Date Archives August 3, 2012

INTERVIEW: Multi-Talented Actor Dion Johnstone

Recently I was lucky enough to interview actor Dion Johnstone who has appeared in shows such as Stargate SG-1, Monk, King, and television production of The Tempest.  He has done work both in front of the camera and on stage, including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Richard III. In this interview, he talks about what inspired him to become an actor, how acting both for television and on the stage helps his craft, his love for mythology, Shakespeare, and comics, the evolution of sci-fi and superhero genres, and how he has totally raised the bar for all boyfriends (take note, boys of the world!).

This interview was a lot of fun for me because Dion is so well spoken and intelligent. Check it out, kids, you might learn something.

Defective Geeks: What inspired you to become an actor?

Dion Johnstone: Initially I was living in Alberta during Junior High, and I played the trombone in the school jazz band and there was a local festival in town called “Citadel Teen Festival of the Arts”. Once a year at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton they would put on a nine day festival geared towards teenagers. They would have new plays written by local professional play writes, they would use full professional facilities, and it would be an all teenage cast. They would have battle of the bands, they would have art exhibits. It was a massive festival geared towards teenage talent. I auditioned as a trombone player because I was into music at the time and getting into a musical. It was a new musical called Planet of the Lost Swing Babes. I was playing a jazz musician because the story was basically about this famous jazz group called the “Swing Babes” and we’re off on a major concert that we are supposed to play at, but a storm happens. They get lost in the storm and then they wind up getting transported to Jupiter where they make friends with the aliens there and then play their music.

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Nerd HQ 2012, Dance Party

SDCC 2012

On Saturday night of San Diego Comic-con, Sailor Mizz, Gizzy B and Chubby Bunny and I all got to hang out and party for the last night of the convention. We ended up at Nerd HQ which was at a bigger venue this year with a giant bar, a stage and a dance floor all over the place! The dancing was important. Whenever Sailor Mizz and I drink, we always end up declaring: “We need to DANCE!”

Last year, I went to a couple of Nerd HQ’s special panels but I didn’t get a chance to this year… all the panels sold out so fast this time around. Sigh… the Doctor Who panel would have been amazing. I guess an awesome thing can’t be a “secret” forever. I’m happy that the event has gotten as much attention as they are getting now on just their second year. All the profit goes to charity because the founder, actor Zachary Levi, is surely that cool of a guy.

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