Here is the official story on how I met my favorite voice actor.
Last Friday I went out to the bar that my friend is a doorman/bouncer at. I am not really big on going to clubs/bars as I tend to feel out of place. Thankfully I had a guy friend come with me so I would have someone to chat with. The club consists of two floors, one for dancing/live bands and one for relaxing/chilling. The bands were awful that night so we migrated downstairs to drink and chat.
While sipping on a rum and coke something familiar caught the corner of my eye. I looked over from the table across us to see a man. He had long hair, piercings, tattoos, and a cowboy hat that look so similar to one a certain voice actor always wore. I have been a fan of that VA since Beast Wars and Reboot first came out on TV. I then thought that he was just a lookalike, yet at the same time I was thinking “There is just no way someone could look and dress exactly like him”. I was hesistant upon going up to and asking if he was who I thought he was. I didn’t want to feel like a dumbass if I was wrong, but yet I was hopeful that it really was him.
I then saw him get up with a cigarette in his hand to go have a smoke. I used this opportunitey to get up from my seat and approach him. Here is what happened:
Me: …Scott McNeil?
Him: *stops* *looks from side to side* *looks at me curiously*
Me: *hopeful look*….Is that you?
Him: *he smiles and makes a “in the flesh” gesture*
Me: Oh. My. God!!
My heart was pounding so fast and my legs were shaking. It was really him. Scott McNeil. My idol and favorite VA since I was a child. 16 years I’ve been dying to meet him yet his panels would always be full at the conventions I attended where he was a guest. But there he was, standing in a bar I had decided to come drink and socialize at. I have a dream of one day getting into the voice acting business and Scott has been my inspiration because of how talented he is (and because he is truly a very nice guy). I watched so many shows that he did voices in and would be amazed on how he makes it difficult for people to identify him. I had no clue years ago that he did so many roles in Beast Wars and Dragon Ball Z.
There were lots of hugs, me squeeing and repeatedly saying “Oh my God!”, and him saying how honored he felt when I told him that I have been a fan of his since the early 90ies.
It was surely a bad time for my phone to be dead. I had brought my charger with me so I could charge my phone at work, yet I gave my charger to my roommate accidentally. Thankfully I got my friend, the doorman, to take a picture of me and Scott together.
After a few more hugs he then left to go have his smoke but said he would come chat with me later on. I went back to my table, big goofy smile plastered on my face, and my friends grinning at me. Doorman friend was laughing at how excited I was and kept asking me if I was ok while giving me a few hugs. I kept saying “Yes, No, Maybe” as my happiness and excitement scale was beyond the hundreds zone.
It was funny though as I had mentioned to doorman friend a week ago via texts about a talk I had with Greg Ayres via Facebook in regards to Anime and Piracy. I told him how I wasn’t a big fan of the English dub VA’s, but made an exception for Scott McNeil since I liked him long before I became a hardcore Anime fan. He didn’t think I was talking about the Vancouver VA Scott McNeil and so failed to mention that Scott frequently occupies the bar he works at. Yet I am glad he didn’t tell me that as I then would never had gotten the courage to go and talk to him. I can be pretty shy when meeting people.
Later on that night, Scott came over to my table to chat. My guy friend got up and went upstairs to give me some private time with my idol (plus the bar was coming to its closing time and he went to help doorman friend with the close up chores). Scott and I talked about Anime, other VA’s, and conventions. We talked for a good 30 minutes and it felt like I was chatting with an old friend. He also did Piccolo and Waspinator’s voice for me, which was so awesome and was exactly how I remembered them to be. I showed him my tattoo and he admired the work, asking me when and where I got it done.
Funny enough, he went and introduced me to one of the people at his table who was also a VA. It was Jocelyne Loewen, the voice of Merle from The Vision of Escaflowne. We exchanged pleasentries and also had a few group hugs. Jocelyne laughed and said “I like this one!”. It was so awesome. If only I could have gotten a group picture, but alas.
It was finally time to leave as the bar was officially closed. I asked Scott if he would be ok with giving me his autograph before I left. He was more then happy to. I only had a scrap piece of paper that my friend gave me when I said I really wanted Scott’s autograph, but it was more then enough.
It was seriously one of the best nights I have ever had. I was floored at the fact that doorman friend knew him personally. Plus I never thought I would meet my idol at a bar. I figured I would have better chances at a con, but boy was I wrong.
My giddiness has yet to die down and I still can’t help but smile when I think back on when Scott and I merrily chatted together. It was truly awesome and I will never forget it for the rest of my life.