Convinced of Greatness with Grey Delisle Griffin - 016
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with my crazy and amazing friend, Grey Delisle Griffin. If you’ve never heard of Grey then you may recognize her voice from your favorite childhood TV shows or even your kid’s TV shows. Grey has starred and appeared as a voice actor in many shows all the way from Clifford the Big Red Dog, to Scooby Doo, Avatar the Last Airbender, Wonder Woman, Fairly Odd-Parents, and so many more. Today we’re getting to know the woman behind the voice.
Let’s dive right into Grey’s story and learn how being convinced of greatness helped her push through the negativity and how that has affected the rest of her life.
[00:01 - 07:53] Opening Segment
I introduce and welcome my friend, Grey Delisle, to the show
Met three years ago at an event
Grey talks a bit about herself
Voice actress on well-known TV shows
Examples of her characters
Single mom of three kids
Getting into the comedy world
Other things Grey is involved in
[07:54 - 19:46] Convinced of Greatness
Grey talks about how she finds time to do extra things with everything on her plate
Not a lot of television or series
Involving the kids in things
We talk about some of the shows she was involved in
Grey talks about how she got into TV
Put on voices as a kid and recorded them as little shows
Working on voices even in school
Grey talks about her conviction to break through
Growing up with unshakeable confidence
The voice of Grandma overpowered the voice of the negative
Grey shares how she uses the encouragement she received as a child with her own children
Building a foundation early so they can stand against the waves of life later
Grey shares a story about her kids raising money
[19:47 - 27:58] Mindful of Privilege
Grey talks about raising her kids mindful of their privilege
Instilling the value of making things instead of just buying presents and toys
Working together to build things for less fortunate
Seeing expensive items as potential houses for those in need
Grey got into voice acting via stand-up
A lot of people think they’re better than they are
[27:59 - 33:20] Being Comfortable Calling Things Out
Grey talks about how she became so comfortable with herself
Loving the job and the people
Calling out the BS
Calling out offenses by coming from a place of love
Sometimes you need to give the benefit of the doubt first
Unfriending the people you constantly find yourself having to educate
[33:21 - 44:33] Closing Segment
Is your pay comparable to men in the same workforce?
Yes, we get the exact same
Standard part of the industry because of Union
Almost always the only woman in the room
Most of the parts are written for men
Have you had to speak up for yourself?
Grey shares how she’s opened her eyes to the small ways
What you say has ramifications for how you’re treated
Men are just now experiencing a room that’s not filled only with men
How do you help navigate the dynamic of being cool with the guys and having another woman come to the table
Acting like it’s a new person at the family dinner
Final words of wisdom
Use humor and go to the person first before going higher
"I went to LA and every person I met was like, ‘you’re never gonna do this, you’re not great.’ but my grandma had so brainwashed me into thinking I was great that it just rolled right off…” - Grey Delisle Griffin
“Every time something good happens for you, lift someone else up.” - Grey Delisle Griffin
“Use humor; if you have a problem with someone go to them first, and if they still can’t handle it then go to the higher-ups. As neighbors, as anyone, we always want to be addressed first” - Grey Delisle Griffin
…is a Grammy - winning singer/ songwriter who is known as the most prolific voice actress in American animation history, having performed over 1500 cartoon voices since 1996. Grey is also a comedian who launched her first stand-up comedy special, “My First Comedy Special” which has received rave reviews.
Grey’s most iconic roles include “Vicky” from “The Fairly Odd Parents,” ‘Samantha “Sam” Manson’ from “Danny Phantom,” ‘Mandy’ from “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy,” ‘Frankie Foster,” ‘Dutchess’ and ‘Goo’ from “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” ‘Yumi Yoshimura’ from “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,” ‘Azula’ from “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” ‘Kimiko Tohomiko’ from “Xiaolin Showsown,” as well as ‘Lola,’ ‘Lana’ and ‘Lily Loud’ from the “Loud House” and ‘Prince Puppycorn’ from “Unikitty!.” She’s also been the voice of ‘Daphne Blake’ in “Scooby-Doo” cartoons since 2000.
Her film roles include ‘Grandma Sanchez’ in “The Book of Life,” ‘Arcee’ in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Bumblebee” and ‘Setsu Oiwa’ in Studio Ghibli’s final film, “When Marnie Was There.”
Grey is a single mom to her 3 kids and she’s basically kicking ass.
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