Let's see: I'm a research scientist with a Ph.D. in molecular genetics that threw it all away due to life circumstances, and all that I had left was my creativity. I learned I can write better science fiction that real science. IDK, scientists find that hilarious. That was 8 years ago. What I've learned is to embrace my inner geek. I told myself when the dark side chapter closed that I will latch on the next big technological wave. Turns out that was social media and for real life activity, I was very good at it, but that too started to drain me and leave me despondent after troll combat service.
Then I saw it, roleplay performance in one of my favorite genres: Star Wars (before Disney's acquisition). Since there was a paucity of positive and glamorous women of color, specifically Black women in Star Wars and I lived in that environment all my life (such women as Coretta Scott King and Dorothy Dandrige imagery), I created my own characters and I played her on social media (Twitter first, then Facebook, Wordpress and Tumblr). Unfortunately, the amount of bullying because of racism caused me to suffer insurmountable pain.
But that is when my intellectual strength along with my creativity blasted the haters away. I only got better at it. Strength to continue to the point that Lucasfilm gave me a fan table at their conference: Star Wars Celebration in 2012, and 2015. However, their stipulations were I could only portray their canon characters and not my created original characters. There were no characters I felt akin to under Mr. Dave Filoni created one that I grabbed the chance to portray: "BO-KATAN". I cosplayed her helmet at Star Wars Celebration, which I thought I would never do.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, over the next few years they created characters I can related to, one being "RAE SLOANE".
Over the years, I have learned to be patient with myself, not allow too much sociopathic lunatics to get to me when I am actively portraying a character, despite heinous bigotry. I've learned to go with the flow of improvisation and to keep writing. I have taught myself to basic levels of coding, adding computer code scripts to HTML, to work on Adobe Creative Content After Effects and Premiere. I have taught myself basic Audacity functions for my podcasts. I speak to many authors and a few actors on my weekly podcasts about what they do to educate young people.
What my company does is educate. I come from a university instructor background and it was before social media, therefore not much writing other than blogging was available. Conversations were solely UBB coded, however, those old boards are not written in the same manner as a Facebook or Twitter. Therefore the neurological connection to the material is different.
I learned in 2010 that storytelling on Twitter would be a "thing" and I did it for my Star Wars projects and my posthumous celebrity accounts. At that time, people were clueless. Now, people are racing to tell stories since this new story about "Zola" played on Twitter.
There is a method to social media storytelling and I can stage my representation to where the audience races to see the next episode. We tide the off season activities over as good testing grounds. The problems as a troupe performance are: 1) There are different abilities as it is a "live show"; 2) All work is done online and even with Skype, it does not clearly connect all users; 3) Commitment to projects since it is a volunteer basis though what I give my volunteers would cost them thousands of dollars if they were to be formally trained; 4) Volunteer personal issues that go beyond the scope of this site.
To overcome these as a business model, I welcome positive suggestions for the items discussed. I have found commitment for volunteers occur by encouraging a niche, and that also takes away from what I want to do to complete my projects. What I do to problem solve my issue, is to set a rigorous weekly schedule of the activities I know I can complete, such as my podcasts are live on Sundays.
I am here to learn about the entertainment industry, and to offer something not often considered, which is social media needs to be active at the pre-production stage as a test for audience focus group feasibility. It is NOT as straight forward as one may think. Should that be of interest, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like to leave me a voice-message, my phone is 1-858-345-2877.
Thank you very much for reading my bio. I appreciate it.
Name: Gina Moore
Lives in: San Diego, California
Company: Ariafya LLC
Occupation: Author, Content Creator and Transmedia Producer
Unique traits: Online, social media entertainment and performance for over 5 years. More than fooling around with roleplay (RP) - a more polished and professional presentation with integrity to the original content creators. Thoughtful, well-research and balanced promotion in social media engagement and strong risk management procedures.