QFX Staff Interview: Jill
Updated: Jan 23, 2020
Position: A/V Manager
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
We’re lucky to have Jill, the A/V Manager joining us today. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey hey, I’m Jill, sometimes heard as Jo or Jewel, Hufflepuff disguised as a Gryffindor, and has a large bio family, and found family. I’m married and have 2 amazing pups. I’ve been in the video/post world for about 10 years and every time I learn something new, I love it even more.
How did you get involved with QFX?
Good question! Please ask my wife... (she’s got the memory in the family)
I will :) There are a ton of conventions out there, some that do cater to the LGBTQ+ community, how do you feel QFX is different?
I think we have a lot of diverse experience on our team both with running/attending cons and in our professional lives. But at the same time, we don’t expect to run perfectly the first time around and we are transparent in that fact. There may be hiccups but we’ll own up to it and do better next time - and at the end of the weekend, as long as you feel seen and heard, that’s something I’ll 100% support anyway I can.
Of all the guests that one could possibly ask for, who would you love to see or meet?
I’d love to have Tessa Thompson hang out with us. I think it’d be fun to be in the presence of the King of Asgard for a weekend.
QFX has made it quite clear they are all about diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. What does this mean to you?
It means we are trying to represent and include everyone as well as we possibly can, in the most positive and true way. QFX should reflect the world we live in. It’s not one way or the other, it’s all ways.
We’ve all heard the phrase “representation matters”, but it can ring hollow in our current times. What do you feel or think when you hear it?
I think about all the young kids who saw themselves be Wonder Woman or Spiderman in Into the Spiderverse or Alex from Supergirl. There are two sides to this: when people see someone on TV who looks or acts like they do, that person instantly feels less alone. They feel seen and they know that means there are more people out there who know they exist and understand them. That’s powerful in so many ways. The other side is when people see well-developed, positive characters on tv, who happen to be different from themselves, they start to think “maybe LGBTQ/black/brown/disabled/etc people aren’t weird/bad after all,” and that’s powerful in its own way. So positive representation freaking matters.
If we were sitting in your living room, wanting to watch a show or movie, what are the top five you would recommend we binge?
Hmm, off the top of my head: The Good Place, Good Omens, The Handmaid’s Tale (not for binging, just watching normally), Warehouse 13 is a fun time, and Doctor Who.
Your bio mentions filming live concerts and more. Was there one specific project that stands out among your vast resume?
If speaking for live content, I would say the month in Europe with East of Eli. We met so many amazing people, listened to great music, and captured a plethora of unique moments on camera that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Other than that, I will always love my time I had with BIFL (a comedic show with a lot of drama). It’s fun, quirky, and completely real. I love it.
You have Buffy Summers as your favorite quote. What episodes stay with you long after the show has gone off the air?
Hush. And The Body. For reasons.
Those were two of the most groundbreaking episodes. Name one thing you do (hobby, quirk, or something else) that people might find odd?
I MacGyver the hell out of things at home. Why spend 80 bucks on a sun shade when you can buy old TMNT bed sheets at the thrift store for 4 bucks and nail them to the overhang?
To game or not to game… Do you? If so, which systems and what is your favorite.
All the games! Playstation 4 is my goto at the moment. Love The Witcher 3 but currently in the midst of “The Division 2” - hit me up if anyone wants to play online! But also Rocket League or any Mario game.
When looking to further LGBTQIA+ and POC projects, what kinds of stories do you want to tell and avoid?
I want to tell authentic stories. I want to tell the hard stories, real-life stories, coming out stories, already out and proud stories, as long as it’s positive and if an LGBTQ or POC dies, it’s for an important reason. Also, LGBTQ doesn’t just mean Lesbian or Gay - there’s a reason there are multiple letters in that acronym and I would love to help tell all those stories to the best of my ability.
You’re a Gryffindor, but that’s Universal/WB. I have to ask what Disney character would you be?
I know there are a ton of Disney characters now, but I’m going to stick with the classics - I love Pocahontas because of reasons. But attitude wise, I’m probably Mulan. She’s badass and I like to think I would be… when the apocalypse happens. That said, my wife would probably say I am Goofy or young Simba.
Final question, what do you hope people who attend QFX leave saying or feeling?
I just want everyone who steps foot at our event to have a good, memorable time. And if they don’t remember it, I got it on video so they’re covered.
**Until next time, this is Kimberly “Dragon, DRA-GON, not lizard” Amato, signing off.**