVER recommend to a feminist anime fan and explain why?

I'm one of those horrid people who won't filter out who I am to fit someone's comfort level. If I think ANYTHING is good, I'm gonna recommend it to people. If they like it, coolio. If they don't like it, coolio. If they don't even attempt to watch/read it, coolio. If they get angry at me and lambast me for reccomending something that brought me joy in hopes they also find joy, then that recommendation is probably the last thing they'll hear from me.
I think good media challenges us. It lets us see things from a side we don't agree with from the safety of a couch and without the inconvenience of debating. And you can LOVE something without condoning the behavior in it. I love horror movies and have yet to murder someone horrbly. While I don't see WHY someone would only seek anime that fits one narrow standard of morality, I ain't gonna give someone a hard time about it. I expect to be treated with the same degree of respect when I can find something enjoyable about pretty much every show under the sun.
Tl;dr, I am a walking trigger warning and am not going to tailor what I do or don't suggest on my desire to be your yes-man. If I do recommend anything, I'm just sincerely hoping that it makes you happy, so cut me some slack!

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