Kelly Marie Tran, the voice of Raya and the Last Dragon, has spoken out about her path to becoming a voice actress. Tran is a Vietnamese–American actress who is quickly establishing herself in the entertainment industry. Her acting career began modestly, with roles in the online series College Humor, guest appearances on numerous TV shows, and commercial appearances. Her major break, however, came when she was cast as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Dawn Betterman in The Croods: A New Age was her first major voice acting job. In The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special and Star Wars Forces of Destiny, she reprised her Star Wars role as Tico, which brought her back to voice acting. Tran’s Raya and the Last Dragon part, on the other hand, wowed viewers as she bravely took on the Disney princess while establishing her voice acting skills. She’s now talking about how she got to that place.
Tran detailed her long and arduous road to voice acting in an interview with Collider. Tran began by explaining how her improv skills helped her advance in her work. Her first voice acting job was on The Croods: A New Age, and she acknowledges that she improvised the whole of the audition. Her improvisation not only landed her the part, but it also provided her with a pleasant experience that inspired her to apply for Raya.She went on to say that her performance in Raya was the result of a decade of hard labor. She spoke candidly about her struggles to launch her profession, but she realized that the difficult years had trained her and turned her into the person she needed to be to take on Raya. check out her official statement below.
This is gonna sound crazy because when you’re a struggling actor in LA, the last thing you want to hear from someone who’s in my position, a very privileged position who’s had this miraculous trajectory, the last thing you want to hear is that your struggling years really teach you what you need to know, but I think that’s absolutely true for me. It took me, I don’t know, I think I started trying to get an agent in high school and no one wanted me. That was probably 2006, is when I started, and I was on set for Jedi in 2016 so it took me about 10 years and all of those years of struggling, of going through acting classes and going to casting director workshops and doing the improv, all of those skills are things that I use now. So I think for me getting into animation is sort of a culmination of a decade of work.
Tran went from being a high school student who was rejected by agencies to appearing in a Star Wars picture in under ten years. She didn’t achieve where she wanted to be in her job by chance; she worked hard to get there by taking classes, attending workshops, and engaging in improve. Tran’s career was still fraught with problems when she got blowback for her appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She just kept her head up high and worked relentlessly, which led to her becoming a voice actress.
It’s becoming increasingly tough to break into the acting industry. Newcomers endure fierce competition, and only a select few are given the opportunity to exhibit their abilities. When one is a woman and a member of a minority group, however, there is an extra level of hardship, since one may experience prejudice in addition to the regular hurdles to admittance. That is why Tran’s tale is so remarkable, as she overcame her struggles as a struggling performer and racist and sexist accusations on her way to become a Disney princess. Tran is a remarkable actress who has maintained her dignity, elegance, and humility in the face of adversity. Her debut as a voice actress in Raya and the Last Dragon is undoubtedly only the beginning of her career.