I’ve been a crafty little devil my entire life. A rural, homeschooled, upbringing leaves a lot of time to be filled with imagination.
At the age of 12, I decided I wanted to be a blacksmith. With my dad’s help, I built a forge.
But soon after, we moved into the city, so that was the end of that.
At 15 I went to high school for one year to take art and wood shop(Where I built a bass guitar). There, I met some friends who were into tabletop RPG games. These often involved very fine, detailed miniature work which I excelled at.
Wanting to get back into black smithing, I figured jewelry making would be a natural choice as it seemed to be a smaller scale alternative, which I could do while living in town. At 18 I took a course on silver smithing at the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club. There, I also learned to cut gems.
A few years later, I found a job posting for a small jewelry store looking for someone to do repairs. Getting hired there was easier than I thought it would be. The gold smith said she’d teach me anything I needed to know, while I repaired what I could.
There were good experiences to be had there. I was given access to tools and materials I wouldn’t have been able to practice with anywhere else. Even the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where I had a foot in the door, seemed like a step back in some ways.
However, in the end I received very little instruction. Most of what I learned was on my own.
After a couple years there I went back to the Lapidary Club, this time to teach an advanced silver smithing class.
Soon after, I left the jewelry store with a bad taste in my mouth. I didn’t touch jewelry again for two years.
Luckily a friend of mine had been hired to tech support for Nikon Cameras and told me they were hiring again. Also one of the people in charge of hiring was someone I had taught in the silver smithing class. That combined with my previous experience at a photolab got me in easily.
I had a year and a quarter to handle every Nikon digital camera from the D1 to the D3X, and a wide range of lenses. We were even allowed to sign equipment out for a week or so at a time. I learned a lot about photography.
In November of 2008, I came out to BC to help my sister shoot her grad film. I cooked meals for the crew and made sure they were fed and coffeed the whole time.
I decided I would move here early in the new year.
Fast forward a year from my first trip and I’m asked to make some prop badges for a pokemon fan film. They also needed guns, so I provided some of my airsoft weapons and helped out on set.
In September 2010, Pokemon Apokelypse breaks the internet and “rapes the childhood” of grown otaku all over the world.
The group behind it became Megasteakman whom I consider myself a part of.
They regularly release youtube videos. Primarily geek and video game related comedy.
While I help on set from time to time and have even acted, my biggest job is to produce specialty props and costumes.
This seems to be the direction life is taking me.
I design clothes to wear that look more like costumes than some of the costumes I’ve made. My personal sense of fashion lying somewhere between The Road Warrior and Final Fantasy.
Recently I’ve been practicing maquette sculpting. Included in this, I am working on head sculpts for 1:6th scale action figures.
I am very pleased with what I’ve turned out so far.