We have been following Santiago Of The Seas on Nickelodeon for some time now and now that the show will be premiering Friday, October 9th, Nick Jr. we were lucky enough to get Kevin Chacon who voices the lead Santiago Montes to talk about the show and his career with us.
Kevin Chacon is the voice of Santiago “Santi” Montes, a brave and kind-hearted, 8-year-old pirate who sets sail on amazing adventures, searches for hidden treasure, always stands by his best mates and keeps the high seas safe from villains as the pirate protector of Isla Encanto.
BSCKids: This show has been on our radar for a while, tell us a bit about how you got the role of Santiago? What did you know about the show before heading into the interview?
Kevin Chacon: I auditioned in New York and after that audition I had about three more, which led to them choosing me for the role of Santiago. I knew that it was going to be a new show on Nick Jr. about pirates.
Do you find it harder to do voice acting or being in front of the camera? Is there anything special that you do before you do your work on Santiago of the Seas in the recording booth?
I think being in front of the camera is harder because it’s not only more nerve-racking, but one wrong move and you’ll have to redo the whole scene. The same goes with voice acting with one little noise, but it’s less nerve-racking to voice act. I normally warm up my voice before I go into the recording booth.
What does a regular day working on Santiago of the Seas look like? What is been the funniest or most entertaining thing that has happened behind the scenes of the show?
I travel to New York from Connecticut, arrive at the studio, get in the booth and start recording. I record for a couple hours and then head back home— it’s a long day. The funniest and most entertaining thing that has happened behind the scenes was when my voice coach and I created a little band called “Slit Shrimp,” and we just rhymed a bunch of lines together. It was so much fun.
What would you say you have learned while working on this series?
I have learned more about the Caribbean Hispanic culture along with some new Spanish words.
How did you feel after receiving your Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) and Association of Critics of Entertainment (ACE) Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year.
I felt blessed and grateful because I was able to see all the progress I’ve made throughout these years.
What would you say your favorite Nickelodeon show of all time is? (besides your own show of course) and if you could guest star on another Nick show that is currently running which one would it be and why?
My favorite Nickelodeon show of all time is Drake and Josh. If I could guest star on any Nick show that is currently running, it would be Danger Force or All That because I love action and comedy.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I surprisingly draw well.
Have you been to the Caribbean? Did you know about pirates before the show?
Yes, I have been to the Caribbean. I knew about pirates before the show but only about the bad ones, not the good ones.
Tell us in a few words why every kid should be tuning in to watch Santiago of the Seas.
Every kid should tune into Santiago of the Seas because it will show you more about our Hispanic culture, teach you kindness and take you on many adventures.
Special thanks to Kevin Chacon and you can watch a trailer for Santiago of the Seas below.