Student spotlight: Julia Barker, Mills’ resident voice actor

Mills student Julia Barker is graduating this year, and they’re leaving as a professional voice actor. Barker knew they wanted to be a voice actor since age 14, and they knew that they wanted to utilize their time at Mills to the fullest extent possible, so they entered Mills as a Theater Studies major “for the sake of voice acting.” In addition to taking singing classes during their time in college to improve their technical control, Barker also was able to take a course on recording techniques and learned how to use Protools while improving their audio editing skills.

Even as a college student, Barker has worked on “video games, podcasts, original animation and audio-drama pieces.” They take inspiration and motivation from Darin De Paul’s performance of the character Ardyn Izunia in the video game “Final Fantasy XV.”

According to Barker, the character “oozes slimy, aristocratic confidence in the best way possible. [They] think that says a lot about how skillfully he was handled in all stages of production, but the vocal performance really drives home the heart and nuance of who he is as a person.”

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