We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelic Empyress and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelic, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Some children are prodigies and others…just do weird things. I was the child who memorized all the color names in my color boxes. Nothing was ever ‘red’ or ‘blue’ only fire red, cobalt, slate grey, etc. As I got older, colors continued to be something that I always noticed, and lived to customize absolutely everything I had with custom colors, anything that wasn’t the default. Then I started studying them and I realized all the things that make us who we are can be represented by colors. It gave me a new appreciation of God’s Rainbow. It symbolizes unity of everyone. A unity that is rarely seen in the world today because so many of us are victims of discord, division and inner emotional struggles. I knew then that what I learned could be used as a tool of positivity and encouragement. I wanted to show people that they have a purpose, can do amazing things, can overcome the inner obstacles that stand in their way. So I created the world of Astria, a world literally based on color theory, and home to color personified angels called Astrians. From this I took every single inner struggle we deal with, such as fear, doubt, anger, anxiety, jealousy, and pride, and turned them into the living breathing beings the Astrians seek to overcome. The comics and art created from this are used to empower others with the knowledge to break those inner bonds and reach their full potential. This is the foundation that birth Astria Legends, a fantasy franchise rooted in God and pouring out positivity daily. My company brings the world of Astria to life through not just art and comics, but through animation, cosplay, dance, and interactive spoken-word. I also create handmade merchandise that places Astria in your hands as well as your home. I am always looking for new ways to inspire.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other creatives is that every character, performance, merchandise, art piece, it is all symbolic. I love researching the meanings behind colors and gaining knowledge of color theory to find ways to incorporate what I’ve learned into my works. My favorite thing to do is hide little hints about the lore of Astria and the story in absolutely everything from being in the background of the comics, to the carefully placed layouts of my art pieces. Everything has reason and is just waiting for someone with a keen eye to find and theorize. Can you piece together the secrets I’ve hidden? I’d love to hear your theories!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
People think to have fun you have to go to Dallas, well I’m here to let you know that Fort Worth has a lot to offer! We would definitely go to the Botanical Gardens, the beautiful scenery with a spot of history is perfect to ease your mind. Then take a trip to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History! It isn’t a regular museum at all, but a fantastic and fun place to learn about all things science. They are always doing something new and fun, like their Reel Adventures series, where they pick a movie and the entire staff dresses up like characters and all the activities are themed around the movie! To eat, hands down Salt Grass has some of the best steak around, or go to Heims Barbecue if that’s more what you are hungry for. Then lastly, a trip downtown is always in order, from Sundance Square to Jubilee Theater, to the Scat Jazz lounge, there is something interesting and fun for everyone!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To be honest, I would never be where I am today without those who have been there to encourage me along the way. There have been many times I’ve wanted to give up, quit and become depressed over my obstacles, but having family and friends around me that push me to keep going kept me from succumbing to those thoughts. First and foremost, all thanks go to God, whom I could never do any of this without. Then I give thanks to my absolute best friend April, who has been with me since second grade and my wonderful boyfriend Adrian, whose been a backbone to help me expand Astria Legends in ways I couldn’t do alone. I also give thanks to every single person that is in my Discord, my majestic inner circle, full of people supporting me and looking forward to everything that Astria Legends has to offer. And I can’t forget my volunteer voice actors who help make my performances and publication extra unique and special. Then, finally, I thank every magazine, organization and person who saw the potential in Astria Legends to give me a shoutout, feature, article or anything to help me gain more exposure. To all of you, you truly mean the world to me!
Other: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/angelicempyress Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/astrialegends
Photographers: Blue Coco Photography, and David Hamblet Artwork: Angelic Empyress
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