FANDOMS: “They have made me who I am”

Brinley + Lightsaber + Comicon = Awesome

Brinley + Lightsaber + Comicon = Awesome

Brinley Nassise is one of the Assistant Stage Managers for Fandom.  A fan of many things, she has been part of Rising Youth Theatre since its first production!


My dad is an author so I grew up around books. I have always loved reading, loved disappearing into another world hidden behind the words inked on pages. I was seven when I first got into a real fandom. I read the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when it first came out in 2008. Since then, I have branched out and grafted myself into more fandoms then I can keep track of. Books and fandoms have always been a love of mine. You can escape and explore and relate to new worlds and characters and experiences in so many different ways. There’s Comicon and fanfiction and so many other things. Fandoms are not just a source of  entertainment or a hobby. I think you realize this when you start crying when your favorite character dies. Or when you start quoting your fandom at completely random times and people look at you like you’ve just grown another head. You become one with the characters. They become your role models, your best friends, your heroes, and your enemies. You go on every adventure with them, you live with them, you cry with them, you laugh with them. Fandoms can pull you out of dark places in your life. They help you find something that makes you happy again. Fandoms are more than just hobbies. They become a part of you.  I am proud to be a part of so many fandoms. They have made me who I am.


Ben and Brinley cosplaying - promoting #fandomplay

Ben and Brinley cosplaying – promoting #fandomplay

Fandom by Carrie Behrens will be performed at the Phoenix Center for the Arts June 13 – 21. Tickets can be reserved here Join the conversation on our Facebook (, Twitter & Instagram (@risingyouththea) and by using the hashtag #FandomPlay

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