Thanks to the meetup.com group called "SoCal Bronies", I was able to get in touch with three other ambitious, experienced people who are dedicating themselves to getting this convention off the ground. I know that when considering whether to donate to something, it helps to get to know the people behind it, so here's a bit of information about us! (Please note that staff positions are subject to change based on the best interests of Equestria L.A.)
Want to meet us in person? We'll be discussing Equestria L.A. at the March Mare-a-thon in Anaheim so come on out!
(And remember, if you've donated to the con and still haven't received your audio shoutout, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of what you'd like!)
Kira Buckland (Rina-chan)
Previous experience: Founder of Senshi-Con (Alaska's first anime convention) as well as the smaller-scale Usagi-Con. Tournament/gaming director for various events.
What got me interested in this con: After seeing the success of other MLP-related conventions, Southern California bronies were talking about how we can't afford to travel out of state and how a major area like Los Angeles needs its own convention, I decided to take the initiative!
Staff Role: Master of ceremonies, programming/scheduling coordinator, panelist, assisting with guest relations
Karen Padilla (glittering-pony)
Experience: I've mostly attended cons like SDCC and Blizzcon for the
last 12 years. On ocassions I will work at SDCC to help promote movies
(like last year's Cowboys & Aliens) or promote the prop company I
work with, HMS Creations. I do special effects makeup, so you might have
seen a zombie or vampire of mine if you've attended SDCC in the past
What got me interested in this con: The Brony
community. I attended a meetup and there was all this desire for a con
to happen closer, so I decided I'd be the one to set things into motion.
Also, BronyCon (bronNYcon) factored in a lot. I watched the livestreams
of BronyCon and I thought it would be a great idea to hold one in LA;
not just copy them but improve on what they offered.
Staff role: Co-event planner (to include managing staff and stage directing) and hopefully Artist Panel director.
Grant Geiselman (Grant G.)
I've worked with numerous tech companies to put on large events out
here in LA and work with multi-video displays, light boards in several
theaters, and have been an audio engineer for numerous community events
and theatrical productions. My current employment is a member of the
technical team that works on a 30ft display rig with concert arrays to
run a movies in the park event for the city during the summer. I also
have experience in live video production and interned for an editing/
production company in previous years.
What got me interested in this
con: After seeing some of the technical problems at BronyCon and desire
for a similar local event, I decided I should help out from the live
tech aspect to help alleviate difficulties.
Staff role: Head of Technical Operations (Soundboard/Display/Lighting Operations)
David Cuyno (gear9242 / TheIronPony)
Previous Experience: While not an avid con-goer, I've been to several
cons on all ends of the spectrum. For those of you who are familiar with
it, I was a regular attendee of Key Club International's District
Convention from 2007 to 2010. These were highly formal and regimented
events. I've also been to Califur and more recently Further Confusion,
which were more open and fun than the former conventions. Having
documented all five of these I've garnered a lot of experience. In
addition, my job will often ask me to photograph official events when
they arise. Any equipment that I don't have I am more than willing to
rent myself. Outside of this, photography has been a serious passion of
mine for the past 5 years. Also, I have a little experience with short
What got me interested in this con: Seeing
the popularity of BroNYCon explode in the past few months, I was always
wondering when Southern California would host it's own Brony convention.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that a few others were wondering the
same, and their willingness to put forth as much dedication as I am.
Staff Role: Media Director and Organizer (Photography / Panel Livestreaming / Working with Head of Tech. Ops.)