Summer Update 2016

Hey Everyone!

It has been a very long time, and I have been meaning to get a new update rolling for a while now. I have recently been in talks to develop a good system and schedule for vlogging or blogging here and on my channel, partnering with some folks at Players in Control, outside with some friends, or just some random happenings with my musical, Voice Over and writing ventures. This is going to be put into place very soon, as I’ve had time to sit down and work on a couple of projects while I’m focusing on school, since I’ve been out of work. Without getting into too much detail, I was taken out of work due to health concerns and it’s an ongoing thing right now. It limits me from a lot of travel, which is why I haven’t been up to going to many things like conventions and events. Well–that and finances which have taken a pretty big hit too.

Luckily that’s not where the work stops though, at least work on my creative side and stuff to catch up on like gaming. (The Unfinished Gamer’s adventures continue, heehee). My upcoming book, If I Should Wake, is slated for a fall release and you will definitely be seeing more on that in the coming weeks, as my dear friend and editor and I have been working pretty hard on developing things further for the series run: finalizing details, fleshing out character backgrounds, solidifying the continuity…(you know, the fun stuff). The cover reveal should take place in a few weeks too, I can’t wait to show you what Kris of C&K Creations has made for me not only with Wake but with the other titles I have lined up. I always have something in development too, with roughly 6 stories waiting to be finished beyond that.

Voice Over wise, it’s been a blast. Narrating for the MMA channel, being a series regular on Elrios Mages and seeing my name credited on the Star Trek: Fleet Ops website is pretty awesome. Small steps in the industry but steps taken nonetheless. I have had a few people approach me asking how I got roles like that and honestly it was a bit of research, gathering a few pieces of equipment, and listening to myself be silly for a few hours. Then it’s just fine tuning sound and doing take after take until I finally get it right. I have a couple other projects on that front, including a Sims Machinima, FINALLY getting to finish reads for my characters on The Elder Scrolls V: SKYWIND (revival project) which has been a very long time coming, but with work and equipment failures and program issues it has been hard to do a 200+ line read in an apartment with screaming children outside as well.

Musically, I am still coming off of the choir “high” after performing with the Chamber Chorale this past spring. We performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C and it was a blast getting to perform alongside some of my longtime choir buddies, conducted by one of the most humble and inspiring maestros I’ve ever met. The video of the full performance is up on my channel, and forgive the shakiness and lighting but the sound turned out pretty good. The band has been on a slight hiatus since our drummer got married this past June (congrats guys!) and we are going to reconvene shortly to talk about the future and what we want to do to get our music worldwide. Things like Patreon, GoFundMe, IndieGogo have been tossed around but we want to do this right and plan it and get it out there to everyone and write some new music along the way.

WELL that short and sweet update turned into a bit of an essay so I will leave it off here. As usual, looking forward to staying active here to keep it going, and thanks to anyone who has kept up and supported me so far. ❤

Kxo

 

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Adventures at AX 2014

Anime Expo. It’s a tad late, but after being blitzed for 4 days and having to dive into work, I lost track of time! (my apologies)

All I can say is: PHEW.

It was my first big convention and man was it c r o w d e d. I knew that Anime was popular here in the US, and a lot of people drove/flew out to visit, but because of the lack of ticket-capping, it was an endless sea of people.  Day 1 wasn’t so bad.  I was a little too ambitious in wanting to see the sights, do some shopping and visit all of the panels on my schedule [app] and as each timer went off, 10 minutes prior to each event, I just got more and more tired of having to run back and forth and eventually get lost in the depths of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  I would be the one to plan one event in one hall and the following in the farther hall, only to have to double back to the first area to stand in line for 3 hours in the heat for something that only lasted an hour. But it was still worth it.  Actually, one of the lines I got into was about 4 hours in the sun and I made it into the Sword Art Online II premiere.  The seating for my vision impaired self was a little frustrating; It was subtitled so I didn’t get to see the entire thing, but over all, it was pretty cool to say I attended a premiere event for a favorite Anime. 🙂

Tony Oliver and David Vincent during the AIVA panel

I sat through panels with A-1 Pictures with a couple of the producers, a few panels with Funimation and finally got to see the Adventures in Voice Acting workshop.  Tony Oliver was our host and David Vincent (known for playing Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez in BLEACH) was our featured guest, with casting director Mami Okada also hanging out in the room.  David is apparently voicing Senketsu in another new favorite of mine, Kill La Kill. I’m finishing up my first go with KLK with the Japanese voice actors, and honestly I cannot wait to hear the English dub! (Now, before all you Anime-Heads out there go crazy, I stand on the border with this one. I don’t discriminate! I watch both! As an aspiring VA, I definitely support the dubs though.)  Adventures in Voice Acting gave me some insight to how the actors work: It’s all about timing, understanding the voices especially the pre-voiced ones from Japan, and listening to constructive criticisms from your director/coach.  There’s more to it, and even though I was too shy to raise my hand when they called for volunteers, I still learned a lot and can’t wait to attend the next. That being said, I actually decided to dive into the line for the AIVA auditions for Magi… there was a line to get into a line to get a number, and as I stood in a front with a pair I had just met — we talked about getting over our nerves and just diving in…they cut off the line.   Just my luck! Oh well, better preparation and luck for future opps!

Visiting AX was a really good way to get exposed to various titles.  Yes, there’s your Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan, Death NoteSailor Moon, Miyazaki films, etc… but it also opened my eyes to the ones like Oreimo, Free!, Idolmaster, Aldnoah ZeroMagi, Durarara, the upcoming Ninja Slayer and the new Fate Stay Night! Some of these titles may old news to some of you diehards, but for me they’ve been brought to light and I am stoked to watch them.

One of my favorite panels has to be with the English cast of Sword Art Online. We had Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito), Kirk Thornton (Klein), Sarah Williams (Lisbeth) and Patrick Seitz (Agil) … and they had improv, bloopers and some fun stories to tell about dubbing one of the most popular anime out there.  They all seemed like they loved what they were doing, and had fun connecting with their fans. It was a blast!

Sajin Komamura
Captain #7 of the 13 (Bleach)

The cosplay was incredible! I saw some of the most beautiful, twisted, bizarre and creative cosplayers out there.  It even inspired me to figure out who I could ‘pull off’ and make my costume for future events.  You could tell that there was a lot of thought and hard work put into most of the costumes of the con-attendees, and I also want to give some formal props to the men that were crosplaying — especially the ones who dared to brave the con in heels!

Vic Mignogna

…Then there was VIC MIGNOGNA who is just inspiring in person as he is on screen.  Vic had an inspiring message for all of us, after an hour of sitting in and having a one-on-one(crowd) moment with him. Sure, he sang Let It Go which remains to be heard in and out of my head continuously since the con ended… *shakes fist* but it made the experience all that memorable.  The Q&A session felt more like an intimate conversation with the industries uber-humble superstar, that is Vic Mignogna. I was absolutely blown away by how he interacted with everyone, and made them feel like family.

It’s sad to say that I missed out on Matt Mercer’s panel and autograph session, but getting to see him *le sigh* was pretty fantastic. He’s voiced Leon Kennedy in the Resident Evil series among many many many other things.  Other super cool sightings included: Erin Fitzgerald (Chie from Persona 4), abec (artist for Sword Art Online light novel series) and Eir Aoi (J-Pop artist, known for singing the title theme to Kill La Kill)…

7-yr-old creator of “CHESS”
 Symana Symanski during our brief interview

A tremendous shout out to TinyTales (The creators of “CHESS”)! To the young Symana Symanski, her mother Natalie, as well as Jessica Boston Fuller and Emily Weinberger — congratulations on your launch and successful sales at Anime Expo. I hope you guys continue to sell some of this wonderful story because it deserves to be read/seen!  If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have made it out to visit Anime Expo, and for that…I am so very grateful! Thank you!!!  Tiny Tales has also launched their Kickstarter project for Volume 2 of their series, so please stop by and donate towards this amazing project! Click Here for the Kickstarter!

Also, I’m pleased to announce my involvement with The Chronomage Chronicles, a game in development with phail-safe interactive.  Myself and [IC Amanda] will be helping with the theme music for the game! The game just underwent a facelift, and it is looking fantastic! Follow the game on Facebook for details on how you, the gamer, can help with its development!

Overall, it was quite the experience, and that’s putting it lightly. I learned a lot for my first huge convention and here’s to hoping it was not my last.  Now. I have a ton of new things in my Hulu queue to keep me busy for quite some time…and then some. 😉

I’ll have a video up soon, stay tuned!

-K

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Tiny Tales / Chess Facebook, Twitter, Kickstarter!

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all photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S5