Full-time multi-talent geek Jen Page is a wonderful example of what can happen when we connect the little dynamo of energy inside us to the things we love to do. She juggles a full-time job managing Microsoft’s community of casual gamers with acting in indie films and web series, modelling her own fantasy fashion creations and making mermaid tails on commission!
Jen and I have a great chat about the life of someone who has gone all-in on every aspect of herself. We touch on how being a navy brat helped Jen overcome shyness, how stage work is not her thing, her secret desire to be a freelance thief for tabletop roleplaying game groups and just how she manages to make time for all her interests and a day job that doesn’t stick to a set nine-to-five!
I’m proud to announce that Paid to Play has joined forces with the SDWV Podcast Network, a new alliance of podcasters dedicated to getting awesome shows between the ears of as many people as possible – a cause I’m definitely behind!
The SDWV Podcast Network is the brainchild of C.J. Ripka, primary host of the Raw & Real Podcast (and a gent whose chat for this show will go live in a couple of weeks) and Ray Rideout, Jr., primary host of The Crossroads of Podcasting. Both gentlemen (who co-host on each other’s shows) have brought their own shows to the table, and Paid to Play shares the honour of inaugural invitee with Cole Johnson’sCole Sportz show. Undoubtedly more shows will be joining the SDWV roster soon!
What will that mean for this show? Well, you’ll likely begin hearing promo spots for other SDWV shows in my episodes, as well as a promo spot for my show in theirs. I’ll also be re-recording my show end credits to include mention that Paid to Play is part of the Network. Beyond that, the opportunities that being part of the Network offers are still evolving.
Stay tuned, o faithful listeners, for more – and, of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask!
(One question I just got answered myself: “SDWV” is an acronym for South Dakota and West Virginia, C.J. and Ray’s respective stomping grounds.)
Castle Corsetry owner-operator and cat-lover Lauren Matesic has designed and built hundreds of corsets as well as custom costume orders specialising in expertly tailored spandex suits and impeccable cosplay recreations.
As a geeky girl herself, Lauren’s enthusiasm makes her work truly exceptional, and fellow geeks have come to know Lauren as the go-to girl for commission cosplays for conventions across the United States every year. Her designs have been worn by geek-culture celebrities like Team Unicorn, Ivy Doomkitty and Adrianne Curry!
On top of all that, Lauren’s latest project is an upcoming web seriesPawsplay, which launches on the AWE Me YouTube channel Monday, July 18th!
In what I hope to be the first of the Vanaheim Studios chat series, Lauren and I have a great chat about the challenges of working with spandex, how the makers’ collective that Lauren lucked into sharing office space with inspire and challenge her (and made her the most awesome office space in the world) and about how keeping your child self’s imagination alive after when people say the days of dress-up ought to be over is at the heart of getting paid to play.
Board game marketer Brittanie Boe, known to pretty much everyone as Bebo, is an example of paid to play success for those of us who feel like life has locked us into the nine-to-five. She is a single mother and lover of board games who had a day job working in the marketing department of an insurance company.
Now, Bebo is the marketer for a board game distributor, managing multiple social media channels with a team of fellow enthusiasts, attending industry and fan conventions and generally helping enthusiasts find the right games for their tastes. On top of all that, she works from her home!
And if that’s not enough, Bebo joins forces with my guest for episode 77, Teri Litorco; together, they are the blogging, YouTubing and podcasting duo of tabletop gaming, The Board Dames!
It was great chatting with Bebo about how she transitioned from day-job dullness to work-from-home wonderment, how Bebo’s friends and family help stop her from losing herself in work and what her next steps will be – as well as her not-so-secret desire to form a country music band!
Travis Bain needs your help! Through the indie film crowdfunding group FanForce, Travis has organised a screening of his creature feature Throwback at the Birch Carrol & Coyle Townsville Central cinema complex on July 2nd, 6:30PM. This event, in conjunction with the Townsville pop culture convention, MagnetiCon, needs 98 tickets sold before June 27th before it can go ahead.
So please buy a ticket! And if you’re not convinced that this will be an awesome time, please let this chat with Travis, a Cairns-based director who has been making indie films since the late nineties, convince you.
We chat about how a Mexican singer led to Travis committing to the course of his life, the difference between producers and directors, how hard it is to get your hands on the works of H.P. Lovecraft outside a major city and how kids these days substitute ambition for genuine love of and curiosity about the medium.
This episode was recorded on a picnic bench at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns on Travis’ Tascam DR-40 portable recorder, which gets brilliant sound quality but picks up a lot of ambient tropical noise!
Kimberley Clark is determined to make sure that every item on her bucket list is crossed off. One of those items was to write a novel – yet after completing that project, Kimberley discovered that rather than moving on to the next thing, she had to keep going as a writer.
Kimberley is now the self-published author of a trilogy of erotic urban fantasy novels, the Battles in the Dark series, which are on sale on Amazon. We had a great chat about pursuing your dreams, the struggle in finding a good editor and the choice between self-publishing and seeking out a traditional publisher.
It’s sort of a cliche, nowadays, right? “The next level.” “She took it to a whole other level.” “That’s some next level shit, right there.” It’s a phrase used like “awesome” or “incredible”.
But in the last couple of days, I’ve realised that thinking about the next level for ourselves could really help us all get paid to play: It’s the perfect antidote to the long-term plans we spend so much time coming up with but never follow.
Though she’s only 21 years old, Ann Tworek has almost ten years of experience behind the microphone, the majority of which as a working voice artist. She’s soon to graduate university in the United States with a degree is in Education, but her passion lies in voice acting. Ann has completed work for international companies as well as small-time amateur character projects and currently has ongoing projects in both the commercial and character acting fields.
As an aspiring voice talent myself, it was great to chat with Ann about how her family helped her get started in voice performance, how she juggled study with freelance voice work and how boxes and closets can be vital to good sound recording!
Though the creative storytelling hobby of tabletop roleplaying games have been around since the advent of Dungeons & Dragons in the mid-seventies, it’s only in the last few years that people have been able to present their play for others’ entertainment, and Adam Koebel is at the forefront. He’s currently the Game Master in Residence at Roll20, a platform for playing tabletop RPGs across the Internet, and GM of the RollPlay: Swan Song and Rollplay: Balance of Power campaigns for Twitch live-streaming channel itmeJP.
Adam also co-designed the award-winning Dungeon World tabletop roleplaying game and streams analytical content and video game play from Vancouver, Canada. Join me as I have a great geek-out over a shared hobby and chat about how modern technology is enabling not just RPGs as entertainment, but all us hobbyists a chance to improve our skills and find our audiences!
Thanks again to Teri Litorco for getting Adam and I in touch!