INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Tao Dreamscape of Surge Full Permed Mesh
Q: Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life! Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?
A: Hello! I have not been very active in Second Life for the past couple of years due to real life demands. I recently decided to get back to working full time in Second Life, and I thought that the expo would be a great opportunity for me to get back into the flow of things, and a great opportunity for me to do my part to help out with a great charity.
Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?
A: I have been involved with several previous events in Second life for relay for life, I have however not had the chance to participate in any real life events.
Q: Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year. Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?
A: The biggest thing that I have worked on for the Expo this year is the building which houses the rest of my items at the Expo. It is an old industrial style building. I had a vision of a building that could be used as a commercial space, and could be converted into an industrial loft home, or pretty much anything someone might use such a building for, including its original industrial use. I had originally planned on displaying it as a home, complete with furniture and decor, appliances etc, but since I only recently quit my rl job, I simply did not have the time to complete it as originally envisioned. I created a chandelier for this building, and this is the item I chose to use for the relay. I do plan to release more items exclusively for the Expo that are in line with my original concept.
Q: When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?
A: I first arrived in Second Life back in 2007. I had a friend in rl who turned me on to it.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products? Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?
A: In the early day of my time here, I spent a lot of time exploring different social environments, bars, clubs and such. I was especially drawn to spiritually themed hangouts. Nowadays when I’m not working, I’m usually shopping.
Q: Tell us about more about your SL business?
A: Other than the fact that it is work for me, and a source of income, it is what I am most passionate about, more than anything else I have tried, and I have tried many many things in my life. This is the one thing that makes me happy, and satisfies my need for creative expression and personal freedom.
Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up shop there? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?
A: I am somewhat looking forward to the new generation platform, aside from the fact that I will need to do some upgrades that will set me back a few bucks just to run the platform. I am however excited that Second Life is looking into the future. I feel that in order for Second Life to survive in the long term it will be necessary to evolve in order to take advantage of new technologies and appeal to a younger generation.
Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?
A: I will let you in on a huge aspect of my Real Life. This is something that has had a lot to do with my absence in sl for the last couple years, due to major upheaval that it has caused. It was a little over two years ago, I came out to my friends and family as transgender. I have had some really difficult times transitioning, but today I feel that I am settling into my new life, and have never been happier. My experience has given me a new lease on life. I have learned to love and accept myself, and in turn I have lots love to give to others. My family does fully support me, and my Second Life aspirations. I am very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.
Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or someone who has really inspired your business?
A: I have a deep admiration for my colleagues who create such beautiful things in Second Life. Their creativity is inspiring to me,and alway pushes me to do better.