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.