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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.

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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Meet Alison Viktorin – Anime, Animation, Film, Commercial, Print

This week’s Feature Artist is Alison Viktorin! If you are a fan of anime (Detective Conan, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children to name a few), you have definitely heard of Alison! Queen of the South? Check! FUNimation fanatic? Check check checkity check!

Up Close!

Up Close!

I first met Alison when we were auditioning for BOZ the Bear. Remember I told you about that sweat-inducing experience here? She was friendly as can be, and we soon became VO buddies when we booked twin siblings, Drew and Gracie! When we recorded BOZ, we ALL got to record together at Reel FX! So I had the extreme pleasure of hearing just how awesome she is in the booth. And I’m not gonna lie, when I do boy voices, I totally try to channel this lovely lady’s boy voice!

If I were to describe Alison during those years of BOZ –  Full of life! Hilarious! Soul sister. True friend. Fast forward to today. She’s married, has a precious son, and we are both blessed to be a part of the fantastic Owlegories cast! She is perfectly cast as the jokester owl, Joey!

Joey always tries to make the class laugh with his stupid jokes courtesy of Keith Alcorn. Violet pretends he’s not funny, but I feel strongly that she’s LOL’ing on the inside! Alison is a truly genuine, joyful, beautiful inside and out friend. Let’s hear more about work as a VO artist, print model, host, film, and commercial actor!

Selfie with Joey and Violet ...in an ice cube? "Everybody say anchovies!”

Selfie with Joey and Violet …in an ice cube? “Everybody say anchovies!”

Bio: Alison Viktorin has years of experience both in front of the camera and as a voice over artist. She is skilled in many different types of voices from children (both boys and girls) to teens, adults, and even animals. She has worked on cartoons (Boz the Bear, Owlegories), videogames, and anime (Funimation). Voice over is one of Alison’s greatest passions.

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Alison doing her thing!

Alison also enjoys On Camera Hosting and is proficient with a teleprompter. She has done television (Killer Women, Queen of the South), national commercials, corporate video, print work, even hand and foot modeling. Alison is a mother of one rambunctious little boy and feels comfortable working on set with other children (as seen on Step 2 marketing videos). Alison is ready for anything, and feels that life is an adventure. If you need someone hip and cool, professional, or even a ‘mom’ type, she’s got you covered!

Demos:

Link to many more demos!

Voiceover Specialties: little boy/girl voices, southern accents, teens

Fave Gig Ever and Why: I liked working on Boz the Bear. It will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first big cartoon I worked on. The actors and everyone working on the show were top notch and not only professional, but fun too.

I learned so much about myself during that time.

BOZ the Bear family! Alison and Holly twin sibs Drew and Gracie!

Alison and Holly as twin sibs Drew & Gracie!

Dream Job: Revlon/Loreal, any kind of makeup company…love those vo commercials. Also, doing the narration for a home channel or travel channel would be super fun.

Gorgeous Alison!

Gorgeous Alison!

What does your typical VO day look like? After I take my son to school, I come home and do any auditions that I didn’t finish the night before. Then, I go to work in an actual studio…not just my closet…in Dallas or Plano, usually.

Where can we hear next? I’m always doing work for Funimation, I’ve got some videos up for Step 2 on youtube, and if you’re up North…you can hear me on Dutch Wonderland and Story Land commercials and also on Rent-A-Center radio spots. I also played a secretary in Queen of the South on the USA network.

How did you get started in VO? When I was 13, the first thing I auditioned for was a radio commercial and I booked it. I beat out a few Barney actors at the time, tee hee…I was proud!

Newbie tip: Make sure you practice, practice, practice with the script before you go in to audition or work.

Home studio set up? Closet, Robe, Snowball, Macbook Air, Garage Band…not too cool I’m afraid, but it works!

Worst thing you’ve ever seen a talent do at a session: Huge egos can be irritating. I’ve seen someone try to direct the director…no bueno.

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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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