Rob PaulsenAs you may have heard, prolific voice actor Rob Paulsen is now sharing a generation’s worth of experience with the industry. Additionally, he is also providing unique insight through private coaching via Skype, by phone or in person in Los Angeles.

As I write, I’m listening to Rob Paulsen’s new weekly podcast called “Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen” available for free in iTunes. Rob has a lot of ideas and dreams for this chapter in his career which he details in his first podcast running 20 minutes.
When I heard Rob was coaching, I knew I had to draw attention to that fact! To hear more about what it is like to work with Rob, hear a first-hand account from voice talent Lisa Biggs who studied with the legend earlier this week.

“Yakkin’ With Yakko”

By Lisa Biggs
After ten years riding the voice over crazy train I still take classes regularly, and work closely and consistently with a handful of professional coaches. Recently I decided to reach out to Rob Paulsen in hopes that I might have the opportunity to learn from him as well. Rob has been a professional voice over actor since the 1980’s having voiced over 2,000 1/2 hour animated episodes to his credit. In 1999 Rob won the daytime Emmy award for “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for his role as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in the hit series Pinky and the Brain.

I feel like I’ve grown up with Rob! I remember watching him as Yakko Warner on Animaniacs every afternoon, after soccer practice in junior high. So, I was beyond thrilled when he emailed me back to informed me that he’s beginning a new venture as a voice-over coach, he said my timing was “serendipitous”!

One of the things that makes Rob Paulsen’s time and expertise so infinitely valuable is it’s relevancy. He continues to work almost every day! He’s voiced thousands of commercials. He is the voice of “Mr. Opportunity” for Honda, also he works on animated projects on a weekly basis. Rob is the quintessential busy bee and a competitive force in this highly competitive industry.

Whether your goal is to learn how to bring absolute believability to a fictional character, or learning to make out of the box choices when auditioning, “Mr. Opportunity” is knocking and you should answer the door. Rob says, “Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus of maximizing their potential by finding their own niche quickly break away from the pack.”

Rob’s website officially launches Friday June 3rd, 2011 where you can learn all about his new venture and decide whether or not you’re ready to break away from the pack!
Lisa Biggs has been a professional voice over actor, a “little voice with BIG talent” for almost a decade. You can learn more about her here:

Isn’t This Cool?

I find it very exciting to learn that Rob Paulsen is sharing his knowledge. 25-30 years experience in voice over, most notably voice acting in animation, is quite a feat! As Rob mentioned on his podcast Talkin Toons, this is truly the Third Act of his career and we all get a front row seat.
What do you think?
Be sure to comment with your thoughts!
Best wishes,

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. I always loved The Animaniacs growing up and I still listen to the album I have of them. Yakko’s song about all the countries (Yakko’s World) is one of my favourites. Anyone know what Wakko and Dot are doing these days?

  2. Rob Paulsen was an idol of mine growing up and was one of the many reasons why I’ve decided to pursue voice over acting – its incredibly awesome to see that Rob is sharing his gift of knowledge in the voice over industry with everyone!

  3. Rob follows me on twitter and has indicated that he’d love to come to Toronto to sign some autographs and give a seminar or two. Please let him know via his website or on twitter: @yakkopinky
    Thanks! 🙂


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