"Don’t wait for someone else to give you permission to do your art!" voiceover artist Grey Griffin
Best known for her work on Scooby-Doo, The Book of Life, and Avengers Assemble, voiceover actress Grey Griffin talks to Mandy News about her career so far, and whats to come in the future.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and My First Comedy Special.
Well...I’m a single mom with 3 kids ages 2, 4, and 11. Who wants to date me??? Anyone? Ha! By day I make a living doing voices for your favourite cartoons and by night I go into debt trying to make people laugh!
What was it like making the transition to making a stand-up comedy special?
At first I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I just kind of wanted some high-quality tape of myself doing comedy to help get more stand-up gigs but after I hired the set designer, I realised....this is too cool to just do for ME! I knew so many hilarious people who needed to be seen and figured...”Why not make a stand-up special and SHARE it with them???” So I did! I’m a terrific person.
What was the process like of putting the show together?
Producing is kind of like being a mom. I had to wear a lot of different hats. CEO, therapist, I even poured a few drinks so...Bartender??? Thank goodness our director Henry Phillips was there with me every step of the way! He was the daddy!
You are also the voice of so many legendary characters, including Daphne from Scooby Doo? Do you have a favourite voice you enjoy performing?
Gosh...it’s such an honour to play Daphne because she’s such an iconic character...but Azula from Avatar was so evil and evil is SO FUN! I also love doing The Loud House because I get to work with my son, Tex!
What are you working on at the moment?
Oh...all kinds of new things! Unikitty for WB, Shera, The Harvey Street Kids, and Dragon Rescue Riders for Dreamworks. I’m also the new voice of “The Redhead” on the updated Pirates of the Caribbean ride which is a HUGE dream come true! I’m such a Disney nut!
What advice do you have for up and coming voice actors?
Create your own content! Start a podcast or a YouTube channel! Don’t wait for someone else to give you permission to do your art! It seems like the studios are hiring more and more social media “influencers”! This business has been such a small, insular community for so long but all of these new platforms have levelled the playing field and made room for some exciting new voices! I’m all for it!