So, I never told you, Katsucon 20 was a lot of fun. I met and personally spoke with Greg Houser, Bill Rogers, Ellyn Stern Epcar and Richard Epcar about voice acting. I ran into a lot of other cool people and yes, I dressed up.
Go ahead. Laugh. I know, it's dorky looking. But I had fun!
This year's con was a little interesting. Many of our special guests were showing up late because of flight cancellations that were due to the snow storm. In the end though everything worked out for the best. This year I made it a point to show up an hour early for each of the panels, because last year I barely made it into a panel. I'll admit here, that this did result in a lot of sitting around and waiting (actually, this photo was taken of me while waiting) which is why I may invest in a VIP pass next year. I focused this year on voice acting panels, hopping from one to the next. A couple of the panels I found extra helpful were the 3 Day VA workshop with Greg Houser and Bill Rogers (the guys in that group photo where I'm in costume) and the voice directing panel with Ellyn and Richard (the two in the group photo without costume.)
After that last panel, I had a chance to speak face to face with Ellyn and Richard at an autograph session. In which I was startled with some kind words from Ellyn. "You know, you have a great voice! The industry really needs voices like yours." which from hearing, I blushed and gushed all over myself, thanked her and got back in line for Richard's autograph.Then I was thrown into another frenzy when Richard said "You have a really great voice. The voice acting industry is always looking for voices like yours." Then Ellyn chimed in from across the way, "That's what I just said to her!" Then I fell over and died. I'd never felt as empowered or as appreciated as I did in that large carpeted hall outside Ballroom C. I walked on air for the rest of the day. [I'm telling you this, because it really meant a lot to me. Ellyn and Richard are not magical faeries that say who is talented and who isn't, all they said was my voice has a demand in the market, which encouraged me.]
Between the new knowledge I'd gained, all the information buzzing around in my mind and the encouragement from the world of voice acting, I knew right then and there on my way home that I owed it to myself and everyone who believes in me, to do my best and be the best I can be.
As some of you may have noticed, I have a new website up, PiperPetrie.com. Go on and check it out it you'd like. It has information on projects I'm working on, a blog and a full history of my work. It's initial purpose is actually for networking purposes but I've tried to make it more appealing for anyone who wants to visit. I hope you guys like it, and even more, I hope that my drive to do well can inspire you in some way to do the same for yourself, for whatever it is you want to do in life. Thank you for all of your continued support. I am so grateful.