My StoryI was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada back in the 80s, and now based out of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. I have remained a city boy thru and thru, with an odd penchant for malls, anime, soap operas, music, Sailor Moon Musicals and cosplay. I am also an archetypal Pisces.
I used to think that Sailor Moon was the first anime series I had ever watched, but that was when I was young and naive, not really realizing what anime was, exactly… Truth be told, I found out later it was actually “Oz no Mahou Tsukai,” also known as “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” narrated by Margot Kidder, that was my first.
My first convention was Otafest 2004, followed by Anime Evolution 2005, and from there I would go to both or either throughout the years. Finally, I branched out and attended Cos&Effect, Fan Expo Vancouver, and then became the Director of Programming for Anime Revolution in Vancouver from its inception in 2011 to 2017. It was through the Idol and Cosplay contests that I discovered my passion for performing, and while I have been a parody artist for much of my life, it really took off because of my convention involvements.
I remember the first parodies I wrote were back in high school after a break up, and they kind of just stuck with me ever since. I wrote my first original song in 2007, and have dabbled with it off and on over the years as well. I also took vocal lessons from 2014-2016, and appeared on “Zoink’d,” a children’s television game show back in 2013.
I perform parody and original songs in English and Japanese, though I wouldn’t say I’m fluent in every day Japanese speaking, as I found out very succintly when I went to Tokyo for a week in early 2016 lol.
I am obsessed with Sailor Moon, Hollyoaks and Days of our Lives. Other series I enjoy include Dragon Ball Z, Slayers, Oz no Mahou Tsukai, Cute High Earth Defence Club Love, Gravitation and many more! Plus, while recently getting back into Ally McBeal, I realized that if I were a TV Trope, I would be classified as a Cloudcukoolander. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cloudcuckoolander)
I am great when it comes to performing in front of a crowd of thousands of people. However, in small groups, I get freaked out really easily. I realize this means I’m backwards from most people, but I’m also a figment of my own imagination that only strange and wonderful people can see, so SURPRISE! 😉 Oh and my wedding will be a musical… just saying…
I have been the host of “Animé-d in Japan ‘Insanity on the Radio'” since 2005. The show is a Japanese Music show appearing on CFBX, 92.5 FM in Kamloops, BC. It runs Sundays from 2-4 PM and can also be picked up using the TUNEIN radio app or streaming live from thex.ca.
Thank you for reading this little mini-novel about me. If you’d like to know more, please ask! Or invite me to your event to perform or put on panels! I’d be happy to share more! 😀