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Despite their celebrity, video-game voice actors have to fight for rights

LOS ANGELES—She woke up with a tickle in her throat. This was worrying for Ashly Burch, who, at 27, is a rising star in the small world of voice actors, best known for her work in video games. She knew actors who had blown out their voices in the studio. She’d come close herself. So leaving her house that morning Burch sipped a soothing mix of chai tea and pea milk. “It’s non-dairy,” she said. “Dairy creates mucus and that’s not a good sound.”

Now, standing inside a soundproof studio in nearby Santa Monica, she gave no hint of discomfort as she prepared to record new lines for Horizon Zero Dawn, one of the year’s most popular new releases.

“How’s your throat?” the director asked.

“Fine,” she said, as a monitor glowed with her lines.

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