Brad Venable, a prominent dubber in the video games and anime industry, has died. He was 43 years of age at the time of his passing, but the cause of death wasn’t disclosed.
The Oklahoma-born voice talent is also most prolific in anime after lending his vocalization in dozens of characters. Among anime franchises he took part in, they include Attack on Titan, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Noragami, and Tokyo Ghoul.
Often a job admired only by hardcore fans, Brad Venable’s popularity appears more pronounced among his peers than the audiences of his roles.
If you didn't know @bradvenable, you were missing out. He was kind to every single person he knew. I don't think he gave himself the credit he deserved, but he was always there to be supportive of his colleagues, no matter what stage they were at in their career.
— Erica Mendez (@tsunderica) January 8, 2021
Erica Mendez, a fellow voice actress, tweeted a post suggesting how people are “missing out” if not knowing Brad. Particularly emphasizing on the dubber’s supportive character, especially among his colleagues, regardless of stature in their career.
🕯️ Brad and I took a workshop and were given a script that called for Southern accents. I told Brad I can't do a Southern accent, but he encouraged me so I tried anyway.
— Faye Mata 💙 (@FayeMata) January 8, 2021
Another voice talent, Faye Mata, shared her own experience with Brad’s helpful nature by citing an event at a workshop. In her tweet, she describes how the talented voice actor had cheered her into doing a difficult imitation of the Southern accent. A feat which she would not have done otherwise. Part also of the social media post is an actual video showing the claim.
A Real Bro
A gentleman through and through, Venable’s good nature does not just apply towards the women in his sphere. Even his male colleagues share the same good sentiment to him because of his genuine caring nature.
With the permission of his wife, I'm posting this video for you @bradvenable. Once I can gather my thoughts tomorrow, I'll record them when I'm not a goddamn mess. You'll tell me to let it all out, but man, if I do, I'd be crying forever.
My brother. I love you so much. pic.twitter.com/S8x7fEjiTD
— Darrel J Delfin ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@DarrelJDelfin) January 8, 2021
Secret of Mana and Dragon Ball Z dubber, Darrel Delfin, was brought to tears when sharing a tweet in light of Brad’s death. Clearly in grief over a valuable friend’s untimely passing.
You saw the best in all of us and brought it out. You treated me like family, and called me your little brother. You motivated & inspired us. Our bond & friendship these past few years is something I will treasure forever. I love you @bradvenable I miss you brother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/URPRVRgPro
— Brian Olvera @ Home Studio (@LiveStudioBrian) January 8, 2021
Another male coworker, Brian Olvera, also spread a message exemplifying the prolific VA’s amicable personality. He states how he sees everyone in their best and how he brings it out. Olvera, in particular, being seen as a brother. Essentially, motivating and inspiring those around him.
Very sad to have lost one of the nicest and most giving talents in the voiceover business. @bradvenable was a sweetheart of a man and would help you with anything you needed. Ridiculously talented and a real treasure. R.I.P. Brad. I will miss our chats. #voiceovers #voiceover
— Terry Daniel (@voiceoversbytd) January 8, 2021
Putting more good word over Brad Venable is yet another colleague under Terry Daniel, who was also dismayed over the sad news. In his own tweet, he declares the gifted dubber’s generous persona through his willingness to help. Ultimately, calling on his friend as a “real treasure”.
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