Meet Beth Stelter, my new booking manager. Beth's company is Hollywood Stats where whe works as the Publicity Director. She has taken over the responsibility of all aspects of my horror and fandom convention appearances. This frees me up to work on other aspects of my career, such as finding auditions and raising money for film production.
I first met Beth in 2010, at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Horror Convention in Indianapolis. At that time, I didn't get her contact info and didn't see her again until our paths crossed once more in Cleveland at the Cinema Wasteland Convention earlier this year.
Beth is a publicist and has a love for Hollywood and everything to do with it. Her enthusiasm has led her into actor management and she agreed to handle my convention appearances.
I am extremely excited to have Beth's assistance and she has already added events to my calendar. And if you'd like to have me appear at your convention, or if you're an actor who'd like to discuss having Beth manage your bookings, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
One of the best conventions that I've been invited to was the Days of the Dead Horror Convention in Indianapolis, In over the weekend of July 1st through the 3rd. My thanks to Adolfo and Erin Dorta for having me as a guest. I especially have to thank my friend Beth Wren for her efforts to petition Adolfo on my behalf to get me that invitation! It was a great weekend and an excuse for me to go back to the city where I grew up. And Adolfo was a great and accommodating host.
Conventions in Indianapolis are important to me. It not only affords me the opportunity to meet and network with new friends and fans but it also gives me a chance to see some family members and connect with old high school and college class mates. I am especially happy that friends Candy Mozingo and John Summers stopped by to visit on this trip (I hadn't seen either of them since 1972!). Also, my sister Mary was able to come by and get her picture taken with my friends, Michelle Leg and Ari Lehman.
Thanks to Adolfo's invitation to this convention, I was able to hang out with friends Reggie & GiGi Bannister and Ari Lehman on Thursday night and watched as Reggie played his guitar and sang at one of the local bars. Unfortunately, after the 16-hour drive to Indy, I was simply too tired to stay longer and see Ari's band, First Jason, perform.
My friend Beth Wren was at the convention to sell the ghost hunting film she appeared in and to promote her paranormal investigations group. It was her first convention behind a table. I was able to hang out with friends Dave & Lora Rhodes and Shannon & Michelle Feaster (parents of Prodigy Filmmaker, Dakota Meyer). It also was able to spend time with my almost-life-long friend, Jeani Mills Nolte, and my brother, Rick.
I met Kara Rountree (and her husband, "Shrub") in the hallway on Friday night They run a horror-review website, goblinhaus, that you should checkout and bookmark. Kara was so much fun and just kept giving me sh... (oops! Better leave it there). I also met Shawn "Cap" and Christie Keaton Brown while doing a little bit of my stand-up at one of the convention entrances (Cap is advocating for me to to wrangle me a guest spot at Scarefest in Lexington, Ky this September). I also got to know Dave Alusik and Lydia Burris (two great artists): Lydia gave me a badge that says "I'm very bad" that I wear on my Santa suit when I'm the Vampire Santa.
I met Fenriz Fatal and Captain Crypt (and their wives) at the Famous Monsters of Filmland convention last year when they invited me to celebrate the first anniversary of their company, Grossex Productions. I met Kitty Zom (the child-friendly zombie) at HorrorHound) earlier this year. It was great hanging out with them all again!
Days of the Dead will go down in my book as one of my favorite conventions and I hope to be included as a guest at more of Adolfo's future conventions (nudge, nudge). If you can check, check out Days of the Dead in Atlanta this March or back, again, in Indy in July. More info can be found on the Days of the Dead website.