G & T Show Supplemental Log – Rico E. Anderson
G & T Show Supplemental Log – Rico E. Anderson is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick couldn’t join us this week, but Terry and Mike and the opportunity to sit down with actor Rico E. Anderson to talk about his upcoming appearance in the Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny audio series and his approach toward voice acting. We also talk about Sci-Fi, Star Trek, his appearance in Star Trek: Renegades, and so much more. Don’t miss this fun interview.
Mike kicks off the interview with introductions. Adrianne put us in contact with Rico to talk about their latest project Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny, which she is playing the role of Savek in the production. In Shadows, Rico plays a Xindi Reptilian in the Mirror Universe during the TOS era. Terry asks how he got involved in the project. He explains that he became aware of it when an announcement was made on one of the Facebook Star Trek and Sci-Fi groups he belongs to. What attracted him to the project was the fact that this series would take place within the Mirror Universe after the events of Mirror Mirror. The Mirror Universe is virtually unexplored in Star Trek, which made it very appealing for him. In regards to the show, he reveals that in the spirit of Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and others, no one is safe.
The series will be six parts and the first two were recorded at the same time with the first episode being released sometime around Christmas. We talk about the other people involved in the project including the cast and crew. Mike asks about the role he’s playing in the series. Rico is playing the big bad guy, named Zadoss, and seemed to really enjoy playing the part. They try to figure out what the definition of bad is within the Mirror Universe. Rico assures us that he most certainly is a bad guy. He became excited when he discovered who he would be playing in the show. He appreciates the fact that its not the same baddies they always use on Star Trek, referring to the Klingons and the Romulans.
He’s always been a Star Trek fan and Sci-Fi fan. He collects comics. Terry asks if he’s seeing more genre work becoming available in the modern revival of Marvel and other Sci-Fi films. He tells us that he had told his agent and manager that he really likes sci-fi and really wants to take those opportunities. Mike talks about his credits in unofficial / independent productions in Star Trek: Renegades and Star Trek: Horizon. They spend a few minutes talking about Renegades.
Terry asks about his voice over work. Rico tells us that he has done V.O. for commercials and is currently pursuing voice work in animation and audio books. He really likes audio books. His biggest success in voice over, has been for commercials. Terry asks about the process of doing V.O. for audio productions or even for audio books. He shares a story about his own experiences with the Star Trek audio book Crossover which featured Jonathan Frakes doing the voices for TOS and TNG cast members for both male and female characters. His recommendation was to keep it real and the audience will believe it.
Rico tells us the story of the small part he got in Star Trek 2009. He had done a lot of background work. Eventually, he decided that he wasn’t going to do any more background work. He tried to get an audition for the film. However, he decided to break his background rule in order to get into the film. He landed a background role and played the role of Captain Kelley Bogle, who was the Captain of the USS Faragut, in the Council Chamber scene. He was on set for eight days. One of his friends even played the spider-eyed alien in the film.
Terry shifts the conversation back to Renegades. It was his first time in the makeup chair. Terry asks what it was like to be directed by Tim Russ. He talks about Tim Russ and his directing style and shares his experiences with him. He recounts the story of his first day on set. Tim was the first person he met on set, and the second was Walter Koenig. He was an actor first and a fan last. But, when he got home, he geeked out over the experience.
We move into our Lipton Questions. He provides some great answers and even blows us away. He tells us about the time he played a Klingon for Paramount’s Great America for the Star Trek: Earth Tour. He shares that he’ll be working on Fifth Passenger in January. He goes on to share his role in Renegades. He plays Boras, a unique alien race created for the show. Mike asks about the anticipated release date for Renegades. Rico tells us that they had to record some new scenes, which has delayed the project. He rages momentarily about people that don’t understand the film making process especially for Sci-Fi films with heavy special effects like those that Renegades will be producing. He attributes Star Trek Continues quick turn around to the fact that their episodes are not laden with special effects and are mostly dialog and story-centric stories.
We start winding down the interview. We quickly run through all of his current projects. Then, we get his social media pages so people can stalk him across his social media sites. He sends shout outs to the people behind Star Trek: Shadows of Tyranny.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.