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Voice-Actor Spotlight: Andy Mack's Endless Sense of Wonder

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Among the Brunette Games team, Andy Mack is admired for his uncanny ability to voice humans, dogs, and everything in between. He's one part of our roster of incredible voice actors, and he agreed to let us pick his brain on voice acting, his own pup, and more.

What do you enjoy most about being a voice actor?

I enjoy the variety of being a VO actor the most. Instead of soul-crushing cubicle work, I get to be a cowboy bandit and then a medieval wizard and then an annoying robot sidekick—so the diversity of roles in a given day keeps me laughing!

What's your favorite thing about doing VO for games?

My favorite thing about doing VO for games is feeding my inner child who still wants to play games all day. I don't have much time to play games anymore, but I'm still connected to them through work, so there's still a great connection to that sense of wonder.

What's your VO "dream role"?

My dream role would either be for a Final Fantasy entry (Final Fantasy X is still my favorite game of all time) or a Disney-related game since I grew up with the company and am a former cast member.

What's a surprising/interesting fact about you?

I was obsessed with the movie Rad (1986) as a kid and started racing BMX when I was eight years old. I raced multiple times a week and even qualified for Nationals!

Do you have any pets?

I sure do have a pet. He's a wonderful old basset hound/pug mix named Kenny Powers. Here's his recent Halloween picture where he is clearly ashamed of his parents...

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What's your favorite movie or TV show? Why?

I mentioned Rad earlier, and it's tied with Back to the Future for my favorite movie. However, my favorite TV show is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. "The Nightman Cometh" and "High School Reunion" episodes are two of the funniest things I've ever seen, and the characters are such narcissistic psychopaths—in the best way possible. Plus, who doesn't want/need a little Danny DeVito in their lives?


Employee Spotlight: What Sara Hardin Thinks Is the Cat's Meow

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Sara in front of Seljalandsfoss in Iceland.

For this Employee Spotlight, we encouraged Sara Hardin to take a break from cuddling her cats to give us her thoughts on work, free time, and hobbies galore!

What's your favorite thing about working for Brunette Games?

I can't rave enough about the team I get to work with. Creative people aren't always the most gracious when it comes to having their work critiqued, but my coworkers are experts at giving and receiving feedback. Reviews and edits are a huge part of what we do, and it would be so much more difficult with less patient peers. We're also lucky that we share many common interests, which makes small talk so much less excruciating for a group of introverts!

What's your favorite thing about being a game writer?

Does the fact that I get to call myself a game writer count? In all seriousness, I couldn't imagine a better fit for myself, even as I continue to learn and grow. I love putting myself in the players' shoes and experiencing the story from all angles as it develops. It's such a unique position to be in, and I hope to never take it for granted.

What do you like to see in games as a player?

Complex characters! Even better, a complex antagonist. Villains are so interesting when they're multi-faceted and not just moustache-twirlingly, cackingly evil (though that does have its place). That being said, it's a challenge to craft an interesting villain—how do you make someone sympathetic without endorsing their twisted actions? It's a delicate balance to strike, which is why I love seeing it done well. Olgierd von Everec from The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal of Hannibal Lector, and Breaking Bad's Walter White are a few favorites that come to mind.

Do you have any pets? Can we see a picture?

My husband and I have two cats, Calcifer (Cal) and Moose. They're our whole world. Here's one of my favorite pictures of them cuddling on my work desk:

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What kind of game character would you be?

I get a lot of  slack from my friends about how I always choose to be a ranger in any RPG that gives me the option. So... I'd be a ranger. I'd hang out with and tame woodland creatures, make an intricate shelter high in the trees à la Swiss Family Robinson, and whittle little wooden figurines for my friends. What's not to love?

How do you like to spend your personal time?

In addition to playing mobile, Nintendo, and PC games, I'm also an avid reader. I've hit a personal record this year of 40 books read in 2022–something that feels incredible as a slow reader! My book club is full of wonderful women, and we meet monthly for book chitchat and snacks. I also have this habit of picking up random hobbies every so often to see what sticks. Most recently, I've dabbled in knitting, crocheting, watercoloring, and jigsaw puzzling... and I start a stained glass class this week! "Jack of all trades, master of none" feels relevant.


Employee Spotlight: Jenna Hume, Werewolves, and Sharks—Oh, My!

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Jenna and her husband, Kyle, on their wedding day.

This Employee Spotlight is all about the bright and talented team member Jenna Hume. Read on for her thoughts on work, play, and Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

What's your favorite thing about working for Brunette Games?

The team! Not to sound sappy, but your coworkers can make or break your experience at a job, and my coworkers at BG have made this job an amazing experience. We all collaborate on projects well, cheer each other on, and respect everyone's creative voice—I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with.

What's your favorite thing about being a game writer?

Coming up with fresh concepts! I love thinking outside the box and giving our clients new ideas players will hopefully love.

What do you like to see in games as a player?

Main characters with personality—there aren't enough of them out there. I get that we as writers and designers want our games to be relatable, but you can do that while still having interesting characters. A great example is our work on M&M'S Adventure, where the characters have plenty of personality.

What's your favorite movie or TV show? Why?

MTV's Teen Wolf will always hold a special place in my heart. Is every season good? No—Season 4 was horrible. But the good seasons are amazing, and the show is overlooked as a whole due to the MTV label and a mediocre first season. The best season by far is Season 3b (don't ask me to explain how the seasons work—no one knows, especially Jeff Davis), and Dylan O'Brien deserves way more credit for his acting this season than he received.

What's a surprising/interesting fact about you?

I'm absolutely obsessed with Discovery Channel's Shark Week. It's a problem. I've watched annually since 2005, and my family knows not to text or call me while new specials are airing. My favorite shark is the bull shark, because they're problematic and can swim in both fresh and saltwater. Don't ask me my opinion on the celebrities featured in Shark Week; I could and will rant for hours.

How do you like to spend your personal time?

Currently most of my personal time is spent trying to get caught up on Critical Role, which seems like an impossible task and one I almost regret. The internet is scary and full of spoilers.