Focusing on learning American Sign Language, preparing choreography for my last dance performance as a student at CSU San Marcos and working to keep up with my photography work and photojournalism has proven to be slightly more time consuming than I am willing to admit. Even when one project is completed it seems as though five more have taken its place. I am proud to say that I made it through my requirements in learning sign language, though I feel I need to expose myself to the culture far more in order to get rid of my nervous stuttering when I sign. Beyond that, I have been neck deep in developing my choreography for an April 30-May 1 performance I have been preparing for as a contemporary dance student.
A classmate of mine, whom I admire dearly for whom she is as a person and for her obvious talents in performance arts, came into the studio at the start of the year practicing her routine for a hula hoop competition with a light-up hula hoop. Ms. Cierra Potts was dancing along the dance for and I found myself staring. When she stopped I asked her if she might be interested in doing some light graffiti art photos with me while she did her routine. She had no idea what I was talking about but was open to trying something new.
Amidst all our rehearsals we managed to get together and create:
In the short hour we had to play with the lighting I brought with me we had some pretty amazing end results. These are just a small sample of what came of Cierra’s first experience playing with light art photography. I was so excited to see that she was having as much fun as I was and loved it just as much as I did. I’m excited that I’ve found a subject that is willing to take the time to create these with me. From dance, to light photography.
Among the privileged few, I have been approved as press for WonderCon, in Anaheim, CA. These conventions are always full of excitement and action. Finding something to talk about is always a guarantee as there appears to be something for everyone. This time around things are just a little bit different.
I’ve taken the opportunity to cover Stan Lee’s amazing Comikaze. I’ve begun to help find ways to promote San Diego’s Comic Fest…and I’ve applied for press for ComiCon a couple of times to only be cut out of registration last minute both times because I somehow manage to submit my application to the wrong email address. I took a serious chance applying for WonderCon, knowing that many professionals apply and are rejected, as is the same for Comic-Con.
This is huge!
Unlike many other fandom conventions, WonderCon needs no help in publicity. So much that you rarely see advertising for the event until right before it starts. Tickets are sold months in advance. Registration to even obtain admission require membership on the official web site. Heck, press releases aren’t even really distributed because all the information you could ever want to know about the event is publicized immediately at http://www.comic-con.org/wca. It’s the one-stop-shop for all things “wonderous” at WonderCon.
Thus, intimidation sets in. How can I best contribute to the event when it is so popular that they knowingly need little help in the publicity department… The answer: share my excitement and rock the news reels with as much information as humanly possible during the convention. It’s a whole new level of publishing in real time for me.
The day after is obviously too late. Pictures tell a thousand words…and having words worth reading make all the difference.
I’m excited to take on the challenge. Honored I have been given the opportunity. And more and more optimistic about my future in journalism as I continue to encounter people that have openly valued what I produce and guide me through constant improvement and personal growth.