Photography by Kathy Tran.
Tiffany Vollmer isn’t satisfied doing just one thing. When she was in college, her mentor told her that although she could be successful in design or acting, she would have to choose one. Vollmer didn’t. She wears a bracelet that reads, “prove ‘em wrong.”
At 5 years old, Vollmer modeled as a flower girl in bridal shows on live television. As a student, she participated in theater and films at Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of North Texas. At UNT, she was in a student-run soap opera, produced a television show and led the makeup department.
She lived in New Orleans for eight years. In that city alone, she wrote, directed, produced, was in a dance company, worked with a theater company and did makeup for royalty for the Mardi Gras parade. Then she took on the most exciting project of her career, voicing Bulma in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT for a decade.
“I think that people have gifts that they are given. And it’s something that you can be grateful for, and you can procure that passion and that fire that somehow was ignited in me,” she says. “Or you can really try really hard to go away and keep getting sucked into it.”
Vollmer, who’s now an instructor at MediaTech Institute, took that job right around the time she had a daughter, at 41 years old.
“I think that God was watching out,” she says. “It’s like, here’s this beautiful baby and this new life that you have to provide for, and also, here’s a job to go right along with it.”