Category: Interviews

Interview with Dakota Lotus from Disney Channel’s “Coop & Cami Ask the World”

Dakota Lotus can currently be seen starring as the lead ‘Cooper Wrather’ in Disney’s Coop & Cami Ask the World. He will next be seen in Alexander Garcia’s science fiction feature, Skate God, set to release on July 24th. He plans to combine his advocacy efforts with his love for music and is set to release an EP later this year. He is an environmentalist and heavily supports anti-bullying. Dakota is a California native and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Hello Dakota, hope you are doing well! How are you spending your days during the quarantine?

The good thing about being quarantined is that I have more time to practice my guitar and play music! I also love to watch movies with my mom and cook with her!

What’s the one thing you would say has helped you cope the most through the craziness?

Definitely music! I have more free time to practice the things that I love doing!

Alright let’s talk Coop & Cami. First, how has life changed for you since starring on a hit Disney Channel show?

I feel so grateful for this amazing opportunity to follow my passion and discover every day how much I love acting!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, why do you think people should tune-in?

I think people show tune in to Coop and Cami because it’s a fun show for the whole family to watch together!

And the biggest challenge about being on the show?

There is no real challenge in the show! It is so much fun to film and we have a blast on set!

What’s the funniest behind-the-scenes moment you’ve experienced there so far?

Every Tuesday is a theme day on set! We had a day that was Twin themed and I and my stand-in came to set in the same outfit! It was so funny!

Who inspires you and why?

Leonardo DiCaprio inspires me because not only is he an amazing actor but he also cares about the environment which is something I feel very passionate about!

If you weren’t a performer, what other type of career would you be interested in pursuing?

I would want to be an environmentalist or an educator on animal rights and environmental awareness!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

Something people don’t know about me is that I feel passionate about our Earth and I have a new song coming out April 3rd about the Earth and how we should all love and take care of it!

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone is on their phone while you are hanging out with them.

Tell me one bad habit you are trying to change.

A bad habit that I have that I’m trying to cut off is saying the words “like” and “um” too much in a sentence!

Favorite food?

My favorite food is probably Vegan Thai food or Vegan Italian food!

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is oatmeal!

If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be?

A law that would pass out that everyone would have to follow would be to not drink, eat, or contain items in plastic! 

Favorite YouTuber?

The Funk Bro’s are my favorite YouTubers because they do awesome stunts and pranks!

Interview with ‘Family Reunion’s’ Cameron J. Wright

Teen actor and musician Cameron J. Wright stars as “Mazzi McKellan” in NETFLIX’s “Family Reunion,” featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister), Loretta Devine (Madea’s Big Happy Family), and Richard Roundtree (Shaft). The second half of season 1 recently premiered on Netflix, and Cameron just went back to work filming season two of the hit series.

14-year-old Cameron toured in the production of “Motown: The Musical” in three iconic roles: a young Barry Gordy, a young Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson. The musical was nominated for eleven 2016 NAACP Theatre Awards and won four of them.

He is also part of Nick Cannon‘s latest project, Ncredible Crazy Kids as lead singer of the teen super group. They are currently in the studio wrapping up their debut album.

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Hello Cameron, before we get to your industry roles, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

Besides music and acting, I really love amusement parks! I’m a roller coaster nerd and know everything about pretty much every roller coaster in the world.

Great! What’s been the best part about working on Family Reunion?

Definitely the cast! I love my Family Reunion family so much!

And the biggest challenge about being on the show?

The biggest challenge would probably be the fact that we receive a new script everyday. It can be challenging to keep up with the constant changes but you just have to stay focus and work hard.

What’s the funniest behind-the-scenes moment you’ve experienced on Family Reunion so far?

It’s always a laugh every time we are on set. I don’t think there is a particular moment, but there is a behind the scenes gag reel. I’m not sure if it’s going to get released but it is very funny.

You toured with “Motown: The Musical.” What’s your fondest memory from touring?

My fondest memory is getting to portray such iconic characters. To be able to play a young Michael Jackson and be a part of The Jackson 5 was definitely an amazing experience.

If you weren’t a performer, what other type of career would you be interested in pursuing?

If I wasn’t a musician or an actor I would probably want to design and build an amusement park.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I am a huge fan of the shows Survivor and The Masked Singer.

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is bullying. Bullying is something that I wish the world could just get rid of because it messes with people’s lives.

Favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject is math. I really don’t know why, it just always has been.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is pasta.

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is lobster.

If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be?

The law would be that bullying is a crime. That would definitely help solve the bullying problem in the world.

Favorite YouTuber?

My favorite YouTuber is Coaster Studios.

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

I am working with my band called Ncredible Crazy Kids! We were founded by Nick Cannon and we have some incredible music on the way!

Interview with comedian and actress Sarah J. Halstead

Comedian SARAH J HALSTEAD hails from Flint. Michigan originally. She dropped everything to move to Los Angeles and pursue her dreams as an actress, writer and stand-up performer four years ago, and relates her experiences in her new comedy special: RV’s and Cats, directed by Emmy Award winning Director Jeff Greenstein (of Will and Grace, Mom, Friends and more) and available for streaming now on Amazon.

She is also actively engaged in charity and giving back as well, especially raising ovarian cancer awareness and helping with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. On screen we have seen her as the murderer ‘Sheila LaBarre’ in Deadly Sins, the sweet 1950’s housewife ‘Jean Carpenter’ in the TV pilot Life in Kodachrome, ‘Diane Stowe’ in ID’s Betrayed, and many more. Still she finds time to build her stand-up comedy career, working many comedy venues around Los Angeles.

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Hi Sarah, nice to e-meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself outside of show biz.

Great to meet you too! Outside of biz I am a wine enthusiast and have been immersed in the wine industry for most of my adulthood. I’m a certified sommelier and have worked in every aspect of the wine industry, including my comedy podcast Drinking During Business Hours (not for teens of course) which received “New and Noteworthy” acclaim by itunes.

Great! Your comedy special “RVs and Cats” debuts Feb 13th on Amazon Prime. Why do you think people are going to want to watch it? 

My comedy sets in the major clubs around the country generally have not exceeded 10 minutes. Many of my fans have requested a full comedy special as a way to hear my full story and journey of how I have ended up traveling 4 years ago from Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles. I tell the details of this journey in a one woman show format but with standup comedy writing and performance. Lots of surprising zingers and storylines which I think will be fun for all ages and many of the viewers. 

What’s been your worst or craziest experience performing standup?

I once had performed for the troops in Nevada. My opener was “Where are my gender fluids?”. It didn’t go over well. 

And the best?

My first time performing “RVs and Cats” LIVE at the iconic Second City Hollywood was absolutely the most riveting, rewarding, and most wonderful moment of my life. 

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced so far in this industry?

It’s been tough getting headlining opportunities at the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles because they prefer those spots go to big TV and movie stars who do comedy. I find that many of those actors are not as funny as the true comedians in the lineup, but I understand the excitement of seeing some of these icons LIVE. I figure I’ll wait my turn 🙂

Have you ever been starstruck, and if so what happened?

Honestly, I have never been starstruck. I’ve shared the mic with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and my number one focus is to hold my own and not bomb! 

Since this is a site for teens, I am going to ask you a couple of teen-related Qs. First, what was your biggest insecurity during your teen years and how did you overcome it.

I was an extremely homely and awkward pre-teen and have always seen a bucked-tooth, ungainly pasty-white, insecure little girl with a bowl-cut looking back at me in the mirror. This was a blessing in disguise as it had forced me to focus on creating talents for myself – as I knew I wasn’t going to get in the door with my looks. I sort of became attractive in my late teens and early twenties but I have never focused or relied on it. Looks fade. Talents and book smarts will make you feel whole and take you as far as you want to go.

If you could travel back in time and give your teen self some advice, what would it be?

Be good to yourself. Take care of your physical and mental state. Eat your fruits and veggies. Meditate. Drink a lot of water.  Love you and believe that no one else has been blessed with your abilities! 

Biggest pet peeve?


The one thing I won’t eat is _____________.

Green olives – yuck!

Secret fear?

Bombing on stage. I’m not as confident as I appear up there. And I’ve seen the most successful and iconic comedians have a bad set – it’s inevitable and happens to everyone.

What’s the last movie or show you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : )

Judy. Renee Zellweger – spellbinding! 

The one thing I cannot live without is__________.


Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

I’m sure I have some bad sets out there which will gradually resurface.

Secret beauty hack:

Lip plumper. I like the tingle and smear it all over my face when a coffee buzz isn’t enough. 

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I can actually play classical piano. I like to play Brahms, Mozart, and Chopin on rainy nights.

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

I have a pending project that I can’t quite talk about yet BUT it’s very exciting and has something to do with a TV.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!

I have attached a selfie taken a few nights ago (Feb. 5th, Wed. night) at a Pre Oscars event!

Madisyn Weiss – Spreading the Love and Awareness for Autism

Madisyn Weiss is a young adult diagnosed with a high-functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder known as Asperger’s. When she is not conducting celebrity interviews for her blog at, she is helping to throw fun-filled red carpet events with the help of media partners (like Teens Wanna Know!)

Madisyn is passionate about raising awareness about Autism through her organization Spreading the Love, and to that end we are partnering with her on a Holiday fundraising bash in Los Angeles on December 1st, 2019. Watch this space and our social media for details and ticket availability.

In the meanwhile, let’s get to know a little bit more about Madisyn!

Hi, Madisyn! Before we get into the nitty gritty here, tell us a little bit about yourself and your upbringing, and where you live?

My name is Madisyn and I am 23 years old. I’m a big advocate in the Autism community. I have 2 dogs, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Currently I’m living in Tampa, FL. 

Great, now you have been diagnosed as being somewhere on the Autism scale. Can you tell us what lead to getting that diagnosis?

I was diagnosed when I was 13 years old. I didn’t accept the fact that I was on the spectrum for awhile. But, when I eventually did I started being the voice for others with Autism.

What do you think is “different” about you when compared with someone who isn’t on the spectrum?

I’m unique in my own ways for sure. I remember a lot of things easily, such as I can remember events that occurred when I was little and specific details from that day. 

How does it make life challenging?

Autism can be challenging in more ways than one. I get overwhelmed easily, which causes my anxieties to take over and it is definitely difficult to get back on track.

And what advantages do you think it produces?

Having Asperger’s enables me to pay attention to little details and have the ability to organize my space.  I am certainly more understanding and emphatic of other peoples needs and emotions. 

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about Autism and Asperger’s?

Society views people on the spectrum to be totally different than they are, which is not true. We all have our unique differences and struggles, though individuals on the spectrum usually have a few more challenges.

What has most helped you manage the condition?

I am very fortunate to have a great support system, which includes family and friends. As for my anxieties, I participated in a program in New Hampshire that taught me many coping skills and ways to help overcome my struggles.

Are there any tips you can provide to other young people who might be struggling in a similar way?

Everybody is different in their own way and remember to believe in yourself. We are all unique, and have daily challenges to overcome. Even when days are tougher than normal, you must keep going and never give up. 

What is the best part about being an activist for Autism?

I can share my journey with everyone by raising awareness for Autism and making a difference in society. I have been fortunate to meet many other amazing people on the spectrum and follow their journey as well. 

What do you hope to accomplish with your activism?

I plan on sharing my story to raise awareness, provide hope for others, and teach society that people on the spectrum are can live a normal life and be as productive as everyone else. 

You are co-hosting an event with us on December 1st, what do you want the world to know about our event?

This festive event will be a sensational experience for everyone. It will give us a chance to spread the holiday cheer, raise awareness for Autism, and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. We will be donating the toys and items that are collected at the event and giving them to those in need. 

If you could travel back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a little girl, what would it be?

Always believe in yourself, don’t ever give up, and continue to follow your dreams!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a big fan girl of celebrities, Star Wars fanatic, the oldest of 4 kids, and I’m a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan. 

If you could “get rid of” your Autism/Asperger’s –would you or would you stay the same. Why or why not?

I wouldn’t want to get rid of it because it is apart of me and that makes me special. Though, I wish I could lessen the daily struggles that goes along with Autism because it makes life a bit more challenging. 

What makes you happy?

I am typically a very happy person; I enjoy being around my family, dogs, and living in Tampa. 

What is your end goal—what do you want to achieve overall with your life?

I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve. One of them is to live in California, open my own office for my organization, and be able to raise even more awareness both locally and internationally. 

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Instagram: @spreadingthelove101

Twitter: @autismlove101

Snapchat: @autismlove101 

Pop’s Past Goes Future with Magdalena Bay

Retro-pop futurism hits new peaks with Magdalena Bay, a Los Angeles-based duo dripping with semi-ironic style. Following the release of mini mix vol. 1—a genre-bending 12 minute flurry of nostalgic production and saturated visuals—Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin have followed up with two new songs: Venice and Good Intentions. Read on for an inside look on what makes the group tick.

We recently saw a switch from the reclaimed look of your Mini-Mix series to a more polished feel with your recent release “Venice.” Is there a point for you where aesthetic informs your music, or vice versa?

Our music definitely informs our aesthetic! And our aesthetic doesn’t exactly inform our music, but we do think that both in our visuals and our music we like to have fun and not take ourselves TOO seriously. So even in a more polished video like “Venice,” we like having some DIY weirdness and crafty vibes.

What’s your most unconventional source of influence?

Don’t know if it’s unconventional or not, but a non-musical influence for us is video games. We’ve just gotten into Zelda and Mario games and they have such sick soundtracks and stories that we’re definitely inspired by!

What might people be surprised to know about you?

That we started making music in a progressive rock band in high school. Our music was inspired by 70s bands like Yes and we didn’t even like pop until a few years ago! Now, we’re obsessed with it.

What’s your favorite song of yours that you think might be overlooked by fans?

Probably “Set Me Off,” it’s such a jam! 

Are you guys still working long-distance? Run us through your collaborative process living cross-country from each other.

We’re not working long distance anymore, but we did for like two years! It was a lot of sending files back and forth and a bit of a hassle but we think it helped us develop our songwriting skills independently in a cool way.

Are there any lessons from your experience in a prog-rock band that you’ve applied to your careers as pop musicians?

Definitely! We love injecting weird chords and song structure into our pop songs. We think it keeps things interesting. 

Mica, as a working professional in marketing, are there any lessons you’ve learned at work that you’ve applied strategy-wise for the group?

Haha maybe! I think it’s helped me have a productive mindset. It’s important to always have new videos, photos, newsletters, and ways for fans to connect with us and feel like they’re a crucial part of our journey, because they are! 

You’re both young, but if you had the opportunity to travel back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger selves (say, age 13), what would it be?

We’d tell ourselves to stop listening to Radiohead nonstop and check out Kylie Minogue!

What’s up next for Magdalena Bay?

More singles, more shows, and maybe some long form releases soon…

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment, to keep it real for the fans? : )

Yes, here’s an awkward pic of us driving down the PCH from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles (attached)


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Michael Peña is a Los Angeles-based musician and Kanye West enthusiast. When he’s not busy being unusually defensive about Kacey Musgraves on the internet, he can be found on Instagram.

Interview with teen performer Starr Hague

Hi Starr, nice to e-meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself outside of show biz.   

A little bit about me outside of the industry is that I love to take dance classes, hang out with friends as well as have a Instagram photo shoots with my friends.

Great! You are currently producing your first EP right? Tell us about it and why you think people are going to want to give it a listen? 

Currently I am actually just working on three singles and they’re all based on a different chapter in my life.  I think people will definitely give it a listen because it is really relatable and empowering to people my age  Going through similar things.

In addition to singing, you also act. What can you share about upcoming acting roles?  

In addition to singing, I am currently working on this role that is a double personality character she’s sassy sweet and mysterious all wrapped in one .

What has been your most memorable show biz moment so far?

So far my most memorable showbiz moment has been having my boyfriend also land a role in the film I’m currently working on just by being at my house — talk about destiny.

Why exactly are you a singer & actress? These are tough jobs, so what is the payoff for you personally?

I am a singer and actress but I would more describe myself as just an all-around performer. I just have had great stage presence since I was young and love everything about the entertainment industry and spotlight.

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced so far in this industry? 

The biggest challenge I face thus far in the industry is frustration. They always say that you are your own worst critic, so it’s hard to be satisfied with where you’re at now since you’re always pushing and striving for your fullest potential.

And your biggest accomplishment?

I would say my biggest accomplishment is the film that I’m working on now if it takes off the way we want it to.

Tell us about your work as an anti-bully advocate. Why do you support this cause?

I am definitely a supporter of a non-bullying environment because of all the hate that’s been spread around and social media. I don’t think anyone deserves to be put through unkind words and actions.  I’ve watched it affect so many people being influencers.

If you could pass one law that everyone on the planet had to follow without question, what would it be and why? 

If I could pass one law that everyone on the planet had to follow , It would be for everyone to accept each other for how they are and learn to agree to disagree and not use violence in a way to solve issues.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you? 

People would be surprised to know that before I was involved in the industry I was a competitive gymnast on the road to becoming a future Olympian.

Biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is people pronouncing words wrong.

Favorite food? 

My favorite food would have to be hibachi dinner and my favorite dessert would have to be cookies with ice cream on top.

Secret fear? 

My secret fear is ghosts. 

What’s the last movie or show you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : ) 

The last show that I watched was the vampire diaries and my review is “OK wow.”

Describe your pets and their names! 

I have one German Shepherd and one mixed breed their names are Ninja and Lucky Charms.

The one thing I cannot live without is__________. 

One thing that I cannot live without is my phone .

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

My most embarrassing moment in real life is forgetting my dance solo on stage.

Secret beauty hack?

My secret beauty hack is to use clear mascara instead of brown gel.

What else are you working on or have coming up next? 

I’m currently working on the writing of a new song and then figuring out how to release them.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!  

Right now I’m getting ready to go hang out with friends and I have just done my make up.

Interview: Madelyn Miranda from ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’

You know the scene: while sitting at the table having a meal with her cousin Diego, she turns to the camera and says “Can You Say Delicioso?” Yes, its Dora the Explorer and the iconic line was delivered by newcomer Madelyn Miranda who plays 6-year-old Dora in the new film Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

We got the chance to ask Madelyn a few questions to get to know her better; check out the interview below! And also check out Madelyn on the red carpet and meeting some fans at our Back to School Meet n Greet a few weeks ago.

Credit: Shandon Photography

Hello Madelyn, before we get to your role in the Dora and the Lost City of Gold, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

I’m now in 5th grade and its my last year in elementary school. I love spending time with my family and my favorite things to do are shopping and looking for new hair styles.

Great! Now tell us what it was like at the premiere of your movie and seeing yourself on the big screen?

The premiere was so much fun. Having fans call out my name and wanting my autograph and picture was so exciting. Seeing myself on the big screen for the first time brought back a lot of fun memories filming in Australia. It was pretty amazing seeing my face fill up the screen.

What was your favorite part about filming Dora?

My favorite part about filming Dora was the set of Dora’s house. My room was so cool, It was on top of a lake. Also being able to film in the mountains of Australia was really awesome.

And what was the hardest part about it?

I can’t remember anything hard about filming, all the cast and crew were super nice. I would say having to cut my hair was the only hard part about playing Dora.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I think people would be surprised to know that I love riding my quad off road

Where is your family from originally and what are you most proud of about your Hispanic heritage?

My family is originally from Mexico. And I’m most proud of how we value family so much. And Mexican food! LoL

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when people aren’t clean while eating.

Favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school is writing because I get to make up my own stories.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is street tacos.

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is cheesy chips.

What do you and your brother David most compete or argue about?

My brother and I argue about everything! One time we argued about how many gums you can fit in your mouth. But at the end of the day we usually sleep together 🙂

If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be? If I can pass a law it would be no homework!

If I can pass a law it would be no homework!

Favorite YouTuber?

My favorite YouTuber is SSSniperWolf

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

I’m currently going out on some great auditions and hopefully I will have some good news to share soon.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are up to right now?

Just having a snack!

Get to Know Hashtag Zoe (Zoe Nazarian)

Meet Zoe Nazarian! Zoe is a rising, teen social media star whose comedic and relatable content will make you want to be her BFF!! You can find Zoe on any given social media app @HashtagZoe. Be sure to follow her! We recently got the chance to get to know her a little better. Come get to know her with us!

Scroll for our Q&A with Hashtag Zoe!

How did you get your start?

I got my start on Youtube when I was 13 years old, after trying to break into mainstream entertainment wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. I decided to try something on my own.

When I was going from audition to audition, I found that most of the parts were going to very skinny girls. At the time, the industry was looking for small & thin actors to fit into what was perceived as normal. I was a curvy girl and proud of it.

These days, the entertainment industry is a lot more inclusive of all sorts of different, “real,” people and I’m here for it. Once I really started posting content, I fell in love with it. I also love the idea of having my own platform where I can maybe make a difference in this world.

What is your favorite type of video to film?

I like to create characters! It allows me to film full scenario videos, without having to cast other people! I also love a good parody video!

The Youtube Psychic:

What’s your favorite social media app to post on?

That’s a really hard question, because I’m on the majority of the social media apps out there! I think my top five are: Youtube, Instagram, PopJam, TikTok and Likee.

Fave songs on your Spotify playlist?

I love music. Like I’m literally connected to my Spotify ALL THE TIME….except when I sleep, because that would be weird. My current top five faves are:

Bad Guy, Billie Eilish ft. Justin Bieber

Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m bored, Arianna Grande

Money in the Grave, Drake

No Guidance, Chris Brown, ft. Drake

Sunday Best, Surfaces

Does Billie Eilish Have a Twin Sister? :

You just recently graduated from high school….any advice for teens, because they wanna know (see what we did there?) : )

School is hard sometimes. And I don’t even mean that it’s hard because of homework and tests! The whole social scene in school is just hard! It took me a long time, but I finally realized that you don’t have to be friends with everyone and not everyone has to like you. That was a big lesson for me.

I seemed to attract drama in both middle school and high school and it made going to school more emotional than it should have been. I made a video about it…I know, shocking!

What I Really Learned in High School:

What makes you laugh?

Memes and ASMR videos make me laugh. Also, my friends make me laugh. I love hanging out with my BFFs and just laughing about nothing in particular and then laughing because we’re laughing so hard!

What makes you cry?

Everything makes me cry! I’m a teenaged girl!

Things Girls Do:

Any advice for teens who want to try for a career on social media?

The best advice that was given to me was to be creative and consistent. Most people don’t just explode in success overnight. There are those lucky few who go viral. But for most, it needs to be a consistent growth.

There are lots of times that I get frustrated, because I just want everything to fall into place. But I try to keep my eye on the prize. I know that I need to stay motived, focused and engaging in order to succeed. Also, a support system is a must. Make sure you surround yourself with people who want the best for you and are willing to help you get to your goals.

Emily Ann Roberts Interview – “Someday Dream” Meaning Explained!

All-American sweetheart, country traditionalist and talented singer/songwriter Emily Ann Roberts just released her debut EP Someday Dream on July 12. This continues a wave of success which began with her tenure on The Voice’s 9th season (where she came in 2nd) and recent accolades from her performance at this year’s CMT Fest 2019 — including being named one of the best 20 performers in Rolling Stone.

We got the chance to send some questions over to find out about her new EP and also learn what makes Emily tick (including secret fears and pet peeves) — and she was gracious enough to record her answers and send them to us as a podcast, which you can listen to right now below. Its a great listen as it really shows what a great, shining personality she has — and the and true love and passion for what she does.

You can’t help but smile along with her as she responds to our sometimes silly Qs haha!

Here is the interview:

Someday Dream features three previously released songs as well as three new songs. 

Track Listing

Wild (Emily Ann Roberts, Nathan Chapman, Stephanie Chapman)

Someday Dream (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Seth Mosely)

Stuck On Me + You (Emily Ann Roberts, Oran Thorton, Jason Saenz)

Easy On Me (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Oran Thorton, Jen Schott)

I’ve Got Forever (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Heather Morgan) 

God Must Have Told You To (Dee Briggs, Julie Forester, Brittany Taylor)

Todd Haberkorn on Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings, favorite character he’s ever voiced, biggest pet peeve and more – interview!

todd haberkorn interview

Todd Haberkorn (@ToddHaberkorn) is a VIP in the voice acting industry, having played a wide variety of characters is everything from Ben 10 to Monster High.

He is especially well known in the world of anime, where he is revered for his work as Natsu in Fairy Tail, and for such titles as “Digimon,” “Sailor Moon Crystal,” “Pokemon,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Naruto,”  “JoJos’ Bizarre Adventure” and numerous video games. 

He just narrated an audiobook called Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings, which is an anime-inspired story, also available as a Graphic Novel. Amazon gave it 5 stars and it is hot off the presses as it just came out today! You can listen to the first chapter here:

Todd took the time to answer some of our questions, so let’s get right to the interview!

todd haberkorn interview

Hi Todd, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions! You are one of the most prolific voice actors ever—what is your secret for staying so busy for so long?

I blame my mom. She was a tirelessly hard and focused professional and is a fierce woman. She was an example I was lookin’ at everyday in our single parent household as someone who came from absolutely nothing in America to being a force to be reckoned with in the medical world. How could I not try and stay busy all the time?!

Tell us about your latest project, Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings.

Its a great combo of imaginative story telling mixed with a savvy producer mind. You’ve got an author who understands that he wants to speak to an audience that is open to a fantastical world of robots, mystical forces, and colorful characters. And what better place to go than an anime audience? 

But its a story that appeals to anyone faced with the uncertainties of life – its got universal appeal. The characters all have different flavors and there’s plenty to chew on for folks looking for variety in their storytelling with a mix of humor and drama. On top of that, the author has been so good about interacting with the current and future fans of the franchise cause he truly believes in his creation and the is grateful for the support from the fans. 

Why do you think teens are going to want to check it out?

Teens will get the sense that this story is talking directly to them…in regards to how sometimes our vision for what we think our life needs might be out of alignment with what those around us think we need and that’s okay.

As long as we are open to discovering our many layers as people – our path or function in life will present itself and our destinies, hopefully, will be a little clearer. 

Favorite character you’ve ever voiced, and why?

Gotta go with Natsu. He and I along with the rest of the Fairy Tail family have been together for many years…not to mention, I have a tattoo from the show on me forever! So he better be my fav!


LEAST favorite, and why?

I don’t think there’s a least favorite character…cause when I’m voicing a role – I have to find those reasons why I dig them.

There may be aspects of the character I don’t automatically jump towards – for example, if its really tough on my vocal cords cause of yelling or a certain pitch – those might get a brief moment of “okay, let’s do this” sauce as I brace my voice for the session, but I wouldn’t say there’s a least favorite. 

What’s the strangest thing or funniest moment to happen to you as a voice actor?

My masterful handyman is a fan of animation and such. I was telling him about a show I directed last year called Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas (cough, out on Netflix now). Well, I mentioned that it was a fun show full of action and adventure that his kids might like and he did a double take, saying “Saint Seiya? The anime?” I confirmed it and he said “that’s the password to my computer! I love that series!” That was nice 🙂

I get recognized in the oddest places…Best Buy, the airport, Disneyland…all kinds of spots. 

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

How quiet and chill I am at home. I’m a pretty laid back guy. But you wouldn’t know it by a lot of the roles I have the honor of taking on. But, at home, you wouldn’t really know I’m there just cause I’m so quiet and of course, my asian ninja ancestry. 


Secret obsession?

Disney mugs! I love collecting the mugs that come out annually from Starbucks. And you can only get them at the theme parks! I hop right on eBay if I don’t see them at disneyland and snag them all. They’re great!

Biggest fear?

Gigantic roller coasters…#NoHulkCoaster

Biggest pet peeve?

Spoilers for movies! 

What do you have coming up next?

Many projects – few I can talk about. Besides Flux Destiny, of course.

I’ll be featured as Ebony Maw in the upcoming Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3 for the Switch, Doc McCoy in Desperados 3 on Steam, Power Players – which will debut on Cartoon Network in August (I direct it and am in it), Fairy Tail is in its (for now – hopefully) “final season” and we’re in the 300s in terms of episodes, and many other fun things! Stay tuned!

Could we get a quick selfie of whatever you are up to to keep it real for the fans? : )

todd haberkorn interview