Touching the Hearts of Children
A voice actress with an angelic voice
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When asked what she aspires to become, Yoon Na-hyo (Media Communication, ’17), a young yet well-experienced voice actress of over 10 years replied, “I’ve always wanted to become ‘Santa Clause.' Simply because giving out ‘presents’ always makes people happy. Seeing a smile on their face means a whole lot to me.” Yoon continued to unfold the story of her passion in the small yet intriguing voice acting industry.
Yoon is currently a children’s voice acting content specialist who also works at a company for digital content marketing. Having graduated from Hanyang University (HYU) quite recently, she is already a well-known voice actress in the field as the voice of the “Catch the Mouse” song (KBS Happy Sunday: 쥐를 잡자) as well as over 500 different works, including animation dubbing, textbook CD covers, and so on. She also took part in the songs of ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’ (뽀로로) and ‘Tayo the Little Bus’ (타요), two of the most popular kids shows.
While it is a rare case to find something you both love and have natural talent for, Yoon was fortunate to have found both at such an early age of 12. According to Yoon, she always loved singing in front of other people and with the support of her parents and teachers, she was able to perform on various stages as well as television shows as a part of the Children’s Choir. She had even won a long list of prizes at singing contests as well. As her voice received more and more attention from different producers, she was scouted and introduced to take part in voice acting roles. “The voice acting industry in Korea is pretty small, so everybody pretty much knows each other. In particular, once you start specializing in a certain role such as, a young girl of about 3 to 7, or a teenage girl’s voice, like me, then most of the time you’re given the opportunity to try out for that role.”
Where true passion lies
Although Yoon had started working and gaining experience from a very young age, becoming a voice actress wasn’t her dream from the very start. However, she says that she has never gotten tired of it before and wants to continue working in this industry. “It’s because I truly enjoy what I do. My life motto is to do everything I want to do. So no matter how challenging the task is, and because I genuinely love my work, I’m always happy and can continue to push myself to achieve my goals.”
"My love and passion for my work is what motivates me in the end."
A dream to accomplish
When asked what she thinks her greatest achievement is so far, Yoon answered, “when I randomly catch children watching Pororo or Tayo, I feel proud. Also, knowing that a lot of children will grow up listening to my voice, especially through educational content, that is when I find meaning in my work.”
As a voice actress, it is an inevitable fact that her voice will change with age. Yoon also admitted that she is well aware that her job as a voice actress specializing in children’s voice will not last forever. However, because her passion lies in working for children, she wishes to continue working in the children’s content field by expanding her capacity to content creation, marketing, and distribution through diverse media channels such as Youtube, Naver, and so on. That is why she is currently learning the whole process at her current company, in order to combine this knowledge with her first-hand experience in the field of production. According to Yoon, “especially, nowadays, where media is inseparable from our lives, I think the type of media content we've been exposed to plays a greater role of influence on all our lives. Since I am particularly interested in working for children, I wish to be able to reach out to them more and hopefully put a smile on their faces with the content I produce.”
Park Joo-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
(Video courtesy of Yoon)
Photos by Choi Min-ju
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