Bonus Episode – Trillian Stars and Kyle Cassidy

Virtual Memories Show Bonus Episode:
Trillian Stars and Kyle Cassidy

“We want to give Lizzie that book she never got when she was alive.”

Photographer and writer Kyle Cassidy and actor and model Trillian Stars join us for a Bonus Episode to talk about their new Kickstarter, THIS IS ONLY EARTH, MY DEAR – POEMS & PHOTOS (closing May 4, 2024)! We get into their inspiration to make a book combining the poems of Pre-Raphaelite muse-model-artist Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal with photos of Trillian (in a Pre-Raphaelite mode), how the project changed once they began shooting in East London, how they found enough costumes for all the photos they wanted to take, and why Lizzie Siddal was dismissed by the peers of her husband, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. We also get into what they’ve learned from nearly a dozen Kickstarters, what stretch goals they’re hoping to reach for this one, how modeling and acting overlap and differ (and why Kyle prefers shooting with actors), how the ghost of old London lives in modern London, and what a gift Lizzie Siddal’s poems are. Give it a listen! And GO PLEDGE!

(& go listen to my 2012, 2017 and 2020 conversations with Kyle!)

“My best advice for Kickstarter is: have a realistic goal.”

“You bring your skills, and your time, and your equipment, and then the plan is met by the environment. All those things shape what comes out on the other end.”

“My photography is making up a story that doesn’t exist, making up a movie or a play that has one frame.”

Enjoy the conversation! Then check out the archives for more great episodes!

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About our Guest

Trillian Stars is a Philadelphia- and New York-based performer whose work on stage and in film includes both classical theatre and world premieres. Follow Trillian on Instagram.

Kyle Cassidy is an award-winning photographer from Philadelphia. In addition, he’s been a contributing editor to Videomaker magazine for more than a decade. In 2007 his documentary photo book “Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in their Homes” was voted one of the ten best art books by the editors of In 2012 he published a book about veterans body art called “War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces.”in 2014, photographing the book “Geek Knits” he crossed the country photographing geek celebrities modeling knitwear. In 2016 he started photographing Librarians which lead to the 2017 book “This is What a Librarian Looks Like.” Follow Kyle on Instagram and LiveJournal(?!).

Credits: This episode’s music is Fella by Hal Mayforth, used with permission from the artist. The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Zoom PodTrak P4. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photos of Trillian by Kyle; photo of both of them probably by Kyle. It’s on my instagram.

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