When I was a young teen, my dream was to one day go on the set of my favorite TV show and watch them film. Yes, really. I’m that much of a TV geek. When I graduated high school, I went to acting school in New York because I figured the best way to get on the set of a TV show was to be a part of the cast.
That didn’t work out like I thought it would and I ended up becoming a teacher. Several years and one crushing break-up later it hit me – the dream! I had to take another shot at it. So, I did. I gave up my apartment, sold almost everything I own, quit my job and moved from Southern New Jersey to Southern California. I’ll go into more detail on that another time, because I want to get to the point of this post.
The point is, I detoured, but I didn’t give up. I was determined to follow through on my fannish desire to watch them film my favorite show and it happened. See the photo? That’s me and Anthony Stewart Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When that photo was taken, Buffy was my favorite show on TV. Some months after that photo was taken (at a Buffy Posting Board Party), I walked on to the set as a writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine. I was treated like visiting royalty. Tony took me on a private tour of the set and I got to watch them film a scene from an episode called “Band Candy.” It took hours and hours. Before they were done it was late and cold and I loved every second of the experience.
On that night, my childhood, fannish dream came true.
I visited the set many times after that. I also visited the set of the movie Cradle 2 Gave where I interviewed Jet Li. I conducted dozens of phone interviews with a wide range of actors and behind the scenes people and partied with the cast of Leverage.
I also worked on a couple of episodes of Blue Collar TV with Bill Engvall and I saw my name in the credits on both a TV series and a feature film. Not bad for a girl Jersey girl who flunked out of acting school.
My intention here is not to brag.
I take that back. My intention is to brag, but not in a “I’m better than you” way. I’m writing this to tell you that it can be done. You can make your fannish dreams come true. You can make a living out of your fannish obsessions.
That’s what we’re going to talk about here. I’m also detailing the whole plan in an ebook that I hope to release this summer. (Sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar so you’ll know when it comes out.)
Because my experience involves the entertainment industry, that’s going to be my point of reference, but it doesn’t have to be yours. You can be fannish about a band, a sport, a city — whatever it is that gets you excited — we’re going to call that a fandom.
Here’s your first assignment. Tell me what it is you’re fannish about and why you love it. If you want to brag a little, go ahead and do that, too. Write it all down in the comment box and hit submit.
Go ahead. I’m waiting. . . .