Nicolas Cantu, now a prominent figure in the entertainment world at the age of 20, has an eclectic career trajectory that began with his involvement in the iconic Dora the Explorer franchise. This marked his initial foray into voice acting and set the stage for his multifaceted journey through various acting roles and content creation platforms.
In 2016, at the age of 13, Cantu made his voice acting debut by lending his voice to the character of Diego in the follow-up series, Dora and Friends: Into the City, an extension of the beloved Dora the Explorer series. Although Diego was previously voiced by multiple actors in the original series, Cantu took on the role for one episode in this spinoff series. Interestingly, he also voiced additional characters such as a polar bear, a crocodile, and “clowns,” which may seem out of place in a city setting.
Despite the unconventional mix of characters, Cantu’s performance must have been commendable, as it opened doors for him to explore further opportunities. In the same year, he embarked on voicing Rowan Freemaker in Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, a role that spanned 31 episodes, signaling the beginning of his flourishing career.
Since those early days, Cantu’s career has flourished, branching into diverse avenues such as voicing Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in 2023, establishing a notable presence on YouTube as a Minecraft content creator under the pseudonym “junky janker,” and engaging in publicized conflicts, such as his ongoing discord with fellow Minecraft content creator Dream.
From his initial role in the vibrant world of Dora the Explorer to his present stature as a multifaceted entertainer, Cantu’s journey showcases a trajectory marked by versatility, growth, and an expanding repertoire of creative endeavors.