The old adage goes, “Never meet your idols”, and in the main, that does make total sense – you’ll always be left disappointed or let down in some manner. However, I’ve been incredibly lucky in the fact that my idols happen to have been rather wonderful and gracious people.
And, thanks to actress/online pioneer/author Felicia Day, I still have yet to encounter that disappointment; over the course of an eighteen-minute chat, she was forthcoming and effusive about two of her current projects on her particular radar – first up, we talked about VOYAGE TO THE STARS, a sci-fi-comedy improv podcast that is as manic and inventive as the description suggests, and also EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD: FACE YOUR FEARS AND UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY, a new book that comes out soon which seeks to inspire and shake loose the creative juices in her readers.
We get into a number of topics, including what skills and creative itches VOYAGE… allows Felicia to scratch and which of her cast members makes her laugh the most, as well as clearing up who this new book of hers is ultimately aimed for – it’s not for those wanting financial rewards for their output, more personal fulfilment springing from their efforts. A lovely chat, and I hope you enjoy.
VOYAGE TO THE STARS is a weekly podcast, available on all the major online platforms with season two blasting off from September 17, 2019 with 26 episodes rolled out on a weekly basis. In addition, a Voyage to the Stars comic book is in the works and currently set to debut in 2020.
The year is 2263. A group of loveable misfits mistakenly board an alien spacecraft and find themselves transported through a wormhole to the far side of the universe. Despite the universe’s best efforts, they somehow survived season one – but will they survive the second season of Voyage to the Stars?
The second season follows the crew as they attempt to find their way back to Earth before it is devoured by the all-consuming force known as the Nothing. Season one detailed the misadventures of our group of bumblers played by Felicia Day (The Guild, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as scatterbrained scientist Elsa Rankfort, Janet Varney (You’re The Worst, Stan Against Evil) as the misanthropic A.I. aptly named Sorry, Steve Berg (Dr. Horrible, The Good Place, The Goldbergs) as apathetic technician Stew Merkel and Colton Dunn (Superstore, Key & Peele) as a wholly unqualified Captain Tucker Lentz, who accidentally find themselves on the wrong side of a wormhole.
Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) joins this season playing Nico, a lesbian space alien who finds herself in a complicated love triangle with fellow crewmembers. Also set to guest star in the sophomore season are Angela Kinsey (The Office), Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital), Jesse Cox (Good Game), Phil LaMarr (Futurama) and Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows) among others.
As this pop-culture-reference-laden improvised space comedy unfolds, each planet visited is more outrageous than the last. The universe will never be the same as our crew comes together to tell a larger story about finding your place in the world… even if it takes getting hopelessly lost in space and destroying several alien civilizations along the way.
Don’t you hate when you just can’t get yourself motivated to do something? EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity! is a book that comes out October 1, 2019 – in it, Felicia threads personal anecdotes and plenty of personality through a practical, hands-on guide to finding, rekindling, and enhancing creative passions. Part guided journal, part imaginative workbook – think of this as Wreck This Journal meets You Are a Badass meets Felicia’s inimitable blend of hilarity and hard-earned wisdom.
Including Felicia’s personal stories and hands-on experience, Embrace Your Weird offers:
- Entertaining and revelatory exercises that empower you to be fearless, so you can rediscover the things that bring you joy, and crack your imagination wide open
- Unique techniques to vanquish enemies of creativity, such as anxiety, fear, procrastination, perfectionism, criticism, and jealousy
- Tips to cultivate a creative community
- Space to explore and get your neurons firing
Whether you enjoy writing, baking, painting, podcasting, playing music, or have yet to uncover your favourite creative outlet, Embrace Your Weird will help you unlock the power of self-expression!
Order your copy of EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD at: https://amzn.to/2mX3sk8
Thanks to Dan Berry and Jeremy Bonds (motivpr.com) for setting up the conversation and to Felicia for taking time out of her schedule to talk to me.
Intro Music: ‘Punky’, bensound.com