I’m Rebecca Forstadt and I’ve been a voice-actress since 1981. Wow! How time flies! You may have heard my young-sounding voice in hundreds of Japanese anime cartoons but I’ve also done my share of commercials, animation, video games, audiobooks, and ADR.
I’m a long time member of SAG-AFTRA and am based in Los Angeles. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My back story
I started out as an actor doing theatre in high school and college. My first paid gig was performing melodramas at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Birdcage Theatre where I worked for 3 years doing 3-6 shows per day.
I came to Los Angeles from the OC in the mid-70s to make it as an actress. Not long after I arrived, I took a detour and worked as a wardrobe mistress for shows like The White Shadow, Hill Street Blues, and Blake Edward’s SOB.
But in my heart, I wanted to be an actor so I quit my well-paying, incredibly wonderful job to be in front of the camera instead of behind it.
I starred in two films !!!
My first starring role was in a film called Mugsy’s Girls, later renamed Delta Pi. I played a nerdy sorority girl. My best friend was played by singer Laura Branigan, Eddie Deezen was my boyfriend and the great Ruth Gordon was our housemother. To earn money for our sorority, we entered a mud-wrestling competition and fought some of the GLOW girls.
My 2nd “starring role” was in the film Round Numbers. I played a receptionist in a fancy health spa. I ended up with quite a few lines and voice-overs. Kate Mulgrew, Samantha Egger, Shani Wallis, and Marty Ingles shared top billing.
My life in the theatre
During the 1980s, I was given the Hollywood Dramalogue Award for outstanding performance as an actress in Ionesco’s Tales, with Eugene Ionesco in residence, and Leonce and Lena both at Stages Trilingual Theatre in Hollywood.
How I got into voice-overs
I was born with a child-like voice that never grew up. While perusing Dramalogue, I saw an ad for adult women to play kid voices at a sound studio on the Sunset Strip. It turned out they were dubbing foreign films and cartoons mostly from Japan.
It was a perfect fit for me and I worked steadily for decades voicing young girls, some young boys, various creatures, and even a few monsters. I became infamous when I took on the role of Minmei in the series Robotech which has recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
I also have a life
In addition to working as a voice actress, I am the mom of two adult children and a chihuahua, love to travel, and started a business as a blogger and social influencer. Much to my surprise, I discovered I have a techy side and learned to build websites. I love to help other actors and others set up WordPress sites.
My life has had a few bumps
For those who have the desire to become actors or voice-over artists, reality can derail your career at times. I lost my husband of 23 years to cancer in 2001, lost my boyfriend of 15 years to cancer in 2020, was a single parent to two kids for a while, (which is my greatest accomplishment) experienced financial downturns, and got older. (not always welcome in Hollywood)
Still, life is good
You can’t let adversity stress you out or bring you down. But, as long as you have other interests and pursuits in life, you will survive and enjoy what life has in store.
Contact me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter @rebeccaforstadt