Renée (rogueslayer452) wrote,

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 3

Day Three: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I've thought a lot about this because there are many things of original canon that I love and want to share with people, but I feel like it could take forever just to narrow down a few things. So instead, I've decided to share something that I've been interested in for quite some time now that I think often goes underappreciated.

We often hear news regarding the WGA when it comes to strikes, but nothing really about the SAG-AFTRA. In 2016-2017 there were strikes for both, but only the WGA was mostly widely reported on, but the SAG-AFTRA was kind of the underdog when it came to national news.

Marisha Ray and Matt Mercer are both voice actors who spoke about the then-ongoing strike from the SAG-AFTRA during a convention back early in 2017. Since becoming a fan of Critical Role, where the entire cast is made up of voice actors, both Matt and Marisha included, I've come to really have a deep appreciation of voice acting in general and the amount of hard work they put into it. It's not something that I thought much about before, and I feel somewhat ashamed about that since we all consume media that features voice acting in some way or another (from commercials and radio to video games and animation, etc). And while I think many know that there are people who do voice work for those things, not many understand the kind of work that goes into it, not to mention the risks and even the unfairness sometimes of the industry. While I knew some details prior, knowing about the SAG-AFTRA strike gave me more of an insight to what they deal with on a daily basis, and why these demands were important for them and their safety.

What I love about this video is hearing them speak about it, holding nothing back when it comes to explaining what the strike is about and the risks that are involved, not only because they're personally affected by it but also because you don't really hear many people openly talk about this particular issue and I think more people need to be educated on this particular matter. Voice actors tend to be the underdogs within the industry, often undervalued by producers wanting to take advantage of them and game developers which is devastatingly unfair. Not to mention, hearing it being discussed by two people who I deeply respect makes the video that much better, imho.

(One the topic of the strike, an agreement was finally made in late 2017, though some have concerns about how the agreement was handled and the future of possible further negotiations.)

I also highly recommend watching the entire panel where the clip was taken from, simply because it's so great and it one of many demonstrates why I love Matt and Marisha so much. :)
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