Well, I realize I haven't had an interview for a while, but that's all about to change, as I have an interview with Josh and Ally from Out of Control In Odyssey right here. Here it is:
1. I think all readers of your blog know how you were first exposed to Odyssey. But when did Ally start listening?
Ally: Hmmm...well, I've gotta say I started listening
when my brother first listened! But of course I was very young and
actually not really into it. It didn't really draw me in yet. I'd say,
when we went to Colorado Springs, that was when I really became more
into it, listening and becoming an AIO lover.
2. How did you first get involved in the AIO online community?
Josh: Well, I
knew at first that there was the Official Site, but one day I must have
stumbled around on Google and found the Odyssey Scoop! I later found
AIO Wiki, Christian A.'s The Voice of Odyssey, and several other blogs.
This year, it's been really cool to find a cache of brand new, exciting,
original sites that rivals the number when I first started looking!
Ally: Once again, it
was Josh who persuaded me to help him do an Odyssey blog. I wasn't
really in any online communities before then though.
3. What was your inspiration for Odyssey Nerd?
when I first listened to the Ceiling Fan, I had just started to listen
to Odyssey, so I didn't get a lot of the jokes and was like, "What is
this?" A couple years later, I relistened to it and realized its
awesomeness, and so I kept on listening! We tried out for the Fan Hijack
to create your own podcast, but we weren't as prepared, so when the
next year came with a new contest to "hijack," we wanted to be ready! My
idea was to do some kind of song about how I use AIO phrases in real
life, similar to how Star Trek fans say, "Beam me up..." and started out
with "I'm an Odyssey nerd, Israel's Jason's codeword"...and we went
Ally: Josh came
up with a song about an Odyssey Nerd, because Ethan Daniels, the main
character for TCF, says that he is. Also because we both know so much
4. Why did you decide to start a blog?
Josh: I've always
had that little idea in the back of my head, but I wasn't really
inspired until I met the actors and fans at the live show. I was on an
Odyssey high after we left, and the conversation went like this:
Ally, we should totally start an Odyssey blog!
wanted to pick up where At Whit's End left off and try to review every
single episode, but add my own experiences and knowledge about
storytelling. I also wanted to continue my Odyssey Nerd message about
using Odyssey references in daily conversation!
Ally: After the AMAZING, awesome time with the
Odyssey actors and fans in Dallas, we were so inspired to do something
Odyssey related. Josh had been online looking at other Odyssey blogs and
with our previous experiences with blogs, so we decided to go for it!
5. Were you surprised at the extreme success of Out of Control In Odyssey? (Such as your acceptance of two Websters)
whole experience of OCO has been amazing. We've been excited and
blessed by everyone who has visited and commented on our blog! What we
did was to try and fill a niche that wasn't being filled, and we're glad
that people have enjoyed that niche, and that we can continue to
Ally: I was for sure! I thought it wouldn't reach a lot of people with such a
small blog, but as time progressed I saw how our blog had impacted on
others. But at the same time I wasn't, because I knew God had plans for
this blog, and well I knew our blog would do okay haha. For sure I was
surprised and honored to be nominated!! I never expected it and it was
just, wow, it was just all God, man.
6. What do you plan on doing with Out of Control In Odyssey in the future?
don't have any new plans with the blog - that should continue, and
we'll update the Odyssey Phone Book. We are coming up with new features
for the overall website, though!
Ally: THIS ANSWER HAS BEEN ERASED BY THE EDITOR.
7. Are you planning any other AIO-related or non-related projects in the future?
have several big projects that we're hard at work on - one of which
we're hoping to get out before the end of the year on the blog (I'm
really excited about it!). I'm trying to get a certain AIO actor for my
radio show (if you're interested, visit my blog for more information)!
Also for radio, I'm working with the Future Leaders Institute to develop
a short film and film festival to bring attention to the sanctity of
life: rape, abortion, and adoption. I'd love your help, if you're
Ally: If I have time, maybe draw some scenes from AIO episodes, but other
than the BLANK, I think...right now: not too much. We don't wanna make
too many promises and projects that busy us too much for us not to live
our out of odyssey lives. Sadly, I wish we could have some more.
8. Who is your favorite AIO character?
favorites are Paul Herlinger's Whit, Connie, and Bernard. I loved his
grandfatherly warmth that he brought to the role, and it made Odyssey a
very, very special place for me. Connie is a very relatable character,
and Bernard is definitely one of the funniest people on the show. I miss
you Dave Madden!
Ally: I actually got a lot. And I will be writing a post about that sometime
in the near future! but if I had to choose, Bernard Walton. Sarcastic,
funny, loves God, likes to be clean, adventurous, who doesn't like him?
Plus he's played by Dave Madden, who's extremely talented!
9. What are some of your favorite AIO episodes?
are so many! However, I do have some top eps. My favorite comedy is
"Broken Window," my favorite action one is "Exit," my favorite biblical
one is "The Perfect Church," and my favorite mystery is "The Pact." I
love how Odyssey can continue to bring us quality, faith-affirming, GOOD
stories year after year, with great writing. True, sometimes there are
rough spots, but Odyssey never fails to make me light up.
Ally: Eugene Returns (about prayer), Malachi's Message (angels), Broken Window, Gloobers, I got a lot haha.
10. If you could have any AIO character return, who would it be and why?
question. When you say "return," I'm gonna assume you mean from before
the relaunch, so my answers are Bernard and Jack! Sadly, I hear that
Alan Young is in poor health, but if he recovers, I would love to hear
him one last time (and record the openers and closers for all of the
Passages series just in case) in Odyssey with Joanne. Dave Madden lives
in Florida, so it's tough for him to make it to recording sessions, but I
hope that he'll be able to! I really love them because they're two
pillars of the show; they move the show forward, they're markers of
where the show has come from, and they're part of Odyssey! I feel that
Odyssey has seemingly lost a lot of that older generational wisdom -
Whit may be wise, but he can't do it all by himself.
Ally: BERNARD, definitely. He just made the show funnier, the way he
interacts with the kids and adults with a somewhat sarcasm. Or Tom I
wish. ); Tom and Bernard were great together, I loved the way they
interacted with each other; great times I'd love to have that again!
11. Have you ever personally met any AIO actors/crew?
had the opportunity to meet everyone at the live show, which was truly a
remarkable experience. It definitely ranks as one of my top memories.
They're all so nice and so personable, and it was a honor to meet them.
Ally: Yes! Nathan Hoobler was our tour guide at Focus on the Family in 2007,
we met all the actors at Dallas (Katie Leigh was soo sweet, Chris bubbly
as ever). Man, I wish I could meet them all again, plus more of the
12. How has AIO impacted your spiritual life?
my. I'm really similar to Katie Leigh in the fact that God uses these
stories to speak to me. Most recently, this year, I'm a junior, and I'm
often worried about what God wants to do with my life and what I should
major in..."Great Expectations" spoke to me about how God uses our goals
and dreams for his purposes, and to leave it up to Him. But many
episodes have been listened to just at the right time, and hey, God has a
funny sense of humor about doing that.
Ally: Hearing the characters stories, the way they portray
it, say it, make it feel, it just brings me all back to God. Their
lessons are so great, and what I think helps is that (even though I like
happy endings way better), they show how times of sorrows approach and
how the characters feel. Sometimes it's like God's way of saying "See
Ally, this character didn't trust in me when he/she could've. You CAN
trust me" I feel that I wouldn't be the same person if I didn't listen
to AIO. AIO showed me God's worked in our lives in so many ways, and the
great adventure isn't over yet.
I do hope you enjoyed that! I would like to thank Josh and Ally for agreeing to do this and giving such long, great answers! I wish I could tell you I have an AIC out, but... I don't. However, it should be out next week! There's a big surprise in Installment 12 that you don't want to miss. Whoops... I've said too much already. ;)
Thanks for reading!
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