The Wait For It Podcast

Creator Spotlight: Matthew Elkins

June 07, 2023
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Creator Spotlight: Matthew Elkins
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We're absolutely thrilled to welcome the extraordinarily talented voice actor Matthew Elkins to our inaugural episode of our new series: Creator Spotlight! From his humble beginnings on a ranch to making a name for himself in the anime world, Matthew's captivating story is one you won't want to miss. In our casual conversation today, we discuss:

  • Matthew's first convention experience at Beta Quest. 
  • The challenges of typecasting in the voice acting industry and navigating the expectations of directors and studios.
  •  His involvement in the hit sports anime series Blue Lock and its impact on his personal and professional life.  
  • Insights on character development and staying true to his unique voice.


So, join us for an engaging and inspiring chat with the incredible Matthew Elkins, as we explore his journey into voice acting, his obsession with anime, and the lessons he's learned along the way. You're sure to gain a newfound appreciation for the art of voice acting and the dedication it takes to bring our favorite characters to life. And be sure to check out more of Matthew's work over on www.matthewelkins.com and follow him on all his social media to see what he's up to next!

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Welcome to your go to source for entertainment. Wait for it. Gaming. Wait for it. Anime

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plus ultra.

Speaker 1:

Mister Eric Almighty and fill the Filipino? Yeah. Hey, got you covered. And all you gotta do is wait for it.

Speaker 3:

This

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is the Wait for it podcast.

Speaker 4:

Hey, everyone. Welcome back to the podcast. I am your co host, Phil Smith, a k a, Phil the Filipino. And joining me, Eric, for what is a brand new and exciting series we hope to consistently do here on the podcast, which is the creator spotlight. Who knows? It may even go through a transition as far as different names of what we're gonna call this series But one thing we do know, Eric, is we are super excited to have our guest in here today. We're gonna bring him in in just a moment, but Yeah, Eric. I'm really excited to see how this series goes and again to have this awesome conversation with our guest today.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. Absolutely. And, you know, coming off the high of beta quest, we got to speak to so many cool people. So getting to go round two and for you guys listening round one, we're really, really excited for this. So Let's get into this. I mean, Matthew Elkins, everybody. Matthew, thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time, you know, to jump on the podcast. How are you doing tonight? Well, Kakaa.

Speaker 5:

Hey, guys. How are y'all? I'm doing great. Second second time is a charm, baby. That's right. Unfortunately, we lost the audio from beta quest. Not rest in peace.

Speaker 3:

Not rest in peace.

Speaker 2:

Yeah. But

Speaker 3:

to this opportunity here, which is super exciting and I mean, there's so much that we're going to get to talk about, you know, talking about beta quest first though, Matt. You know, why don't we talk about, you know, what led us to beta quest, obviously, a convention you were a part of and, you know, discussing just a little bit of your work, what you got going on, and You know, why we're spotlighting you today? Who is Matthew Elkins?

Speaker 5:

Well, it's really interesting I don't know if I've actually told you guys this or not, but beta quest was actually my first convention. So it was my my icebreaker. So it was a really cool experience for me because that was my first time getting to go out and meet the fans and actually interact, you know, directly with them rather than just reading comments behind a safe computer screen. You know what I mean? Where I'm

Speaker 2:

like, do they like my work at Google?

Speaker 5:

And then finding out, yes, they did or no, they didn't. This time I actually had to deal with the person being like, hey, Matt, you were amazing or even, you know, I won't lie. There might have been a few that were like,

Speaker 4:

you suck.

Speaker 5:

But yeah, I know that beta quest was my first experience at a convention and I got to do it with my best friend, who's Drew Brie Love. Who plays Batya in BlueLock. So he was one that told me about beta quest and they brought me on and you know, I've been booking conventions like crazy since then, but it'll always have a special place in my heart because that was my number one, my first baby.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. Beta quest is so cool. I mean, we're we're in this space now where anime is so mainstream and so accepted. And, you know, to have something like that. Shot at the cure assignment. Right? We have to shout here out for putting together that. That's the second year Eric that we've gotten to do beta quest and, you know, they're just so generous. All we have all they ask us to do is partner with them and do a little giveaway. And then they let us do some free promotion, which is just awesome. So shout out to Kieran and the whole beta quest team at Camden Middle School. Because, yeah, Eric, I I can't wait to see, you know, how that that particular small convention continues to grow over time.

Speaker 5:

Yeah. And they and they grew a they grew a lot since the first year too. I was talking to her about it and she was like, yeah, we had, like I think she said they had three guests the first year in one vendor or something like that. And this year, they had a whole lot more. So

Speaker 3:

Yeah. It was outside last year. So that was -- Yeah.

Speaker 1:

--

Speaker 5:

and it was inside in the gymnasium, but it wasn't too hot. I was surprised about. I was expecting to be like, yeah. I was a little warm

Speaker 2:

and yeah.

Speaker 4:

I was a little concerned. It was gonna be a little warm and smelled like a like a middle people, James.

Speaker 2:

That's that was the big concern.

Speaker 3:

That was There was not an aloma of meat, which was nice.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. They did they did great. So yeah, we can't wait to go back there again. And again, like we said, shout out to Kieran and the beta quest team. So, yeah, Matt, again, thank you so much for for joining us. We're gonna make sure all of your Social media links and projects are in the show notes. Make sure to follow him on Instagram at matthew Elkins underscore six and on Twitter at matthew Elkins underscore. But Matt, let's go ahead and get into these the main topics here. You know, Eric, are we already discussed that. We just tragically lost that audio that we had with yet beta quest. All we have now is a video from far away where it's just like, hey, guys. This is is Bill and I

Speaker 2:

it's just you would

Speaker 4:

be having the silo conversation. Exactly. And you but we know you you discussed with us are your very unique origin story that you had. And and we'd just love for you to share that with your audience or with our audience here today. You know, kinda what your your upstart was and how you got to where you are today.

Speaker 5:

Yeah. Absolutely. So my There's a short version and there's a long version. If I were to give you the short version and you said, hey, Matt, how did you get involved in anime? I wanna be a voice actor. How did you get your start? I'd say, I ride horses. And I'd leave it at that.

Speaker 3:

We're out of context.

Speaker 2:

Clip hasn't really asked. But as new voice

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actors start their journey with with

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or -- Yes.

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--

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get get into the saddle.

Speaker 5:

When you fall off the horse, you get back on. But the longer version is that I I grew up in a very athletic family. I was playing college baseball and, you know, when I was in high school, I I did do some broadcast journalism classes, but it was very much for my free time. My focus was on sports. So in college, I was I was playing college baseball. And it was the first time in my life, you know, when you go to college, you have all that freedom and you choose what you're gonna do. Uh-oh. And so I chose to get my degree in theater. And I was doing everything I loved. I was acting in in classical theater, and I was playing baseball, and then, you know, after I stretched, you know, four years into six and a half, I I walked across the stage with my with my diploma and I was like, I've done it. College degree, baby bachelor, bachelor's degree right here. And I looked out the audience and thought to my or out at the crowd and thought to myself, I got my degree. And, you know, I finished up my baseball career. What in the f do I do now? What is what do I do with the theater degree? And, you know, I thought to myself it's no big deal. Major League Baseball call. It'll be okay. And I was living on my mom's couch, you know, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for the draft, my older brother had been drafted by the Rangers. So I was like, it's gonna happen. It's gonna happen. And it never happened. So I'm living on my mom's couch depressed as all get out because nothing panned out the way it was supposed to. Because, you know, we're all gonna be pro athletes. And It didn't pan out the way I was hoping for, and I I got very depressed and fell into a depression. After a few months of just living on my mom's couch, eating chirios, drinking milk, gaining excessive amounts of weight. My mom was like, She came home one day and was like, hey, sweetie, I had a long day at work and I was driving home and I saw an evil times advertisement. And I was like, oh, the the the the place night doing sword fighting. And she's like, yeah, you're athletic and you like acting, you should apply. They're hiring. And I was like, not now, mom. I'm depressed. And she said, no, no, sweetie. You don't understand. You're leaving on my couch. You should apply. And I was like, oh, light bulb. I understand what you're sending. The message you're sending me now, so I went and put in an application and I got hired. And I've been joust I've been horseback jousting, sword fighting, you know, clashing in bash and shields for about five and a half years now. And, you know, I've taken, you know, I've taken my hits you know, I've bled for the company literally. But after a while, I noticed I had a a real knack for stunt work. So I started doing, you know, stunts for TV and film. And I was doing a question stunt work on this show called Washington's Armor, where I met a fellow actor and we became really good friends because I don't know if you guys have ever done any kind of film work or TV or film work, but there's a lot of hurry up and wait. So you get in your little costume and you wait and you wait a long time. Steel a bunch of craft services and then that you do your thing and then you're done. Right? So me and Justin became very good friends. And one night Justin was like, hey, look, you wanna you wanna go out, we'll have like a double day. It'll bring my wife. If you can bring bring friend of yours or whatnot. I brought a really good friend of mine, Mona Leer, one of my best friends in the whole world. She's awesome. If you haven't checked out her work, you should. It's really good. And so we went we went out and I was talking to Justin. I met his wife, his wife's name is trade Saxon, and I was explaining to her my journey, what I do, cutting up, making jokes, being myself. I like to make myself the butt of a lot of jokes and, you know, just just having a good time and then she was like, oh, so you're you're an actor. And I was like, yeah, I do a lot of acting. And she said, well, I'm actually a director. And I was like, a director for what? And she was like, I'm a director at Crunchy Roll. And I looked at her like, is that a sushi place? Like, what is this? And she's like, no, no, Matt. This is anime. It's actually quite a big deal. And, you know, like I said, I grew up in a bare country family. We didn't watch no anime. And she was like, why don't you audition for this part? I really think you'd be perfect for. And I thought to myself not gonna say no. And so I auditioned for the role and I got it. So that's where my journey started. I'll always have a special place in my heart for Jade because she took a risk on me because I was a nobody at that time. I didn't have any anime credits under my belt. I'd been acting for several years, you know. TV film, but I'd never done any voice stuff where I was purely relying on my voice, on the character I could create with my sound box you know, and she took a risk on me in my career ever since then has taken off. I've had so many I worked on so many amazing shows that I love, like, try gun stampede, my hero academia, blue lock. And, you know, not every role is is a is a lead or a main role. Sometimes you just, you know, the guy that comes out and says,

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the monsters are coming

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and you die. But it's still an incredible experience that I that I adore doing, you know. And it's all thanks to Jade and I I really I really feel like if I have to thank anybody. It's Mona Learner, Jade Saxon, Drew Brie Love. Those are the my my top three that I'll always always say. About you. My allegiance is to you because you guys I owe you everything. So that that's how I got into it. Was horses?

Speaker 4:

To come back around to the horses. Yeah. Yeah. I owe it all to to that horse. Yeah. It's it's crazy because, like, Eric, the more and more we do this and the more voice actors that we interact with, you know, how how unique everybody's story is. I also wanna say, you know, just as, you know, as a four foot eight Filipino kid growing up in Michigan. I was like, yeah, NBA is for me.

Speaker 2:

That's what's said. I have my next step in. It's gonna it's gonna happen.

Speaker 5:

As kids and not even just kids like, I mean, early twenties, you know? It's always gonna work.

Speaker 3:

Oh, yeah. Your bulletproof baby. Yeah. Playing playing football at, like, five, six And then for some reason, like, defensive linemen is Yeah. Yeah. Not it. Not it. That was a we all we all have

Speaker 2:

our hard scores. Gonna make it boys. We're gonna take a look.

Speaker 5:

And you know what guys? Maybe we're gonna get the call tomorrow.

Speaker 3:

Maybe the three of us

Speaker 5:

are going pro tomorrow.

Speaker 3:

That's right.

Speaker 4:

I declare for the NBA back every year. No one ever calls. I didn't hear that.

Speaker 2:

I I I I I'm golly, you're doing it.

Speaker 3:

Oh my god. And I know and, you know, and, man, it was pretty cool to kinda hear you as well talk about just some of the parts and, like, how much you appreciate and you value them, you know, talking to your breed love. Beta quest, he talked about how he's had a lot of big parts at funimation, now crunchy roll, and getting that that kind of chance to play Batura in BlueLock, which, you know, every really everybody in the cast is amazing. Batura holds a special place in my heart And for you, I wanted to ask, like, what is what is something that in the voice acting world would kinda surprise our audience. Like, what what what is something that kinda happens or that maybe we don't know about that's, like, either interesting or really surprising that we would we would hear.

Speaker 5:

Well, okay. So there are many many things some I might should not talk about. No. But really, there's a lot of things that are really surprising, and I think one of the number one things that surprised me was One Okay. Let's see. I think I'm what I'm gonna go with here is probably almost like typecasting. Which is not something that I thought of whenever I went into voice work. Because in my mind, I was like, oh, dude. All you gotta do is change your voice and then you know, you can be anything. And it is true. You can do that. But when you have and I've never been in the directing seat, so I probably stop putting my foot in my mouth. But when you have, some of my direct friends have told me, when you have, you know, thousands of submissions just coming in nonstop, and your job is to listen to every single one of them. They've told me you'd be surprised how often you find that certain people fit a certain thing. And what's funny is like, for me, one thing that cracks me up nonstop. And I I'm I'm grateful for this because it's it's providing you with a lot of work and, you know, we accept who we are or whatnot. But I remember when Jade cast me the first time. I went in and I, you know, I got in the booth for the first time and I put on the headphones and talking into the mic. And I I was like, hey Jade, I I just want you to know this is my first time. I'm really nervous and she goes, stop. Matt stopped. You don't have to be nervous at all because this character is you. You just have to be yourself. I casted you as this character, as I do all my characters based on who they are. And I was like, wow. That is awesome. You know, I can't screw this up. And she said, okay, you're playing Suturo. He's a dim witted purver. And and I stopped and

Speaker 2:

I was like, part part of me. I was just spinning image.

Speaker 5:

Thank you for thinking of me. I think but what's funny is you create a reputation for yourself that carries throughout from studio to studio. You know, whether it's studio one, all the way down to studio, I think it's like thirteen, when I got cast in Beast Tamer, Sean Gahn, he was like, hey, Matt, this is awesome. I know you're not at multiple times. You're playing a prince. I was like, oh, cool. Okay. I see some correlation there. And he was like, your your name is Edgar. And you're kinda like this womanizer, kinda dumb, little curvy. And I was like, okay. That that's coincidence. Right? That's gotta be coincidence. That's gotta be coincidence. And I was like, I just hope my next one's not a curve.

Speaker 2:

I I

Speaker 5:

don't wanna be always a curve. And I got castes on Tetsuit. And I went in there and Jonathan Rigg, an amazing director by the way, great guy. He said, Matt, I cast you as Son Ted Su. He's incredibly athletic. Judge King, that's a win. You know? And I was like, I I see some some connection there, you know, I'm a knight at mutual times. I'm pro athlete. Don't get paid like a grothly, but I'm grothly. And and he was like, yeah. So just, you know, really embody that power. Oh, yeah. By the way, he's kinda dim with it.

Speaker 3:

What is happening here?

Speaker 2:

Trying back to you.

Speaker 5:

What I've come to realize is, like, you It's not that I'm a dimwit. It's that they understand that, like, oh, that's a character Matt can really embody play. Right? I can play this guy who's the butt of the joke. I can play this guy who when we're making fun of somebody, it's gonna be this character. You know what I mean? And so what I'm getting at is there's a lot more typecasting going on in the voice over world than I realized because I just assumed you go in there and You can't see me. I'll be whoever want. Well, you still have that relationship that you've built with the director and they know what kind of humor will be read on screen coming out of your mouth whenever they match it to the flaps. So that's something that was really interesting for me to see because I was like, oh, wow. Okay. And the other thing one more thing I will say that's surprising is how real you have to be with some of these shows because I play a character in one piece called Poker where I'm just all over the top. Right? He's like this half snake man and I mean everything I do was just extreme. Right? But when I was doing my first show, with Jade. I was playing Sarturo, and she was like, you gotta turn it back. You gotta take it way back. Way back. Just like you're having a regular conversation. And I was like, oh, isn't this a cartoon? But they still want it grounded in that reality based on the show. And what's funny though is then when I transitioned over to one piece, I was like, I'm gonna follow Jay's advice. I kept it very grounded in there. And they were like they were like, hey, this is one piece. You gotta crank that up

Speaker 2:

a little bit, and I was like, Damn it.

Speaker 5:

Yeah. And then I thought to myself, maybe I am that didn't what?

Speaker 3:

Well, you know what? I mean, that that is amazing. And it's kind of funny that you said that because, like, I've recently been paying attention to a lot of voice actors because I noticed And I always wondered, like, is that something that they think of or the studio thinks of when they're selecting somebody. Like, I'll give you a good example, Clifford Chaplin. Please, Bakugo. Very very notable voice. And every time he voice acts, like I hear it. Like, it's it's hard not to hear, like, such an iconic character. Yeah. That's his biggest role. But what I've noticed and and I really didn't think about this until you said it the way you said it. The characters he play all have, like, similar traits.

Speaker 2:

Okay.

Speaker 3:

So he doesn't really need to do a pretend voice he that's just he's kind of bringing that out of him. Yeah. And it embodies a character. And what I've noticed with him specifically as a voice actor, you know, as an example, I've noticed that I kind of ignore the voice after a little bit, like it at first, it's a little bit of a shock because you're like, I know that voice. I know that character. That's that's what's in my mind. And then maybe a little bit later, twenty minutes later, thirty minutes later, you almost get lost into it because you're more focused on the character work. So Yeah. I thought that was a fantastic answer. I never really thought of it that way.

Speaker 5:

Well, and and you see it all the time in live action work, you know, like a a great example is Matthew McConaughey almost ruined his whole acting career because at one point he decided, I don't wanna play the romantic comedy lead anymore. I wanna, you know, do like serious genres. And people even though he's just, like, he was breaking in millions of dollars, people were just like, oh, we that's not your character. You don't play those roles. And he he was turning down movie after movie, and people were just like, you don't play this seriously. You play romantic comment. Come on, Matt. Get with it. You know? And so I do believe you can reinvent yourself. You know, it it does happen. I'm just saying, I thought, oh, you just gotta go in and do whatever. But the directors carefully selected you, you know, and they know what they want. So If you think you just go in there and you gotta be like, do whatever, no no, the director knows what they want. Like Jade is a great example. She has it like down to a t. She knows what she's looking for. And I've worked with her for three seasons now. We just wrapped up a third season on the show, not Tsumei's book of Friends. To now I can go in there with her in a you know, they might book me for thirty minutes. We'll get it done at five. Because I know what she wants now. But when I started out, I was gonna make the character how I thought it was supposed to sound and doing b and j was just like, nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Because like, she knew what it was supposed to be and she knew what I was capable of too because she's really intelligent. Really talented director. The only thing she's probably better at than directing is probably acting. She's also an incredible voice actor. But, yeah, it's you can get typecast and so you kinda gotta be careful with the reputation you set out there and make sure that you always bring your a game no matter what you're doing because Those directors are very talented individuals and they've been selected for a reason. They take note of how you sound, how you act, what character sounds believable, what doesn't. It's it's really a it's really a it's a big job, you know. And It takes a very unique individual to be able to do it.

Speaker 4:

That's such a crazy example too and such a good example with Matthew McConaughey. Because then he went on to have, like, the best twenty fourteen of any entertainer ever. You just put out, like, a little movie called Interstellar

Speaker 2:

and -- Yeah.

Speaker 1:

--

Speaker 2:

Dallas Fires Club and, like, a crazy year.

Speaker 4:

So that's a that's a really good example. Yeah. And that's something that's that that's come up before as well as just working really, you know, always making sure you're putting out your best work I got to interview who she's been on the show, Adasa, who was in incontinence. She was one of the characters of incontinence, and she was found off of a YouTube video that she had uploaded like five years ago. Someone came across that was that was casting for Encanto, came across her video, and and reach out to her. And so you just, like, really never know who's paying attention and and who is just monitoring your work and just looking for, you know, for people to fill those roles like you're talking about.

Speaker 5:

And what's funny is it it you kinda and for me, I almost have to, like, put it in the back of my mind, like, in my subconscious because if I think about too much. The next thing I know I'm like, everything I do matters. Everything I say is affecting my career. Right. Yeah. So you you know, acting one one of the really fun things about acting in general, not just voice acting is almost being willing to be honest, which is something that an acting teacher of mine Glen Moore Shower talked about I think it was Glenn. I've had a lot of different acting teachers through the years, but he said, it's so important to be honest. And it's also really hard because you'd be surprised in my opinion that the majority of the world is acting for eight hours a day. And you're only being yourself when you go home. But when you get in the booth, they want you to be yourself or at least who they think you are. You know, and to be yourself because the casting department, the casting director has already picked you for what they want. Now, sometimes you gotta have some creative control, but they already know what they want. They didn't bring you in there because they don't know what you can do. They brought you in there because they said, oh, Matt fits this. Matt can do this. You know? Yeah. I'm so yeah.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. I I love that. And that's something, like, totally separate from the work you do, but, like, in my professional life, that's something I've had to figure out like, now thirty years in, know my life. Like, I I am who I am. Like, I can make some adjustments in the moments that they're needed, but, like, I I gotta I gotta embrace the the thing that makes me meet. Right? So that Yeah. I I absolutely love that.

Speaker 2:

Or at least that

Speaker 5:

that's for me now. Maybe in ten years, I'll be like,

Speaker 3:

a hot chat baby. I do what I want.

Speaker 5:

Right now, that's right.

Speaker 3:

Matt will not be returning our calls.

Speaker 4:

Unfolds us. What the hell happened?

Speaker 2:

I was gonna

Speaker 3:

be like, you remember that one night? I'm not sorry.

Speaker 2:

I'm not a man.

Speaker 3:

It's just ten years back then.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. Well, yeah, like like Eric said, great answer. And again, just kind of fighting is kinda cliche is is we're talking to you a voice actor. Finding that voice no matter what it is, what that profession is, whatever that passion is, important. You kind of addressed this already, so I kind of wanna change the question up a little bit. You know, you said, you know, grown up, you didn't really watch a whole lot of anime kind of the same with me. It was like the but it was like the mainstream. Like, I would watch Pokemon, u d o, things of that nature. Eric was more of a, you know, a dragon ball z fan. If you ever listened to any of those intro to anime episodes for for you, you know, even though you didn't watch it growing up, do you find yourself catching up on or watching anything now just to kinda get yourself into what is this world that I've now been thrust into? Are you finding anything else? Are you finding anything that you're like, damn. This is pretty good.

Speaker 5:

Dude, I you would not believe the the one eighty turnaround that my life has has become since I started started working in anime because now I'm obsessed with it. I mean, like, let me put it this way. My mom and dad love me. They adorn me. I I'm a very spoiled, little silver spoon kid, you know, my parents adorn me. They have not watched a single anime episode that I've been in. And the reason is because that was not my family. You know, I I did attend school in Fort Worth. But as soon as school was let out in the summer, I was throwing back my, you know, my granddad's station wagon, sometimes it was the bed of the truck, and we drive four hours west. And I would spend the whole summer at the ranch. You know, my mom grew up castrating cows and, you know, riding horseback. I I repaired a lot of fence against very country. My family's a very country. And we we only went to the movies on a birthday. I remember the first time we went to the movies was the first time we went to the movies when it wasn't someone's birthday was when Harry Potter came out, the way first Harry Potter came out. And I spent half the time trying to figure out whose birthday it was because I was like, what's going on here? We don't go to the movies unless somebody's birthday. And we didn't watch cartoons very much. I remember crying once when I was very very young because I wanted to stay and watch Pokemon. And my dad was like,

Speaker 2:

we're on a baseball practice.

Speaker 5:

That's what you do for fun and you play sports. And you know, I I think maybe the only anime I had ever seen prior to being a thirty year old man who started in anime was maybe half a season of YUGO and half a season of Pokemon, and that was it. Now, I I mean, I can't get enough of it. I you know, I just like my brother will be calling me about, hey, you wanna come out and help me work the cows? Hey, you should come out. We gotta you know, fix up the the hunt and lease. We got some hunters coming out. And I'll just be like, you know, I'm kinda busy and I'm over here watching, you know, Hell's Paradise, chain saw man, my hair academia, you name it, you know, not too many's book of friends. I like to listen to myself, kinda conceited. But blue lock, you know, I I can't get enough of it. I mean, I'm just glued to the screen. And I suddenly totally understand what this passion is because there's a there's a passion when it comes to anime. People aren't just fans. They're obsessed. We have the head horse trainer up at medium times. He likes to joke around and tell me that I'm a faker. He's like he's always like, I'm gonna expose you Elkins. I'm gonna expose you. He told he told me that today. I practice. He's like, I'm gonna expose you because you're not a it's called like a weave a weave or something like that, whenever you're like obsessed with anime. He's like, you're not you're not one of us. You you never liked anime. And I'm always like, they'll never know. And he's always like, I'll expose you. I mean, I I think now I'll I'll give people a run for their money. But if you for, like, shows that are coming out now, but if you were to bring up shows that were made before I started working in it, I wouldn't know anything. Because I was cowboys, baby. We was out working fence, you know, catching cows. When when we weren't doing that, we were playing baseball because that was life. And I I I still love. I'll never trade my childhood for anything, but I'm just saying I was very much outdoorsy, you know, athlete. That was an athlete.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. And, you know, it's kinda interesting too because, like, I definitely I think all of us feel feels well can kinda relate to that, like, the the narratives of the world like, if you didn't watch that, you know, I'm trying to get into one piece personally. I've tried doing the anime route. Now I'm going the manga route. Because I know how much it is, and it can be daunting to, like, have to go back and watch it. So, like, it it definitely is difficult. And some of those older enemies are a little bit tougher to watch than, like, you just mentioned Hell's Paradise that, like, gripped me from the first episode, chainsaw Man, which I love. Right? It's so hard to kind of go back. Is there anything, Matt, that you're watching, like, either now or within the last couple years that, like, got you into the obsession. Like, obviously, you're in the field. You're in anime. But, like, is there anything you watch that you're like, wow. Like, this is definitely the type of media I need to start continue to consume. Because for me, you know, I the easy one was my hero. Attack on Titan is very close. It started me. With my heroes, what led me into the obsession route? Do you have a a pinpoint anime that led you into the obsession path?

Speaker 5:

It's gonna sound like a plug, but a blue lock. Yeah.

Speaker 3:

That's fair.

Speaker 5:

Like well, here here's my here's my reason for it. Okay? So BlueLock has something for everybody. Right? I remember, keep in mind, I just told you my family is like, watch my mom dad have like, none of my stuff. And usually my mom is the type of parent that's like, you did an interview and she's sitting at the computer like watching it a hundred times in a row until my sister's like, mom, stop. But, like, I remember I was out at the ranch because I was helping my brother work on the deer lease, and I got the email. Which was really surprising because service is terrible out there. Because if you go out to Rotan, there's a Dairy Queen and one stoplight and those are the sites. Well, there's a grocery store that closes at five PM. So I hope you can get there before five PM. And they also, like, they also butcher their own meat. At the

Speaker 4:

grocery store. But also, it's like Texas law to have a Dairy Queen. So

Speaker 5:

Oh, yeah. Well, yeah. You have to. You you can only consider yourself an official, like, a step established town if there's a Dairy Queen.

Speaker 4:

Alright. Stop sign. Stop lights. Oh, where's the Dairy Queen gonna go?

Speaker 5:

But like I remember when I got the email and I told my brother, I was like, hey, dude, I think we're gonna have to go in early. I've gotta watch this show because I just got cast. And he's extremely supportive. My brother's named Andrew Elkins. He's my older brother by two years, drafted by the Texas Rangers, like, he's my hero. You know what I mean? Like, I I aspire to beat him. Something. That that's my idol. Right? And, of course, the sweetheart that he is, he was like, yeah, I'm so excited for you. What what's the show? And I was like, it's an anime and he was like, cool. Yeah. Here we go. Yeah. That's gonna be great. And I was like, you wanna watch the first episode in the in the j, you know, in Japanese with me? And he's like, yeah, I I guess we could we we could do that. And so we sit down and we watch the episode and of course I'm nerding out on it because I'm so pompous. This is so cool. And I look at my brother and he's like, well, do you wanna watch episode two? And I was like, yeah. So we watch episode two. And then we watch episode three. And I'm like, okay. My brother's probably tired of this. He's done with this. And I look at him and I'm like, hey, man. Thanks. That's all the episodes. I appreciate you supporting me and watching me watching that with me. And he's like, you mean there's no more? There's no more. And I'm just like, he's like, You know what I mean? And that's the thing about BlueLock is there's something in it for everybody. You know, if you're in that if you're in sports, it's got the sports that's aspect. If you're into more of, like, the drama and the gripping kinda like because I always say it's soccer meets squid games. You know what I mean? And it it really has something for everybody. Whether you're the theater nerd, me, or whether you're the the jock, my older brother, it it's there. You You're gonna find a hook in there for you, and it's gonna get you.

Speaker 2:

Yeah. You're

Speaker 5:

gonna be stuck watching it.

Speaker 3:

I think it's immediately just, like, obsessive. Like, that first episode, the way it plays out. And I love that you said, squid game. With Saga, obviously. Like, that is what it is. And that's what I told Phil, and then literally leaving up to beta quests Phil, you ended up binging in, like

Speaker 4:

Watch all twenty four episodes in, like, two days.

Speaker 5:

It was crazy. And I'm super pumped because did you hear they got a a a noggy movie coming out? A movie that

Speaker 3:

you have

Speaker 5:

a ball surrounded

Speaker 2:

on a

Speaker 5:

noggy and then season two. So I'm just like, oh, I hope we get a dub that. I hope we get a dub that. Please bring you back for this. It's it's so the only thing more fun than watching that show is working on it. Because Jonathan Rigg, he is the director and man, is he a blessing to work with? That guy is you know, he used to work for Nintendo. He's got all kinds of credits under his belt. And at the same time, he will give you some creative leeway. He'll let you really kinda explore the character and he's just so fun to work with. You know, he's such a nice guy and he's really, really talented at what he does. He brings And I think

Speaker 3:

I think it shows in the work. Right? Like, it shows in your guys' work, the direction, the voice acting, the animators that work on the show. Like, Matt, are you surprised at all? Of the just immense popularity of the show, because I mean, this is one of the biggest sports anime I would say that's come out since maybe like IQ. And I'm not like really into sports anime like that, so it's making that statement might be wrong. But from my point of view, it's like I I I never heard of a sports anime like taking over the community the way the Bluemock has. Is that been surprising?

Speaker 5:

It it's funny you say that about, oh, I'm not really into sports anime because I hear that a lot, you know, because it's it's kind of a a genre for for a certain type a certain type of person enjoys it. But that's what special about BlueLock is like, trust me, you don't have to be a sports anime guy to watch it and be like, yeah, I'm gonna binge watch all twenty four episodes. You know? I I was surprised at how good it was from what I was told whenever I, you know, I read the read kind of some synopsis online and stuff kind of prepping to play the character. It's like it's it's a soccer anime, you know. And then watching it, I knew it was gonna be huge just because I was glued, you know, because I'm watching it like this, like, this glued to it and and I'm dyslexic. So, like, I have a hard time reading and I'm still disglued like if I, you know, watching it in the j, I'm like, okay, I'm just gonna replay it and watch it again. I could watch this a hundred times. The soundtrack alone I adore you know, the animation. It's not just the characters, it's the animation and the soundtrack. I mean, sometimes when I go work out, when I'm pumping iron, I'm throwing on the squat belt and I'm pumping

Speaker 2:

it out. I'm working on the glutes.

Speaker 5:

I I've got the Bluox soundtrack playing because it gets me pumped, man. When Chiggy is running to make his whenever he finally embraces that he he's not scared to run on run on his leg anymore. I mean, I get goosebumps and I've seen it four times, you know. And I still get the hair standing up in my arms and I'm like,

Speaker 2:

oh yeah. Dad likes that. That's cool. You know, like that's awesome.

Speaker 5:

It's just all the pieces, all the puzzle pieces fit together with that show. You know, it's just it's awesome.

Speaker 4:

And it's really just a test today. It's a test into like what you're talking about when, you know, because I have to credit Eric for my anime fandom now, you know, because he had started to dive into, you know, the my heroes and the attack on Titans and Now I feel like I I am starting to find, you know, what my kinda what my anime voice is as I've figured out what I like and what I don't like and and and Eric has kind of gotten to a point of frustration where he will now only really recommend stuff that he knows that I will sit down and watch because, you know, and And and again, like you said something with BlueLock is just so special. And, you know, some we talked about some older anime like Yu Gio. Where they are and Pokemon specifically, they both did this, you know, where it took fifteen episodes for ash to get through the woods. And I'm like, can we do something?

Speaker 2:

Please. Can we get a blue lock happen? And and blue lock does

Speaker 4:

this thing, you know, where it slows down and an explains what the characters are thinking, what they're seeing, how they're feeling. And I'm I'm like, hooked. I'm like, god, this is so good. And, you know, I never feel like there's any moment way and even in the downtime with the characters just like, they're always thinking about what's next, they're thinking about how they're going to focus on whatever the next challenge is gonna be, how they're going to adapt to new teammates, how they're gonna adapt to new challenges. And it again, that that's why I think it has transcended just being a sports anime and just being a really, really great anime. And that that I think sometimes can be difficult when, you know, people see see what a show is about, whether it's anime or not, and then you figure out, okay, it does it's more than that. It's really strange that like Eric had found Blueloc and, you know, has developed this incredible fan and when it comes to soccer. And then for me, it was Ted Lasso. So her him and I who have never played soccer in our life. Well, I played when I was like a kid. I Eric, you probably did too. I was terrible.

Speaker 3:

Or or really watch it, like, we do watch it, but not like don't not like

Speaker 4:

don't really enjoy watching live action soccer

Speaker 2:

to be honest with you.

Speaker 4:

But I became obsessed with Ted Lassos.

Speaker 5:

Maybe it's the monologue and the monologue in the mid meeting

Speaker 2:

that Jason Seneca's and BlueLock man. It will be, like,

Speaker 4:

or you and Ted Lasso. Whatever comes first.

Speaker 3:

I want it in the last time.

Speaker 2:

I'm out of town.

Speaker 4:

It's crazy, Eric, that we both found these faddoms that are soccer related. And then, you know, we had this mutual friend of ours for years trying to get us to watch actual soccer and we're like, no. I don't want any part of that.

Speaker 2:

No. No.

Speaker 3:

No. And again, I mean, I mean, you said it that, like, you really don't have to enjoy sports, you know, to watch it. And I think that's what I think that's what so many people forget about. But when I watched it, like, when I was done, I felt so silly. Like, I do like sports just in general. I love the tenacity of it. The uncertainty of it. And just mesh that with anime and the inner monologues and and the eyes to let you know that someone's going to the next level like it was just such a perfect pairing. And, you know, the Game of soccer really translated well for that story that they were wanting to tell. I love the whole just concept of Bluewater general. So, like, every little corner it kept taking, it was just working.

Speaker 5:

Well, you know, one thing I think Bluelock does so well. Is in, you know, who's actually I credit Jonathan Rigg for a lot of this because he's really good at this too. And so when you combine the fact that the right director with the right creator of the show and writer whatnot. They're both on a similar mind link. What I think they both do so well is The reason BlueLock has something for everyone is because it incorporates a lot of what I would consider classic anime, which is this out of normal reality type of thing, like the monster inside a matcha or, you know, the monologuing while you're running and the eyes lighting up with you know, the puzzle pieces fitting, but then it grounds it in a sense of reality where it could all just be going on in their heads. You know what I mean? Or maybe it just represents something. So whether you're more interested in, you know, realism or whether you're more interested in that fantasy world, you can kinda just like a buffet, pick and choose how you wanna view it, you know. And so it can reach a very wide audience there. Because you don't have to say no one's gonna be like, well, that's unrealistic. Because Well, it's not necessarily unrealistic. You know, there's all kinds of stuff going on. You know, maybe maybe, you know, the the smoke coming out of the eyes that doesn't mean necessarily there's actually smoke coming out of his eyes. It could just represent, you know, density of the scene, or if you're into that kind of thing, then it's

Speaker 2:

like, no. These cuts will come out of his eyes.

Speaker 5:

You know? Or You feel what I'm saying, like, there's something for you to grab hold on no matter how you view media because people view media for several things. You know, a lot of times it's they want to learn a lesson, or they wanna escape reality. And you can kinda snatch on to both of those with BlueLock. Whether you wanna learn about camaraderie, teamwork, or whether you just wanna escape reality for a while and, you know, get lost in the the drama that is BlueLock.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. I mean, there there's a ton of selfishness too in addition to the teamwork, like and that egoist in all of us. Like, again, it really just pulls at the heartstrings as far as being like, wow. This is really, really dope. And and, I mean, you mentioned, like, with the eyes and stuff, Like, the thing I like the most about BlueLock is when they when they turn it on and the eyes kinda spiral. It just lets you know just it just lets you know something's going on there. And and I don't know. It's just something about your eyes

Speaker 5:

and eyes for your seat belt. We're taking off, folks.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. It's just so good. It's so good.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. But also, again, we we see as all three of us as sports fans. You can see that in the best athletes in the world. Well, they get that look on that for Kobe had that. You know, LeBron has that to to an extent. We see that it. We could see that in and Tom Brady, you know, and and those mega athletes, you see that even though it's not a physical spiraling of the eyes, you're like, oh, god. That guy's locked in.

Speaker 5:

And he's about to go shop here.

Speaker 2:

He's like,

Speaker 4:

yeah. It's it's not gonna good. So, yeah, you know, you talked about a little bit about some tattoo earlier who I gotta say, Matt, like, your delivery of that character is so good. And it made me, you know, some of those those small moments there that just made me laugh out loud. I was like, god, this is a great character. When I heard you're gonna be a beta quest, I was very excited to to speak with you about it. You know, you talked you touched on Zentzio a little bit earlier. You know, what are some things you do love about that character? And also, some of the characteristics you feel you may share with him.

Speaker 5:

Well, you know, you know, it's it's I'm glad that you you asked that because I'm gonna relate to him in a lot of ways. Like, I really really connect with this character. And what I'm gonna go for here, not to I feel like I'm just over here beating myself down, but almost I've always made it through life, if you will, a lot of times on my physical ability. Right? I'm not always the sharpest chisel on the shit, and I'm okay with that. But I make it through life because things just come at me and they hit me, oh, like, getting knocked down, I get up and I keep going. Right? So when I when I started at multiple times, there was this particular horse that was a little bit difficult to work with. And my boss was like, hey, we need somebody who will just, you know, drop his manhood on the table and jump off that horse. You know? And I did it. You know, I would just jump off and pop off a little bounce around like I was made a rubber and my boss was like, you know, pardon my French, but my boss was like, oh, Matt, you've got that fucking jean in your body, where, you know, you just say, screw it. I'm gonna do it. And there's a there's a moment in BlueLock where I believe it's Chigoti tells Zon Tetsu that it's dumb. And Zon Tetsu is really offended by that because He knows how athletic he is, but this character actually wants to hide that it's dumb, you know, but his friends call him stupid all the time. And that's okay because they're his friends. You know, and I relate to that because my best friends in the world would be like, oh, god, Matt. What did you just say? Oh, you idiot. And it's always fun because I know it comes from a place of love and we're all, you know, we all have flaws as humans. One thing I love more than anything is comedy and comedy is just about, in my opinion, you know, being honest and putting your flaws out there, whether it's to relate or whether it's because you break up the pattern, accepting that you have them. But the one thing that really hurts my feelings and drives me wild is when somebody I don't know or I don't respect tells me I'm an idiot. And you see this character who's kind of the comedic relief have It's a joke in the show, but you almost see this real snippet of humanity in there that I really connected to where he's like, he's sitting in the locker room and there there's TMVs losing to TMZ and he's just like, pushes up his glasses and he's just like,

Speaker 2:

that red head. He called me stupid,

Speaker 5:

and he doesn't even know me. And it's like, you can I connected that because it's like, oh, he's not even upset that he was called Stupid? He's just upset that somebody he doesn't know him called him Stupid. And it's I I'm telling you it's because that character knows that his friends love him. It's that he knows that he has some redeeming qualities with his friends, whereas he felt completely disrespected in the other. Because that that happens to me all the time at Meural Times. Maybe I'm not the best night or maybe I'm not the most athletic, but if I take a sword to the face. Oh, no big deal. Take a axe to the stomach. Oh, no big deal. I'm just gonna keep going and it's like I'm made of, I don't know, I'm made of iron and nothing hurts me and I just keep going, and that's kinda how I see some tattoos. Like, he's just he might say something dumb. But

Speaker 2:

he's just gonna keep gone.

Speaker 5:

That's okay. He's just gonna play it off. I do that all the time in conversation. I'll I'll say something and then I'll realize, That didn't make any sense. I'm just gonna change the subject now. You know what I mean? So I relate to that. And I think I think really that's a character that everybody can relate to because Zon Tetsu has a really large following, especially for a character who if I think it's so far he's in like seven or nine episodes out of the twenty four, which actually is not that high of a ratio. But he has such a large following. And I think it's because people can relate to that. Nobody's a genius. You know, a quote that you've always heard is there's always a bigger fish. So it doesn't matter how many books you've read, what you've studied, somebody out there knows a lot more than you and something. And it's like we can relate to that character, and I think everybody connects to that. And I know I certainly do.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. Is it kind of like this example that I think of and Eric, you'll know you'll be very familiar with this. We are Jacksonville Jaguars fans and season ticket holders, and they have sucked for most of their existence. And we can say that they're terrible. But, yeah, you say that they're bad. That's that the team was an embarrassment. You better not talk about heart team on on Twitter and they will obisserie you. Jaguar's Twitter and will destroy you no matter who you are. That's what that is. Like, you can't talk about, like, You can like, and and Eric, I know you you've related to this too. Like, you can say that you don't like our content. You don't like our takes or anything like that. What you're not gonna say is that we don't work our asses off. You don't you don't know that we you know, or or that someone can do this better than we do it. You know, that's one thing. That's another You can install our takes and our opinions and stuff like that all the time, but, like, don't tell us that we don't work hard, you know.

Speaker 5:

Yeah. Absolutely. You have to be in a certain level and be in the group in order to criticize.

Speaker 2:

Oh, I see your mission. Yeah.

Speaker 4:

Right.

Speaker 3:

But I Imagine, Phil, the stuff that we say to each other, like, you're so new to each other,

Speaker 4:

all of them. That's how you

Speaker 3:

know. Boy, but it's

Speaker 2:

so funny.

Speaker 3:

That to us

Speaker 2:

that we didn't agree.

Speaker 5:

Especially, like, you know, if somebody were to say something to fill, I know you'd be like, excuse me, that's my best friend. Yeah. That's your mouth. And they'd be like, wait.

Speaker 3:

Nobody talks to him like that. Exactly.

Speaker 2:

That's what I'm talking about

Speaker 5:

right there.

Speaker 2:

It's like

Speaker 5:

nobody talks about him that way.

Speaker 2:

Well, except for me, but nobody else.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. You know what I mean?

Speaker 4:

Right. Yeah. Like, it is a very and each each character is so layered. In in BlueLock, you know, you can really break down each and every and again, that is a the mark of a good, not just anime, but just good show in general. You know, when you have side characters that give a damn about? That is when you know you're like, oh, man, they have

Speaker 1:

--

Speaker 2:

Oh, yeah.

Speaker 1:

--

Speaker 4:

something really, really special here.

Speaker 5:

And that's what I love about him is, like, you know, you can you go and check out the comments. People are like, I want more of them. We wanna see more. We wanna see more. And I'm like, that's credit to to the writers of the show. That's a credit to Jonathan because he really put a lot of thought into his character. I I know we tried out several different voices, several different styles, and he he had it in his head. Jonathan knew how he wanted it. And, I mean, we we did it one way. I mean, I remember the first session we went in and we did it one way and he was like, awesome. I think we got it. And I was like, okay. Cool. And he was like, let's just try it this other way real quick, and we we did it all. You know, we did it all over again. And I was like, okay. We got it. And then he was like, okay. Okay. And then he called me back the next day, and we did it again. And the the point is that, like, This character is presented in a way that was really really well thought out even though he is in my opinion a comedic relief, you know, which I think is so important in shows and in life in general, comedy is a Spice of Life. It's what keeps us going because otherwise it's just one big depressing pit. But Jonathan really knew what he wanted and, you know, him and Jordan dash cruise hashed it out for a long time about how they wanted me to portray this character. And we really got something special, I think. And I I can't wait for y'all to see more.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. Yeah. Super exciting. I mean, again, between the movie, everything else in Bluemock and then and then all the other future opportunities that I know are definitely on the way. You know, Matt, as we're kinda wrapping up this spotlight, you know, talk to us a little bit about you know, what's next for you? Are there any projects you can tell us that you're currently working on or anything at all? Like, again, if if someone's following you after this episode from our audience? You know, what can they expect from you in the future?

Speaker 5:

Well, one thing I will say I have been blessed to work on a lot of anime. You know, keep in mind not every character is like we talked about before the lead character you know, sometimes they're not even named characters, but I am really excited to continue on this anime journey. Cunch rule is pretty pretty big about not, you know, telling what you do until it comes out. So I'll keep my mouth hush hush on that a little bit. But I will say that there are some projects in in the tube right now that I'm really pumped to be working on, as well as I'm also hoping to keep my live action career going. You know, I still perform, you know, five days a week at meaningful times. So if anybody wants to come check me out there, hit me up on Instagram. Let me know you're coming. But also, I just booked a I can't name the the movie, but I just booked the western. It's a live action western that I'll be shooting later this month, what I'm really excited about. But yeah, I I know that my character in one piece is still going. His name's Poker. He's part of the East PirateArk. So I I'm excited to play that character because I really got to get creative with that. The director, Anthony, really kinda let me explore some different stuff in that one. So yeah, definitely one piece. And then, of course, this western that I have coming out. So I'm pretty excited for the public to see that.

Speaker 4:

Eric, you can see that one piece character in twenty thirty when you get caught up on the end

Speaker 2:

I'm gonna get all hands on. If you ever

Speaker 3:

get caught up.

Speaker 5:

Although, I will say

Speaker 3:

that a job was like, hey, I see your character.

Speaker 4:

And then he's gonna big. Stop messaging me. Do you know who I am? I'm mad. I'm mad. Yeah. Well, Matt, we're so excited to see what is next for you. You know, we have been again, we are approaching Eric. What will be our third BoldMatsurrie in June, our third BoldMatsurrie anime convention here in Jacksonville, Florida. And one of the first people we ever got to work with was Elizabeth Maxwell. She's in a bunch of stuff. You guys probably know her's midnight at my hair, academia. And I remember one thing she said in the very one of the very first panels we ever did is one of the most important things when it comes to voice acting is building relationships and also don't be a dick. And just be nice and just be nice to people And, Matt, I can just say you're one of the one of the nicest people we have ever come across doing this. And we know there are so many big things for you in the future. We can't wait to to follow what's next and hear about what they're whatever these secret projects are. We know we all we also know with the voice actors we work with, like crunchyroll, they will find us if we mention what's coming down the pipeline. So we totally understand there. So, yeah, we are just so excited to see what's next for you when we thank you so much for your your time here this evening.

Speaker 5:

Yeah. I know we're wrapping up, but I I will say that's one thing I would I I wanna touch on just briefly, which is because I get a lot of people asking me like, you know, how do I get into voice acting? And the number one thing I'll tell them is everybody gets their foot in the door a different way.

Speaker 4:

Like horses.

Speaker 5:

Yes. Yeah.

Speaker 2:

Like horses. But

Speaker 5:

if you wanna keep your foot in the door, don't be a dick. Because you could be as talented as you could possibly be. But if nobody wants to work with you because it is a miserable process,

Speaker 2:

you're not coming back.

Speaker 5:

You know what I mean? It's like, let's make sure you're, you know, kinda cliche but be a good person and you'll always be employed.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. Like, we can't send out a media kit to to guess that we want to come on and, you know, they're all bad experiences. Yeah. Like, we're not gonna that wouldn't work out for us. We wouldn't get to do awesome series like this. But once again, make sure you check out the show notes for all of Matt's social media links. And, you know, that's where you can keep up with whatever is next for him. Eric, is there anything else you wanna ask our guest here this evening before you wrap up?

Speaker 3:

No. Honestly, Matt. Again, this was such a pleasure to be able to do. And, you know, you're talking about typecasting and how that kind of leads to some opportunities. I have no doubts. You're gonna get type cast right where you need to be. I I I can't wait to see what the future holds for you. We are huge fans, so We're gonna be annoyingly liking your post and commenting and being like, hey, don't forget about us because I think the the

Speaker 5:

scaffolding won't forget about me.

Speaker 3:

No. Not I hope you won't

Speaker 5:

forget about me because I I love I love getting through this interview as an absolute blast and I hope that, you know, you'll you'll find a reason to bring me back.

Speaker 3:

Yep. No. This episode will never release. So this is Yeah. That's right. We lost the audio. See you next month.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. And then like I said, we were we were chopping it up beforehand. I I am hoping to get out to the the f w area again and and hopefully go back to my hyenas roots and do some stand ups, so I'll be in contact with you. And and let you know if that happens. So it'll drag Eric along with me because we're always just traveling all over and looking for for new spots to to hang out at. So we'll make that happen.

Speaker 5:

Wait. Let it do you guys are ever, you know, around the area and you're doing a standup or something? Let me know because I'd love to come out I'll even put pants on because -- Awesome.

Speaker 1:

--

Speaker 2:

I don't

Speaker 5:

I don't know if you know this, but I don't know if you know this, but I

Speaker 2:

don't know where to wear

Speaker 5:

pants right now.

Speaker 4:

I don't know.

Speaker 5:

We're going Ron Burgundy.

Speaker 3:

Have you seen anybody? Waste down, you know, in advance.

Speaker 2:

I don't know. I think

Speaker 3:

I know why you're gonna dive into some of these roles now.

Speaker 4:

Oh, man. Well, again, Matt, thank you so much for for joining us. And for those of you that are still here, thank you guys so much for checking out this episode of the podcast, like we said in the beginning, we hope to bring this to you guys monthly as we just spotlight some of the great people we get to meet doing what we do with these conventions. And, yeah, for all of you brand new listeners, make sure to check out the Linktree link in the show notes. If you are here listening to this episode on what I assume is Wednesday, make sure you go back Monday for my unapologetic plug for the full season three review of Ted Lasso with our friend Jay from Super Brackett Bros. And then all the rest of the content we have planned for the rest of the month of June. And also, make sure you check out our TikTok as well. Right? Eric, we we have so much content coming out over there. And as far as, you know, all the movie reviews that we usually used to do on the podcast, those have now found their way over to TikTok a different platform. So make sure you check those out and then Eric let them know how so they can support the show as well.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. Whether you're supporting us through the BuzzFeed Prep page or directly through Patreon, We definitely appreciate the support to keep the show running. Supporters on Patreon like Briar are helping us out and we have bonus content. So if you wanna see the full video in the unedited version of this episode, you wanna get an early release or you want to get some merch, there are multiple tiers to choose from. Again, your support's very, very much appreciated. With all of that being said, my name is mister Eric Almighty. That is my cohost, Philipa Filipino, and our wonderful guest Matthew Elkins. On the podcast, we release new episodes every Monday and Wednesday, And all you have to do is wait for it.

Speaker 1:

So I heard you're looking for a go to source for entertainment. Wait for it. Gaming. Wait for it, anime plus ultra. Mister Eric Almighty and Phil the Filipino? Yeah. They've got you covered, and all you gotta do is wait for it.

Speaker 2:

This

Speaker 1:

is the wait for it podcast.

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