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Actor Rob Paulsen on Creativity, Passion and Conquering Cancer

When he conquered cancer, Rob Paulsen used that newfound strength to help others.

When can adversity be our greatest gift? When we turn it into a gift for others. Help from our struggle is the most amazing thing we can give.

The Voice of a Generation

Rob is a voice actor, that has been the voice not only of many iconic shows, but also most of my own childhood.

He’s been the voice for shows like Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Jimmy Newtron, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more.

In total, Paulsen has been the voice of over 250 different animated characters and performed in over 1000 commercials. He received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his role as Pinky, and three Annie Awards.

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Channeling Adversity to Strength

When he was diagnosed with throat cancer, that was all threatened. Rob’s voice was his work and throat cancer was so close not only to his work but also to his very identity.

When he overcame the struggle, Rob remembered the success stories of others that drove him each and every day. He decided that he need to be that success story for others.

It was that pressure that pushed him to be a help for others through the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

“And the way the power, of these characters, that I’ve been fortunate to voice over the years, is nothing short of astonishing. And I’ve got to tell you, that joy, and that love, that all of us experience often through the most unexpected places.

It turns out love, like empathy, passion, courage, come from very unexpected places.

Sometimes it comes from Yakko, Sometimes they come from Donatello, Sometimes it from Carl Weezer, sometimes they come from Yakko, and sometimes it comes from Pinky, And so it’s really important to understand, that that is all out there.”
– Rob Paulsen

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Love from Unexpected Places

Rob explains that the love he’s received as an actor came from unexpected places — the characters he created; Love, empathy and passion come from very unexpected places.

The love came from those that loved the characters he created; his voice was their life. After all, legacy is not only what we leave behind, but also that what we create matters.

That’s what drives him each and every day.

Rob Paulsen sits down with me, Jeremy Ryan Slate, to talk about legacy and what we create, on the latest episode of the Create Your Own Life Show.