ClexaCon 2019 Sunday was a slower day as everybody was saying their goodbyes, visiting the final panels, and facing the first signs of post-con blues. I will tell you all about it in this blog post. I do recommend watching the video below this image.
Late start on ClexaCon
I had a bit of a late start this ClexaCon 2019 Sunday. After all, the day before, I had been awake for 22 hours, and I went to the Ascension party. As you can imagine, I needed some time to recover. Still, I woke up in time for the WayHaught panel, obviously.
think this panel is one of the most fun ones every single con. They always have
new stories to tell, despite the show not currently shooting for season 4. And
some of the audience questions are truly clever. You know, Earpers are fun, and
Emily, Dominique, and Kat always make me laugh.
I have to
admit that after the WayHaught panel, I returned to my room for another nap. After
about an hour or so, I went back to the convention area. You could definitely
tell that a sense of sadness filled the air. People were saying their goodbyes
to old friends and new friends. They were making their final merch rounds. They
were reminiscing. Everybody was feeling the upcoming end of ClexaCon, and the
post-con blues were already starting to kick in.
ClexaCon 2019 Sunday: hard to say goodbye
For me, it was also hard to say goodbye to some people. One of the biggest things I wanted to do before ClexaCon was meeting Avon and Lanie, who are the two geniuses behind Beyond Clexa. We had such a good vibe online, and I couldn’t wait to meet them.
Now I have met
them, and I hate the fact that we are living so far away from each other and
that we had to say goodbye. So, I ended up staying at their booth for about 1
1/2 hours. I definitely slowed down their packing process, but at least we had
a fun time. Luckily, after they had packed up, I was able to have dinner with
Avon talk about the con and delay the goodbyes for a little bit longer.
At about 9:30 PM. I was crashing. My jetlag had been kicking my butt all weekend, and while I had an absolute blast at the Ascension party, it was definitely hurting my body the day after. So, I packed my bags and went to bed at a decent hour.
The next morning, my flight was leaving at a reasonable hour, and so I had a reasonable night of sleep. I was definitely ready to go home because I was missing my wife and son. My son had been having a hard time with me being gone for so long, so it was good that my flight was leaving. This time, I did not have to experience the horrors of the flight to Vegas, and I arrived right on time.
It was a
sunny day, and I picked up my wife from work to have lunch together and to discuss
all my shenanigans. It was good being home, but it seemed as if I had just come
back from a completely different world. It was a surreal experience, and it is
good that I shot all my footage. After all, I have a hard time putting into
words what a weekend of ClexaCon means to me and explaining all the things that
Well, I hope you enjoy the videos that I have put up so far and the blog posts that I’ve written. So far, I still have a few things up my sleeve, so stay tuned.
believe that as I am writing this post, I am leaving for Love Fan Fest in
Barcelona in three weeks. Crazy!
I went to two panels on ClexaCon 2019 Saturday but I spent most of this day holding interviews. I actually had a few exclusive ones and there was a press room interview with One Day At A Time that I visited. In this blog post, I will tell you all about this day because it was stressful and truly heartwarming at the same time. I recommend watching the video below this image too.
An interview with TWENTY
The Web Series on ClexaCon 2019 Saturday
As you may have read in my last blog post, there was a filmmaker mixer on Friday evening. I ended up talking to Lily Richards and Caitlin Combe of TWENTY The Web Series. I was so happy to bump into them because I think their show was brilliant and last year, I didn’t have the chance to tell them that. We ended up talking, and they agreed to do an interview with me. We scheduled it at 9 AM the next morning, so I had a few hours to prepare questions and then go to bed to be all refreshed for this interview.
happy with how it went. As with any interviews, I was nervous in the beginning.
These women were so warm and happy to talk, though, that that we had an amazing
time. I left with a really good feeling. I can’t wait to show you this
interview, which will be in a few weeks.
ClexaCon 2019 Saturday starts with Nyssara
Then, it was time for the Nyssara panel. I have never watched Arrow, but the panel with Caity Lotz and Jes Macallan was so much fun that I decided to go to this one as well. Because Katrina ran on stage during the panel yesterday, I expected Jes to crash Katrina’s and Caity’s panel too. Well, I had to wait a long time, but after about half an hour or maybe 45 minutes, it finally happened. I laughed so hard. Also, I didn’t know Katrina, but I absolutely loved her personality. She had some quick answers, and I admired how she handled one particular attendee who, in my opinion, asked her obnoxious questions.
Sheridan Pierce and
After this panel,
I had to run to the press room again because Sheridan Pierce and Isabella Gomez
of One Day At A Time were visiting. I was really excited about this one because
I know Isabella is a very outgoing person and I wanted to discover what
Sheridan was like. I love that she looks sweet but can stand up to Isabella
with a single comment. The dynamics between those two are amazing.
Then it was
time for the moment I was nervous for the most. I had scheduled an interview
with the cast from Good Kisser. The reason I was so nervous was that I’ve never
had an interview with three people at the same time. Also, I hadn’t watched the
movie yet. They couldn’t send me a press screener beforehand, and I could not
visit the sneak preview because of the press room schedule. I knew the plotline,
so I could ask some general questions, and I had to find out the rest along the
way. Because three people were talking, it ended up going smoothly, and I felt
like we were having a good time.
I feel really lucky because Julia Eringer also plays in Girls Like Magic. Girls Like Magic is one of those web series where I was actually waiting for a new episode every single week. So, I told Julia that I really liked the show. She told me that Shantell was on her way to Vegas and asked me if I wanted to do an interview with the two of them. Hell yeah!
that, I started preparing questions. It was kind of hard because obviously, my
press buddies were also in the press room and it’s not like we can talk every day.
So, I was trying to catch up as well as prepare for the interview.
started to walk around because I also wanted to see the Cosplay contest. That
room was so packed that I just ended up walking around exploring.
At 3 PM,
Mika Epstein and Tracy Levesque from LezWatch.TV were having a data panel. I
wanted to show my support by going because we often bump into each other at
these cons and I really like what they do. Well, showing my support wasn’t
really necessary because the room was quite full. I’m impressed by their
presentation skills. It seemed like they were not nervous at all and had fun
Beyond Clexa’s booth
After that, I saw Lily and Caitlin walking around again. I wanted them to go to Beyond Clexa’s booth, and they said that they were already planning on going, so we all walked to the booth together. There, they found out that their ship name is on the 2019 ship it shirt. They were ecstatic. It was beautiful to watch. We took a bunch of pictures together to celebrate.
I received a text from Girls Like Magic saying that they were ready for the interview. I asked them to come over to the booth. They absolutely loved the representation matters shirt and wore them for my interview. I found out so many new things. Things took a bit of a twist at the end, and I feel it was a very special moment. You can see for yourself.
interview, I went back to Beyond Clexa because Lanie and Avon had told me that
Jes Macallan was going to visit their booth. We discussed that I would be
filming that moment and that I would be taking pictures. Like I said earlier, I
was so surprised by the warmth and enthusiasm of Jes. She’s such a wonderful
It was then time for Amber Benson’s panel. I was hoping that everybody could see what I saw in the press room the day before. She is witty and super smart, and she has a great message. I know that Dana usually does not want any sexy questions in her panels but Amber dove right in and gave us a few laughs. I think the entire audience fell in love with her during that panel if they weren’t already.
ClexaCon 2019 Saturday: red carpet
After dinner, I had to run to the red carpet event. It was one of my favorite memories from last year. Things were going to be different this year, though. We were not allowed to hold small interviews; we were only allowed to take pictures. I’m not a photographer, and there were a lot of professional photographers around me, so I decided to do what I do best: I recorded behind the scenes.
if you think the lighting in those professional photos is superb, I was
standing on the red carpet before the event happened so that the photographers
could test their lighting. Let me tell you: it is super uncomfortable to stand
there having a bunch of people taking your pictures. Now I get it why everybody
is so nervous.
were positioned at the end of the red carpet, those nerves were already gone by
the time they reached us. Also, there was no banner where we were standing, so
they put a plant there. It was funny to see some people like Jes, Kat Barrell,
and Emily Andras to just jump into that plant and pose. Then it became a thing,
and we asked everybody to pose there. It’s super funny to see how people
respond to that differently. As I was the last person, I also had the
opportunity to say a few words to everyone. So, that made my day. Even though I
could not hold interviews, this was still one of the most fun parts of the convention.
ClexaCon 2019 Saturday: Ascension party
that it was now time for the Ascension party. Last year, I decided not to drink
any alcohol or caffeine during this convention because of my jet lag. This year,
I was not too sure. Someone super nice, whom I already was friends with online,
immediately invited me into the VIP area to join her table. I’m still
overwhelmed by that table’s kindness. It also led to a lot of vodka. I decided
to just go for it because as a mom, you usually can’t party hard. Even though
you have a babysitter, there’s always a kid waking up at 7 AM or earlier. I
thought: “Why not? Just enjoy it!” And that’s what I did. Thanks, everyone whom
I ended up partying with!
Traveling to ClexaCon 2019: Delays, speed friending, and badge pick-up party
All I did Wednesday, April 10, was traveling to ClexaCon 2019. The flights took a little longer than expected, but I did manage to arrive Wednesday evening, so that I had the full Thursday for exploring Las Vegas, picking up my badge at the pick-up party, going speed friending, and meeting friends. For those of you who were unable to attend ClexaCon or want to relive the weekend, here’s how the pre-ClexaCon activities went!
PS I recorded a vlog during my travels, which I recommend watching to experience the ClexaCon festivities better. You can find the video below this image.
Traveling to ClexaCon 2019 from The Hague, The Netherlands
As you may know, a crowdfunding campaign was created to get me to Las Vegas. As a result, I was traveling to ClexaCon 2019 in April. The trip to the con did not go that well, unfortunately.
It started in Amsterdam with a United Airlines software problem. I had to wait for 2.5 hours before I could finally check my bag, which they had to do manually. UA delayed the flight for two hours so that everybody could be on it. Consequently, I missed the connecting flight that would take me from Chicago to Las Vegas.
Traveling to ClexaCon 2019: Standby
When I arrived, they told me I was on a flight to Las Vegas the next morning, so I would have to stay in Chicago that night and only arrive in Las Vegas at 12:30 pm. That would be a total bummer, because I wanted to explore Vegas in the morning, take it easy on the jetlag, prepare mentally, and join the pre-con activities at 2 pm.
After asking, for an alternative, they put me on standby for a flight leaving that night. As it was somewhere around 4 am my time, I could not process things anymore. My mind just stopped working, so I simply stared at the screen showing the seats on the plane.
A white seat appeared after about an hour, so I ran to the desk asking if a seat was available. It was! All of a sudden, I had the golden ticket in my hand. Bye, bye Chicago; hello Las Vegas! At 10 pm, I was finally at Tropicana. That was four hours later than planned but still Wednesday evening!
Exploring downtown Las Vegas
Thursday morning, as planned, I went to downtown Las Vegas to explore the Fremont Street Experience and the hotels there. This was something I wanted to do for years, but somehow, I was never able to go there on my previous three visits. I had a blast walking around, and I especially enjoyed all the fun graffiti and signs.
After a quick nap, I thought it would be a good idea to visit the speed friending. Traveling by yourself to such a big social event can make you feel lonely, you know? That’s why I always recommend going to speed friending when people ask me.
Last year, it was an immensely popular activity, and indeed, this year they moved it to the main panel room so that all participants could sit. We had to answer random questions about our favorite TV shows, our job, ClexaCon, and stuff like that.
They told me I first had to get my press pass, so I actually already visited the pool party a little bit before speed friending. Last year, there were huge lines to get your badges, but the logistics were much better this year. The line looked very long, but it only took me 10-15 minutes. Also, I got to stare at some unicorns in the pool while waiting, so it wasn’t that bad.
After speed friending, it was time for the pool party. I was a little hesitant, though. I remember it being a little overwhelming last year, traveling by myself. The only reason I stayed so long the year before was that it was where I met my fellow Dutch press buddy Immy. This year, all the people I was supposed to meet were vendors and filmmakers, so they were busy preparing their booth or visiting the creative lab.
I was sooooo happy when I finally got to meet Lanie and Avon from Beyond Clexa www.beyondclexa.com. We met online a few months after ClexaCon, and they were the first ones to donate to the crowdfunding campaign that Emma (writer/director The Date) created for me. It meant a lot to me to see them IRL finally.
Avon and Lanie invited me to their booth, where they were still unpacking, and we talked for a long time. I did go to the pool party for a few moments to look around and meet some people. Still, Beyond Clexa’s booth quickly became my safe haven for the weekend. I ended up staying there talking to multiple vendors until that room was closed off and all the vendors had to leave.
I was supposed to have dinner with Emma and some of her friends somewhere on The Strip. However, my jetlag was giving me a hard time. Around 7 pm, I could barely function anymore. Socializing just wasn’t something I could do. I decided to go back to Tropicana (see, I did try!) and grab a bite on my way back to the hotel. Friday was going to be crazy so giving in to my jetlag was probably a good idea.
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