Katie Wilson, host, actress, comedian, and a self-prescribed professional nerd, has made a living on loving the things you love. “I started playing video games when I was 5 and Legend of Zelda was a huge game for me because it was a medieval fantasy,” she tells SYFY WIRE. With internet culture inundated by toxic fandom and accusations of ruined childhoods, Wilson is a breath of fresh air, an enthusiastic creator who found her calling as a pre-teen. Since joining YouTube in 2008, Wilson’s channel has garnered over 11 million views and boasts almost 99,000 subscribers, all thanks to her mix of light-hearted parody videos, gameplay sessions, fan films, and generally positive movie reviews. SYFY WIRE spoke with Wilson about her all-consuming love for Xena: Warrior Princess, making fan films, and working as a woman in a genre-centric space. I kind of loved the culture and I grew up a huge medieval fantasy and sci-fi fan, so I wanted to be able to share my experience and my love with those genre types of television, movies, and video games with an audience. On a whim, I decided to put together a fan film and my friends and I made it from conception to actually making the video. Yeah! One of my favorite things to do on YouTube is to make epic videos, whether it be a fan film or a short film or a sketch.

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