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My EQLA Experience
Copied from my DA but now with pictures!
I’m going to try to keep this relatively short since I wrote a freaking novel for my Bronycon summary.
I had a lot of fun at EQLA. My friend, Tom AKA feferslice, let me stay with him while I was out there since he lived relatively close to the convention center. The first thing I noticed was that it was a lot smaller than Bronycon. 1000 vs 4000 at Bronycon. I honestly think that’s one of the reasons I loved it so much. Yeah it was pretty nice. I only went to two panels though, the first panel with the VA’s and Lauren’s and they were really good. I highly recommend finding them on Youtube and giving them a look. The rest of the time was spent wandering around the vendor tables and messing around LA and Anaheim.
I managed to get to see Brenda Crichlow, Andrea Libman, Tara Strong, Michele Creber, and Lauren Faust while I was there. Now this was Brenda’s very first convention, she’s still going through the phase where she’s just learning about our little community and is astounded about how many people are passionate about the show. Because of this, she was very excited to meet everyone. She’s a real cool person. She asked me where I was from. I told her and from then on she called me “Mr. Alabama”. I thought that was the funniest thing. Tom was super excited to meet her since Zecora is his favorite character. I had to tell Brenda that fact because he was having a little trouble speaking at that time. She had to give him a big hug after I told her that. Seriously she was outstanding.
I finally got a chance to meet Lauren after my two failed attempts at Bronycon. Surprisingly, I wasn’t giddy or had any trouble speaking to her. I guess it’s because I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I pretty much just told her thanks for everything, not just MLP, but everything she worked on prior. I also told her that her and her husband were two of the biggest contributors to my childhood and thanked her for that. I also told her that I was looking forward to seeing her and her husband’s new project, Wander Over Yonder, next year. She was super nice.
I’m sorry the pics came out a little blurry. Blame Tom. He’s the one who took them. lol
Then we went to see Tara. Meeting Tara was a little different from last time. If you remember back at Bronycon, Tom was “Bronynapped” by Tara Strong and Meghan McCarthy. He flew with them on the way over and they gave him a ride to the convention center from the airport. Fast-forward to EQLA. We get up to Tara and she instantly recognizes him and then remembers me because I was his friend who missed out. She had to get up and give both of us hugs. After that we had a pretty casual conversation about how we were all doing and everything. We bought some merch from her table to help out Kiki’s Charity then went our separate ways.
The only thing we did after that was go to the Charity Auction to see how my prints would do. I was blown away. Each print was sold separately. They went for a total of $640. Let me say that again. Six hundred and forty dollars. I was expecting $200-300 at the most. Here’s how it went.
Discord - $110 (bought by Mic the Microphone)
Nightmare Moon - $130
Chrysalis - $400
I seriously couldn’t believe it. There was a bidding war for the Chrysalis print. The whole crowd got into it. Every time the price went up there was a huge cheer. I just sat there in disbelief.
After all of that was over, we went back home and chilled for the rest of the night, went to bed, and got up SUPER early for my flight back home.
I had a wonderful time out in SoCal. Again I just want to thank Tom and his mother for their hospitality and I’d like to congratulate and the rest of the EQLA staff for a very successful convention. I can’t wait to go back. Next time I’m going to stay for an entire week. I had too much fun.
I would just like to point out how happy things like this make me.
I Cosplay Princess Cadence from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
I understand why I suppose, but little girls are very attracted to my Cadence cosplay. On more then one occasion I’ve gotten little girls, or little girls and their parents coming up to me and wanting to either hug me or get a picture, whatever.
It was a little more understandable at cons, But these picture’s weren’t taken at a con. I was at a MLP gathering in Kelley Park, and this mother and daughter still came up to me like it was completely normal and the little girl wanted a high five.
I don’t know what it is about this specific instance but, I felt like that was pretty cool of the mom to actually approach me and such. The other people around where looking at us like we were insane.
But yeah. gah, this just made me so happy.
I consider myself extremely lucky, partially because at the age of five I knew that I wanted to sing, dance, and act. I’m also lucky that my parents encouraged me to pursue all my dreams and provided lessons, support, wisdom and love. At the age of thirteen, my professional career began; voicing the title role in the animated series, “Hello Kitty”. Since then I have voiced over 100 animated series and countless episodes of on camera TV shows and some fabulous stints on stage.
I consider myself especially lucky because I’ve always been healthy enough to pursue my dreams. No child should experience health problems that prevents then from playing, laughing, enjoying life, and dreaming about their future.
My son is great friends with a little girl named Melanie. They have been friends since kindergarten. Whenever Melanie would come play, little sister Tiffany would join along. This little girl; nicknamed “Kiki” was the cutest little firecracker you ever saw. She made me laugh every time she was over. Two years ago, her father Ami called with the news that little Kiki had a stage four brain tumor, shutting her down completely. My heart broke for her family and for her. Ami stopped working, pulled Melanie out of school and devoted every waking moment to saving his little girl’s life. Even when doctors told him there was no hope, and to let her die; Ami was defiant. Nothing could stop him. They have tried every treatment imaginable. They have spent every last dollar. They need help.
Through my twitter account; @tarastrong, my incredible fans have raised over $40,000. The outpouring of love for little Kiki has been overwhelming and beautiful. Kiki is the first little girl I’ve helped, and now we are helping others, like Grayson; also with a devastating brain tumor. His mom and I are friends and every time a fan sends love to Grayson it warms his heart. There are so many others in tremendous need of of help.
My fans are a COMMUNITY. We are loving and supportive and they make me laugh. Taralicious.com is a website for purchasing fun items for all my fans. Every item comes with a free autograph. A portion of all items sold will be given to one of my favorite charities, some items 100%. This site will also be a place for fans to discuss topics, post pics and art and lots of fun contests and giveaways.
As a neurosurgeon Brony once said to me; “Where there is life; there is hope”. I believe that miracles and possibilities are the same thing. Let’s make some miracles happen together…..and have some fun doing it. I wish to send my deepest gratitude to all my fans, the ones who give financially, and the ones who give with words from their hearts….I love you all.
You are all very #TWILIGHTLICIOUS.
Too many of you have gotten down on yourselves; You don’t think you’re doing enough for the fandom. Guess what you’re doing, that only you can do; You’re being a part of it. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be you.
Never be pressured to create.
I need to say this because it’s been bugging me. I see a lot of people lately who feel as though they cannot be a part of a fandom unless they contribute to it through art, music, etc. Guys, this is the farthest thing from the truth.
People seem to have this notion that if you want to be in this fandom, you must create for it. You MUST be an artist or a musician or a writer or what have you, otherwise you’re not a part of the fandom. They think it’s like an entry fee or something.
If you do not enjoy what it is you do or feel that you MUST contribute for the sake of being considered a part of this fandom, you’re going to be a miserable wreck. If you feel a distinct passion to create from just being a member of this fandom, then go for it. Love what you do and put your all in to it, ESPECIALLY if it inspires you. However, to create simply because you feel you MUST create for the sake of being a “somebody” will end up destroy you. It doesn’t take an artist to appreciate art. Without people to appreciate art, the artist and their craft are nothing. Never forget that. The most important part of any fandom are the people who support eachother. You don’t NEED to create. You don’t need to impress anyone. The people you admire are nothing without what you’ve given them. If anything, you are more important than any of those people because without you, they’d be nothing.
Create if you feel inspired to do so. Love your craft with all your being. However, never feel pressured as though you MUST create or contribute to be somebody. You’re way more important than you realize.
So for anybody who is as behind on the news as I am right now (one week, precisely), Tara Strong has finally launched Taralicious.com a while ago (one week, precisely).