I’ve voiced many characters and actors that I’ve enjoyed throughout my career, but perhaps the most dazzling of all was voicing Winnie and Tigger. Being the voice of characters I watched as a kid!
Bülent Kayabaş, my very dear colleague and important voice of my childhood, passed away in 2017. He never knew me, but he was someone I loved very much among the voices of my childhood. actually this is a somewhat sad, somewhat happy story; It started with the guest of Winnie The Pooh characters in a Disney cartoon on Disney’s television channel in Turkey. The total duration of the characters’ scene was 8 minutes and the dubbing director of the Project said she wanted to get a audition from me.
Had it been another project, I would have found such a selection pointless but when it comes to a very important character and a distinguished client like Disney, the sensitivity shown was quite understandable.With incredible enthusiasm, I dubbed the test recording.
But then it continued with a song audition and then a few more audition recordings. I could no longer understand such a long selection process for such a short project; I was stunned by the news that the movie ‘Christopher Robin’ was coming. After the movie news, I continued with many meetings and auditions. Now that they could make as many auditions as they wanted, I was fully engaged in giving the try recording over and over.
FINALLY I AM THE TURKISH VOICE OF WINNIE AND TIGGER!
But being chosen didn’t mean it was over, of course. Now, as someone who has taken over the flag from Mr. Kayabaş, I had to both put myself and continue to convey the warmth he made me feel. I don’t remember ever having so much confusion and performance anxiety about my profession.
As a result, I did a job that I’m really proud of, my eyes filled with tears while dubbing and watching it on the movie screen, and I had the opportunity to show off my son, who is now 4 years old, when he grows up.