Tell us how you became so closely involved with the convention scene.
I didn't know anything really about Star Trek when I got this job sixteen years ago. I didn't really know anything about fandom. I'd heard of Star Trek conventions and I'd heard about Trekkies or Trekkers, but it was completely out of my world.
A couple of the people who worked on the show at the time were fans, and they said, "Oh, why don't you come to the convention." So I went. It was a big one, at that time they were all quite large because there weren't as many, and they had William Shatner there, and a lot of the Original Series people. I'd never seen people dressed in costume before. It was fascinating.
Then Ron, Brannon and I, along with Eric Stillwell, who was still working on the show then, started talking, and that's how the writers' workshop came to pass. So one thing led to another and I started being invited as a guest, to speak and do the workshop.
Then Eric and I, along with a couple of other people, started our own convention business. We did that for a couple of years, and it went very well, but the problem was that was all of us involved were getting promoted at our jobs at Star Trek and it just became too much to do both things.
I kept going along as a guest, and people I got to know a lot of people all over the world, which I'm so thankful for. I can honestly say that I've been to over 150 conventions all over the world.
Then I started getting involved as a manager for the actors, [booking] them into the conventions. So now that's what I do full time.
The other thing that keeps me very active with the conventions is three years ago Max Grodenchik who played Rom, and myself wrote a play called The Ferengi Family Hour. It features Chase Masterson who was Leeta, and Aron Eisenberg who was Nog, and we've done that at about fifteen different conventions over the last few years. We did bring it to London about three years ago and we're hoping to come back in January, with the Creation convention and do it again.
It's a lot of fun and I really enjoy it, and I enjoy putting together tours for actors.