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article imageQ&A with Felicia Day, the hero of gaming geeks worldwide Special

By David Silverberg     Sep 21, 2015 in Entertainment
You might know her from the online series The Guild or the TV show Supernatural. Actress, writer and entrepreneur recently spoke to Digital Journal in Toronto during her book tour, where she talked gaming, the rise of the female nerd, and much more.
Online, Felicia Day is an icon to many Netizens who've enjoyed her acting/writing on The Guild, an online series that shot to stardom thanks to its comedic and realistic look at World of Warcraft-type gamers. Her Twitter game has been tight ever since, whether she's commenting on trends of the day or offering advice to beginning actors.
Thanks to The Guild, she has appeared in numerous TV shows since, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Supernatural to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. She is also the founder of online digital channel Geek & Sundry, an online digital channel, which was acquired by Legendary Entertainment in 2015.
Day, a 36-year-old who lives in L.A., published her first book, a delightful memoir called You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost), which details her passion for acting, being an entrepreneur and letting her geek flag fly. A portion of the introduction sums up Day's outlook: "The heart of my story is that the world opened up for me once I decided to embrace who I am, unapologetically."
I met Day at a Toronto hotel to learn more about what motivated her to write the book, and what lessons she would offer to anyone who wants to succeed in Hollywood, or has a love of gaming culture:
Digital Journal: What would you tell your teen self now if you could?
Day: There's a story in the book about getting obsessed with having an 'A' in math, so I'd tell her to try more things and risk being not as perfect, in order to broaden your horizons a bit more.
Digital Journal: What was it about gaming that first drew you in?
Day: My brother and I were homeschooled so we had no kids to socialize with, and gaming let us venture into other worlds. It was a way to imitate freedom. Gaming let us be together with people who made us feel like we belonged, a recurring theme I'd find throughout my life.
DVD cover of Season 2 of The Guild
DVD cover of Season 2 of The Guild
DVD cover
Digital Journal: Your popularity soared with The Guild, so how did you first handle all that fame?
Day: I got stage fright when I first noticed those 100,00 Twitter followers! At first, I couldn't tweet because of the scrutiny I was facing and the pressure to maintain people’s interest. When the show got more prominent with season 3 and Dr Horrible came along, these new fans might have thought they knew me but they didn't know who I really was. They treated me like an object when they don’t know me as a person.
I was struggling with those things, and it was hard and come to conclusion that I have to put my community first and foremost. At Geek & Sundry, people tell me how they want content, what would delight them. My only role in my business world is to find out what makes them happy.
Digital Journal: But how do you balance showing your true self on Twitter, say, and not revealing too much of yourself?
Day: I try to be as authentic as I am with all my warts. But it's easy to fall into the trap of being negative, sending out hatred that doesn't benefit anyone. When you put out love in the world, when you're positive, you're showing people that you’re a leader of a community and that’s what I consider myself.
Digital Journal: Since you're online so often, do you need to deplug and get off the grid sometimes?
Day: For sure, especially when I want to create something, I need to get off the Net, and do some deep soul-reflection. I can’t think of how others are reacting or judging me when I deplug. I need to put a messy version of what I want to say on the page, I can’t be thinking of end result of it.
I write on pen and paper and I quiet the voices, so I can please myself first, and then I think of other people and start editing. You sometimes need to walk down a street to enjoy a tree for a tree.
Digital Journal: And what inspired you to write the book?
Day: I've been giving a lot of speeches since Geek started, how I started as a weird kid and picked up a camera and began shooting in my garage. Hopefully this book will inspire those who should know they shouldn't be ashamed of who they are. Don’t abandon what you love because of peer pressure; there's no better time to create and tell your story.
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