Wayne Franklin


RSM Wayne Franklin vainly attempts to look serious.

Founder of Real Southern Men, originator of at least four otherwise unused Twitter hashtags and inventor of candied bacon-infused waffles, Wayne Franklin is a Renaissance man for no generation. The son of a mechanic from rural Escambia County, Alabama and a retired office manager who was born in Foley, graduated in Fairhope and lived everywhere from Beaumont to Brewton in the intervening years. Despite this rather sterotypical Southern background, Wayne somehow ended up a geeky filmmaker from the ‘burbs with a penchant for wordplay and no discernible Southern accent.


After a largely uneventful and abnormally normal American childhood in Mobile, Alabama, Wayne put in three years at the Capstone (the University of Alabama, for the uninitiated) and then settled in the one city he swore to which he would never move: Birmingham.

After toiling at frustrating day jobs for seven years, Wayne (along with wife, Kelli,) founded Wannabe Films in 1998. Serving ad agency and direct clients, Wannabe has been the machine that allows Wayne to pursue more speculative ventures in his spare time. Those ventures include a partnership with fellow RSM Kris Wheeler, Self-Proclaimed Entertainment. SPE is working with a number of well-established TV production companies to develop new, original unscripted series – most of which have decidedly Southern sensibilities.

Kris also offered Wayne a chance to stretch his legs as a writer. Wayne contributed feature articles and humor columns to Kris’ magazine Coastal Homes & Lifestyles. That taste of the writing life, a Facebook fan page created by a group of Wayne’s friends and family and a fateful trip to Disney World inspired Wayne to try his hand at becoming a novelist.  The result is Midlife Mouse, a satire about midlife crisis and the challenge to rise to one’s potential.  (There’s also a mouse in there somewhere.) Wayne is currently working with his TV agent to find literary representation…which means only about three people have actually read the book. But hey, they liked it!

Now Wayne undertakes his newest cockamamie scheme: this blog. While his two children have already decided the answer is a resounding “no,” the question remains, “Can Wayne actually become a Real Southern Man?” Only time will tell…

3 Responses to “Wayne Franklin”

  1. Hey Wayne! I was raised right up the road from you in the great metropolis of Citronelle. I saw the writeup on your blog in Bham Magazine. I just love it! I write a similar blog about growing up in Citronelle and other things Southern. Maybe you’ll enjoy mine as much as I did yours.


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