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Guest Gina Grad - If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.


Andrew

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Andrew Keller

Every morning Larry and I dig into a quote or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash repost it. Thank you for stopping by.


Today we're joined by Gina grad. She's a podcast or radio personality and voiceover artist. You can check her out five days a week co hosting the Adam Carolla show. She's a news anchor for the Tim Conway Jr. Show on KSI am 640 and her podcasts with Teresa Stross are easy listening. It's this great podcast where they talk about shows that you suggest and break down different podcasts. So if you haven't checked it out, check it out. Thank you so much for joining us today. Dina,


Gina Grad

it's my pleasure. Thank you for having me.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. So I would like to start out I'm fascinated by you because you work in radio and voiceover, which is wildly competitive. And I love this quote from Dolly Parton. She says, The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.


Gina Grad

No, that's That's my girl. I'm, I appreciate that. You pulled that quote. And it gave me What could be more accurate than that.


Andrew Keller

Right? So I mean, do you see a relationship with that between voiceover and radio? Because they're wildly competitive? You started I think, in Los Angeles, which is second market? Like what is that? Like you had no safety net? Nothing.


Gina Grad

I think they're Yes, they're incredibly competitive. And I blame Shrek. And I always will. And I promise this make sense. So and I don't think I'm getting this wrong. But pre Shrek super multi multi mega stars did not do voiceover or at least they did they did them in another country. Or they did it you know, under an assumed name. It wasn't the thing to do. So people who are career voiceover artists, got all these great roles and all these great animated series and all these great, you know, feature films. And I in my memory, it was Shrek. It was Cameron Diaz, Mike Meyers, you know, all these big stars, john Lithgow, and all of a sudden, we're like, Whoa, they're doing animation. And all the other celebrities said,


Unknown Speaker

Oh,


Gina Grad

it's okay to do animation. Well, this is easy. I sit in a booth in my pajamas. And, you know, start cashing checks. So it really did make it that much harder. And that much more competitive. It's sort of bumped everyone down a ring, and I wasn't even on the ladder yet. So it definitely made it tough, but it didn't, it didn't quell quench, quell, I got to look those up my desire to be in that industry. But the thing that they both rely on is your voice. So it makes sense that whether you're doing a character, or you're just speaking, you know, Minnie Mouse isn't gonna cut it. In fact, I listened to old tapes of myself and my voice was much higher. I mean, granted, I was 20 years younger. So I was 11 and a half. And, and but my voice just sounds higher, I'm more nervous, I'm younger. And I actually had to train myself to put a little more bass in my voice, because it's really hard to listen to high pitched people on the radio for very long. And I think that's why we don't have a lot of female hosts. And we sprinkle in, you know, these things in different ways. And I think some of it has to do with the sound of your voice. And if you're always talking like this, you can't hear it for four hours. So you have to sound like something that is, you know, not not not poison to the ear. I think it's part of it.


Larry

Right? You know, you do lots of things. One of the things that I think you really do well is sidekicking for parola. And for Conway, people, they think that's an easy job, he just let the star be the star. But sidekicking is a real hard job, setting them up, give them the right news, but also sidekicking your life like you're psychic to your spouse, I am psychic to a boss like what's good tips being a good sidekick.


Gina Grad

That is such a good question. And I know when people say something's a good question, it's because they're stalling for time because they don't have an answer. But I'm telling you, that is a great question because when I start I started both of those shows. No, I'm sorry, I started the Carolla show and my morning show 10 days apart. So I you know, when people like Well, why don't you do you know, start your own podcast again? I go, No, no, no, no, I don't have the bandwidth for that. I don't have the headspace I have to stay in psychic mode right now. It is so specific. And you're threading such a thin needle. I don't want to have to access the part of my brain where I have to take the reins right now because I'm not getting paid to take the reins right now. I'm getting paid to play double dutch and to know just when to jump in between these two ropes and it is hard and I can't focus on anything else right now. So if you ask Conway or us Mark Thompson or you ask Adam Carolla, they will probably have varying answers on how skilled that's and sometimes you Just kind of have to interrupt. But in general, it's it's tough because your whole job is to pass the ball and, and not take the shot. And it is, it is it is a skill that I've had to learn because there are things about me that I've had to pull back. There are absolutely things about me that I've had to ramp up. And after six years on crolla, I'm finally starting to feel a little more comfortable. But there are days where I'm like, Well, that was a disaster. And I'm just gonna have to hope for for better tomorrow.


Larry

I've been married for 16 years, I just finally feel comfortable.


Andrew Keller

So something I really like to talk about on the show a lot is improv. And I think have you taken improv classes? Yes. I mean, I think that would probably be one of the things that really lends itself well to just existing with people in general, right?


Gina Grad

Yes, absolutely. And I, and I'm telling you this and I'm not, there's nothing humble about this. I'm actually being quite brave by telling you. I am terrible. At improv. I am the worst. I have taken Groundlings. I've taken Upright Citizens Brigade, I fail miserably. I was I was held back at Groundlings. I'm the worst improviser when it comes to like, the true You know, like chess game of the improvising, you know, raise the game. And it's three different tiers. I don't know, it sounds like math. I hate it. I might my fiance is a master at it. And we do it together. And I'm like, What did I just do is like, I don't know. But when it comes to when it comes to just listening and being present, and yes and, and an improv, every new piece of information you give your partner is called a gift. Like don't forget to give them a gift. Like they need to know where they are or what your relationship is why they're there. And I just tried to listen for gifts. with Adam, I try to give a few gifts. And that's as far as in the improv training is I've ever been able to wrap my head around.


Larry

You know, I think one of the problems with America right now is we've lost middle dumb, like we lost yet to be the left and right. I feel like the shows you're associated with with Adam Conway. Mark O'Brien guys, is that they don't really care about the left or the right. They just care if you're stupid. If you're stupid, you're out. I feel like there's a gift you guys have of really kind of taxing right down the middle.


Gina Grad

Thank you that is so nice and refreshing. Because, you know when people that adage of like, you know what you think of me says more about you than it says about me, you know, like that kind of thing. That's what I always keep in mind, because that's how I know I guess I'm doing something correctly when somebody who's a big right wing guy hates me because I'm too liberal. And a left wing guy hates me because I've lost my way or I go Okay, then that's how I know I'm being intellectually honest. That's how I know I'm, I'm speaking my truth and having conversations that are either comfortable or uncomfortable. But either way, I'm learning I'm always learning. And I don't have and I was just talking about this this morning. I have always admired people, especially women who have a very clear point of view, very solid unwavering. And I am so jealous of that, because I don't have that. I have Well, that's a good point. Well, that's a good point. And you'll hear me on curl a lot going. Okay. I think like trying to be the translator, like okay, Adam, what you're trying to say is is but Brian's point, and I don't have a you know, that's what I think and an FAQ. I don't have it. And I know it's more compelling and maybe more entertaining. But I'm not I wasn't born that way. I wasn't raised that way. And I don't have that switch. So I'm kind of always staying open to things, which is why it surprises me when so many people hate me for opposite reasons.


Andrew Keller

Because they're not listening,


Unknown Speaker

maybe to Yes.


Andrew Keller

Can you talk a little bit about so you have your show with Teresa, easy listening, and we were talking about your kind of a sidekick co host on that Adam Carolla show, what's it like kind of shifting into the realms of like you're it's all it's all YouTube, and you're driving it and you've done almost 100 episodes now? Yeah. What does that process been like?


Gina Grad

So great. So I used to host a podcast called the pretty good podcast out when it really truly was the Wild West. I mean, we had 75,000 downloads the show because there was nothing else to listen to. I mean, it was like it we were network, you know, around when Lucille Ball was was, you know it? Yeah, we were we were funny question mark. But there were no other podcasts. So I'm, I've been podcasting since the day since 2009. And we did about we did over 2000 shows and I had the Gina grad show when I worked over at another network and then so I I'm used to it, it's scary. I'm not someone who wants the reins, but I definitely want to be able to tell a story when it pops into my head. So when we have you know when it's Teresa and I who we really are just friends I've known her since 2006. You know, we just go have wine and fries and you know, sit at the table in Los Angeles and Hollywood for, you know, four hours. That's kind of what we're doing. So it just it feels very comfortable doesn't we're not working too hard. In fact, when we find ourselves working too hard, we talk about it after the show. And we say we definitely need to be working smarter, because we're, we're prepping way too much for what we need. And it's it's fun. It's easy and it is fun to be able to make room for yourself when you have something to say as opposed to starting to talk apologizing and then shutting up for 10 minutes.


Andrew Keller

Well, Gina grad, thank you so much for joining us. They given us a few minutes. Check her out on Instagram and Twitter at Gina grad. I'm Andrew Keller for Larian genius and thanks for stopping by



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