Kyla Carter joins us today to talk about all things Trolls, including the new animated series TrollsTopia where she voices CJ Suki. Not only that we also get some great info on her career much more!
Rising star Kyla Carter’s talent runs deep whether she is acting, singing, dancing, or performing on Broadway. Kyla is currently starring as ‘CJ Suki’ in the new
DreamWorks animated series “TrollsTopia” streaming on Hulu and Peacock. She can also be seen starring as the same character in the Netflix series “Trolls The Beat Goes On”. Kyla’s single “Because You’re You” from Season 4 of the Netflix series soundtrack has become a hit with Trolls fans and beyond.
BSCKids: Kyla tell us a bit about your role as CJ Suki on TrollsTopia?
Kyla Carter: CJ Suki was originally part of the DreamWorks animated series “Trolls the Beat Goes On.” She was created based on some of my own features, like freckles and blue eyes. She is a pop singer, a spunky firecracker, and loves her Aunt DJ!
What do you feel like the hardest part of voice work is?
A voice actor has to be able to think quickly on their feet and take direction fast! One time I was asked to say a line like Batman would say it! Creativity is key!
Besides your own character, who is your favorite Trolls character?
My Aunt DJ of course!
Do you have any special Trolls clothing or fashion item or toy?
I have a painting of CJ Suki that I received as a Christmas gift. I also have a knitted, one of a kind CJ Suki doll that was made especially for me!
Do you have any fun behind the scenes stories while filming you can tell us about?
What is interesting about being a voice actress is that you are in the recording studio just for your character’s session. Many of the DreamWorks Trolls characters live in different parts of the United States, and we record remotely via video conferencing. Another interesting fact about recording is that most lines are said 3-5 different ways and the creative team picks what they like best.
Tell us about your music career, how did you feel being able to sing “Because You’re You” from Season 4 of the Netflix series soundtrack.
Working for DreamWorks Animation is a DREAM JOB with a DREAM TEAM! When I auditioned for the role of CJ Suki, I had to sing a pop song. So, I knew if I booked the job I would be singing in the show. However, I did not know that CJ Suki was going to have her own pop song written just for her! Recording my very first pop song in the studio for DreamWorks Trolls was an amazing experience that I will never forget. In fact, my love of pop music began with CJ! This past year I have been writing and recording my own music that I am so excited to release in 2021!
Tell us what brought you to start your podcast ‘Kyla’s Korner’? If you could have anyone be a guest on your podcast who would it be and why?
‘Kyla’s Korner’ is a podcast segment featured weekly on ‘The Mark White Show’, where I share encouraging and inspiring messages. The main message that I try to relay to my listeners is to “Live Life Sunny Side Up.” I was really excited when Mark offered me this opportunity, because the theme of his show is making a difference. If I could interview anyone as a guest on the show, I would love to interview Kristen Chenoweth because she is incredibly talented and really passionate about giving back and making a difference.
What is your favorite post from your social media account and why?
I put a lot of thought into what I post on social media. I want my account to feel positive, happy, and uplift my fans. My favorite post is my most recent post where I am at a farm visiting my grandparents. The quote I attached is “It’s the SIMPLE things in life that are MOST EXTRAORDINARY”! I truly believe that, and I want my fans to know that although I am living my dream as a professional actress and singer, I always appreciate the little things in life and they should too!
Tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am really adventurous. I love roller coasters, four wheeling, fishing, and hiking. I am not afraid to get dirty!
Acting, Singing, Dancing, which would be your favorite if you could only choose one?
Singing! Singing is my SUPERPOWER!
Anything you have coming up in the future you can tell us about?
I am really excited to release my first single in 2021. I am also excited to work on a new animated television series in the title role!
Why should everyone tune in to watch TrollsTopia?
TrollsTopia is a show filled with great music, great characters, lots of humor, and positive messages about friendship. If you loved the movies, you will love this animated series!
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Thanks to Kyla Carter for taking the time to talk to BSCKids!