Over the past three years, I’ve encountered some truly remarkable voiceover actors from the PGM (People Of Global Majority) community, so remarkable that I thought it would be a worthwhile endeavor to dedicate an article about themselves, their accomplishments, and where you can find them and do so every week. When will this end? Most likely never so as I cackle at the infinite posts this may generate, I am so very happy to tell you all that my spotlight for this week is on Ryan Colt Levy! (Banner design once again done by the incredible VO artist/graphic designer Belsheber Rusape Jr.)
Ryan Colt Levy is a Middle Eastern/American (Actor/Musician/Artist) originally from NY now working predominantly in voiceover for anime, video games & more in Los Angeles. After almost 20 years as a songwriter/guitarist/singer for indie band Braeves, Ryan began focusing more on theater & film as avenues of creative expression once the group moved to California in 2015.
Searching the many local casting websites for opportunities to audition eventually became a full time job, while the rest of the time was filled with extra/commercial on camera work for survival income.
This led to the first few VO jobs, which revealed the comfort zone of performing in front of a microphone & ability to create the adventure in small spaces of expression. Immediately, the desire to hone in on voice work became incredibly strong, as was the desire for knowledge. Ryan’s formal training at HB studios back in New York was able to evolve further years later thanks to a second home taking Scene Study/Improv classes at LPN Studios on the west coast.
He has worked steadily on projects since 2018 for Netflix, Funimation, Crunchyroll, Adult Swim, Square Enix, Pinkfong, Nintendo, Mattel & more as well as motion capture/performance capture for various projects.
He is currently most well known for his roles as Squalo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Jazz in Welcome to Demon School Iruma-Kun, Loki in Record of Ragnarok & Yuri Drewes in The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent & Eiji Oji in NEO: The World Ends With You & is represented by Atlas Talent.
For more adventures, you can follow Ryan on his Twitter account at @RyanColtLevy. Throughout the week, I will be highlighting Ryan’s accomplishments and tidbits of his very busy voiceover career so be sure to follow us on The Nerds Of Color Twitter account as I do so!
This is an ongoing weekly series highlighting the many working diverse voiceover artists of global majority that you most likely have heard in your video games, audiobooks, anime/live action dubbings, animated TV shows & films, and more. A vast majority are part of the PGM VO List, an open resource database that contains over 1.4k+ PGM voiceover artists.