Jul 8, 2020
Rob Paulsen is an Emmy
Award-winning voice actor, singer, and writer. Notable characters
he has voiced throughout his extensive career include Raphael on
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko on Animaniacs,
Pinky and the Brain, Carl
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and
The Land Before
television series. In
2019 Rob, with the help of co-writer Michael Fleeman, published an
Lessons. It details his
career as well as his recent battle with throat cancer, and how his
diagnosis, treatment, and recovery affected his career and his
outlook on life. This year Rob will be appearing in the Steven
Spielberg-produced Animaniacs reboot, releasing on Hulu in the Fall.
What you will learn:
- Why Rob decided to leave
Detroit and move to Los Angeles as a young man.
- How he landed his first film
- How his film acting career
transitioned into voice acting.
- The perks of being a voice
actor vs. an on-screen actor.
- What is was like being the
voice behind one of the most iconic animated series in the history
of television and film: Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja
- How his ability to play iconic
characters provided him opportunities to play Carl Wheezer on Jimmy
Neutron, Yakko on Animaniacs, and Pinky on Animaniacs and Pinky and
- What Rob’s co-writer Michael
Fleeman taught him about the writing process and how he hopes his
with others who have, or may still be struggling with
- The never-ending hustle
involved with working in the film industry, how Rob learned to
enjoy it, and what that looks like for him today.
- The mindset he went into his
career with, and how it still benefits him to this day.
- Working with new technology
such as YouTube and Zoom, and how Rob respects the hustle no matter
what medium it comes from.
- What his thoughts are on
aspiring artists moving to LA, and the finances involved in doing
- Rob’s experience joining the
Screen Actor’s Guild and his thoughts on unions in
- The evolution of animation,
was instrumental in that shift, and the limitless potential
animation provides to working actors.
- How vital passion is to
success, as well as being authentic and respectful.
- What is was like meeting his
childhood hero Gordie Howe, who only continued to inspire Rob
further as they spent time together.
- How his first meeting with
Steven Spielberg while shooting E.T. in 1982 resulted in a nearly
40-year working relationship which culminated recently with
Spielberg hiring Rob to work on the Animaniacs Reboot this fall on