Interview with a ConTessa GM: Amy Davis

In this series, we’ve asked the women who ran events to talk to us about the whole experience so you can get an inside view of what it’s like to run at ConTessa! Amy Davis ran a panel for us during our Spring Loaded panel day in March.

Say hi, and tell everyone a little about yourself and what you did at ConTessa.

Hi, I’m Amy Davis and I’m the owner/artist behind Monster Dance Designs (Eccentric Etched Glassware).  Together with fellow artist Brandy Davis of Pigsey Art, we presented “Level Up Your Craft”, a Q&A panel discussing how to a geeky crafter could turn a hobby into a business.


How did you choose those events?

Brandy and I, in addition to both being professional makers, are also Proud Female Gamers (PFGs).  After attending another panel on the subject of crafty gamers at PAX South earlier this year, we were discussing all the information we wished could have been addressed.   Soon after, Contessa Panel Day was announced, and we thought it was a great opportunity with the perfect audience to share what we have learned along our journeys.


What was the best part?

When I figured out the correct buttons to get onscreen? :)  I’m in truth PETRIFIED of being on camera, but I really appreciated having a low key forum with other people who understood to help me conquer that.  I loved being able to share some of the information that’s usually locked away in my head, and hope that someone watching gleaned a little tidbit to help them build something as well.


If you had ultimate power (muahahaha), what would you change for the next ConTessa?

I’d love to see Contessa: The Gathering.  Comped flights and free tacos for everyone!


Why is ConTessa important to you?

I grew up in an isolated rural area where who I was and who I was supposed to be were two very different things.  Girls weren’t supposed to play with Ninja Turtles.  Girls weren't supposed to be into science and art.  Girls weren't supposed to be reading the Klingon Dictionary.  Fortunately, I have great parents that, even if they didn’t always understand what was in my head,  have always been supportive of me - quirks and all.  Now, I have a young daughter of my own-- smart, just as quirky, and bursting with imagination and curiosity.  It’s important to me that places like Contessa are around to help her feel comfortable in her own skin and show her that a girl isn’t supposed to be anything except the person she is and wants to be.  That there’s a tribe for everyone somewhere.


You can watch Amy's panel here: