I'm sure some of you local Bostonians attended the convention we just had in town this weekend. This was really my first convention where I got to meet a few of the actors from the various shows. I couldn't have had a better time.
The convention itself was a little small, but there were many panels in the auditorium featuring many actors from the shows.
I just wanted to share my experience in meeting the actors.
Brent was such a delight. I've seen him on various panels on YouTube that other fans recorded and am well-aware of his wisecracks and humor. When I got over to him, he was on his iPad and said to me, "You don't mind if I just check email real quick, do you?"
"No, of course not," I said.
A moment later he said to me, "Actually, I really brought this because I wanted to take pictures of all the freaks here. You don't mind if I take yours, do you?"
So after that, we spoke for about a minute or two. I told him how I thought he'd be a great addition to Curb Your Enthusiasm, to which he agreed. Then went into this story about how he actually knows Larry David.
So keeping his "freak" comment in mind, after we fist-bumped, I was about to walk away, and then said, "Oh, wait, now I remember where I saw you. You were C3PO, weren't you?"
"SHHH! Don't tell anyone that!"
Brent's a great guy and I really liked talking to him.
I can't say enough good things about Marina. She was an absolute sweetheart. I went to get her autograph when the crowds died down a bit. When I met her, she asked me my name and what I do. She then proceeded to chat with me for almost ten minutes. She loves to talk. She even gave me a few tips about the voice-over business, since that's a career path I want to get into.
My friend and I ran into her again later on. We took a break from the con and as we were coming back, we caught her out front smoking. I actually approached her and asked her for a cigarette and she was happy to do it. I said, "I don't smoke, I just want to out on Facebook that I bummed a cigarette off Marina Sirtis." She laughed and spoke with us for a few minutes before having to get back inside.
I absolutely loved meeting Marina.
Levar was also pretty awesome. Right away, he'd fistbump you and treat you like you were old friends. We spent most of the time talking about relaunching Reading Rainbow.
Michael was pretty quiet and didn't have much to say. He seemed like a really shy guy.
Rene was really cool. I told him I had a long-lasting appreciation for classic TV and mentioned that I caught him on an episode of The Bob Newhart Show. He laughed and said, "How old are you, anyway?" When I told him I was 27, he said, "I can't believe you've even seen that show!"
Nana was really sweet and happy to talk with me. Like Rene, she signed my DVDs. Great, great lady.
My buddy got a photo op with Shatner and he asked if I wanted to be in it. Even though the photo op was really quick, I managed to talk to Bill for a few seconds. He was seated between the two of us and I jokingly said, "So, I'll just sit in your lap?" To which he laughed and said, "And what would you like for Christmas?!"
Here's a few pictures of what I had signed.
It's funny, I brought this phaser toy with me to show a friend and had no intention of asking anyone to sign it. But as I got in line for Brent, I thought of it. Then ended up getting all the TNG stars there to sign it.
Overall, I had an awesome time. It was great to meet the Trek actors for the very first time.
Really looking forward to the next one.