How Kaneda Tomoko became a seiyuu: Her voice precluded her from most normal jobs


You might know Kaneda Tomoko as Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daioh, or perhaps as Leticia from Madlax. She's got a pretty rare voice, which suits her small stature. But life wasn't always so easy for her, as this TV segment shows.

Caught off of seiyuu3, her story is an unfortunate one. Stuck with a diminuative height at 4'8" and an abnormally high voice, Tomoko was repeatedly rejected from jobs because of her voice. She couldn't work in an office because of how people would react to her voice when she answered the phone. It gave a "bad image" to the company.

And so, what else could she do? Her sister dropped a pamphlet for a voice acting school, and suggested she try it. Well, the people there loved her, and she's shot up in fame. I guess the rest is history since then. Even now, at age 36, she still gets mistaken for a middle or high school student, which most women wouldn't complain about, I would think. I guess when it happens every day of your life, it gets a little annoying.

So, take heart jobless readers! There's hope for everyone!

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