Let me tell you the story of a girl meeting her favorite actor.
Travel back in time to the date January 20, 2012. This girl and two of her friends drive to Los Angeles to attend the premiere of “FullMetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” and to meet their favorite voice actor, Vic Mignogna. You see, these three friends are Risembool Rangers, the 23,000+ member fan club for Vic and they have yet to meet him face-to-face. The girl has brought her video camera and a DVD for him to sign. As they drive,they sing along to some Vic songs.
When they arrive at the theatre, they see him. Out step Vic and his fiancé Michele to be interviewed and photographed. The girl can’t help but fangirl at seeing the man who has inspired her for the last year and half. The man who has prayed for her and her friends on numerous occasions.
When the interviews are done and the photographs have been taken, the girl and her friends scream out the Risembool Ranger battle cry.
“RED DAWN!” They yell.
Vic and Michele make their way over to the girl and her friends and hug them. They actually took two minutes out of their time to talk with them and let them know they cared. The girl hands Vic her DVD to sign and he does. She thanks him for praying for her friend whom, to her amazement, he actually remembered! Two minutes later, Vic and Michele make their way into the theater.
Fast forward in time to May 24, 2013. This same girl is at Phoenix ComiCon. Vic Mignogna is a guest. This time, she has resolved not to fangirl out loud in front of him. Knowing that Vic is a huge “Star Trek” fan, she wears her FemKirk cosplay two days of the four day convention. She gets in line for her photo op with him and is next in line when he looks over at her and, with a huge grin on his face, tells her to come on over.
Holding her watergun phaser, she walks over and he tells her where to stand before looking down at her hands and seeing the phaser.
“Can I hold your phaser?” he asks her excitedly.
“Sure!” she replies, trying not to fangirl out loud.
The picture is taken and he thanks her for coming, hands her back her phaser and she goes on about her day, attending his panel and then going to her sister’s graduation. The next day, she is in his autograph line holding her phaser and phone. Attempting to call her sister so she can talk to him, she walks up while the phone is still ringing and hands him her phaser to sign. Excitedly, he signs it and waits patiently as her sister’s phone goes to voicemail before leaving a message for her congratulating her on graduating.
A couple hours later, she is at his second panel of the weekend. A proposal is made in front of the entire panel and the line is formed for questions. As soon as he sees her approach the microphone, he says that he remembers signing her phaser just a few hours before and asks what her question is.
“So I love Level E, and was wondering if you could sing the Color Rangers song?” she asks.
He obliges and thanks her and she sits back down for the rest of the panel.
This girl, ladies and gentlemen, is me. Vic Mignogna is one of the nicest, most genuine guys you will ever meet and it hurts me to see how much hate he receives. The only thing that makes it better is knowing that for every hater out there, there are so many more people who love him and appreciate his work. He really cares about his fans and it shows. He puts God first in everything he does and makes sure to give credit where credit is due. Please, please, please don’t let the haters dictate your image of Vic. Meet the man yourself before making a decision. You’ll find that he really is kind and genuine and caring. He will take time out of his day when he can to answer fan emails and pray for them. This is the sign of a man who really does care.
Come and see the cast and crew of Star Trek Continues at Phoenix ComiCon: Vic Mignogna (not in this picture), Kim Stinger, Larry Nemecek, Wyatt (Not Wayne) Lenhart, Chris Doohan (son of James Doohan who played Scotty on the Original Series), Michele Specht (soon to be Michele Mignogna!) and Steven Dengler! They will be premiering the pilot episode of Star Trek Continues on May 24, 2013. Hope to see you there!