Song Marshall: Model, Actress, Director, & Steampunk Enthusiast

072115 Chris Banner

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Song Marshall, a model, actress, and steampunk enthusiast.

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

CP: Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself. When did you start modeling?

SM: I started modeling when I was 5 or 6 years old. My mother put me in a few beauty pageants (I even won a couple of them!) and I modeled for Lil’ Foxes in Los Angeles, CA. As I got older my love for performance grew, and I studied acting through High School and College.

CP: When did you first become interested in steampunk?

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

SM: Honestly, I am not sure. I had always had a love of corsets and all sorts of Victorian attire. I always just thought I was odd. I didn’t discover Steampunk until 5 years ago when I started working with Terra Mysterium. I had no idea this whole community existed, I fell in love with it right away! I love that there is also a large DIY vibe to Steampunk and that it really is what you make it to be. That gives so much room for self expression and creativity. Also, there (as far as I know) doesn’t seem to be nearly as much “body shaming’ or “slut shaming” in Steampunk that you would find towards women in the comic/gaming community. Which I am very grateful for.

CP: Do you design your own outfits or do you have a favorite designer?

SM: I usually have a theme in mind, then find the pieces that fit that theme the best. I have made a couple of my own pieces but I usually purchase my clothing. Most of my pieces come from Damsel in this Dress! So I suppose she is my favorite designer. She really knows how to make corsets for curvy women and she is a delight to work with on custom orders!

CP: Do you have a favorite event or convention that you have attended?

SM: So far, I have only had the pleasure of attending C2E2 and TeslaCon. Though, I will be hitting Wizard World next month. I have gone to C2E2 twice, TeslaCon the last 3 years and I have had ball! I would love to hit more Steampunk conventions in the future!

CP: If you had to choose between Victorian and Western style steampunk which would you choose?

SM: Well, sometimes it depends on the event and venue. I am rather partial to Victorian, as my main character Delores Dion is from 1865 London. So she is my “go to” character for tea/garden parties, presentations, and/or lectures.

But, having grown up out west myself, Cowboys do have a certain appeal. 😉 So, I do also have another character Donna Belle De Carabas who is from 1860’s Louisiana. She tends to me my go to for more raucous events, parties, conventions and concerts.

CP: Both characters sound like fun! Let’s switch it up a bit. Who would you say is your lifelong hero?

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

Photo Credit: 8 Eyes Photography

SM: That would have to be my father. He is a former LAPD officer with an amazing sense of humor, activism, and has the heart of nerd! He has always pushed me to follow my dreams no matter what anyone says about them. He taught me to enjoy life to the fullest because time is short. And to always fight for what’s right.

CP: How would you answer the following— “I wish I could stop . . .?”

The need for movements like #Blacklivesmatter, and #Heforshe. I wish we could get rid of the myth that we live in a “post racial” “post feminist” society

CP: What is a modern convenience you can’t live without?

SM: Probably my computer/internet.

CP: Is life without a computer even possible? 🙂

SM: It’s cliché, I know, but all of my correspondences with old friends and long distance family are usually via email or Facebook. I do enjoy the “freedom” of not having my computer with me when I travel. But when I get back home, it’s back to work.

CP: Other than modeling, what do you excel at?

SM: I am an actress with Terra Mysterium, a theatre group that performs original works based in Mythology, Ritual Theatre, and Steampunk (sometimes all at the same time) as well as having our off shoot, The Owen Society, where we have monthly presentations of different esoteric occult topics.

I also love to bake, knit/crochet and do bead work in my spare time.

CP: It sounds like you are really into the do-it-yourself aspect of creating an outfit! Are there any costume items you find indispensible?

SM: A hand fan! I love steampunk but sometimes those layers get really warm, especially in the summertime. I simply cannot leave home without a fan!

CP: What is the best advice you have ever received?

SM: Follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. You will never be able to please everyone around you all the time. You will only succeed in making yourself miserable.

CP: And the worst advice?

SM: That once I hit 25 I should give up on my acting career and do something else because I would be “too old”.

CP: Finally, do you have advice for anyone interested in learning more about steampunk, scifi, cosplay, etc.?

SM: There are so many books and websites out there! So do some research, find out about all the nuances and subgenres of the communities you are interested in. Have an open mind and be creative! There is no one way to do anything, whether it’s Steampunk or Sci Fi and that’s what makes it so fun.

If it’s a particular character (in film, TV, games, or comics) then you are getting into super detailed categories and other fans may sticklers about that details. So be aware of that, but don’t let it hold you back from expressing yourself and your love of a genre or character. But remember that cosplay can get expensive very quickly, but it’s so much fun to do! Once you start you WILL be hooked! 😉

Watch Song perform at the Terra Mysterium

You can learn more about Song on Facebook or at Terra Mysterium



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