Interview With Zach Callison (@ZachCallison)
I started doing theater when I was seven years old, back in St. Louis, Missouri. I had been taking singing lessons, and was encouraged to audition for a community college production of “The Music Man”. I booked the part of Winthrop, and loved it so much that I continued to do theater (and film) for the next two years. Once I had signed with an agency and booked a small role in a film back east, my family and I started visiting Los Angeles more and more often until I started living here full time to pursue acting.
2. Can you tell us about your experience working on “Steven Universe”?
Not in full! There’s been too many good memories to sum it all up here. Steven Universe has definitely been one of, if not THE most important and challenging project I’ve worked on in my career thus far. I’m very fortunate to work with some ridiculously talented actors in the booth, and our crew (the “Crewniverse”) is one of the most creative and brilliant I’ve ever worked with.
3. Can you tell us about your character Steven?
Steven is a half-human, half-gem boy, who is in the process of discovering the magical powers he inherited from his mother. He’s very eager, enthusiastic and nearly always an optimist. As the show has progressed, he’s done a lot of growing up (as have I), and has taken on a more important role in the Crystal Gems team. Most importantly, Steven has a huge heart, and empathy is something he’s never short on.
4. Do you prefer voice over or on screen?
That’s such a tough question for me because of how different they both are. At the core, they’re both just forms of acting, but they vary wildly in skill set and environment. A recording session has a very different feel than a film set. VO is so technical, since the entire performance is limited to what comes out of your mouth, and requires a lot of slight adjustment, precision, and imagination. Live action is more broad, since the camera is reading your expression and body language on top of everything vocal. They’re both passions of mine, however, and I’m fortunate enough to be able to do both.
5. Do you have any other upcoming projects?
Just recently I shot an episode of ABC’s “The Goldbergs”, which was an absolute blast. No release date yet for that, but I’m dying to see the finished version; we had way too much fun.
6. What are your social media accounts?
@ZachCallison on Twitter and Instagram.