G & T Show Convention Coverage – GATC: Gigi Edgley
G & T Show Convention Coverage – GATC: Gigi Edgley is now available for downloading. Check it out here. During his time at the Great Allentown Comic-Con, Nick caught up with the talented and lovely actress Gigi Edgley for an interview. They talked about her career, Farscape, her upcoming Kickstarter project HASHTAG, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this great interview.
We start off the interview with a fantastic bumper. After our introduction, Nick comments on her nails. Gigi starts off by telling us about Espionage Cosmetics and their Nailed It! products line. She had met them at a convention in Portland and will be doing some work with them because she loves the product.
Nick jumps right into it, by asking her about Hashtag and its Kickstarter. Hashtag is a short film with a great script that she loves and signed up within an hour of reading it. They’ve got some great rewards and hopes people will support the project and turn it into a reality. Hashtag takes place in fifty years in the future about an online celebrity that is living in her own little world because of her entrenchment into social media. Essentially, it’s a one woman show mixed with the Matrix. The role is an interesting and intriguing one that is relevant to today’s culture. They are planning to take the film, when completed to various film festivals and invite everyone to be part of the process. The project has potential to become a full length feature, a series, or as Nick suggests, possibly even a web series. It is being produced by Runic Films.
Gigi tells us that she had moved to the states for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. Nick thought it was the perfect companion show for FaceOff. Fans, Nick, and Gigi were disappointed when the show ended. She’s talks about her disappointment with television networks that cancel great shows just because it hasn’t found its audience yet, or wasn’t making enough money, or pulling in the numbers to keep it going. She goes on to say that even Farscape ended too soon and cites the fans that still come up to her to talk about how amazing the show was — one that deserves a feature film. Nick compares the loyalty of its fans to those that have rallied around Firefly, another show that was cancelled before its time.
Referencing Hashtag, Nick says if Farscape had aired during the social media era, the show seems like it would have had a huge internet following. Gigi says that she was young at the time and that she barely knew how to send an email and mobile phones were trendy accessories and not the vital tool they have become today. In fact, this interview was recorded on Nick’s phone. Returning to Farscape, she tells us that Chiana originally was only supposed to appear in one episode, but they enjoyed the character so much, they asked her to stick around. It was at that point that she became aware of the Fan page and was surprised by the reaction people had to the show, especially in America. Even after the show was cancelled, the fans fought for the show and their efforts paid off with The Peacekeeper Wars. She was grateful for the fans.
Nick asks how she got the role. Gigi explains that she had auditioned for it. She had been a huge fan of the Jim Henson Company and their work on The Dark Crystal and The Labrinth. They describe The Dark Crystal as being ahead of its time. She goes on to say that with Chiana, she wanted to make the character a memorable, believable, and unique Henson creature. She spent three and a half hours in the make up chair everyday during the show’s run and began to think of everyone she worked with as family.
Nick asks her when she realized that she was a sex symbol? Gigi attributes it all to smoke and mirrors and the time she spent in the make up chair. He goes on to ask about how she feels becoming a role model for young boys and girls. Many fans had come to her and shared their stories that Chiana’s character had helped them to grow into a more confident person. They talk about the ability SciFi has to allow people to see the best in themselves in the aliens portrayed on screen.
Nick shifts the conversation to conventions. She loves them and goes on to say that the life of an actress has a lot of down time, which she uses to write music, comic books, and other productions that enable her to give back to community that has supported her and her career. They share their frustration with the ratings system and how some shows may have big numbers, but in the wrong demographic, it can be considered a failure. Then, they are replaced with reality shows that can be shot for half the cost and in half the time. Nick speaks about his love for Alphas and SyFy’s recent announcement about their return to the genre even after cancelling Eureka and Warehouse 13. She doesn’t understand the system, and prefers to spend her time with like minded people at conventions. When Nick asks about the differences between the US and Australian system, Gigi explains that its the same system on a smaller scale. In Australia, they have fewer channels.
Nick asks about the comic books that she has created. Gigi tells us about Blue Shift, which is about a girl that gets sucked up into space and journeys through uncharted territories. It is co-written by Brian Meredith. Nick asks about some of her favorite comics. She enjoys old school and superhero stories. She is always on the look out for new artists. For new people getting into comics, Gigi suggests going to a convention for the widest variety. Nick suggest’s Neil Gaimon’s Sandman. Speaking about conventions big and small, she enjoys them all, but prefers the opportunity to sit down with people on a one-on-one basis.
She is pleased that Geek culture has become mainstream. The paradigm has shifted with it and women are freer to express themselves and show off their love for all things geek, ranging from cosplay, comics, and even gaming. Nick brings up GamerGate. She doesn’t understand the controversy and appreciates the openness, liberation, and passion that conventions offer people. There’s a common language and experience that people share when they attend conventions and meet like-minded people.
Gigi directs everyone to check out her website for everything she does, including creating music, comics, and more.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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