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ClexaCon 2019 Friday with ODAAT and Avalance

ClexaCon 2019 Friday with ODAAT and Avalance

In this blog post, I talk about the things that I have seen and experienced on the first day of ClexaCon 2019. ClexaCon 2019 Friday included panels by and on BiPositive Podcast, Nicole Pacent, Queer Representation in Burlesque, One Day At A Time, and Avalance. I have added a video that I recommend watching if you want the full experience (don’t forget to subscribe!). I hope you enjoy it!

‘ClexaCon 2019 Friday with ODAAT and Avalance’ In this blog post, I talk about the things that I have seen and experienced on the first day of ClexaCon 2019. ClexaCon 2019 Friday included panels by and on BiPositive Podcast, Nicole Pacent, Queer Representation in Burlesque, One Day At A Time, and Avalance. I interviewed Haviland Stillwell and some of the Carmilla cast. I hope you enjoy it: http://bit.ly/CC19Friday1

Queer storylines in therapy

A few months ago, I was interviewed by Mari and MD for their BiPositive Podcast. I knew that they wanted to do mental healthcare panels at ClexaCon just like they had at the London edition in November but that they were struggling to get there, like me. I was very happy to find out they made it and so I wanted to show my support by visiting their first panel.

The description of this panel was: “Media representation of the queer community has steadily been improving over the recent years – and queer clients in therapy find themselves gravitating toward their narratives in hopes of finding a good example to live by. In this panel, psychologists and media enthusiasts will explain how relating to a well-represented queer character can help develop positive outcomes in therapy, and add to the creation of a well-grounded minority identity.”

It was really interesting to hear about the methods they use in therapy to help their queer patients. Nicole Pacent was also present to talk about the creator’s side of the story.

Queer Representation in Burlesque

I knew of burlesque, but that is pretty much where it stopped. So, I thought it would be fun to stop by the burlesque panel to learn a bit more about this world so far away from me. It was cool to hear these women explain their dance history and how they ended up in burlesque. I loved that they gave a brief historical overview of burlesque as it helped me understand how it evolved into what it is today. They were performing that Friday night, but unfortunately, I had to give in to my jetlag and go to bed.

ClexaCon 2019 Friday with One Day At A Time

At 12:30, it was time for me to visit my first panel in the main panel room. One Day At A Time was coming. With the cancellation of the show on Netflix, I think it was really important to have a full panel room to show our support for the show and that the creators and actors are not alone.

Needless to say, the room was full. I loved the commitment Sheridan Pierce showed to portraying a nonbinary person as a well-rounded human being. I love the jokes that Sheridan and Isabelle made with each other.

An incredibly important moment was when they talked about “their first lady-loving scene.” It became very inspiring when Isabelle discussed how intimate the conversation before that moment felt to her. She never had that moment in her life herself and discussed the importance of consent and showing that in a TV show. I fully show that part of the panel in my video because every second of that moment counts in my opinion.

Pressroom interview with Haviland Stillwell

Right when I wanted to say hi to everyone in the pressroom, Haviland Stillwell walked in for interviews. I wanted to talk to her about Freelancers Anonymous, which I reviewed here. Last year, when she was on the LGBTQ+ actresses panel, she said something like: “Somebody pass me a gay role!” Naturally, I wanted to know how that worked out for her. You will find out soon enough.

Pressroom interview with Carmilla

After this interview, Annie Briggs, Natasha Negovanlis, and Elise Bauman walked in for their interviews. Unfortunately, my camera stopped working when this happened, so I started to get nervous. I was afraid I was going to be unable to record this interview. Luckily, after restarting it, it did work properly again. I only missed half of the first answer, so it wasn’t that bad. I asked Annie and Natasha about the progress of the second season of Clairevoyant. After all, I saw it mentioned on the IPF Funding list. Again, you will find out soon enough what the status is.

ClexaCon 2019 Friday with Avalance

I’m fairly new to Legends of Tomorrow and Avalance. I tried watching the first season, but I didn’t particularly like the show. I stopped watching it. After reading comments that the show gets better in season 3, my wife and I skipped to the third season. Indeed, the show has gotten better, and it is very clever in showing the LGBT+ spectrum in numerous ways. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Avalance.

Last year, I saw Caity Lotz, but it was my first time seeing Jes Macallan. I have to say she was one of the two biggest surprises for me this con. I don’t know what I was expecting but what a warm, funny, and enthusiastic woman! They kept cracking jokes as if they were in character and I loved every second of it. Also, the tango performance was hilarious. Oh, and Katrina Law stopped (danced?) by to rub a ‘Nyssara 4 life’ shirt in Jes’ face. Life was fabulous.

More ClexaCon 2019 Friday coming up

Right after this panel, I had to run to the press room because Jes was coming for her interview. I will tell you all about the rest of ClexaCon 2019 Friday in my next blog post!

In the meantime, you can read these ClexaCon blog posts (with videos!):

Traveling to ClexaCon 2019: Delays, speed friending, and badge pick-up party

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: Delays, speed friending, and badge pick-up party’ All I did Wednesday, April 10, was traveling to ClexaCon 2019. On Thursday, I explored Las Vegas, picked up my badge at the pick-up party, went speed friending, and met 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: http://bit.ly/CC19Traveling

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.

 

 

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Speed friending

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.

Pool party

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.

 

Dinner

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.

PS Have you seen the interview I had with Julia and Shantell from Girls Like Magic?

Girls Like Magic Interview at ClexaCon 2019

Girls Like Magic Interview at ClexaCon 2019

One of the most precious moments of ClexaCon 2019 is the interview I had with Julia Eringer and Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera, who play Magic and Jamie in a web series called Girls Like Magic. I loved watching this web series on the One More Lesbian YouTube channel and was sad to see the season end a few weeks ago.

This interview was not planned at all. I had interviewed Julia for her part in the upcoming film Good Kisser and mentioned to her that I really liked Girls Like Magic. I asked her if we can expect another season and she told me Shantell was driving to Las Vegas in a spontaneous act. They wanted to talk about the fact that they would soon be releasing a crowdfunding campaign for season 2. That is how we ended up in this interview.

Below are parts of our interview. If you want the full interview, I recommend the video that I added below this image.

‘Girls Like Magic Interview at ClexaCon 2019’ One of the most precious moments of ClexaCon 2019 is the interview I had with Julia Eringer and Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera, who play Magic and Jamie in a web series called Girls Like Magic. We discussed their characters’ friendship and relationship, bisexual representation, and season 2: http://bit.ly/GirlsLikeMagic

Girls Like Magic as a movie

Me: “Was Girls Like Magic a movie before it was a web series?”

Julia: “That’s actually a bit of a misconception. It was originally designed as a web series. It was written that way, and it was shot that way. Once we had a distributor that wanted to take the project on, they wanted to release it as a movie. So they cut it as a film. But, primarily, it is a series.”

Shantell: “And the thing was that when we had the opportunity for it to go out as a film, well, why not? The more queer content out there, the better. We didn’t have a platform for it as a web series at that time. But then, One More Lesbian approached Julia to put it on their channel and the rest is…”

Julia: “History.”

Shantell: “Herstory.”

Girls Like Magic: teasing or waiting for the right time?

Me: “Girls Like Magic is really good at teasing. I see it in the comments too. When will something happen? Just admit there’s something there. Is that something you get from viewers as well?”

Julia: “Teasing? That’s interesting…”

Shantell: “Yes, I see it in the YouTube comment section too. When are they going to get together? It wasn’t an overly sexual show, I suppose. That really wasn’t what it was about. It was about friendship and then a love story. Well, it’s a love story, but you know. Nothing could have happened any quicker than what it did because that’s how long it took her to love me.”

Julia: “Oh! No, that’s not true at all. I disagree with that. I think Magic loved Jamie immediately. It took her some time to get away from her preconceptions and essentially the brainwashing that happens through the heteronormative society that we’re just completely bombarded with. If you’re not exposed to other ways of life, how do you know how you would respond to that?”

Fluidity

Shantell: “Also, one thing we really addressed in the first season, and I’m really hoping to move away from in the second season, is Jamie is really stuck on the fact that Magic is straight. She’s kind of stuck in that narrative and that world where there’s gay and there’s straight. That’s not true. There’s bisexual and pansexual. There’s a lot of fluidity that was kind of ignored. That was a huge thing for Jamie. Jamie was like: “Well, she’s straight, and I can’t love her.” She ignored a lot of the signs. Because Magic was kind of there and Jamie was just like: “No…”

Julia: “Well, Magic first had to get rid of her boyfriend. That took a moment.”

Shantell: “Oh, that guy.”

Bisexual representation

Me: “A lot of people here at ClexaCon believe bisexual representation is underrepresented. I think they would be glad to hear that. Do you think you can take that on in season 2?”

Shantell: “It’s actually something I’m really passionate about. I think bisexuality should be… Well, it’s in the title: LGBTQ. As a community, we should definitely embrace the bisexual community more. I think bisexual representation in the media is going to be so important for bridging the gap between the heterosexual community and the LGBTQ community. If anything, we should be celebrating bisexuality. It’s so wonderful.”

Julia: “It is wonderful.”

More Girls Like Magic

Honestly, the interview went on for five more minutes, and something really beautiful happened. Writing it down would not do justice to the story. I recommend watching the video for that.

Also, as of April 23, the team is holding a crowdfunding campaign for Girls Like Magic season two. I am so ready for that season, so I have supported the campaign financially. Can you do the same? Also, sharing the crowdfunding campaign (and this blog post) helps tremendously.

This is the first blog post I have for you from ClexaCon. I am working very hard on the rest. I still have an exclusive interview with upcoming movie Good Kisser for you, which will come out next week. In addition, I interviewed Lily and Caitlyn, who are responsible for Twenty the Web Series. I am a big fan of that show too, so I was really happy I bumped into them and that they agreed to talk to me. Of course, press room interviews are coming up and the now traditional vlog/blog posts combinations. In the meantime, you can read some ClexaCon London blog posts if you haven’t already.

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