THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE SKULLGIRLS COMMUNITY

PARASOUL 1I spent the entire day sleeping and in contemplation.  This week has been one of the most amazing weeks of my life.  I got the opportunity to be apart of something so much bigger than myself that I feel Life just got a whole lot more interesting.

Starting with the Live Stream a week ago at Salty Cupcakes where I showed up to support the little independent video game I’m in called Skullgirls, get into EVO by raising the most money in a donation competition. Winner got 8th spot in EVO.

From the first day I auditioned for Skullgirls I had a soft spot in my heart for it.  The design had me in love upon first sight and I didn’t care that they wouldn’t be able to pay me my regular rate for VO.  I knew I wanted to help bring to life this dream that someone (Alex, Mike and their team of Angels) had created.

So when I got hired by Mike Z and Alex Ahad under the VO direction of Cristina Vee I was happy to do all I could to help promote the game. For the last year, it’s been brilliant to watch how so many others also feel how I do about the game and in one short year we built a real community of people passionate about the game.

I have done what I can in the limited ways a voice actor has to promote the game. But the fund raiser had real potential to get the word out about Skullgirls, as well as raise money for an important cause… Breast Cancer Research.

I am at the age where friends of mine have been diagnosed and have fought through many types of cancer including Breast.  I am one of the blessed humans because all of these loved ones have survived their fight.  The loved ones of others haven’t been so lucky.  It was an easy switch inside me to turn on…. something clicked…. I had to put all my heart and soul into supporting those in this event.

Because ultimately it’s all about LOVE. Love for my job, love for the people who create animation, love for people who create video games, love for people who play video games and watch animation. Love for friends and family. and even Love for the Human Race.

I haven’t felt this kind of communal love before. Certainly not to this degree.  It was a real struggle for us to get in the competition and stay in it. Every time we asked for a donation, in my minds eye I saw thousands of College students donating their grocery money for the week.  So many people sacrificed for this little indie game.

I have no words to describe how honorable that is.  How incredibly LOVING.  How AMAZING YOU ALL ARE!  all of those words fail at what I’m feeling inwardly.

What felt even more impossible was how old the competition was and how huge their fan base expanded.  It really did feel like David vs Goliath just because our Skullgirls community didn’t have the resources of the competition.  We had to get creative!

Mr. Fanatiq and Danny who did a 15 hr stream of which I joined 10 hrs of, amazing.  Kyle Hebert for donating his own time, even though he isn’t in the game itself and raising thousands of dollars that night by doing endless VO requests, AMAZING! …..

Kaiji Tang getting a Skullgirls tattoo because he promised if we hit $25k he would…. Alex Ahad DESIGNING Kaiji’s tattoo, AMAZING.

Last night ALL OF YOU DONATING $50K IN ONE NIGHT………….O_________O MIND BLOWINGLY AMAZING!!!!!!!

From the instant fanart, to the letters of appreciation, to the personal stories told to me of Breast Cancer affecting your lives…. I have so much love for you I feel like you are all part of my family now.  We went through something together. Hours and HOURS of an amazing LIFE EXPERIENCE where I truly believe we changed the world this week.  We added so much more LOVE to it, that I know somebody’s life will be saved.

Because ultimately WE RAISED OVER $78, 780 FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH and  as a community of fighting game fans WE RAISED $233,000  that is MIND BLOWING!!!!!!!   I want to again share the beautiful closing thoughts Mike Z had at the end of last night.

*Fantastic news, everybody!

While we didn’t win the Evo fundraiser, your truly phenomenal support of Skullgirls still managed to get Evo’s attention.
The Skullgirls side-tournament will now have official support from Evo: dedicated stations in the Bring-Your-Own-Console area, a Top 8 stream, and they’ll be adding $1000 to the prize pool!*
Below is my image journal of the weeklong experience of getting the little game that could to EVO… I don’t take enough pictures, I know so many people are missing from my photos like Alex and Mike Z… but I prefer to live my life first hand and I used my time to get to know them both a little more. But I did capture a few moments and received some brilliant artwork that needs to be permanently documented all together in this blog.  A Big Thank you to all the artists Rtil, Kinuko, Persona, Roger Dog , Ian Chase aka Delicious Orange Art, RedMuttFightingGame and the ones’ whose names I couldn’t find. (feel free to let me know who i missed)

THIS IS AN ADDITION WRITTEN ON APRIL 3 2013.  MONTHS LATER AFTER ALL OF YOU BANDED TOGETHER FOR THE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN AND RAISED A WHOPPING $829,829.00 FOR 5 ADDITIONAL DLC CHARACTERS, STORYMODES AND MORE!!!  AGAIN, YOU HAVE PROVEN YOU ARE AMAZING AND HONORABLE AND THE BEST COMMUNITY I HAVE EVER HAD THE HONOR OF BEING A PART OF!! I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH AND AM GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO PLAY THE ROLE OF THE PRINCESS FOR CANOPY KINGDOM.

EGRETS ROLLOUT!

 

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4 Responses to THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE SKULLGIRLS COMMUNITY

  1. I shed some tears while reading this entry.

    This whole week has been really a blast. I had so much fun with the streams, the voice actors doing our favorite characters, arguing with our rivals at forums, doing fan art for money (even though I’m not a professional artist), and getting amazed with all the surprises that came up while keeping it up for this good cause.

    I personally want to thank you for all your kindness, your encouraging spirit, and last but not least, for delight us with your amazing talent. Even if all those things might seem that happen so far away from where I am right now, I really feel part of the Skullgirls and FGC community. I wish I can be there and hangout with you guys at Salty Cupcakes, and above all, to hug you and thank you personally for all the love that you share with us. But, hey, someone has to guard and patrol the south front of the Canopy Kingdom, right?

    That being said, I’m really proud to be on the Egrets Army and take the shot for you, Princess.

    (‘-’)7

  2. fluxcore says:

    Thank you so much for your involvement in the charity streams! As a donator, it was a joy to take part in, and the good news rolling in after it has been a pleasant bonus :)

  3. Andrew Ohm says:

    Erin, you really stepped up to the plate as a leader in all this. All the VAs didwhat they could, and it was overkill on what they all opted to do as is, but you were something special. You led the charge along with Mike Z, Alex, and the others.

    I sure hope and are optimistic in what we can raise for Squigly’s startup fundraiser. I hope we raise OVERKILL on it, just so we can really start to pay people what they deserve, and make the game all that much better.

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