Whoah there are a lot of questions here! I'll start a bit early after I make a cup of tea, hang onnnnn
What kind of tea?
Yerba Mate. I had to stop coffee and it's killed my soul a bit, but I have chai with almond milk now and then Yerba Mate gives me energy without the jitters :D
Have you ever thought about recording and releasing an album?? (because of your awesome violin, vocals, etc. skills)
It is on my bucket list to do, I'm actually sad I can't make time for it. Or I guess i'm not prioritizing right, but one day I'd definitely love it. I think if I could find fun collaborators I would be more encouraged to do it, because I actually don't feel comfortable doing things about MYSELF only, I like doing things with other people, under the banner of a show or a band would be way more comfortable for me than doing a solo album.
Any plans to get your Dr. Horrible co-stars NPH and Nathan Fillion on tabletop?
I would love for them to be on the show, but they are so busy and I really do feel shy asking people I know who are very busy to take time out. I need to be more assertive about it! But yes, I would love it if they could make time, I'll try to persuade them!
I like that you're excluding Felicia Day from this event, while in her own AMA.
I want Morena to come be on the show, she's open to it just gotta make the schedule work!
How is it like to play the role of a quirky lesbian on Supernatural, and what is your most memorable moment being on the show?
It's awesome to have a fellow Texas Longhorn doing an AMA, so thank you Felicia!
I think my most memorable moment is in the upcoming episode i just finished. I can't talk a lot about it, but Charlie goes through a lot, and it really stretched me as an actor. In the last episode where I Larped though, I loved stabbing that book, because I used my dagger skills I trained 4 months for Dragon Age web series, so it was like I got to call back to 2 years ago on film. I was super proud of myself for not dropping the dagger, haha.
I wonder if you could elaborate a bit on yesterday's YouTube statement and the brief discussion at Emerald City Comicon regarding re-owning "geek" and the matter of posers in t-shirts.
On the one hand, you've said in the past (in reaction to the Joe Peacock kerfuffle) that "introducing some kind of 'degree' of geekdom ... just adds exclusion into the mix" and doesn't help anyone. But on the other hand, these recent remarks sound like you believe there are degrees of geekdom, at least in the sense that it sounds like you think a (for lack of a better term here) superficial appreciation for comics or games or genre TV or whatever doesn't quite qualify.
I'm hoping maybe you can address what seems to be a discrepancy there but perhaps isn't meant to be. I'm especially interested because you've been relatively vocal about the ludicrous "fake geek girl" bugagoo but if there really are fake geeks (of the posers in t-shirts variety, for example) math alone dictates some of them are girls.
1) I hate the fake geek girl subject and consider it a non-issue. If you want to label me, that's your problem. If I don't measure up to some standard you have, I honestly don't care because I'm doing my own thing and we're probably not gonna hang out. And I'm not going to waste my time justifying myself to that person who is judging me. Ignoring the whole issue is the best thing for everyone, IMO. Yelling at people about it doesn't seem to be a good idea either, because when you're in traffic and you get cut off, honking at that person doesn't send them to driving school, it makes them flip you off, haha. So representing what you want to represent, and being gentle with or ignoring the critics is what I feel works best.
2) IN NO WAY was I condemning "posers", that is NOT what I was saying at all. My whole point was that Geek Culture in MY opinion is deeper than someone who likes something or has a hobby and the things people are marketing, it's about being brave enough to love something that others don't understand. So that if we're able to communicate that Geekdom MEANS something underneath all the stuff that is making people money now, then new people attracted to the things we love will more likely to stick around in ten years, because they are anchored by more than just looking cool. It's about meaning and truth underneath it all, and in THAT we can be joined by the old and the new.
Most awkward date you've ever been on?
I went to a Hilton in Austin during college and there was an amphibian show going on in the ballroom. Weird lizards do not horny make.
Who are your role models? anyone you inspired to be when you were younger or now even?
My role models are Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, the women who are not trying to fit a mold of success but following their own muse. My favorite movie is Bringing Up Baby, because Katherine Hepburn is a total nut job but has an amazing heart, and just wants to bring love and joy to people's lives (in the weirdest way possible haha). I love eccentrics and people who dared to dream. Whether successful or not, they expressed themselves during their lives and that should be the goal for all of us.
Felicia, you are such an amazing role model and I respect everything you stand for. I loved Penny in Dr. Horrible, and I am such a huge fan of the Guild.
What would you say to your high school age self about how to live life happily and best?
I would tell myself that grades don't matter, that you are better than you realize, and that the willingness to fail will get you farther than will to be perfect ever does.
Did you ever sort out your underwear issues from the other day?
I still have not done my laundry, no. I am currently wearing itchy lace underwear and hating every minute of it.
Obviously your career has been based upon your passions (Congratulations on that!). I was wondering if at any point in your career did you ever doubt yourself during low points--along the lines of, "I love this thing, but am I truly cut out for it?" Do you have any advice on how to push over the "self-conscious" side, and just make things?
I experience self-doubt every day! When I start to really fall back I start journaling a lot and find that a lot of the self-doubt is just a voice that doesn't want me to succeed in my head. That voice is not my friend, so I am able to separate it, silence it and keep going!
Thanks for doing this, I love your work :)
Is there any way your character will come back in the next part of Doctor Horrible? (please?)
Assuming that Doctor Horrible 2 is going to happen....
If it were to happen and I were to be asked back (theoretical!!!) I would drop everything of course!!! The Dr Horrible experience was probably one of the highlights of my life, to be a part of that family again would be heaven, absolute heaven!
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
I like a sundae the best. Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, almonds and some whipped cream. I can't just do one thing :)
So many insightful and relevant questions have been asked already! I must try to keep the trend going. What is your favorite cheese? ...uh, dammit. ;)
GOAT CHEESE STINKIER THE BETTER
Felicia, I just wanted to let you know that you are one of the biggest role models I have. I love all your work and the guild really inspired me to go towards my dream of game design. My question is, what sort of challenges did you face being a female geek?
I am actually pretty myopic about who I am, because I grew up loving what I love and no one called me out about it because I was homeschooled. I think it would be harder for an average girl to be solid in herself as a geek, to stay an "outsider" to the mainstream. I think the actual BIGGEST challenge for female geeks is STAYING a geek. The role models women have in media don't always present that being intellectual or geeky or an outsider is desirable, it's all about women being attractive and sexually appealing that leads to "success". I think that probably drives a lot of women away from more geeky subjects. SO I think overcoming those challenges is about finding people to look up to and more importantly peers that make you feel accepted and included. THAT is why it's good to live today, when you can connect with people over the internet who reflect how you are and who you want to be.
What is your favorite board game to play?
What is your favorite video game to play?
-I love Agricola and Lords of Waterdeep (resource management)
-I love any game that I can project myself into. That's why I get mad if games don't have a female character choice. That really pisses me off. So RPGs are my face, Dragon Age, WOW, Fallout, all those are my faves.
Hi Felicia! Huge fan--as you can obviously see from the username!
I love what you're doing with Geek & Sundry as far as covering gaming. My question is, do you have any plans to covering fighting games? We're a large community that gets little to no love from the mainstream gaming media and we'd like you and Geek & Sundry to help us out.
Come to Evo 2013, the world's largest tournament/convention/madhouse for fighting gamers! Last year we had over 2 million viewers and we'd like your help to top that this year.
Think of it as a chance to meet all your biggest fans. Trust me, at our tournaments and hangouts we all sit around and watch the livestreams of Vaginal Fantasies!
So my question to you is this? Are you in? :)
That's very interesting, I feel so far away from Fighter games that I actually doubted there was much overlap between our community and those games. SO you just made me rethink the subject!!!!
Do you still love Comic Con? For me it feels like it has multiple personalities as of late.
I feel like Comicon is a bit disenfranchising for the average Geek now, it seems like there's a class system now, where there are fancy hard to access places and then everything else. It's also extremely commercial, about selling and selling and selling. We have an off-site destination planned where our community can relax and enjoy our stuff in a democratic way, so I think that's a cool trend, with Nerd Machine and other off-site places creating that community feeling that the core of Comicon doesn't have as much anymore. I still love it to death though, I go dancing every night because it's my vacation! :)
I would sit on my mom's lap at like 5 or 6 and watch her play infocom games. My grandfather was a physicist and he'd quiz me on Calculus at a very young age, it was a game with him. And I loved Lost in Space more than anything. I retrospect that show is pretty creepy though.
What do you do to keep in such good shape? you spend so much time on computer games yet you never put weight on and always look amazing what's your secret?
I do not work out NEARLY as much as I should, but I have really bad stomach issues due to stress, so I have to watch what I eat in a health way (not a diet way). I am very high-strung though, and I got a treadmill desk recently that I LOVE so there are some genetic things but also small things I do to keep in shape!
Hi Felicia! Loved your work on Dragon Age: Redemption.
On your Twitter profile, you mention that you're a misanthrope. Do you think that the human race is generally doomed?
Hmm, doomed? Well, i think when we lose beautiful things in this world, like habitats and animal species, that is a bit of our soul that is lost, that unique beauty, so I guess I'm a bit of an environmental pessimist. I don't think anything changes on a large scale until people are FORCED to change by being uncomfortable. And at that point a lot of beauty and diversity could be lost forever. But we are smart enough to SURVIVE. But to LIVE? That's a different issue :)
In one of the Guild Hangouts you mentioned wanting to do one with Dodger.
This never happened, was it due to scheduling issues or what?
Slightly related: do you remember a man named Jesse Cox? :P
Oh Dodger, yes I forgot to call her. I want her to come play on the channel more though, I actually just emailed her before this, psych!
I'd just like to apologize for accidentally stalking you while you were out for breakfast one day in Vancouver. I spotted you while you were chilling at a cafe and wanted to just pop in and say thanks for being cool and all that. But then I got nervous and started to chicken out so I instead ordered a coffee and cookie and sat down nearby to try to regain some courage. The problem is I don't drink coffee because it makes me really nauseous and jumpy, so this didn't help my state of mind at all.
After about half an hour or so of pretending to mind my own business while actually pretty much just being a creepy stalker I managed to stand up and shout at you "I'VE JUST BEEN STALKING YOU FOR AN HOUR BECAUSE I THINK YOU'RE NEAT, I'M SORRY" and then I ran out of the store.
I am awkward and I apologize.
I dont' remember your screaming that, did you scream it or was the screaming in your head and you were quiet and polite about it? But I do enjoy it when people come up and say they like my stuff, I've met a lot of cool people that way.
I did meet someone in vacouver in line at a place and then the next day she wrote a comic about my conversation I was having with someone else. That made me hella paranoid about talking in public afterwards haha.
It's possible that in my caffeine addled state things were moving a lot faster and louder for me than for the rest of the world around me. I remember that you started to respond saying "Oh thanks I appreciate - " but by then I had already half bolted out the door. I'm glad that I haven't scarred you towards fan interactions though!
I have panics all the time and I think maybe sometimes the things in my head are not what people outside see haha
Who was your favorite actor to work with on eureka
Errrrr I mean Wil is pretty fun to work with but Neil Grayston was super funny too, and he farts disgusting things after eating broccoli, so I gotta go with him.
You're one of the first actresses to figure out there's a big market out there for media by and for geeks (and I'm not talking about Big Bang Theory here…)
How'd you manage to go from a small part on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to become Queen of All Geeks?
I was at my lowest after quitting World of Warcraft, and I told myself that if I didn't write SOMETHING I was a total failure and would never amount to anything. So I wrote The Guild because I wanted to write something I knew about. And after that, I just believed in what I was making so much I MADE people see it, haha. It was just really about finding who I was and telling a story regardless of how many people would "get" it, or allow me to tell it. The internet took away the barriers to have my characters heard. I hope it never changes@
What's your favorite part about producing content for the web? How does it differ from making content for TV?
I love that when we have an idea, we just MAKE it. I find someone on the internet I like, I email them and BAM I can be working with them the next day. I love that we don't have a gatekeeper censoring us (except for bleeping profanity, whatever.)
It differs in that we never have the resources to make 100% what we want, we can't get a lot of fancy people to work for us because we don't have the money to pay them, and we have to do so many roles on the set that we're never 100% at any ONE of them. So there's the tradeoff. For me, the freedom is worth the lack of comfort.
If you could be any character from a book or game, who and why?
I love the main character from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I love urban fantasy, where a character is able to be HERE but there is magic all around, that makes me excited.
Just dropped in to say THANK YOU for 6 fantastic seasons of 'The Guild'! Look forward to your future endeavors.
PS: can we get full versions of you and your brother playing video games? 5 minutes isn't enough time. Thanx!
I'm bringing my brother back this year to do gaming stuff, we'll see about doing long-form stuff! I'm trying to segment my life a bit better, so it's a constant struggle to do all the things I want to and have time to create (oh and have a life haha)
Which is better, Dragon Age, or Dragon Age II?
I enjoyed both of them, I think DA I is a more fully fleshed out game because they had twice the time to work on it, but the writing in both of them is stellar. FENRIS NEVER SLEPT WITH ME GRRRR
Is there any chance of Sean P., Sean B. and Bill returning for a new series similar to MetaDating?
Yup we are trying to work out what it is, but it's on the agenda. Metadating being on a monthly live schedule was hard for Sean so we're trying to come up with something new.
Hi Felicia! We are excited about Tabletop Day at our Geek Tavern where tabletop & Geek and Sundry are celebrated every night in Montgomery, AL. We talked to Wil Wheaton and came up with a drink we have named after him.
What are some liquors/tastes that you would like in a drink named after you?
Thanks for all you do for the geek community!
YES I WANT A DRINK NAMED AFTER ME! -I like sweet drinks -I love rum, dark rum.
So excited you're doing an event for TT Day!
Hey Felicia :) It's been a long time since Buffy, but who was your favourite cast member to work with??
I loved Indigo, who was a slayer with me, and I loved Alyson (Willow) because she's an amazing person
The length of web-series episodes are short in comparison with traditional television. With Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and other streaming services becoming more and more popular and people becoming comfortable watching television on the internet for extended periods do you think web-series will begin to expand to 22 min episodes? Or will budgets and viewers fragile attention keep them brief?
I think this year will prove that TV-length content can succeed online. It's just a matter of time. One day soon I'd like to come up with my own full-length show, but creatively I don't have enough time right now to get the space. It's my biggest priority right now to carve that out, because of everything I've done, creating The Guild is my most proud achievement.
If you had to change professions, what career would you pursue?
I think I would be a fantasy book writer. I like being alone, I like being silent with my thoughts, I love escaping.
You have a very prominent social media presence - how do you deal with the individuals who abuse the access?
I've seen some facebook comments and twitter replies to you that are some of the filthiest things someone can say to someone else. Do these comments get to you?
I skim over the gross ones, I really do. I have seen it ALL. Other than the time that 4Chan flooded one of my videos and made me cry and totally depressed for a month, I have a very thick skin. And some people actually don't KNOW they're being skeevy, so i just skim over them. I don't have enough time to say, "hey that's not cool" to everyone, and it's such a small percentage of commenters that I just focus on the ones that count, the people who support me and offer good criticism!
Forgive my Wikipedia stalking but it says you graduated with majors in mathmatics and music, why the sudden urge to go into acting? Also, you're awesome and my favorite Fallout companion.
I did those majors because I was good at them, not because I was passionate about them (although I loved playing the violin a lot). I acted all through my childhood in community theater, and there I found the greatest connection with people and the love of entertaining. My dad said I had to get a "real degree" before going to Hollywood, so I did. I was very naive about the whole thing ha.
Do you watch Doctor Who or Sherlock?
I'm obsessed with Sherlock, I occasionally watch Dr Who but I'm not very consistent.
What was your favorite game to do voice work for?
I loved doing Tallis for Dragon Age II because I created the character first, and then they took her in directions I never imagined and it was wonderful to see and act.
Maybe if one day I accomplish enough to deserve my own IAmA!
GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE
Remember when I said I was sending you Tomb Raider after I finished? Cold day in hell now dude.
So can you send me tomb raider then?
Not with a handle name like that dude. Gross.
felicia, you need to share with your brother.
YOU CANT MAKE ME DO ANYTHING JOSHUA
MY MAN! How are you? I have been wanting to get back with you guys but work is tightening its grip on me me harder every day, and unlike star systems, I am not slipping through their fingers.
WHY ARE YOU HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE ON MY AMA?!?!? FUCK
What the fuck type of name is Ryon
HAHAH You just opened a can of whoopass sir.
Two part question here. Who is the person you most admire in this world, and why your brother?
EDIT: Someone gave me gold! I bet no one has given her gold!
WHO GAVE HIM GOLD?!?!
Hi Felicia! Long-time fan here, just had a few questions :D
What has been your favorite Flog segment to film to date? My favorite one to watch would personally be the one where you made custom perfumes with Sean Plott. Hilarious!
Is your hair naturally that color? I'm so jealous of it either way.
Where's the soap?!???
ps. thanks so much for signing on for Ottawa Comic Con in May, I'm super excited to meet you!
1- My favorite would have to be the CPR one, it was like I was on drugs that stuff got so weird. And all the gaming segments with my brother, because that's really me without a filter haha. 2) Yes although I make it a bit redder than natural because I like bright colors. 3) When we moved offices someone lost it. I got VERY ANGRY but the followup video made up for it.
Can't wait to go to Ottawa!
First and foremost, thank you for doing this AMA!
Thank you again for the AMA and look forward to your responses!
-I pitched YouTube a slate of shows, they funded them (they funded 100 out of like 5000 pitches!) -I think the popularity and power of online took geek into popular culture in a big way, The Guild was in the right place at the right time, because the tools were there to reach the audience that would like the show. Right time right place, right person! :) -I love talking to fans, I love sharing the things I create with everyone and have them be delighted or laugh, that is what fuels me. I love it when people say they meet friends in the community around my stuff, that is even cooler. -I have very limited time nowadays, so I can't promise anything I'm sorry. I am trying to balance life and work better, so that makes me have to pass up offers and requests a lot. I feel VERY bad about it, but last year I got to the point where I was collapsing from work, so I have to be strict now. I will try to check out your podcast though! Thank you for supporting TableTOp Day!
Do you know Jesse Cox?
Whose nerdier in real life, Neil Patrick Harris or Nathan Fillion?
I think Nathan is pretty nerdy because he loves tech, he loves video games, he loves other kinds of games, but Neil is into magic and theatre and everything, so it's a tough call!
Hi Felicia! Thanks for doing an AMA!!!
If money was no object, what would your dream project be?
Also, do you ever get to walk around cons anymore? Or do you do it in costume now to not be noticed?
I would love to do a big mini-series online adaptation of a huge video game franchise like Fallout or something. Creating a world from scratch would be amazing.
And I walk around wherever I want and my fans are really cool. They understand I'm probably rushing everywhere, and if I can't stop they don't feel insulted. HOPEFULLY!
Hi Felicia! Big fan.
If there were no restrictions, whether it be financial or scheduling, who would you most like to cast as a character in a season of The Guild?
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Would you be happy if Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher all returned for the new Star Wars movies? Or do you think their characters are best left alone?
I'd love Simon Pegg to be in The Guild, OMG awesome. Love interest for Codex WHAT?! -I want to be invisible for sure, I love sneaking around, it's creepy -I dunno, I feel like unless theres legitimate STORY there, they shouldn't come back. But that's just me.
First of all, thanks for being the paragon of intelligent girl gamers everywhere. We're not all unwashed, as the general population might have folks believe. And thanks for championing G&S, Tabletop Day, Penny (who might not really be dead, right?!?!?! RIGHT!?), Vaginal Fantasy, Veronica Santangelo... and good god, woman, what haven't you done? You're living the dream.
A few questions –
*Which con is your favorite, and why?
*What game are you most looking forward to playing? Board/video, new/old...
*What's your go-to game to destress?
Bonus question! What are the odds you can weasel your way to the Acquisitions Inc PAX game this year? I'm pretty sure I'd pay to see that.
I love DragonCon because I'm as big a fan of the cosplayers as I am a guest of the con. -I'm really looking forward to playing Bioshock, but my PC is in the shop so I'm pretty irritated right now. Dragon Age 3 for sure too. -I love Kingdom Rush and other tower defense to de-stress, or I just arrange stuff in my Skyrim home. I love Skyrim more than anything.
-I always go to DragonCon so PAX is not possible, gAH!
As a violinist, what is your professional opinion of Lindsey Stirling?
I love her, I wish I had been that innovative with my instrument when I could play really well, she is reinventing classical music for a lot of people, and she's existing outside the music industry box. Bravo to her!
From the last season of the Guild, it seems pretty apparent that it will not be coming back. It will be missed dearly. Can you tell us of some of the process that you went through in deciding to end The Guild? What kind of things did you keep in mind while writing the last season?
The Guild is still owned by me, so no one told me to stop, but I felt in THIS incarnation, doing more wouldn't really work beyond this season. The budget has gotten too big to keep everyone together, and people were interested in moving on. I felt wrapping up Codex's story by finding a job and getting her friends was a great arc and came full circle, she was healed a lot in a way by healing othrs. I still love the characters and can do whatever I want with the world, but if I do something else it would be in a different format in a different way. And after I do something new, because I want to invent a new world I just don't know what that is yet.
What was it like playing with your own voice as an NPC in Fallout: New Vegas?
It was great, it was HOURS and HOURS of recording voiceover. People dont' appreciate how FAST you have to record video games, you do 500 lines in a few hours. It's a wonder ANY of it is good at all haha. I loved the writing though, it was very Whedon-esque. And she was OPd as all getout
Here's a question for you guys. We're doing a lot of new things on Geek and Sundry this year, lots of shows not returning, new shows coming. What do you guys want on the channel that you can't find anywhere else? What makes you watch web video?
Flog, Tabletop and the Guild must return. I also love Wil's idea to do a roleplaying show, something like a serial campaign like Acquisitions Incorporated. Would love to see another Dragon Age Story too
These are great ideas everyone!!! I'll write these down for us!
I loved your scene in Hotel Erotica Cabo.
DUDE THAT WAS NOT ME And if you search my name and a beautiful redhead pops up squeezing her melon-like breasts together, that is not me either. People bring that picture to conventions to sign and I'm like,"Er, not me dude." It gets awkward.
haha, the picture popped up on reddit a week ago and everyone replied that it was you. good to know.
I mean, it doesn't even LOOK like me. I WISH I looked like that, her nose is perfect and her boobs are delicious. Not to objectify.
All of Reddit has a crush on you.
Really?! there was a thread a few years about about "Is it just me or is Felicia Day totally horrible at eveything" and it had like 500 comments. I admit, of all the places on the internet I want to be liked, it's Reddit so I cried haha.
This is really sad. Reddit, you made her cry, what the hell. We love you, we promise!
It's cool, if everyone praises you all the time you're probably gonna turn into an asshole. The Internet makes sure I stay humble!
Not sure if you're aware, but there is a subreddit devoted just to you!
I DIDNT KNOW THAT!!!!
Just wanted to let you know, whenever I become a father I'm glad my kids will have a role model like you.
Thank you so much for saying that!
How would you define success?
-Supporting yourself with something that doesn't FEEL like work
-Knowing you're expressing something UNIQUE about yourself, and people are responding to it because of that truth
Favorite d&d class?
I love sorcerers because I love high charisma low INT characters, they're SO FUN TO PLAY!
Do you ever get challenged for self identifying as a nerd/geek/game girl? With your level of fame I'm sure it's less common, but can you give the rest of us some advice on how to approach that sort of situation?
I am sort of insulated in my world, I don't have to interact with a lot of people (except Hollywood suit-types) who don't "get" me. I get frustrated when I get pigeon-holed but then I just go back to the truth of what I believe in, WHY I do what I do, and that centers me. You are never alone in what you feel, so if you need to reach within yourself for strength or to people around you who UNDERSTAND, DO IT. Never be shy about reaching out.
How tall are you?
You really aren't missing any questions here are you?
I'm a frikkin fast typer, I think people are getting weirded out by it haha
Hey Felicia! Just wondering if you have any crazy fans at con stories? What's the craziest fan encounter you've ever had?
A dude asked me to sign his arm so he could tattoo over it (his friend dared him to for 500 bux). I refused a lot but then was like, "What the hell". He came back and showed me the tattoo which was RED and gross but kind of awesome. Then the next day he tweeted at me, "Hey, my friend never paid me the money". DOH!
As a convention worker I am sure you get swarmed with fans constantly biding for your time. What is the one thing you wish fans would stop doing when approaching you to help ensure that the experience wont exasperate you in the process?
I kind of wish people would want to TALK to me rather than JUST get my picture. I love learning about people and am flattered to be on their Facebook page, but would love it to be MORE than that too.
In your opinion what is the best way to tell a nerdy girl you like her when you know your far less worthwhile than she? Also I tottaly dig your work.
-You're never LESS worthwhile, that thinking will get you nowhere.
-I would try to find things you have in common and ask her to enjoy one of those things with you. Show her the commonality you have with her, and be CONFIDENT. Confidence and thoughtfulness combined are killer!
Hi Felicia! We shared an elevator at the Hyatt Regency for the Chicago Wizard World con in 2011. Do you remember me?
Yes. And I'm lying. Were you dressed as Nightwing? I would have remembered that.
I would love to see you as a full time cast member in a show. Whenever I see your name in opening credits of a show I give a silent (loud) whoop.
Have people been shopping pilots around for you?
I'm sure there must be quite a few producers out there looking for "A Felicia Day type...or better than that, Felicia Day"
I am offered a lot of opportunities to be on a show regularly and have not decided to do one yet. I really want to create my own show, but I'm so busy now that it's proving difficult to make the time. Writing requires lots of alone time and creative space, and it's hard running a channel and getting that. So anyway, I'm thinking about it, but for now I have my hands full! And yes, there are castings a lot for a "Felicia Day" type. I'm like, "Uh why didn't you call me?!"
At which point did you realize that you "made it"?
When someone made fan art of my show. That was the most thrilling thing ever, that my creativity had spawned someone else's creativity.
My wife and I watch Geek & Sundry shows in HD on our living room TV the way most people would watch cable TV. Scripted shows like The Guild and Space Janitors seem to blur the line with traditional television. Could you pontificate on the potential future of web programming and how it might intersect with more mainstream programming?
I think that it's very interesting right now because what we think of TV is going to break down, and all content will be delivered digitally, so where is the demarcation line? Amazon is making 1/2 hour comedies, how is that LESS than a TV show on CBS? If Girls on HBO (Which I love) can survive with 600k viewers, and web video shows have that much viewership or more, why is there not more money being spent outside the box on web video?
The next year is VERY important in the space, so if you like independent stuff, please support it, whoever is making it. That support will allow them to graduate to longer content, bigger budgets and break through mainstream media just moving over here and taking over all the content outlets.
Who is your favorite scientist of all time?
Feynman because he was my grandfather's hero and I listened to a lot of his tapes in college.
Any funny stories to from the set of Supernatural any of the times you've been a part of it?
If you look at the episode in LARP and the Real Girl, there's a scene where we're looking at a map and off camera Jared was saying the funniest nastiest things and I had to keep a straight face and not ruin the take. IT WAS VERY HARD. Those guys are so funny and awesome to work with :)
As a long time follower of your career, I’d like to know are you ever bored? It seems you are always doing something. Between working on Geek and Sundry, Supernatural, and attending conventions, how do you find the time to relax with a book or play the newest games? This is something I struggle with and surely I’m less preoccupied than you. Thanks for doing what you are doing.
PS. Due to work, I never have the time to attend the cons you attend. Is it too much to ask you for an autographed picture?
I wish I could be bored, I LONG TO BE BORED. I think from Boredom comes our greatest ideas. That's what I want, to be bored enough I can create something awesome! There is a problem that when I read a book, I have a book club to share that experience with, and when I play a game, I make a video. SO I think I need to find a hobby just for me that I don't share, I think it would be healthier that way. :)
My friends and I have a theory that Joss Whedon and everyone he repeatedly works with secretly live in one big house somewhere and make movies for fun. It's sort of like Summer camp.
Can you fail to deny this theory?
I want to go to there.
How has being home-schooled positively and negatively affected your professional life?
Also, fellow home-schooler high five! And the obligatory YOUR AMAZING OMG SUPERNATURAL DR. HORRIBLE PERFECTION AHHH remark.
It has formed me 100%. There are things like social anxiety and taking rejection too hard that I've had to deal with based on my upbringing, but the pros TOTALLY outweight the cons. I have so many skills that I would never have had if I'd been in school all day every day. Hell, half the time I didn't do anything at home, just watched TV and read. That allowed me to be myself in every way, and I think that was a great thing!
Thanks for the AMA, I got a simple question: How does your typical day look like?
I wake up at 7:30 and journal (MOST the time). Then I answer emails for an hour. Twice a week I go into the office and have about 12 hours worth of meetings, with all the Geek and Sundry peeps, meet creative people I want to work with, watch edits etc. Those are very tiring days of admin and business stuff. The other days I do voiceover jobs (I did Annoying Orange today), have lunches, view edits and give notes, meet people who are creative and I want to work with, write blog copy, proof scripts, answer emails (MORE EMAILS THAN ANYONE CAN IMAGINE), try to write something creative, do all my social networking and make videos. This month I'm going to NYC twice, Chicago and Seattle. I travel a lot. It's kind of insane, if you look at my schedule it's a WALL of stuff. So, yeah, I don't just sit around eating bon bons (the thing I hate most is doing my hair, haha).
Ms. Day, I feel you are as neutral a party in this matter as I can get, and seeing that this is an "ask me anything" format, I feel I must ask:
How should I ask out my local Starbucks barista?
Wait for a quiet time and ask her to go to coffee at another coffee place haha.
What was it like working with other youtubers on 'Youtube rewind'? Also who was your fav?
I love Hannah Hart, so that was fun. I also helped iJustine learn how to play violin.
How many hours do you actually sleep...? I hear you do (a lot) more stuff than the average geek...
I have to sleep 8-9 hours a night. That means I literally never physically go OUT after dark, so people don't invite me to parties or anything anymore. It's kind of sad, I gotta work on that haha.
Loved your interview on Girl on Guy.
Thanks! Aisha is pretty mad awesome.
Why are you not on every episode of Supernatural? whyyyyyy!!!!
Tell CW to make it soooooo!
Ms. Day, I have a question and a request. As you know, Jesse Cox has a...infatuation with you witch was made very obvious in the TGS Podcast you did a few months ago. I (and I think the internet) would love to see you two on a "date" and have it fully filmed for everyone's amusement. I really want to see just how Jesse would react to the idea of being on a date with you. What do you think?
As a business owner, how to do you decide what to delegate to others and what to handle yourself?
This is the best question! It's been the hardest learning curve for me, how to scale. Before G&S we never had an employee, now we have awesome staff but it's hard for me to not say, "I'll just do it myself." I took time to write down all the things I LOVE to do and what I do BEST and now I try to take a pause every time I do something and ask, "is this on that list?" Because everything takes time and has opportunity cost. I'm not there yet but it's definitely a move in the right direction.
For the cast members on "the guild", did you guys barely know each other at the start, or did you all know each other prior? (P.S. I love you)
I knew Sandeep and Jeff, the rest of the cast we had a casting session for.
Who is one artist you'd love to work with, and why?
Also, my girlfriend dyed her hair red and was excited that it looked like yours. Not sure if creepy, but YOTTFDO
Edgar Wright or Wes Anderson, my dream directors.
and almost as important, Felicia, whats it like to be a sister to an obvious 'hell of a guy'?
Guys please don't encourage this shit.
What game has you continually coming back for more?
Skyrim, I mean, I can just log in and do one quest and I feel like I accomplished a lot
Hi Felicia! Fellow lady-nerd here. I am truly inspired by the things that you've accomplished, and it makes me just want to go out and CREATE things. But, as I am sure you know, it can be disappointing when things aren't received as well as you'd hoped.
How do you cope with that? The negativity, or just the plain lack of interest in maybe something you love but other people don't respond to? Also, do you have any recommendations for people to get their concepts and ideas out? (If you build it, will they really come? That feels untrue sometimes...)
Thank you for this AMA, and for everything you do to champion not just geekdom, but ladies in the community as well.
You gotta make sure that you're doing something for YOURSELF first. If you're making something FOR outside praise then you're doing it wrong. Make things as if you're the only person who could make them, and you're just doing it for yourself. It's tough, but THEN you'll make something uniquely for yourself, and if people don't praise it, you believe in it enough that you don't get crushed about it. If no one had ever seen The Guild past episode 1 I would still have felt the accomplishment of it, because I bested my fears about writing, I got together and MADE something with people I liked and I FINISHED it. That in itself was the victory for me. Everything else was just wanting people to see it because I believed in it so much for the right reasons.
For those who haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBqkuufYITA
That place is amazing, you should take lessons there if you're in LA!
One of my wife's great regrets is that she didn't go over and talk to you when we saw you at you Tender Greens in Hollywood a while back. She saw you and totally geeked out - but since you were alone, she figured you didn't want to be bothered.
Later on, she saw that you had twittered from the restaurant how flattering it was that another fan came up to you to something nice about your work, and it made your day.
Lesson learned: Don't be afraid to tell Felicia Day she's awesome when she's alone at a restaurant.
YES! As long as I'm not in mid-bite I love hearing from you!
If you were offered the role of Squirrel Girl in the 3rd Avengers movie would you take it?
Two part question, do you ever worry that you are type cast as the nerdy cute girl? How big of risk is it for you to go the other way as an actress?
Yes I am actually very aware of that and turn down roles now. After Holly on Eureka and Charlie on Supernatural, I feel like I've done that, let's move on. I'm really into comedy and want to do roles that push the envelope a bit, so when I have time to go out and act on more stuff I'll be very picky
What are your thoughts on how far geek/nerd culture has risen? Do you think that it's a cultural thing that will at some point fall, or do you think that access to technology will eventually normalize the relevance of the current culture and geeky pursuits will become just . . . pursuits.
I did a video just this week about that on Geek and Sundry, I have been thinking deeply about that for existential reasons, I hope you find the video and it answers your question! I think it's great, but at the cost of some growing pains :)
Hey, what's your favorite sci-fi movie? Show?
Is it cool to say I like Xena Princess Warrior a lot on TV? Is that weird?
While I was doing this AMA Geek and Sundry hit 500k subscribers on YouTube! WHAT A TREAT FOR OUR 1RST BIRTHDAY THANKS GUYS!