Flashback to almost 20 years ago at my first comic con signing at #motorcitycomiccon
, which I booked myself! I was a young, up and coming fitness model, pre-WWE. My only connection to wrestling at that point was what I watched religiously on TV and my dear friend from the fitness world @torriewilson
who had just started at WCW. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I would sign with @wwe
by the end of that year!
Back in the day my boyfriend’s brother (now my brother-in-law) used to have a comic shop in Toronto and he got me into comics. He introduced me to a few titles with strong, kick ass women - Danger Girl and Witchblade being a couple of my fav. I was inspired by the physiques of the comic book heroines as I was ‘molding’ my body with my bodybuilding at the time and fell in love with the curves and the strength of the female form represented on those pages. I worked my butt off to achieve those strong lines and fierce curves. My hard work landed me a contract with #musclemag
and the covers kept coming. (Swipe to see my first couple!)
After joining my now brother-in-law at a few cons to help at his booth and getting recognized from my cover work, I had an epiphany to book myself at these cons! 🤔So I booked my own booth - I blew up my covers, made a banner, printed some photos, and got the sharpies ready. I even made my own posters advertising my appearance at the con and used my notoriety from the fitness world to get the word out. I contacted the local gyms around the con and asked them to put up my posters and I brought in the fitness peeps!
Tomorrow I will return to #motorcitycomiccon
and it made me think about that driven, ever enterprising 23 year old who took things into her own hands and made shit happen! PREPAREDNESS MEETS OPPORTUNITY - my life mantra that has been the driving force behind everything I have achieved. And MAKE SHIT HAPPEN - that one has worked for me too😜🙌🏼 #flashbackfriday
Any Michiganders out there?? I will be at Motor City Con Sat May 19 - for ONE DAY ONLY! Come say hi!!👋🏼 Show and ticket info at TrishStratus.com #linkinbio