Rob Wiethoff’s Unique Journey
Known as the voice and motion capture actor for John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, Rob Wiethoff exemplifies gratitude, humility, and graciousness. Learn more about his journey as a family man, construction worker, previous world record holder, and actor!
Journey to Los Angeles
Rob grew up in the small town of Seymour, Indiana – the same town that John Mellencamp was born. He was focused on sports and initially didn’t aspire to become an actor. Though while visiting a friend in Los Angeles, he was encouraged by others that he could “make it” as an actor. Thus, began his acting journey. Like many people, Rob Wiethoff moved to Los Angeles with ideas that he could become a real “movie star”.
The Actor’s Journey
Working as a bartender to pay the bills, Rob booked gigs in commercials and movies whenever he could. Actively networking as often as possible, he eventually he got an agent. Then one fortuitous night, Rob received a call from the agent to go read immediately for an “unknown video game project” across town. Even though he was tired, he couldn’t think of a good excuse to not go, so he began his quick journey across town for the audition. He only got one take (which included him folding laundry), but for various reasons there was no opportunity for him to do a second take. So he left a bit discouraged, but still kept a positive attitude.
A Non-Gamer’s Journey
Surprising to Rob, a few days later he was notified that he successfully booked the gig! It was a role with Rockstar Games for a character that was still in development for the game that would eventually be advertised as Red Dead Redemption. Not an experienced gamer, Rob had no knowledge about Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar’s previous major game release. So while on the job, he was able to learn a lot about game motion capture performance and voice acting. Rob gleaned as much insight and wisdom from his fellow actors as often as possible and actively appreciates his experiences and journey.
The Journey Home
After the first Red Dead Redemption, Rob contemplated staying in Los Angeles, though he and his wife wanted to raise their kids in a smaller town. Much like the character John Marston, Rob values his family above all else, as evident in this short video. Finding his anchor in his family, Rob works in construction to provide for them. He is open to other acting roles, though only if they make sense with his schedule and location.
One might think this is the end of his public story and perhaps file him away as a “one hit wonder”. However, Rob Wiethoff actively uses his platform to inspire and encourage others from all walks of life. He hosts live chats on his Instagram (@Rob_Wiethoff) where he brings people forward to talk. There are also videos of his house projects, specifically the journey of reclaiming the previous chicken coop to become his new hang out area. Plus, the new construction of #cluckinghampalace which occurred after they once again had chickens. Some other videos are fun jokes and others are him playing music. There’s a variety of good things.
The Journey Continues
More importantly, Rob shares everyday type scenarios and he’s always genuine, kind, and caring. I have had the honor and privilege to work with Rob at a few conventions and I am constantly inspired by his genuine authenticity and deep caring for others. What you see is truly what you get – there are no pretenses or egos. He has even mentioned that it seems unfair that only the voice actors are recognized for their work in Red Dead Redemption, which is an acknowledgment that I don’t hear often.
Journey to the Radio
Recently, Rob Wiethoff announced that he is going to become a local radio personality for WJAA.net (aka: 96.3 Total Rock Radio). While acknowledging his nerves, Rob admitted that he was a bit scared, and he might fail in this journey. The fear of failure reminded me of Steve’s blog about Taking Risks and the blog from Steve’s class with Charlie Adler. Both blogs explain how important it is to overcome fear to become successful.
Share the Journey
If you are looking for some lighthearted goodness in your life, I suggest you follow Rob Wiethoff on Instagram and check in on his adventures. Enjoy his authentic nature and true kindness, through his ever-present attitude of gratitude and share his journey – wherever it may lead. Because wherever Rob is, there will be smiles and laughter!
After spending multiple years assisting Steve onsite at various conventions, Gwendolyn happily joined Blumvox Studios in March of 2020. Mostly focused in marketing and social outreach, she creates and edits content, measures analytics, and heavily engages with the community.
Gwendolyn has a B.A. in Business Administration with a dual focus in Marketing and Management from the University of Washington. She also sits on the board of directors for Village Theatre in greater Seattle and is a musical theatre “junkie” with many passions in the artistic and creative world.