Exclusive: Acting workshop with Richard Hatch

**WeGeekGirls has mentioned numerous times by now how much we love DragonCon (hey, it’s what inspired us to start this little site). This year we were fortunate enough to be given media access. This allowed us the focus and opportunity to share even MORE about the DragonCon experience**

Two weeks ago, I was pleasantly able to attend an acting workshop given by the super talent Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica, All My Children, etc). I shared the room with 24 other curious people in an afternoon that I won’t soon forget.

The workshop began with Richard giving a brief introduction of who he was, what he is famous for and what he does now. From the first word out of his mouth we were spellbound. He was warm, welcoming and energetic. I think I had written a great quote within the first five minutes.

His knowledge of the art of acting is vast but he was able to sum up in ways that we (in our various experience levels) could understand and get excited about. Richard urges the actor to get to know themselves first. Part of acting is feeling emotion (and expressing them). In order for one to portray them authentically, one needs to be in touch with them. Mr. Hatch is BIG on acting from the balance of heart, head and soul. I can’t tell you how many times the word intuition was used as he spoke.

One of the first visuals I had was of a zombie. No, I am not kidding. Richard brilliantly spoke about how most of the people in the world walk around like “living dead” aka zombies. They go through the motions of everyday life but don’t truly feel/interact with what is going on around them (to them). At this point he urged us to “step in and ENGAGE in our lives”. After an exercise (we didn’t realize it was vocal training at the time) where the room was filled with LOUD ANGRY YELLING, we were able to sit back down and begin introductions.

One by one each person shared their name, what brought them to the class and (by the time Mr. Hatch was done with them) shared a small glimpse of who they really where. As a society we are programmed with generic responses to regular series of questioning. Most of us started with our names and what we did for a living (like that defines us). With each person, Richard asked different questions, some where related to acting, some weren’t and through this process everyone in the room became free. He slowly added monologues and improve scenarios and before we knew it, we were all acting, and pretty comfortable with it (good or ok at it).

I believe his point was not to make us comfortable with what we were about to be doing BUT to make us acknowledge the fear and rather than let it paralyze us, let it motivate us.

“We need to break down walls, get out of our heads, be vulnerable, be intuitive”

Richard believes that “life is about mobilizing talents and abilities” and by cutting through the mental/emotional/physical blocks we put up, we enable our true selves. That translates in the acting field with authentic auditions. By being present and YOU, whomever may be needing your talent will be drawn to you and what you can do. This doesn’t mean that rejections will go away, it is acting after all, BUT you are better prepared to accept the rejections knowing that you put your best self out there.

However, this self realization doesn’t take away from what else is needed to land a desired role. Mr. Hatch urges actors to be proactive and prepared secondly. Make sure you know your desired business/art. Don’t be one of those people who lets someone else figure things out for them. This leads to being taken advantage of somewhere along the way, which would be a hard lesson to learn. Also, practice monologues every chance you get. Write you own and even better, try and read someone else’s as them. Being proactive and prepared in addition to your true self will best help you land the role that you dream of.

IF you are anything like me, all of this sounds just as much a motivational speech as it does an acting workshop and I couldn’t have been happier that I chose to attend it. I’d never considered that a persons “true self” had anything to do with acting (you are playing “a part” after all) but nothing could make more sense after this workshop.

Richard Hatch is an unbelievable speaker with a heart and passion desperately needed in his industry. When he isn’t acting, directing or writing, he is continuing to teach and inspire the actor in all of us.

For more information check out
http://www.richardhatch.com
or email
richardhatchworkshops@gmail.com

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Break a leg,
~CC

Thank you DragonCon and Richard Hatch for an unforgettable experience!

Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop

Greeting wizards and witches!

If you thought that Ollivander’s was the only place you could get custom wands, let me make your day by telling you that if your travels aren’t taking you Diagon Alley, there is another option.

Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop!

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This family owned and operated shop hand crafts each item into a unique, one of a kind treasure. They specialize in Wooden Magic Wands and speciality items like wand sleeves and holsters. Using various types of wood from all over the world they creat custom pieces to help each wand seeker get the item of their dreams. “If you can imagine it, we can make it”

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Each is wand is covered with multiple layers of protective finish and comes with a fabric bag and presentation box. Also included with the wand is a vial of “Magical Essence” to make your wand more “Powerful”.

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“My official title is founder and master wandmaker for the Hungarian wand shop. I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I started reading the first book to my children many years ago. The first wand I made was for my nephew, he had broken his plastic one, then his sisters both wanted one and then their friends, and it sort of took off from there. I have made wands for people all over the world and love to discuss woods and wandlore. It is a family shop, with both of my children helping.” ~Greg Laslo

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At DragonCon, you can find The Hungarian Wand shop in booth 429 on the 2nd floor of the vendors halls in AmericasMart.

Outside the convention you can find them here:

http://www.hungarianwandshop.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheHungarianWandShop

Please visit their website for a complete list of wand and wood options and feel free to email them a custom wand order!

Happy Spell Casting,
~CC

(All photos courtesy of The Hungarian Wand Shop)
Thank you Greg for sharing part of your world with us. We look forward to seeing you at DragonCon.

Presenting Middle Earth News

Fellow Tolkien fans, gather round as WeGeekGirls presents…

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“We believe, without a doubt, it was Tolkien’s passion he poured into his books, and the time he spent meticulously going over the tiniest of details, that we fans exist today. All his efforts came together to create those beloved books we fans now treasure. Without Tolkien we would have no Bilbo and Frodo, Arwen and Aragorn, or Thorin and his company of Dwarves, to endlessly entertain our imaginations and inspire us.” ~MiddleEarthNews

Fans first, this group of reporters work to bring the latest Tolkien based information to the masses. Be it film news, Tolkien-inspired art, artists/artisans or games, everything they cover is done with Tolkien fans in mind.

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“It is our hope you will find Middle-earth News a welcoming place, and one you’ll love to visit and enjoy for years to come.” ~MiddleEarthNews

And when I say fans first, I don’t say that lightly. If you are going to see anyone dressed a part or waiting in line for the latest Tolkien related releases, it will be the folks at Middle-Earth News. Not only are they covering DragonCon, they will be a part of some of the panels as well.

Staff reporter Amanda C. can be found:

Panelist – “Middle-earth vs. Westeros” panel on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency V ballroom
Panelist – “The Hobbit: Book to Film” panel on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the main Tolkien-track room (Marriott L401-403)
Adventurer – Dragon Con’s Night at the Aqaurium on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium
Reporter/Fan – My fellow staff reporter, Valdis Longbeard, and I will be walking the floor Friday-Monday in search of attendees to interview and cosplayers to feature on Middle-earth News. Please don’t be afraid to come say hello if you spot us!

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Amanda C. is a self-proclaimed nerd who, once introduced to Tolkien, quickly became deeply entrenched in the vast world of Middle-earth, swept away by the deep moral messages, intense battles and the handsome dwarf, Kili.
In addition to reporting the latest in Middle-earth news/events, Amanda is a full-time university student, passionate animal lover (Ozzy is her cat and Gimli her guinea pig), traveler, writer, watcher of TV/movies and attender of nerdy conventions.

You can find Middle-Earth News at:
http://www.middleearthnews.com

https://twitter.com/MiddleEarthNews

https://www.facebook.com/middleearthnews

and Amanda at:

https://twitter.com/TheZenPhoenix

https://www.facebook.com/TheZenPhoenix

Lastly, here is the link to the rest of the Tolkien Track:

http://middleearth.dragoncon.org/

Happy Adventuring!
~CC

Thank you Amanda for introducing yourself and letting us know where to find you during DragonCon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Presenting Warfire Forge

I have been so excited to tell you all about this DragonCon vendor! Here is a sneak peek from my collection…

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Presenting Warfire Forge

This father (Tim) and son (Brock) duo, together, create a wide array of metal work. Their particular interests are in prop making, specifically, creating weapons and amor (historical and/or fantasy) that may have traditionally been forged or fabricated. They also like to tinker, so steampunk items have become more frequent projects, especially for Tim.

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“I have been blacksmithing for 7 years and had the original vision for Warfire Forge. After gaining enough experience and confidence in my work, I convinced my dad to try it out with me, as this was the kind of work he was doing on the side essentially anyway and had over 30 years of metalworking experience. I really owe it to my parents for their vast creativity as I grew up. I was constantly exposed to artwork and my vivid imagination was able to roam freely with their support.” ~ Brock

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“We’re outgrowing our shop space and are at a pivotal point of expansion with Warfire. More of my work than anything, comes from custom commissions, so we are constantly approaching new projects and that sets us apart in many ways I think. We aren’t satisfied with cranking out the same dozen pieces because it’s easy. We don’t do so well with limitations and aren’t shy when it comes to tackling challenging projects. It is an opportunity often to learn (or have an excuse to experiment) from each new piece. We eat, drink, and breathe this stuff. We really love what we do.” ~Brock

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(All photos courtesy of Warfire Forge)

I have been a fan of Warfire Forge for many years and have had the opportunity to watch them work. They are some of the nicest guys you will meet, full of knowledge and very willing to share it. Anyone finding themselves in need of prop weaponry/armor/chainmail or jewelry should find these guys at the convention.

They will be located with the vendors in AmericasMart, Floor 2, Vendor 351

Outside DragonCon, you can find them at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WarFireForge

https://www.facebook.com/pages/WarFire-Forge/244510695595272

Happy Wielding :)
~CC

Thank you Brock for chatting with me and letting us share a little bit of your story! We will be stopping by the Warfire booth next week!!

Presenting DJ Spider

Ladies and Gents I am going to just dive right into this post! I met this hip chick years ago via the dance-floor of a local 80’s club…presenting…

DJ SPIDER

As her name suggests, DJ Spider has been spinning a variety of formats for the last 20 years and while her primary style is goth/industrial, she adds healthy doses of 80s, 90s, dance, EDM and electro to the mix. She has been described (and I can attest to) “vibrant”, “surprising”, “kick-ass” and “Omigod, is she really that tall?”

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On top of moving the masses with sweet beats, DJ Spider, is an avid costumer and self proclaimed geek. She has been costuming for over 10 years but (much to my excitement) her choices are usually off the beaten path. DJ Spider grew up with the comics of the 80s and 90s (plenty of subject matter) and likes to dig deep and recreate costumes that are rarely seen or even ignored completely because of “retro-awfulness”. She has cosplayed over 40 comic book characters over the years. These include Zatanna, Dazzler, Rogue, Big Barda and Wonder Woman and the list keeps growing. She is even one of the admins for http://www.TheSuperheroCostumingForum.com!

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DJ Spider often combines her Dijing and cosplay with convention attendance, much like her upcoming time at DragonCon. She took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions…

CC: How long have you been a performer at DragonCon?

DJS:My first gig was back in 2005, and since then I’ve DJ’d events for them in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now again in 2014. I’m really fortunate to have such a great ConFamily!

CC: What makes you choose this particular convention?

DJS:DragonCon was the first convention I ever attended, back in 2003, and I walked around absolutely google-eyed, and feeling like I had found “home”. I can’t imagine not being there now! They work so hard keep bringing new options to the attendees, create exciting events and panels, and up their game when they can, but still keep the fans in mind.

CC: What are your favorite things about DragonCon?

DJS: It’s the total immersion into geekery and nerdom. The con runs almost 24 hours, and exists among a network of hotels, so there’s always something to see or do. I adore the costumes and creativity, the passion people have for their fandoms, and the fun the guests almost always seem to have. Plus the way Atlanta embraces it, which is so evident at the turnout for the Saturday parade! But mostly, it’s my friends, many of whom I wait all year to see in person. I never would have become part of the SCF (the Superhero Costuming Forum) without having met cosplayers at DragonCon, and they have become some of the dearest people to my heart.

CC: Where can we find you at the convention?

DJS: I’ll be running around in costume all weekend! But I’ll also be DJing at DragonCon’s Night at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night from 7-11p, and then jumping right over to the Hyatt to DJ for the DragonCon Burlesque Glamour Geek Review at midnight. You can also find me at almost all of the SCF meet-n-greets, as well as the large Marvel and DC Universe shoots. And if you see me, say hi!

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Don’t you just adore her! Please make it out to one of her DragonCon gigs if you can. Your dancing shoes with thank you!

You can also find DJ Spider at…

Twitter @thatDJSpider
DJ PAGE:
DJ Spider (Music)
COSTUMING PAGE:
DJ Spider (Cosplay and Costuming)
PODOMATIC:
DJ Spider’s Podcast
FLICKR:
DJ Spider’s Pix
DJ Spider’s Tumbler
PINTEREST:
DJ Spider’s Pins
DJ Spider’s InstagRandoms

Happy Dancing!!
~CC

THANK YOU DJ Spider for taking the time to answer my questions and providing photos of the post! I’m looking forward to seeing you again!