For the second year in a row, the Squaresville gang was honored with award nominations at the IAWTV Awards in Las Vegas. That's the International Academy of Web Television, in case you were wondering! It was great to see many of our favorite friends in the web world as well as meet some new ones. In the picture on the left I'm with some of my favorite ladies in New Media: Kylie Sparks, Stephanie Thorpe, Kristen Nedopak, Alexis Boozer. We had a blast! And, if that wasn't enough, we were really excited to bring home the award for "Best Returning Series". Go Squaresville!
In addition to the awards, I spoke on two panels at the New Media Expo. The first panel was on Webseries: Creation to Monetization and had a wealth of talented panelists working in webseries (Jimmy Wong, Kim Evey, Matt Enlow, Scott Brown and Shilpi Roy). The next panel was on Working with Unions and focused on how to utilize the various unions (SAG/AFTRA, DGA, WGA, PGA, etc) when making your own webseries.
Also, pro tip: If you are in Las Vegas, do yourself a favor and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame. Seriously, guys. They have so many awesome machines from all different eras. You can thank me later.
It's been so incredible to see how Sarah Wars has resonated with the Squaresville audience. Obviously, it's an episode close to my heart--and that's not just because I play Sarah. (Although I'm sure that doesn't hurt!)
If you haven't seen the episode yet, here it is:
When Matt began writing this episode, he lovingly referred to it as his "Spaceman Spiff" episode. If you read Calvin and Hobbes you know what that means. Basically, in the comic, Calvin had an alter-ego who is a space explorer. Calvin would daydream about circumstances in his life and then confront them as Spaceman Spiff.
Spaceman Spiff is a fun device because wouldn't we all like to imagine an alter ego who can combat our current problems? And with such gusto! I wonder what Sarah's Spaceman Spiff episode would look like?
Now back to Squaresville... The thing I love about playing Sarah is actually the biggest challenge: She's lost. She's full of potential and was once very much like Zelda, but now Sarah has fallen off course and doesn't know how to get back on. We've all felt this way, one time or another. I know I've felt it many times. I remember the rough summer after graduating from college where most mornings I would wake up and wonder, "now what?" From the beginning of the show, this was at the core of the character. Someone crippled by their own potential. It was something that Matt and I understood, and in many ways Sarah represents what could happen to Zelda. All that being said, I don't think that Sarah is a hopeless character. Her relationship with Zelda actually saves her in many ways--she reminds Sarah of all the possibilities while also allowing Sarah to mentor her.
Now to answer a few great questions that you guys had:
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