We’re very excited to have Rob Paulsen joining us as our keynote speaker for VO Atlanta 2020. In his session to be delivered LIVE from the conference, Rob shares the following thoughts…
“To want what I have and take what I’m given with Grace.”
Our passion for our chosen career can have an enormous impact on the lives of others. Several of “my” characters (I don’t draw ’em and I don’t write ’em) have become more important to others than they are to me, it seems.
The meaning is much bigger than a paycheck or an action figure. I personally learned the power and joy of creativity through my work and ultimately, my treatment for Stage 3 throat cancer.
My experiences have taught me that courage, humility, empathy, kindness, and joy, like love, often come from the most unexpected places.
From Rob’s bio, The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those committed to their craft that combines experience, passion, and skill are likely to succeed. Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break apart from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best. “I’m getting paid to do what got me in trouble in the 7th grade,” jests Rob Paulsen, who is one of the most popular voices in animation and won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and the Brain (WB).
Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to the most formidable competition ever – fellow nominees Louis Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dom DeLuise, and Jeffrey Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he admits. Interestingly, in those twenty-five years, Rob now has the unique opportunity to have gone full circle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series; having voiced Raphael in the original show, he is now voicing Donatello in Nickelodeon’s much-anticipated TMNT.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rob “loved cartoons like most kids ” and aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I had neither the talent, temperament nor dental insurance to pursue a career as a pro hockey player”. Ironically, acting was something to “fall back on” and Rob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a gangling mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides… where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!’, ‘Narf!’, ‘Poit!’, ‘Splonk!’, and ‘Zort!’ are allowed?”
The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference is the largest annual event for the voiceover community. The event is the premier event for talent, agents, producers, directors, and resource providers from around the world.
With more than 200 hours of scheduled activities spanning four days, The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference offers many opportunities to network, learn, and socialize with the best in the business.
Started with the goal of being the Go-To conference in the southeast United States, VO Atlanta now regularly attracts attendees from more than forty states and over a dozen countries.
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