What brings you here to Cyphan?
I’ve been an actor or writer/producer for the last almost 30 years. The reason I’m at Cyphan today, I was on Babylon 5, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Sliders, and I have a new movie coming out called All About Evil. It’s going to be the next Rocky Horror Picture Show people! It stars Thomas Dekker, Natasha Lyonne, and Mink Stole.
Did you write this movie or are you in it?
I’m in it. I am Tammy Tennis who dies with a pen to the neck. It’s a great campy, black comedy horror film. John Waters’ protege, Joshua Grannell wrote and directed. It’s fabulous! Check it out at AllAboutEvilTheMovie.com
What else are you up to?
I also manage celebrities for personal appearances. After I was doing these events myself years ago, I realized that no one was really managing the talent at these events.
Like getting into contact with the conventions, and doing all the work to communicate with the actors?
Exactly, and really trying to find some kind of boilerplate basis for the contracts. It was pretty hit or miss. It was like “What do you want to do?….I don’t know, well what do you want to do?” It needed to be brought into a more streamlined business. So, I built a company called Illumina Productions in 1997. I work with about 80 events all over the world, and I manage exclusively a little over 40 talent, and I have another 40 that I work with on a part-time basis.
So when someone gets you for an event like Cyphan, are you managing yourself or do you have someone who manages you?
I decided that I really wasn’t going to appear at these things very much anymore, and every once in a while there is a scenario that is appropriate. I’m here looking after my actors. I can’t really be sitting here meeting my fans, doing Q&As, and parties. However, the two young ladies that are here with me at Cyphan, Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), and Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate: Atlantis), they are very self-sufficient, very assertive young women. They were both quite comfortable with me appearing as well.
That’s another reason why I love these conventions so much. People who maybe spend their lives in front of computers, or playing video games, get out and interact with eachother. It’s wonderful.
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