Some Fans cosplay. Some Fans podcast. And some fans post. But the fans that roleplay on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and G+) are different – their fandom is more intense..
They might cosplay. They might podcast. And they probably post a lot. But if they roleplay, they have discussed and shared their ideas in a post in a character’s voice and the few images that might be available.
To roleplay Star Wars online requires a lot of reading. Reading regularly. Reading references and news articles, and then some more reading. Some roleplayers (RPers) don’t do that, and it reflects on their roleplay (RP). But the good ones are ALWAYS READING STAR WARS ALL THE TIME!
Why RP is not a job is beyond me. RP preparation consumes the bulk of my time. I have to keep up with the latest novels and reference books.
There are many reasons why people RP. However, the most important reason to RP in the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 is fun in storytelling. If RP is just a hobby to mess around and make friends during free time, then why be so elaborate and create fan art, music, fan fictions, dances, youtubes, padlets, etc. for it? RP is too labor-intense as a hobby. Sure, people can just be lazy and mess around in a RP every now and then. But the amount of time it takes to manage a good RP, says that calling it a hobby is offensive. RP is true fandom, just like cosplaying is. And with the advances in social media and interaction with favorite celebrities and character, RP could become a highlight for non-RPing fans.
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 has conveyed these facts repeatedly to Lucasfilm. They understand the power of roleplay on social media. Some of their workers may think it silly, until they see the SWAG 77 RPers and they know we will honor the integrity of their products and follow their planned organization.
Our formal RPs are fun to watch because we are grounded in reading, writing, and performance. Our delivery is accurate, strong and authentic.
These are the tenets of Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG77) Roleplay Performances.
Reading = Writing = Performance
Accurate = Strong = Authentic