Hey, guys! This journal is a bit of a beefer. Quite a bit has happened and is happening this month.
I completely forgot I wanted to talk about my experience at SacAnime from the beginning of the month, so I'll just talk about it here and now. Long story short, it was fantastic! I attended with two of my online friends, LuckyJack020
, whom I had met once before a couple of years ago, and his girlfriend PrincessLida
, who I met in person for the first time. Both of you guys were great to hang out with!
The first thing LuckyJack and I went to was a small Day 0 panel with Kenny James, which was quite interesting. Something I never knew about was he was once a submarine operator during the Cold War. Naturally, the audience latched onto the idea of Bowser in that same role, asking how he would fair in such a situation. To paraphrase Kenny, Bowser would would probably not get along with anyone on the sub. I also asked him how he takes care of his voice after all his sessions as Bowser. The long and short answer: he does not. Apparently, even after he tastes copper in the back of his throat from doing it enough (no joke), his voice bounces back pretty well. Though he did worry that it won't be as easy once age really hits. But he still advised any aspiring actors to care for their voices.
On Friday, we went to a lecture given by Eric Stuart on voice acting and the voice acting industry as a whole. After that, we went to meet Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, during one of his signings. I can tell you, he was such a delight. And hearing him do the voice in front of us and at the later panel he was at was magical. I felt like a kid again. And while he did go to the later panel, with Jason Marsden and Bret Iwan the current voice of Mickey, we could only watch half of it as we had planned to get autographs from the Nintendo crew and wanted to be as early as possible. Unfortunately, if memory serves, we weren't early enough as all the tickets to get in line were sold out. But we were all able to see a panel for the old Pokemon cast, in which they told their stories from working on the show. Although, due to the seating position, it was hard to get a lot out of it, but it was nice to see all of them up at one panel.
On Saturday, we all got to meet Charles Martinet, Samantha Kelly, and Kenny James during their signings, as they were all taking place at the same time. And all three of them were such lovely people! I was able to give my Peach drawing to Sam first. And I think I really surprised her because I told her she didn't have to sign it and that it was a gift. She loved it so much she stood up and gave me a hug! Needless to say, that made me happy. Then I gave my Bowser drawing to Kenny James, who promised to have it hung up on his studio wall. Last was Charles's gift, and he complimented me on my talent, thanking me. He probably gets a lot of gift art, but it still warmed my heart to hear how much he liked it.
All three of them signed my cover of Super Mario Odyssey. On Sunday, Charles signed my Smash cover, which I had him personalize for myself and my younger sister since she had also wanted it signed.
Here are both covers:
After the initial signings on Saturday, we all went to the Nintendo panel with all three actors. I posed a hypothetical question as to whether they would take the roles in the upcoming Super Mario animated movie being produced by Illumination. Of course, they all said yes. Unfortunately, I don't remember a whole lot from the panel besides that, but it was awesome seeing them all up there talking about their characters.
I can easily say Saturday was the biggest highlight of the event for me. Well worth the aching feet that comes with standing in line. Sunday, as well, I would say. I remembered the old Instagram videos Charles used to post, of Mario and Luigi traveling the world while he voiced them for fun, and asked how come he had to stop doing those after a while. He expressed how much he loved doing them, but the long and the short of it was Nintendo called and asked what he was doing with their licensed characters. Not much explanation was needed there. But I am happy the ones he did still exist.
The last panel of the event we went to was a Goofy Movie reunion, where Bill Farmer and Jason Marsden talked about working on the movie. It was such a treat listening to them, giving little bits of history on the movie we never knew about. At one point, the producer (I think?) had wanted a celebrity to voice Goofy, but that was thankfully shot down. And Bill Farmer had a real tough time getting Goofy to sound exactly right with all the emotions while still remaining Goofy. Jason Marsden had also recorded his own parts of the songs, did it pretty well, but was denied the chance to do them, sadly. And probably one of the sweetest things both actors said about each other was they thought of one another as second father and son due to their long friendship. I think that was a great way to end the event.
Also on Saturday night, LuckyJack, Lida, and I met up at the hotel for pizza and some Mario Party and Smash Ultimate, which was my first time picking it up, since I had to give the Switch back to my sister a while back, but it was quite a lot of fun. I'm eager to get back home so I can explore the game more.
Sunday night, we ended it off with an escape room, something I had never heard of before. But basically, it's like a timed puzzle game in which you work together in a team to escape a themed room before time ran out. We happened to get thrown into the hardest one they had to offer, but we were able to finish it with 46 seconds to spare. That was quite the thrilling experience. I still need to see if anything like that exists back home. LuckyJack's parents were also gracious enough to let me stay the night due to a schedule conflict with the train ride back.
Overall, I really enjoyed my trip, especially with my friends there. I would absolutely go again next year if I can.
Something else that is happening as of last night: I've been selected for an interview at a Home Depot that's down the street from my home in Arizona. The interview is this coming Wednesday, so I'm gonna be hopping a plane to get home, which will make transporting all of my things pretty difficult. But I'll do my best to figure it out.
Now, I still don't have my driver's license yet, but after some consideration and convincing, I realize I would have to test to get it in Arizona anyway sooner or later. But luckily, I have a lot saved up from my previous job so I should be able to afford lessons, which would be cheaper in Arizona than California.
Anyway, I'm really hoping I land this job so I can start saving up for my own place to live and work. It was always in my plan to go back home towards the end of January regardless of whether or not I had my license, so this sort of works out. Here's hoping things get better from here.