High to Low

Hi all,

Phoenix Comicon was so awesome!  I’ll deviate from my usual blog topic to tell you what I did that weekend.  I started off on Friday going to a panel on costume creation given by the costume designer of a theatre out in Peoria, AZ.  I had considered auditioning for them but they only offer a gas stipend and the neighborhood isn’t nice there.  And besides, it’s really far from me.  Anyhow, she had some good advice about fabric stores and sticking to a budget.  I have a major interest in cosplaying, which is going around in costume as a popular character, or an original character.  The practice started in Japan and then took the US by storm.  I also attended a panel that gave people the opportunity to voice an anime character in a scene.  There were so many people that they had us all take tickets and they picked them out of a bag.  I had to go home way before I could have ever been chosen.  I would love to voice an anime character.  There were a number of voice actors there like Vic Mignona, who voices Edward Elric in the English dub of Full Metal Alchemist.  He is also a gifted singer so I really should have gone to his panel but I didn’t make it.  Yuri Lowenthal, who voices Sasuke in the Naruto English dub, and a colleague of his have a book and extensive resources for people who want to be voice actors.  Their company follows me on Twitter. (:  I should get a copy of that book.

Stan Lee was also a guest, as were Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, and Kristin Bauer from True Blood.  I went to Stan Lee’s panel and it was awesome.  The ballroom where he was speaking was packed and there was a very long line to ask him questions.  His advice about longevity was that he only worries for five minutes each day.  I try to do that but I can’t.  And he doesn’t have a cameo in the new X-Men film.  I saw that movie and Thor, because that’s my dog’s name.  I am a major X-Men fan so I had to see X-Men: First Class though the variations from the actual comics drove me nuts.

I cosplayed a flowered halter-top dress on top of a white tiered skirt and I had a parasol.  I call that one Lady Aliana of the Oasis.  I went to a panel on Dr. Who and I posed the question if an American version of Dr. Who would work.  I got a loud, unanimous “No!” from the crowd.  I wish I could work in the UK so I could be on Dr. Who.  If they ever do an American version, I’d like to play the lead character.  You might think that is sacrilegious.  On Sunday, I dressed up as Belladonna Boudreaux, Gambit’s ex-wife from the X-Men comics.  I ran into a young lady on the light rail who had a friend dressed up as Gambit.  We found each other and another Gambit and took pictures.  I have a Cosplay.com account now and you can see the pictures there.  My profile name is Emmymae.  (It’s a long story.)  That was really fun and at the same time, I felt embarrassed running around like that.  As an actress, I shouldn’t feel that way but I wasn’t onstage so that’s why.  I participated in the cosplay fashion show with the other Gambit.

So I have an audition this weekend.  I hope it goes well.  I didn’t hear again about the film casting so I guess that means I didn’t get in.  I also know I didn’t get called back for the first shows of the season for two theatres.  I really need to get in a production at one of the Equity Theatres.  I have decided to participate in the Rebel Film Group’s Acting Competition.  I need all the help I can get.  And I’m going to submit to agencies again and of course bug the guy who is helping me with my film.  I need to get that film made.


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