Q&A - OLAN ROGERS
Meet the Tennessee Wonder Child.
Meet the Tennessee Wonder Child.
Olan has had a presence online since "having a presence online" has been a thing. Outside of his success on Youtube in the late 2000s, Olan has made a name for himself in television, stand-up comedy, licensed consumer merchandise, and more. Now that you know what he's done, let's get to know a little bit more about who he is.
Back in the day it was called Olan Rogers Apparel and then Olan Rogers Supply but I think it started back in 2011. The idea was to really just make top quality merch that could be worn by anyone. At the time a lot of online creators made the absolute dumbest looking merch and it felt like it had no thought put into it. We wanted to do the opposite and make it feel personal.
It just sounded cool and I love space. I know it’s lame yet cool! Yet kinda lame.
Impossible to say but one of my favorites is from the Interstellar Soundtrack “No Time for Caution”
Princess Bride & Monty Python and the Holy Grail
For sure the Lord of the Rings quote when Gandalf is talking to Frodo in the Mines of Moria…God, I’m such a nerd! But there's a great back and forth where they don’t know which tunnel to take and which way is the right way when Frodo says “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” And then Gandalf says “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Love that last line.
Robin Willams. There was something so special about him.
I love them all at this point, I miss them. My favorite to voice was always Tribore. My least favorite was Biskit, that guy didn’t do any favors for my vocal chords.
A ghost. Just a regular run of the mill, good ole fashioned…ghost.
Moose Tracks or anything with peanut butter cups in them.
Traveling around the country with my wife and watching her introduce me.
I’m a wizard and if you cross me kid! You little fun-size six year old human, if you dare cross me! I’ll cast a vanishing spell that steals every single piece of ice cream from your freezer for as long as you live! You’ll never taste ice cream for as long as you live! So don’t you dare cross me, random six year old kid! For I’m a wizard!
Practice an ice-cream vanishing spell for when a 6 six year old kid asks you to describe your job.
Stage Fright. I still get incredibly nervous before a show but I’m getting more comfortable getting up on stage.
With the right key. For me, it’s music. One song can unlock an entire story in my mind before I ever write anything down. Without music those doors would stay locked.
I set milestones and once I hit one I move on to the next project, hit another milestone and then keep moving to the next. That’s the goal is to keep moving forward.
When you’re at your lowest, nobody knows. The past few years have been some of the hardest of my life and during May of 2021 I was emotionally destroyed. I gave so much of myself to so many things and when I lost them all, there wasn’t anything for myself. I felt empty, like the last bit of toothpaste in the tube and I didn’t really see myself in the mirror anymore and that was scary. That’s when I realized I had to start building myself back up from the bottom and I did it through comedy. The Barely Holding It Together pulled me out of a hole and hearing everyone laugh was medicine I needed.
I get in trouble when I think this way haha I can feel my wife’s eyes on me as I type this.
It would never happen but I would love to do something with Star Wars.
Made me not take the little things for granted, having food on the table, a roof over your head and hang out with the people you care about.
Developing lots of TV shows, features and I’m about to jump back into youtube, really just keep creating.
Shhhhhh! No comment.
It’s gotten so much better and refined. The stuff we're making just straight up looks good! And it feels great, I’m always shocked now when I see the finished product. We’re constantly trying to outdo ourselves and I love that.
That Star Eater hoodie. I wear it all the time now.
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