Amin Abbas Dubai
American voice actor Mike Pollock is well known for his voice roles of popular characters such as Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog and other characters from Pokémon.
Speaking exclusively to Arab News Japan, Pollock said he established his career in the anime industry in the early 2000s.
“Most anime fans would look to my anime debut as Professor Kamo in Demon Fighter Kocho, which had its US release in 2000,” Pollock said.
The voice actor explained that he was chosen to play the role of Doctor Eggman after he had previously worked with US licensing company 4Kids, who, at the time, acquired the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog.
With the 30th anniversary of the animated series coming up, Pollock told Arab News Japan he was very pleased to be working with the franchise.
“It’s been a wild 17-year-ride so far. I hope to be able to remain a part of it for as long as they’ll have me,” he said. “The franchise has a very devoted and opinionated fan base, so they must be doing something right, even if some fans might disagree.”
Pollock added that his journey with Pokémon the TV series started when 4Kids Productions brought him on to play a small part in one episode of the popular anime. He said he was then recommended for additional roles of other Pokémon characters, including the narrator when it had to be temporarily recast.
Pollock said the biggest occupational hazard he faces on the job includes having to let his voice “recuperate after a lot of over-the-top yelling.”
The American actor said he is a fan of all the series he works for. “Mostly because I’m in them, but I don’t necessarily watch them the way a fan would,” he added.
Learning to act and to handle rejection are the two things Pollock said he recommends to aspiring voice actors looking to step into the industry.