Our friend Emily Woo Zeller had a wonderful Ask Me Anything
session. Here is a sample of the discussion, her answers;
Thanks for doing this, you two! My question is for Emily.
Were you shown any Panam art/models prior to recording your dialogue? And if so, was there any influence on how you approached the character; such as delivering a certain cadence to lines?
As an Asian-American talent, what sort of stories, themes, or messages would you like to see popularized or at least given more attention to through the world of voice recording/narration?
1 - I was shown some preliminary art, yes, but not what she ultimately looked like. That had almost nothing to do with how I approached her character. The only thing that really informed me from the image was that she was clearly dressed to always be ready to go or work on machinery.
2 - Excellent question. Often with stories featuring minority characters, it's about the fact that they're a minority. What I would like to see more is full, complicated characters that are also female or Asian or Black or LatinX or American Indian or or or, etc. That yes, the trials and tribulations are real that relate to our experiences as minorities (or just people with less power, ie.women...technically a majority, but...), but that those identities are not the entirety of us as human beings. That was a long answer. The short answer is we just need more representation, period. EWZ