This story was originally published on Passionfruit.
To put it simply, Star Wars changed my life.
From an early age, I was hooked on this amazing universe created by George Lucas. Star Wars inspired my love for film and filmmaking, and I channeled that love into hosting podcasts on the Popcorn Talk Network and even competing in The Movie Trivia Schmoedown. Most importantly, it served as the foundation for my career as a mechanical engineer, sparking an interest in space, science, and technology that I still carry with me today.
My love for storytelling has not stopped. I am the co-host of a Star Wars podcast, Scoundrels, Inc. Every week, Kevin Smets, Frank Janisch, Sean Sullivan, and I dive into our love for the franchise, covering the latest news surrounding the Star Wars galaxy while infusing pieces of ourselves into the discussion—from over-the-top character impressions to debating our favorite droids.
We are not alone in this love. On this May the 4th, I want to highlight and interview some of my favorite Star Wars creators on the internet. Since fans all around the world witnessed the power of the force for the first time in 1977, the Star Wars fandom has always been about community. With fans being divided regarding the current state of the franchise (some love it, some hate it), it has become essential to remember that community now more than ever.