Jaden Waldman: Westport’s Anime Star

When you work in the entertainment industry, you take all kinds of gigs.

This holiday season — like last year — Westporter Jaden Waldman is performing before hundreds of thousands of people. in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

He’s been in films and commercials. He co-starred in “Pinkalicious & Peterrific,” on PBS Kids.

That last gig makes sense. Jaden is only in 3rd grade.

So it also made sense that when he and his family went on a camp vacation last summer, his mother made sure to keep his week audition-free.

But an offer to try out for voiceover work in the English version of “Mirai” — a very cool Japanese anime film — was too good to pass up.

So one day, the camp let Jaden into the photography studio. He spent 5 minutes taping, then headed back out to waterski.

A month later, Jaden was invited to New York for an in-person callback. They loved  him. Recording started almost immediately.

Jaden Waldman, in a voiceover studio last year (before “Mural”).

Jaden watched short film clips of the Japanese version. Then the writer had to work the English dub to fit the mouth flaps of the character. Timing was crucial.

The English voice director spent 35 hours recording Jaden — mostly via FaceTime from LA.

They must have done something right. “Mirai” has just been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Unfortunately, the only nearby showing is this Saturday (December 8), at 12:55 p.m. Even more unfortunately, the nearest theaters are in Danbury and Port Chester.

But we don’t want to disappoint Jaden’s many fans. So if you can’t get to the theater on Saturday, just click the video link below.


2 responses to “Jaden Waldman: Westport’s Anime Star

  1. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Go Jaden!
    What a wonderful gift to the Hanukkah/Christmas season.