I carried a lot of ice that night.
The following June I was asked once again by my good friend, Bryan, to carry ice for the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010. So I did. I carried ice.
The next year, I helped build and dedicate the bar to remember and honor our good friend, Bryan. And I carried a lot of ice.
In 2013 my dear friend, Stacy Jones Hill, became my boss as we tackled FringeTV together. It was a year of carrying a lot of equipment, long segments, laughter, sweat, and learning. We brought those learned lessons to the table in the following year and spit out a lot of footage on FringeTV, thanks also to the help of one of my bosses this year, Nathaniel Beaver.
I’ve worn many hats for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Bartender, Bar Manager, Food and Beverage Director, Front of House Director, FringeTV Host, FringeTV Producer, but most importantly, I carry Ice. I’ve carried ice every year. Also kegs or cases. I’ve carried them. Sold them. Probably to you, reader.
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Matt Kamimura. You may remember me from such Hollywood Fringe parties as Step and Repeat: The Musical and Prom 4: The Revengening.
I’ve been a photographer practically my entire life. My first grade photos were Polaroids of my friends and of my toys. So many things have changed since then!
Now I have a digital camera to take pictures of my #fringeships and I’m the event photographer at Funko. Ok, so maybe the more things change the more things stay the same.
How did you get involved with Fringe?
The first time I was involved with Hollywood Fringe was way back in the way back and since I’m already in my WABAC, let’s queue flashback:
It was a dark and stormy night.
the record skips and scratches to a stop
Actually, it was a bright and sunny #HFF15 day. I had just completed being a volunteer nerf herder at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and was on my way to buy tickets to my friend’s #HFF15 performance. I saw the volunteer tab on the Hollywood Fringe website and the rest is HFF history; we liked each other so much that neither of us wanted to let go.
What do you do with the Hollywood Fringe Festival?
I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the flash of light that leaves those little spots in your eyes. I am the STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER!
What are your plans as staff photographer?
The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world!
Any challenges that you expect to face?
Sleep, the final frontier. These are the dreams of the Fringe photographer Matt Kamimura. His five-week mission: to explore strange new performances, to seek out new #fringeships and new tacos, to boldly nap where no photographer has napped before.
Really. Today, I took a nap under a tree before a photo session with some Fringers.
Fourscore and seven minutes ago, your photographer was brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. These great Fringers are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it’s true today.
Be excellent to each other.
And… PARTY ON, DUDES!!
We are excited to announce this year’s lineup of Sponsored Awards to be presented at the Fringe Awards Ceremony at The Ricardo Montalbán Theater on the final day of the festival. Thanks to all the organizations partnering with us to present these special awards!
Sponsored Awards are presented by outside organizations to commend like-minded artists. You can see this year’s list here. Make sure you check each award’s submission requirements before contacting the award sponsor for consideration.
The other awards we hand out at the Award Ceremony are the Community Awards (lovingly known as “The Freaks”). These awards are given out to the best shows in each category (“Best in Ensemble Theatre”, “Best in Comedy”, etc.) as voted by the Fringe community. Additionally, “Freaks” are presented for top International show, best world premiere (the “Fringe First” award) and the highest award: an overall winner crowned “Top of the Fringe”. Fringe community members, including participants, who see shows & leave reviews on hollywoodfringe.org will receive ballots during the last days of the festival via email.
Who are you, and what did you do to my socks?
Oh sorry, those were your socks? I didn’t realize, and they were the perfect size to make a pair of pants for the squirrel that sits outside my window. Sorry I guess, but not that sorry; squirrels need pants too, you know. As to who I am? I’m Vanessa Frey, a Libra who thinks astrology is garbage and whose hobbies (besides making tiny clothing for tiny animals of course) include reading and not watching sports.
How did you get involved with Fringe, and why do you have french fries in your pockets?
I went to my first Fringe four years ago, just after I moved to Los Angeles. I loved the community and the performances and wanted to become more involved. I’m no thespian, however, so when I saw the posting for Development Coordinator three years ago, I saw that as an opportunity for me to help support the organization. As for the french fries…I could tell you, but you wouldn’t like the answer. I think the real question here, though, is how you could tell I had french fries in my pocket in the first place.
The fries are sticking out of the top your pant pockets, which is why I asked…but anyway, what do you do for the Fringe?
Sorry I didn’t hear the last part of your question—did you ask who is my favorite muppet?! That’s such a great question! There are so many muppets that have jobs similar to what I do for the Fringe. Take Scooter for example—he’s the muppet who kept the show going by finding gigs for Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Similar to Scooter, I go out and find organizations, agencies and foundations that want to give grants to Fringe in order to keep the festival going. Also, Beaker is my favorite muppet (sorry Scooter).
What are your plans now that your Fringe’s Development Director, and can you please stop throwing french fries at me?
Oops, sorry about the french fries…the squirrel outside my window tells me to do things sometimes. As for my plans, today I plan to vacuum the stairs, braid my dog’s hair and then go to Starbucks for a couple of hours and pretend to do work. After that I think I’ll—-
Stop. Please, just stop—I didn’t mean what are your plans for today, I meant what are your plans for Fringe!
Oh, why didn’t you say so! My plans for Fringe include getting the organization more support as it continues to grow, so it can further develop things like Fringe Scholarships. I also plan to spend as much time as I can at Fringe Central and see as many shows as I can. Can’t wait to Fringe it up with you all!
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