Oliver Morrison is a rising Renaissance man.
Between acting, basketball, school and helping out with the family business, the 14-year-old Avondale resident has a full plate.
He is now writing a script for a TikTok short film about himself, “The Life of Oliver Morrison”, which will feature his Sun Conure bird named Pops. He works to teach the bird the lines.
“People will take a ride on a skateboard on TikTok and get a million views,” he said. “If I create a script with me and my bird, who knows how many views I’ll get.”
Acting is nothing new for Oliver. He appeared in a movie called “Wishman”, about the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s one of his favorite projects.
“I really like ‘Wishman’,” said Oliver, who donned a tuxedo for the premiere.
“I have to travel to this ranch, and I have to run, and this dog is chasing me for part of the scene. It was really fun.”
In addition to being a professional actor, Oliver said he enjoyed his plays throughout his middle school experience at Goodyear’s Legacy Traditional School and Valor Preparatory Academy.
“My favorite piece I’ve done is ‘High School Musical,'” Oliver said.
“I got to play as a jock and I know how to play basketball so it was really fun. I have to do some dribbling moves and sing.
Oliver has found a niche within the acting community. Her friendships grew stronger each time the children appeared together in plays.
Oliver started acting at the age of 8, following in the footsteps of his mother, Breezee.
“When I was little, my mother asked me if I wanted to play,” he said. “I just said yes.”
The more he worked, the more he fell in love with acting. Represented by Exclusive Model Management, Oliver has community support. He was excited when his second grade teacher showed the class a clip of his work.
This inspired one of Oliver’s friends to become an actor.
Oliver attended Legacy Traditional School for most of his middle school years, but went to Valor Preparatory Academy for eighth grade to accommodate his busy schedule, according to his mother.
He said he was optimistic about entering high school.
“People keep saying it’s scary, but I haven’t experienced it yet. … But yeah, I’m excited,” Oliver said.
Oliver wants to keep playing as long as he can.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I would like to go all the way,” he said. “If I get a scholarship for basketball or if I get a degree, I would like to progress in this field, but I also like to play a lot.”
Appearing in the commercial “We Hockey. Hockey Coyote Style,” Oliver is taking a break from acting to help out with the family business, Tutu’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
Breezee said the business allows family to bond, but she knows the importance of rest.
Oliver gave some advice to other newbie actors.
“The biggest support I’ve ever had is from my family. … My parents were supportive; they even bought me a tuxedo,” he said.
“If you want to pursue your dreams, you shouldn’t care what other people have to say. … If you don’t care what other people have to say, then you can elevate, elevate, elevate.