Sarah Elmaleh is an actor and voiceover artist best known for her work in video games, including indie titles Gone Home, Read Only Memories, and Pyre, to AAA titles Final Fantasy XV, Gears 5, and Anthem. Her credits also include radio dramas and on-screen performances such as Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’?. Last year saw the debut of GameDev.World, an online game developers’ conference that Sarah co-founded and co-organized. She has most recently appeared in Night Studios’ Afterparty, released last month for the Nintendo Switch, and as the voice casting and director for The Red Lantern, coming later this year.
In this podcast interview, I ask Sarah whether it was by accident or design that she found herself in this niche career; the tools a voice actor employs in the absence of makeup, costume, or lighting; how she got into character to play Apollyon, the sister of Satan; how the experience is different working in indie games vs. AAA; which of her characters she’d like to play in a live-action movie; the ways in which GameDev.World complements GDC, and how the pandemic has affected both events; and why Mark Hamill is a great actor.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Sarah Elmaleh
- SBV Talent (Sutton, Barth & Vennari)
- Brent Spiner & Maude Maggart in Dreamland
- The Red Lantern from Timberline Studio
- GDC 2020 postponed from March to August
- Gamedev.World starts GDC Relief fundraiser for indie game developers on Twitch
- Behind the Game: Sarah Elmaleh spotlight on Tumblr