Last updated on February 3rd, 2021.
1) Why did you stop acting? Will you ever act again?
I stopped acting for many reasons, but they are best summarized in this post and this post. As for the second question, I doubt it. I’ve got a lot going on–I’m writing novels, working a full-time job, streaming on Twitch, and more. Acting isn’t really in the cards. As for the distant future, I’m not planning on it…but if I ever publish my novels and one gets adapted into a movie (dreaming big here haha), I wouldn’t mind appearing in it!
2) Are you in touch with any of your former castmates?
I’m in touch with several of them online. We don’t talk often, but I’m always happy to interact with them when the occasion arises. Most of the people in my life are family members/loved ones, people I attended school with, and other friends made outside acting.
3) Where/when can I buy your books?
Answered here. In the meantime, I’ve been reading one of my books out loud chapter by chapter at the beginning of my Twitch streams!
4) What writing projects are you working on?
Thank you so much for your interest! For the sake of my mental health and to aid my creativity, I’m keeping my creative projects under wraps at the moment (although I am definitely working on something).
5) I have writing/publishing advice for you. Is that welcome?
Probably not. Here’s why.
6) You say you’re a Twitch streamer. What is that/what is Twitch?
Twitch is a website that allows users to livestream something of their choosing (usually video games, but sometimes activities such as cooking, art, etc.). A few nights a week, I stream a variety of games, usually narrative-focused. I have a lot of fun with Twitch, but since my writing and full-time job come first, it serves as a fun hobby. I don’t plan on making it into a career (like some people do)!
7) What is the meaning behind your Twitch username?
“Tolstoyce” combines the last names of my favorite classic authors, Leo Tolstoy and James Joyce.
8) How can I get into acting?
Unfortunately, I’m a terrible person to ask, since I got into the business thanks to a connection: my dad was friends with a casting director who arranged for me to audition with an agency. If you’re an actor trying to land your big break, best of luck to you!
9) Can we chat privately over e-mail?
I wouldn’t feel comfortable if you’re a stranger. There’s an imbalance–you know more about me than I do about you, because you’ve seen me in a movie/TV, but I’ve never seen you before. That doesn’t mean I’m not open to chatting with new, friendly people, but I feel better doing it in a public setting. If you want to contact me, please do so in a mention over Twitter or during one of my streams in Twitch chat. If I see it, I’ll respond!
I do have a link to a contact form above, which is for business inquiries only.
Note: I don’t DM people I don’t know over Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, or Discord for the same reasons I won’t give out my e-mail.
10) What social media sites are you on?
My public social media presences include this blog, my Twitter account, my Instagram account, my Twitch account (and the Discord linked to it), my YouTube page, my Facebook page, my TikTok account, my GoodReads account, and my Tumblr account. Please note that these are my ONLY public accounts; any others you see are impersonators. While I have other online accounts, those are private, and reserved for people I know personally.
11) Will you look at my writing?
Are you a friend of mine? If you are and I have the time to commit to it, I’d be happy to beta read your novel or whatever it is you want looked at. If you’re my friend, though, you probably know me well enough to just ask me directly.
If you aren’t a friend of mine, I don’t have time to dedicate to an unpaid reading of your work, and I don’t offer paid reading services.
Please do not use my contact form to send me materials.
12) Will you follow me on Twitter/Instagram/TikTok/Twitch?
When I joined Twitter, I followed back everyone who asked. I thought, “Why don’t more people do this? It’s a nice thing to do!” I quickly learned why. The more people I followed back, the more cluttered my newsfeed became with things I wasn’t interested in. Soon, I realized scrolling through my feed had become a chore. I will now only follow people if they’re generating content I’m interested in seeing. This doesn’t mean the people I unfollowed weren’t saying delightful things in their own right–they just didn’t align with my interests and it made no sense for me to follow them.
13) I have a question for you that isn’t covered here. How may I ask it?
14) Will you ever shut up about YA fiction/Paramore/Stardew Valley/Kingdom Hearts?