Interview with a Fangirl: Annie Stoll
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Annie Stoll who is a Grammy Winning art director, an award-winning designer/illustrator and of course a Fangirl!
I became aware of Annie through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.
Welcome Annie and thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I think I’ve always been a fan of things that I liked but maybe not till a few years ago was I aware of the term “fan girl” in a positive light. I’m totally down with it. It’s great to share what you like and enjoy new experiences with media.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
It has helped in that I have met so many amazing and wonderful people who have become real pals. I’m constantly inspired by artists I find on social media. Although, I do think that social media does have a down side — sometimes it makes us communicate less or be more self-conscious about who we really are. The important thing to remember is that the number of followers next to your name is not your self-worth. What matters is making art and lifting up artists.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
Star Wars and LOTR are instant likes for sure! Harry Potter I was super resistant to, but when I finally read the books, in a better headspace, I ended up really enjoying them!
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I have been so very lucky to be embraced by some really amazing communities especially the Star Wars fandom. And as someone who has and does participate in it myself, I really love how supportive and positive that fandom can be. I love how much fans work to do events for charity as well as dream big and have fun discussions that lift each other up about the stories and characters! Fandom can really do a lot of good when they focus on balance and joyful compassion. I’m always full of love and gratitude for the positivity and creativity that fan communities can create.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Everything???? Indie music, Kpop, Jrock & Jpop…. Lots of different IPs and comics, zines and every single indie artist out there working hard online and in the artist alleys.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
Have fun and don’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s important to treat others with the love and respect you want to be treated with. When all that works out, you will have a blast!
Where can others interact with you?
Twitter & IG @Aniistoll