Sean Schemmel is a biological entity known as a “human” born November 21st (the same day as his Mother and Bjork) 1968 in Waterloo, Iowa. When he was 12 years old he heard a voice inside his head that said “You must play the French Horn”. So he did. Professionally. But then in 1999, there was an open casting call for a show called Dragonball Z. Sean’s friends who had always been thoroughly encouraging and impressed with his ability to do character voices and impressions, insisted he audition. To which he replied “No, I just wanna be a French Horn player.” But after much prodding, he went to the audition and landed the lead role of Goku. It was at this point, Sean realized that he not only liked voice acting better than playing Horn in orchestras (because that is a miserable experience, trust me), he was better at it. So he switched careers moved to New York City, and managed to continue voice acting multiple roles on many hit shows such as Pokemon, Yugioh, Yugioh GX, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kappa Mikey, Speed Racer, Winx Club and 12 different thumbs on Thumb Wrestling Federation.
Sean was also an ADR director for NYAV Post, where adapted for english and directed numerous anime titles including Space Pirate Mito, Midori Days, Sadamitsu: The Destoyer, and Ah! My Goddess.
Sean has also lent his voice to many video games, including the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises for iPad/iPhone/Android, all Dragonball Z games as Goku, King Kai, and Nail. Jason in Gangstar Vegas, and many others.
In the realm of audiobooks, Sean is an award winning narrator, winning a 2010 Earphones award for his work in The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiaolo, and was nominated for a 2011 Audie Award in the category of humor for his work in Shit My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern and won a 2013 Audie for his work in I Suck At Girls by the same author.
Sean makes many appearances at conventions around the world, and is known for his “highly informative and entertaining but down to earth panels” or at least that’s what a bunch of people told him.
Sean is also a gear head and in his home studio he uses Blue mics, and pres, Focusrite and Audient pres, and Sony Oxford, Waves, SSL and API plugins.
Sean plays PRS and Ibanez guitars. Not very well.
Sean currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their magical dog. Though he still plays Horn from time to time he is more focused on electric guitar at the moment. He’s listening to Joe Satriani as he types this bio. Later, he’s going to try to beat his girlfriend at Mario Kart. He is going to fail miserably.
- Goku and King Kai in Dragon Ball Z (Voice)
- Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe Sigma Six (Voice)
- Dr. Vellian Crowler in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (Voice)
- Hachi and Wapol in One Piece (Voice)