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Answers Just In... Updated February 20, 2012

 

How can I audition for Adventures in Odyssey? -Submitted by Elizabeth, Carrie, Amanda, & Evie
 
Thanks for your interest in voice acting for Odyssey. While The Odyssey Scoop isn't affiliated with Focus on the Family, we can provide some information to get you started:

According to Focus on the Family:

All of the Adventures in Odyssey shows are now recorded under a union contract, which requires that the entire cast be members in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

If you're not a member of AFTRA and are hoping to break into the voice talent world, contact your local radio or television stations and ask about the possibility of an internship. Once you "get your foot in the door," try to find an experienced individual who would be willing to mentor you in all aspects of radio and television acting. You might also find it helpful to get involved in a local theater group; it's possible they could teach you some "tricks of the trade" that would be useful in the voice world.

If you are a member of AFTRA and live near Burbank, please feel free to send a voice sample, headshot and bio to Focus on the Family's Audio Resources Department. Their staff would be happy to consider your portfolio as a future prospect. To get the mailing address for this department, you may contact Focus by phone at 1-800-A-FAMILY or e-mail questions@whitsend.org.

   
What does Eugene mean whenever he says "proverbially speaking"? -Submitted by Eugene's twice removed Canadian Cousin
 
Proverbial means "of or relating to or resembling or expressed in a proverb." The saying "hand in the cookie jar" means stealing. Proverbial just means it's a well known statement, coming from a proverb. So when Eugene says "proverbially speaking," he is relating the topic at hand to a well-known proverb. For example, in Suspicious Minds, in a conversation about computers and transportation, Connie would rather "take an air-conditioned car any day, as opposed to Eugene's preference of riding a bike. Eugene says, "Mr. Whittaker, what can I do? It's like casting the proverbial pearls before swine. "Pearls before swine" refers to a quotation from Matthew 7:6 in Jesus's Sermon on the Mount, implying that things (such as pearls) should not be put in front of people (or in this case, swine) who do not appreciate their value. In Eugene's case, he feels that he is offering valuable information to Connie ("safe, economical, and healthy" use of biking instead of using a vehicle), but she does not appreciate the advice he gives and doesn't understand that what he has to say is valuable because she prefers a car as opposed to a bike. She merely shoots down what he has to say by saying that "you come in all sweaty" when you ride a bike. "Give me an air conditioned car any day," she retorts.

Can you find any references in Adventures in Odyssey in which Eugene says "proverbially speaking"? Why not stop and think about what he is really saying?

   
   
Why does Whit ask Harlow Doyle "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" in Harlow Doyle, Private Eye? -Submitted by Dan & Arlene
 
This is merely a tip-of-the-hat reference to the Officer Harley episodes from the earlier days of Adventures in Odyssey. Most of the Harley episodes were re-produced with the exclusion of Harley as a character due to listeners' complaints that Harley made a mockery of the responsibilities of local authorities. Harlow Doyle's character was created later to carryover Harley's personality and bring him back in a non-offensive way.

And, in answer to your question, Whit hasn't seen Harlow before, but he is merely reminded of Officer Harley from days past (a beautiful reference for long-time fans).

   
   
In which episode does Grady McKay discover that Wooton Bassett is the author of the Powerboy comics? -Submitted by Ellen
 
Grady discovers Wooton's secret Powerboy room in The Poor Rich Guy. It is later referenced in The Highest Stakes when Grady shows the room to his father, even though he promised to keep it a secret.
   
   
How do I start my own Adventures in Odyssey fan site? Does one have to obtain permission from Focus on the Family to create one? -Submitted by MortalCoil#1Fan
 
It isn't necessary to obtain permission from Focus on the Family to create your own fan site. I would caution you, however, not to just start your own website about Adventures in Odyssey just for the sake of having one or because "everyone's doing it." There have been quite a few fan sites out there which have come and gone because the site owners lost interest or had a lack of originality. I would recommend if you're thinking about opening your own AIO fan site, make sure you use originality and creativity. If your goal is to provide the latest news about Odyssey, it might be perceived as redundant at your site's launch as two primary sites already exist to do so: The Odyssey Scoop (us!) and AIO Wiki. Don't copy what you see already happening on existing fan sites. In other words, a good rule of thumb is: don't copycat! If an already-existing website is doing a fantastic job of providing news or some other feature, then breaking into the competition might not be the wisest idea. Why settle for less when you can create a website which offers your own exclusive benefit?

I speak from experience on this one. If you would really want to create a fan site about Adventures in Odyssey, ask yourself: "Do I see myself keeping this site going for five years or more?" If you have the drive to keep things going and not quit, I would recommend starting a site. But make sure you offer something that the other fan sites don't. You want to stand out.

Things to Consider Before Jumping In:

  • How dedicated am I to keeping a fan site going? Do I see myself keeping this site going for five years or more?
  • Do I have something unique to offer that other sites don't? Is my site original?
  • Can I write well enough to engage visitors?
  • Do I have the necessary skills involved in creating and maintaining a fan site?
  • Will I be able to provide a nice looking site with good, visual aesthetics? (Good graphic design is key)
  • Do I have money to keep a website going? (domain name and web hosting)
  • Am I staying within legal parameters?

One final note: Be carefulassuming you do start your own website. You don't want to infringe on any copyright laws. Please do not make any Adventures in Odyssey episode downloads available as you do not have legal permission to do so. Regarding images, Focus on the Family is generally pretty lenient, assuming you are true to the brand and don't claim them as your property. It might be a good idea to include a disclaimer on your fan site which gives credit to Focus on the Family.

 
 
Who voices the Stiletto in the Green Ring Conspiracy episodes? -Submitted by John-Luke
 
The "Stiletto" is voiced by Townsend Coleman in The Green Ring Conspiracy.
 
 
I am new to Adventures in Odyssey and don't know where to start. What do you recommend? -Submitted by Heather
 

Beginning your journey through Adventures in Odyssey can be a daunting task. It all depends on whether or not you want to collect the entire series.

Our Recommendation
If you plan on collecting the whole series, we recommend you start at the beginning with the very first collection, The Adventure Begins. This collection, along with the albums following, establishes the floor plan of the show, introduces the town's characters, and immerses you into what the show is all about.
 

Of course, many fans receive Odyssey albums as gifts or begin collecting the series out of order. Either way works since Adventures in Odyssey is about character development and maintains an overall consistency. Starting chronologically or at random is a fun and worthwhile process. The series gets better and better as it unfolds, and the sound design and music improve with it as well.

If you don't plan on collecting the entire series and would like to get a feel for what the series is about, some special collections are also available. Each collection contains previously released episodes, so if you decide to collect the series in chronological order later, you may discover a lot of repeats.

  • Discovering Odyssey
    Created for new beginners, this collection introduces Odyssey's main characters, the setting, and much more.
     

  • Encore Collection
    The Encore Collection features some of Odyssey's best episodes from the 80's, 90's and 00's. Provides a great overview of the various episode genres.
     

  • Platinum Collection
    The Platinum Collection showcases episodes from AIO's first 20 years. Provides a great overview of the various episode genres.
     

  • For God and Country
    This collection features episodes from American history, highlighting yet another of AIO's many episode genres.
     

  • The Blackgaard Chronicles
    One of Adventures in Odyssey's most popular sagas ever is available in its own CD package.
     

  • Novacom Saga
    Of course, AIO has created a collection of its longest-running story arc. The Novacom Saga is filled with action-adventure, mystery, and unexpected twists. This series was the most talked about and anticipated from week to week when it originally aired.
     

  • Bible Eyewitness Collector's Set and Bible Eyewitness: Hall of Faith
    Both Bible-themed collections contain a large majority of episodes dealing with the Bible.

You can also visit our Episodes section and view genres of episodes by category, get episode summaries, and learn more about the collections that way.


Fans' Top Three Recommended Albums
Album 10: Other Times, Other Places
Album 21: Wish You Were Here!
Album 31: Days to Remember

 
How can I order individual Adventures in Odyssey episodes?
 
The Focus on the Family Store offers high-quality audio downloads of every album and episode. Visit the Family Store and search by album title or episode title. CDs of individual episodes are currently not available. Or find the episode you're looking for in our Episodes section and click on "Purchase mp3."
 

Stay tuned for more answers to your Odyssey questions.
 
     

 



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