Fashion, Uncategorized

May the Fourth be with you…

And if you are catholic, you probably answered either: ‘and also with you’ or ‘and with your spirit.’ I know, it’s just what we do.

Because I work at a middle school with a lot of nerds, we celebrated Star Wars day in style. Students and teachers alike got Star Wars free dress meaning costumes, shirts, or whatever else you have Star Wars themed let you have free dress (including a denim day). This is a pretty big deal when you wear a uniform every day of the school year!

The day is topped with a giant picture of the whole school (who remembered/chose to dress up) takes a picture that is later photoshopped onto one of the film locals with some characters added in that is later uploaded across the schools social media.

This is my second year celebrating thanks to lovely gifts from my dad and Bustedtees!

Last year, I wore a great Princess Leia/Tank Girl shirt (now unavailable) which is super cute but was tricky when explaining why the princess looked so different (and figuring out how to explain to 3rd graders what Tank Girl is is a whole nother hurtle!).

This year, I borrowed one of my dad’s new tops which is a casual Han Solo/Vans shoes inspired mashup that takes a second look to figure out how Star Wars is related. Paired with some low Leia buns and a golden robot necklace, I got to play at being a chic Star Wars lady, while in reality I threatened to disown a friend/brother for pretending to mix up many sci-fi fandoms with the films we were celebrating.

So nerd up and may the fourth be with you!

  • Taylor Gallagher

Make it work.

As I mentioned last week, we just finished this years Gallifrey One, LA’s Doctor Who convention. While I can go on and on about how fabulous this weekend is as a fan – from Osgood to Missy to the 5th and 6th doctor and beyond – it is the creative work side which I’ll be focusing on this year.

I just finished my graduate program and have moved back to the states to try and find work and with degrees in creative writing and the cultural and creative industries, there aren’t many venues better equipt to let me talk to people in those fields I would like to join.

This brings me to the point of this post: Take advantage of every opportunity you come across even if they scare you.

I’ve worked as a book editor off and on for the last few years, but as a LA local screen media is a much closer reality for me to look into. Which leads me to script editing.

At one of Gallifrey’s many writer pannels, Sarah Dollard, who wrote the episode Face the Raven discussed her process of becoming a writer for the show which began with working as a script editor. However, that was as far into the process as she went. But if you want to learn about yout industry, you have to go further or regret it.

For me, this meant pulling myself together and (in all my purple suited Clara glory) stepping up to the mike. I was able to ask for more details which let me learn a few helpful steps and the areas I should be looking towards in my job search; namely, starting out as a script runner for a writers room and moving on from there.

With conventions like these, many people come for the actors (a fun and truely fantastic choice) but if you are interested in anything behind the camera, you will have no better access than a small convention for a fandom that you love where you can show that love to the people responsible for making it. Most of these creators also table so you can go and get their autograph and talk shop with them for a bit if they aren’t busy.

Generally, These guys love to hear from fans, especially from fans who are interested in their work.

But whether you are meeting creative people at venues like conventions or just shaking your knowledge tree and setting up lunch meetings, more and more it’s about who you know and working your connections but this only works if you have the guts to get up and ask your questions.

  • Taylor Gallagher


Books, Uncategorized

Well, it’s that time of year again…

Gallifrey one, the Doctor Who convention!

That time of year for those lucky Whovians from all over the world who’ve managed to score tickets decend on the LAX Marriott for a week of fun, costumes, fangirling (and fanboying), and lively and intellectual debate and discussion.

Whether you are someone who spends the year meticulously collecting pieces for costumes or a last minute rusher or a plain cloths fan, the build up to any con is quite a thing to experience – your fangear is a badge of honor you must have down.

And so the day is here (for Lobby-con, at least – the night before con launches where you get to see the first bits of costumes, see your once a year con friends, get a head start on ribbon collection, and say a quick hello to Fraser Hines), but are you ready for it?

In my wanderings this year, I stumbled across this gem of a book for anyone interested in or highly invested in con-life (or fan-life in general): The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: a handbook for girl geeks by Sam Maggs.

IMG_8146I recommend this super quick read for both boys and girls if you are new to fandom or conventions. She gives a great rundown of how cons work, proper etiquett when dealing with other attendees as well as guests, a what you will need list and just general fun facts of survival. I’m not new to cons but I fell in love with this witty, fast-talking rundown.

Again the book is tiny, so it’s a great quick read.

For anyone afraid of the feminist aspects of the book, first you shouldn’t, it’s all perfectly safe and it’s got a lot of things to think about – really great for teens and preteens getting into fandom. It’s big on respecting others, so even if you disagree with Sam on points throughout (I dmit that i did a few times), you’ll still get a lot out of it.

I’ll wrap up on the book by saying I wish I’d had this years ago before starting my con adventures!

Anyway, as Gallifrey hasn’t started, I can’t give you too much of a rundown, however, I’ve got my Rose and Clara gear preped – as well as my bank account and bugdet! – and I’ll talk to you all in more detail next week. So until then, keep your nerd strong and let your fangirl/boy flag fly.

  • Taylor Gallagher