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

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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: http://www.fluxdestiny.com/preorder

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

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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!

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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. 

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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? : )

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5 Fast Facts about singer Issie Swickle

Issie Swickle is an R&B/Pop singer/songwriter/performing artist from Los Angeles whose latest single, “Mirror” was released in April. You may have seen her at one of her recent performances in Southern California and noticed she has a very developed and powerful voice for a 13-year-old.

What you might not know is that part of the reason is she had a successful 20 month tour with the National Broadway Musical sensation “Annie,” where she played the title character! All that stage singing has certainly paid off!

Here’s 5 fast facts about Issie!

She admits to certain challenges: 

STAYING POSITIVE DURING TIMES OF REJECTION, BEING CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE AND NOT BEING LIKE ANYONE  ELSE.

She’s got a couple of favorites who she would love to portray her in a movie about her life:

JOEY KING OR MILLIE BOBBIE BROWN

A certain Disney movie inspires her a lot:

THE LITTLE MERMAID BECAUSE WHEN URSULA TRUES TO BEING HER DOWN, ARIEL BEATS HER AND WINS BY FINDING HER VOICE

One surprising fact:

THAT I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR OR VETERINARIAN 

She’s got a thing for asian food, namely:

SUSHI AND PANDA EXPRESS

Can we get a selfie?

Was driving in the car and took this pic with a fun filter!!

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The Externship Advantage for Teens

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Unlike a formal internship, an externship allows a teenage student to gain valuable work experience over a shorter, fixed period of time. Because externships are generally shorter in length, you’ll have more flexibility in fitting these valuable experiences into your busy schedule. Here are three benefits of making an externship part of your overall educational experience.

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Explore Your Interests

As a teenager, you should not be expected to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. An externship will give you the opportunity to explore your interests without committing to a full-time job. Some externships are designed to deliver a multitude of opportunities to interact with a myriad of people in different departments. Others allow you to closely follow the daily work of one professional in a specific field. This will help you to discern if that field of endeavor is compatible with your interests, your studies and your skills. Because externships are short in length, you get a taste of a discipline or occupation without having to commit to it on a long-term basis.

Shadowing Experts

Externships allow participants to meet professionals and begin to network with people who can help them get a job later. Shadowing experts gives you a good glimpse of the day-to-day work life of the professionals in your desired field. A good externship will also provide multiple learning opportunities, helping you to hone your skills and talents in a low-pressure situation. This type of hands-on learning cannot be replicated in a classroom, making an externship an advantageous part of any education.

Form a Strong Work Ethic

An externship gives a young person a glimpse into what life in the adult working world is like. This experience can help teens to form a strong work ethic as they learn ways to be more productive and efficient with their time. Externships instill responsibility, personal integrity and commitment to colleagues. This type of work experience teaches students how to be dependable and reliable while working as part of a team to achieve goals. The soft skills gained in an externship will translate to any further field of study, making it a good use of your time and effort as you strive to reach your career goals.

The right externship can help you to develop new skills, make important networking connections and cultivate the soft skills needed to be successful in any endeavor. The experience will put you ahead of the competition and pay off big dividends down the road.

4 Hormone Headaches That All Teen Boys Can Relate To

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For most guys, puberty is tough. You begin to change physically and, unfortunately, it’s not all in one go either. During this time, the hormone levels in your body are continuously changing and you may feel like a complete buffoon at times. It is good to remember, however, that all of the changes you are experiencing are completely normal and have real biological explanations.

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Getting Tongue-Tied When Talking to Your Crush

Have you ever wondered why you just can’t seem to say the right thing to your beautiful crush? Scientists say that during puberty there is actual change in the neurotransmission of the brain, aka how your brain communicates within itself. Most areas that change are linked to learning and attention span, explaining why it is difficult to concentrate and find the right words to say to a beautiful girl!

Uneven Beard Growth

One of the most noticeable traits of puberty is beard growth. During this time, your hair follicles are stimulated to begin growing at a faster rate but uneven rate. This is due to the fact that beard follicles are responsive to testosterone levels, which are all over the map during your adolescent years. It often takes years for your beard to start growing evenly, so you might want to hang on to your razor for now.

Pit Checks

Sweat is connected to odor so when you sweat more, you start to stink more. During puberty, you might realize that you stink way more than before and that is due to an increase in sweat. The hormones that are changing and increasing cause you to sweat more and therefore stink more. No matter how much body spray claims to help with this, most people do not like the smell—so steer away! Using deodorant and taking frequent showers is your best shot at smelling better and making you feel more confident as a result!

Taking a “Crack” at It!

Sometimes, voice changes might happen as your voice gets deeper. As you age, your larynx, the part of your throat holding the vocal cords, gets bigger and your vocal cords may thicken causing your voice to get deeper. Again, this does not happen all at once and sometimes these changes can cause your voice to crack. It can be embarrassing when it occurs, especially depending on who’s around to hear it. To help, when speaking try to relax, speak slowly and drink plenty of water to help!

All of these changes can be scary and frustrating to handle. Do your best to educate yourself on what might change and remember that it just takes time to take it all in and be confident!

3 Things to Do the Week Before a Sports Tournament

All of your training and hard work has been for this one big athletic competition. In the week before the event, you want to be sure that your body and your mind are sufficiently prepared for the challenge ahead. Here are three things to do the week before a sports tournament in order to deliver the most success.

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Don’t Wear Yourself Out

Although it may be tempting to keep pushing your body, it is important to be mindful that you do not over train. The week before the tournament should be devoted to rest. While it is a good idea to do light exercise to keep your muscles fresh, you also do not want to wear yourself out. Fatigue Science suggests that knowing that you might be too nervous or excited to sleep soundly the night before the tournament, it is a good idea to bank some sleep leading up to the event. Be sure to turn off the television, smartphone, and all electronic devices so that your rest is not interrupted.

Make a Plan

Competitive Edge recommends to put your mind at ease before the tournament by making a plan and learning how to keep focus. If you are traveling for your tournament, be sure to make a packing list and doublecheck it so that you do not inadvertently leave something important behind. It is also a good idea to plan your meals in the days leading up to the event so that you are sure that your body has what it needs to perform. Take care to ensure that you also have adequate hydration levels by nourishing your body with water.

Take Your Vitamins

In addition to getting the recommended amount of protein and carbohydrates, it is also vital to nourish your body with vitamins. ASEA explains that cellular health is at the foundation of overall health and wellness, so targeting cellular health with your dietary supplements should be a priority. Months of hard training can deplete the body and put it at risk of contracting illnesses. Supplements such as zinc and vitamin C can help to boost the body’s immune system and keep it functioning at optimal performance levels.

You will head into your tournament with high confidence if you have taken the time to adequately prepare your body for the rigors ahead. Be kind to yourself in the week prior by taking in the nutrients, hydration, and rest that you need to be the best.

Read these other interesting articles on similar subjects!

5 Fast Facts about actress Abby Donnelly

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Abby Donnelly of Just Add Magic fame is one of the stars of the Malibu Rescue movie which premiered a few weeks ago on Netflix. Its now been turned into an original series, also called Malibu Rescue which just released on Netflix June 3rd and features Ricardo Hurtado, Jackie R. Robinson, Alkoya Brunson and Breanne Yde!

Let’s find out more about her in this 5 Fast Facts about Abby Donnelly!

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She’s got fond memories of playing Darbie.

My biggest project to date would have to be Just Add Magic! We filmed over 50 episodes and it was my first series regular on a television show! I played Darbie O’brien and it was so much fun to be able to grow up on the most amazing set for three years! 

She nearly got a heat stroke in 30 degree weather.

Probably the strangest thing that’s happened to me on set was having to pretend it was 30 degrees outside when it was actually 108 degrees! We filmed a winter commercial on a very hot day so it was hard pretend to be cold when everyone on set was sweating! 

Her new show is ready.

On June 3rd, Malibu Rescue: The Series comes out on Netflix! I am super excited for everyone to see the show because viewers get to know The Flounders even more! 

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She’s got a major thing for Gilmore Girls. Like MAJOR.

I’ve been rewatching Gilmore Girls since 7th grade! I finished the series in 7th grade, and since then I’ve watched the show at least eight times! 

The one food she refuses to eat is _______________

pickles! 

Oh hello there!

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5 Fast Facts about YouTuber Alex Warren

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Alex Warren (@alexwaaren) is an 18-year-old YouTuber (Youtube.com/alexwarren) from Carlsbad California who like many others started off by building a following on musical.ly/TikTok. He started from zero but now has 146k YouTube subs and 239k Instagram followers who love his content which features his friends and some edgy humor.

Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Alex!

He’s big on relationships.

I make videos with my childhood friends and over time just kept getting noticed by more and more people. My girlfriend moved here from Hawaii after a 6 month long distance relationship and we now live together and both make YouTube videos (@k0uvr). It’s cool that all my friends and girlfriend had like 0 followers and all built a following together because it’s all real relationships. I don’t need to worry about whether or not my friends are using me cause they have all been there from the start.

He’s got six tattoos.

I have like 6 tattoos and they all mean a lot to me with cool meanings.

He’s got one video he particularly likes.

My favorite video I have released at this moment is when I traveled to Hawaii to surprise my girlfriend. Its my favorite because I had never been on a plane and she had no idea I was coming!

He’s an insomniac.

Probably the most difficult part is getting sleep. I stay up most nights till 6am just editing so I’d have to say getting enough sleep [is the hardest part of being a YouTuber.]

He lost his papa at age 9 — but he inspires him to this day.

My dad was battling cancer my whole life and he passed away when I was 9 years old from kidney cancer. He would film everything our whole childhood up until his passing on his camcorder and I feel as if I’m living through him by making these videos. I feel like I’m connecting with him in a way (sorry to get all emotional with you) haha. 

Social links:
YouTube: Youtube.com/alexwarren
Instagram: Instagram.com/alexwaarren
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5 Fast Facts about Actress Georgia T. Willow

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Georgia T. Willow (@georgiatwillow) is teen actress who has appeared on ABC’s drama For the People as well as Comedy Central’s Another Period and MTV’s Faking It. (and many more!)  Her passion for acting allows her to work on projects that bring awareness to social injustices where she is able to build relationships with charitable foundations that help with the rehabilitation and rescuing of sex trafficking victims.

Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Georgia!

Sex trafficking awareness is important to her.

My “biggest” project to date has to be tied between the two sex trafficking awareness projects I worked on! Lost Girls: Angie’s story is a feature film, and Milkshake Girls is a short film, and they are both in post-production!! They were my most significant roles because they’ve meant the most to me and are not only amazing stories, but they both bring awareness to a very important issue in our society today!

She actually got fitted for dentures – but it’s not what you think. 

The strangest thing to happen to me in this business so far has to be the time a played a vampire in a web series called “nosferajew.” The weirdest part was I had to be fitted for actual dentures that looked like fangs to put on top of my teeth!

She’s busy.

I have three projects coming out soon!! I have a Lifetime movie coming out this summer entitled “The Missing Sister” in which I play the missing sister. I also have the short film “Milkshake GIrls” and the feature “Lost Girls: Angie’s Story” coming out soon! 

She doesn’t drive — yet.

Something people are always pretty surprised to learn about me is that I am legally an adult and yet I don’t have my drivers license, however! That actually will change this summer as I’ll have to get myself to college one way lol! 

She is not fond of allium cepas. Read below to find out what that is!

One food I refuse to eat is ONIONS!!!   

Selfie Time!
Pictured after a workout in the park and celebrating some great news for my boyfriend, Joshua Carlon!

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3 Fields of Study for Science- and Solution-Oriented Students

Are you just about to graduate high school and panicking about what you’re going to study? Are you a person who loves science and solving problems? There are so many career paths to pursue—it’s no wonder you’re still undecided. But luckily for you, there are quite a few career fields that use science and problem solving all the time. Here are just three of these career fields you should consider:

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Public Health

Public health is an excellent field to be in if you like to study science and solve problems. Jobs like occupational therapy, nursing, working for the health department, and working for water treatment facilities all fall under the public health category. If you choose this career path, you will need to study sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, and even human anatomy. These are all important areas of study because careers in public health all deal with the safety of people, animals, and the earth.

To get an entry-level job in public health, you’ll need to get a bachelor’s degree in an area such as public health, environmental science, biology, or engineering. You will find that each of these degrees requires a lot of science and some math in order for you to graduate. However, if you really want to move up in this field, you should consider going to graduate school to get a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or, if you really want to move up, your DPH (Doctor of Public Health) or PhD degree.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a job that is easily forgotten in a world with so many cars and roads. Oftentimes, we forget why a road curves the way it does or why a stoplight is placed where it is. Civil engineers are responsible for designing roads, bridges, railways, parking lots and more so that transportation can run smoothly every day. According to NJIT, some civil engineers apply their knowledge of science and technology to fix and improve many facets of transportation, such as dangerous intersections or unsafe bridges. Knowledge of various sciences (such as physics and physical science) and types of math (such as geometry and calculus) are all useful in these situations.

There are lots of specialty areas you can focus on in civil engineering, such as environmental engineering, architectural engineering, and engineering project management. A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering can get you general civil engineer training and some education in these specialty areas, but getting a master’s degree in civil engineering (MSCE) will help you to focus more directly on them and allow you to move up into more management positions (such as being an engineering manager).

Marine Biology

Marine Biology is a very fascinating field to study. According to EnvironmentalScience.org, the job of a marine biologist is to study the ocean and its inhabitants to make sure that everything is working together. They are responsible for researching and discovering new species of plants and animals as well as coming up with solutions to problems like species extinction. Making new discoveries is just one of the experiences you will have working in this field. If you love the ocean, animals, and science, then becoming a marine biologist may be what you are looking for.

To become a marine biologist, you don’t necessarily need to get a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Some examples of good degrees that can help you get into marine biology are biology, zoology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can usually get you a decent job doing marine biology research, but if you want to pursue your own independent research, you should get a doctorate degree.

Science keeps the earth working and its inhabitants safe from potential harm. Whether you are figuring out a career path or simply love science, use this list as your guide. Find a specific area of study, then decide the career of your choice.

Still can’t decide what you want to study? Check out these other college major ideas.

5 Fast Facts about actress Ava Cantrell

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You might recognize 17-year-old Ava Cantrell (@avacantrell) from her days as Penelope Pritchard on The Haunted Hathaways or as Teen Diana in the spooky Lights Out. What you might not know is she is also a dancer and has just released a graphic novel written by her and her dad called Amulet of Lilith Episode 1: Auschwitz! She is also set to appear as the lead in a new movie called Abigail.

Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Ava!

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She is grateful for all her breaks.

All my projects were “big” in some way to me. Haunted Hathaways was my first “big break” working on Nickelodeon. Lights Out was my first big blockbuster movie. I’m really excited for what I feel will be my next “big break;” I will be starring as Abigail in a thriller called Abigail. It will be the first time I’ve ever had a leading title role carrying a film. It’s set in the 70’s and it reminds me of a teenage Bonnie and Clyde story.

Filming Lights Out was as spooky in real life for her as it was on screen.

I filmed on location for all my Lights Out scenes at an old abandoned hospital. It was super creepy. There was a mental ward with huge steel doors that I filmed in. The thought that it was once in use and wasn’t a set made it a pretty eerie experience.

She’s got one typical bad teenage habit – but not too bad.

Procrastinating. I’m not a huge procrastinator, but that’s something everyone can always work on. I’m trying to spend less time dreading things and jumping right into them instead. I like to carve out some time for work earlier in the day, so I can enjoy the evenings relaxing, catching up on shows, playing video games, and reading.

She’s athletic.

I’m a lot more sporty in real life than I may appear on my Instagram. In my off time I’m surfing, skateboarding, or boxing.

The one food she refuses to eat is _______

Walnuts

Selfie time!

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