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Happy Play Dough Day!

Because I love you so much…and who doesn’t like PLAY DOUGH!??….I’ve created a special treat just for you to celebrate National Play Dough Day 2017!

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Download Hollypop’s Homemade Play Dough Recipe here!

 

 

Voice Arts Awards – WONDER

And the Award Goes to…

Imagine my surprise when Learning Ally, an amazing non-profit, nominated my recent audio book, WONDER, for a prestigious Voice Arts Award! I’m so thankful to Michael Kinsey for his efforts in coordinating this very worthwhile project! Results will be announced in November!

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wonderI’m also super excited that WONDER, my daughter’s all-time favorite book, is being made into a movie starring THE Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson!!!

If you are unfamiliar with Learning Ally, definitely check them out! They are a national non-profit dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia. They assist kids with these reading-related learning differences through the use of audio books and other aids!

 

SAG Animated Feature Film

A Feature Film!?

Guess who booked her very first SAG animated feature film?! holly-headshotTHIS GIRL! And not just one role, but two! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon!

And can I just mention how incredibly grateful I am for my awesome Dallas Agent and Agency? Julie Holman from Kim Dawson Agency, you are a total rockstar!

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Owlegories – Volume 7

As you no doubt know by now, I have the pleasure of voicing the Violet, the sparkly, purple owl! Aaaannnnddd…drum roll please…..she plays a superhero in the latest volume!

owlegories-6Super excited to announce Owlegories Vol. 6 (The Wind, The Moon, The Rainbow) and two new storybooks are available Sep. 7th! Visit owlegories.com and buy yours today!

In case you need me to refresh your hollyvioletmemory…this is VIOLET. OMGosh. She’s obviously the cutest, most twinkletastic one! 🙂 But I may be biased.

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!!!

Not that you noticed…but it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day.

As a squirrel, I find no one appreciates me like they should….sigh. So I decided to just appreciate myself today. To celebrate, I’m binging on nuts (and lollipops) and playing some risky chicken with the neighborhood drivers. Speaking of chickens, I can voice those too. Bok Bok.squirrel-collage

Remember if you’re ever in the market for a pet squirrel, or any rodent for that matter, give me a holler (or a squeak), and I’ll come scurrying right over.

 

And here’s some squirrel fun if you find it in your heart to celebrate this awesome day that should totally be declared a Federal Holiday!!! Duh.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYV5fcDdJ9dtqxeYpd86BiVwkdmPNT_t

Thanks a gazillion to Hi-Rez and School Zone for allowing me to part of the above projects!

Cristina Milizia – Joyful Voice Over!

cristinagoofToday’s Featured Artist is veteran voice over talent AND Global Voice Acting Academy founder, Cristina Milizia! If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Cristina, you are really missing out! She is embodiment of joyful voice over!

I’m about to shock you with a number. She’s been a working VO talent for 24 years. Yes. TWENTY FOUR years. And yes, that’s a current pic of her cute little winky self! Let’s just say she got an early start!

I was blessed to meet Cristina at the Voxy Lady’s Summit. Not only was I shocked by her wealth of knowledge, but I was enamored instantly with her contagious, genuine, light up the room personality!

lalathekoalaThis young sprite has already overcome greater adversity than most of us will in a lifetime. Yet she hasn’t let it stop her from rocking the VO world and creating the Global Voice Acting Academy! The GVAA is graced with some of the top, most experienced coaches in the business. Everett Oliver, Anne Ganguzza, Katie Leigh, Brad Venable, MJ Lallo, Joyce Castellanos, and Elaine Clark to name a few! WOW! Obviously, the GVAA is home to many amazing coaches, but it has also has become a go-to resource for many with it’s ah-maz-ing GVAA rate guide!


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Cristina has voiced hundreds of toys, commercials, and games in her already long career! Some of her most notable roles are Monster High’s Moanika (Mattel), Doc McStuffins’ Lala the Koala (Disney Junior) and several voices on League of Legends! At this rate, there’s no stopping Cristina, and I must say, it couldn’t happen to a nicer girl! 🙂 Let’s hear more from Cristina now!
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Mary Morgan – Everyone’s FAVORITE owl!

 

mary morgan headshotThis week’s Feature Artist is youthfully enchanting, audience romancing, and contrary to the ordinary! Mary Morgan, a Dallas-based voice actor, is here to tell us all about herself! She’s worked for companies like Bowlopolis, Hallmark, Hamsterball StudiosFUNimation, Eipix and SKA Studios, plus many more! She is repped by several premiere talent agencies, including Linda McAllister Talent and DeSanti Talent Agency!

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mary for quite some time now! We first adventured together in Bob Bergen’s Amazing Animation Workshops! Right off the bat, I was oh-so-impressed (and challenged!) by her talent! She can really work that mic yall! Then we got to know each other better at the Voicelympics Cruise, where we learned even more voiceover techniques from superstars like Deb Munro, Julie Williams, Bob Bergen (again), Joyce Castellanos and Bill Holmes!

Voicelympics Cruise!

Voicelympics Cruise!

And surely you remember that Dallas Producers Association (DPA) meeting that altered my existence? I told you about my sweet friend who introduced me to Keith Alcorn because I was too nervous to go and introduce myself. MARY. Anyhoo, many more workshops, meetups, and thankfully now with social media, we have been able to get to know one another even more! We FINALLY get to work together for REAL as we record Owlegories and are both proud members of the VOXY Ladies!! Speaking of everyone’s favorite cartoon…., she’s Gus, the dopey barn owl who’s ALWAYS hungry, and I’m Violet who gets slightly annoyed and sassy about his crazy obsession with his 3rd lunch. Gus is by far, the coolest owl! If you ask any Owlegories fan, who’s your favorite owl, they will 100% say GUS! He’s my favorite too! 🙂

Mary Morgan graphicMary is a unique, generous soul. Her branding by Celia Siegel fits her to a tee! Youthfully enchanting, audience romancing, and contrary to the ordinary! Let’s learn more about this little boy speaking, krav maga practicing, animal loving, world traveling, angelic singing voice talent now!


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Larry Brantley – the heart (and voice) behind Wishbone!

 

Larry Brantley is our featured artist this week! He’s a man you know well. Unless you are a recluse and don’t own a TV.

Cutie Larry Brantley

Cutie Larry Brantley

Otherwise, you’ve seen him literally hundreds of times as the world’s busiest (and funniest) on-camera commercial actor! Money Man. Brookshire’s. Texas Tourism. JCPenney. Cici’s. AT&T. yada yada yada. I could go on and on and on! But that’s not all he does! He’s also quite a big deal on the voiceover scene! From household name commercial brands to videogames to promos to voicing your favorite childhood star, WISHBONE, he’s literally done it all! The little dog with a big imagination!Oh yeah, and he was everyone’s favorite Lord Chancellor at Medieval Times!

I had the absolute delight of first meeting Larry when we recorded the BOZ the Bear series (He’s BOZ) with Alison Viktorin and Tim Cissell at Reel FX in Dallas. Y’all, this guy is a comedic genius. Yeah yeah yeah, he’s definitely funny on camera or behind the mic on a cartoon. But it’s the in-between takes stream-of-consciousness-type-funny that will make you die laughing. Sometimes I’d be driving down the road 3 days after a session and be like OOOHHHHHHHH! Bahahahahaaaaaahhhhhhaaaaa! Not only is he hysterical, he is the biggest pro in the booth I have ever worked with! Do it 77 ways. Got it. Improv. Done. Sing it this time like a cowboy wearing nothing but a tutu while hulahooping and drinking scorching hot coffee in Tibet. Check! But what I love most about Larry is the way he loves his daughter.

fatherdaughterThe apple of his eye. Not an hour goes by where he doesn’t mention her in his gentle, fatherly doting way. Trust me, he’s not obnoxious like OMGosh would you please STOP talking about your kid? It’s more like holy crap this girl is so blessed to have a daddy who adores her more than life itself. She is growing up ahead in the world because of her father’s one-of-a-kind love for her.

Enough sappiness. Let’s hear straight from the old fart now!

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VOICEOVER equipment you never knew you always wanted.

Today’s tip is a bit weird.

When we think about equipment recommendations for VOICEOVER, the usual elements come to mind:

THERE'S SOOOO MANY!

THERE’S TOOOO MANY!

  • Mac vs PC (is that EVEN an option?!)
  • Which Mic enhances my signature sound so I can be the clear winner of xyz audition?
  • Monitors (they basically bore me to death)
  • Pop Filters (or spit catchers as I like to call them)
  • Protools vs Twisted Wave vs Adobe vs idk how many others there are!
  • Audio Interfaces out the wazoo
  • Source Connect vs. ISDN vs ipDtl vs Skype vs Phone Patch
  • Acoustical Treatments

blah blah blah.

But I’d like to recommend a little something you may not know you NEED! If you are a Mac user (and if you’re not, bless your heart), you NEED iMovie!

iMovie!

iMovie!

iMovie? What?! Why?! I’m a VOICE ACTOR. Hate to tell you but the world is not abandoning social media anytime soon, and on social media, video a major trend! Plus all those kids who receive the IV fluid of life from their ipads and video games are going to one day grow and hire you (or not). They expect to be entertained.

I don’t profess to be an expert at making videos. There are a lot of people WAY better than me making professional movies. But sometimes, we all need a redneck video until it’s time to take it up a notch and hire a pro. Here are some ways I’ve used iMovie:

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It’s super easy to use. Even a dummy technology novice can do it! Basically, for me it involves importing existing photos, videos, and sound clips; adding premade transitions and titles; and voila! The more you play on it, the better you get!

What video opportunities have you utilized that I’m missing out on? Do share!

Later tomaters!

Love,

Hollypop 🍭

p.s. Here’s a playlist of some reeeeallllllyyyy STOOPID videos I made using iMovie.

 

 

 

Get to Know Keith Alcorn of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius!

YOU know Keith Alcorn, this week’s Feature Artist, as the producer and co-creator of Oscar nominated feature film, Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius for Paramount and Nickelodeon. And you also know him as executive producer of The Ant Bully for Warner Brothers.

I’VE been blessed to know him as the guy whose jokes tickle my funnybone and who makes me giggle until my sides hurt, the director who always has time to ask me how it’s going or respond to the dumbest questions, and the guy who would never in a gazillion years brag about his MANY accomplishments.

My fave cartoon EVER.Wanna know how I met him? When I heard he was going to be speaking locally, I high-tailed it to hear first-hand from this creative genius. See, my boys, now 16 and 13, were HUGE Jimmy Neutron fans at the time. I felt it was my maternal duty to listen to the man share his creative insights. I also felt a weird connection to sassy Cindy Vortex, a Jimmy Neutron character. She is basically my inner voice who I have to keep shushing so I can be nice to people. Well, imagine my DELIGHT, when I won the door prize (a bottle of wine) that night at the Dallas Producers Association. I felt weird because A. I don’t drink, B. I am not a producer, C. I kinda shouldn’t have been there, and D. I was basically just stalking Keith Alcorn. But they had me get up and say a bit about myself. “Hi, I’m Holly Franklin. I’m a voice actor. Yes, this is my real voice….blah blah blah.” Never mind that I secretly prayed I would win, because maybe, just maybe, it would be like a mini audition. MAYBE he’d hear me speak and hire me on the spot to be Cindy in case the real Cindy was away in Tahiti? Maybe he’d create a whole series just for me because I’m so spectacular?! Yeah, none of that happened. But it didn’t matter bc I was in the room with THE KEITH ALCORN, a man I had professionally admired from afar for a freaking long time.

Ant Bully!

Ant Bully!

After the talk which was fantastic, as expected, I was WAAAAY too nervous to go talk to him. Lucky for me, my VO pal Mary Morgan was there, and she knew Keith from a project they had worked on previously. She was so kind to introduce me to my hero. What stood out to me that night was how he was so kind, and genuine.

Fast forward a few years. I got an email out of the blue from Keith saying he wanted me to audition for his upcoming project. WHAT?! He remembered me?! I guess those prayers really worked! It was for Owlegories, a Gospel-centered animated series. And much to my delight, I booked the role of Violet, the pretty purple snow owl!

Over the course of the last 2? 3? years, I have been so honored to work under the direction of Keith Alcorn. He sets up each scene beautifully, fosters a true environment of creativity and teamwork, and really pulls out of each of us what he is looking for to make each episode super-special! I’ve always said that God created imagination, and I can say without a doubt that Keith Alcorn has been gifted with a extra helping of imagination and creative genius.

VIolet and Uncle Fly (me and Uncle Si) on the cover of the latest Owlegories DVD!

Violet and Uncle Fly (me and Uncle Si) on the cover of the latest Owlegories DVD!

If I could handpick and choose ANY director EVER to work with, it would be this man – my friend, Keith Alcorn.

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