Here in the D20 Girls Organization we like to give credit, where credit is due. So let’s take a look at one of our many awesome gals! Danielle Ayres a.k.a. Bombfox Sasha.
What can be said about this 23 year old from Indianapolis, Indiana? Well, let’s start from the beginning shall we? I was born on September 20, 1991 at St. Vincent’s Women’s Hospital. Due to some unfortunate events, I was raised by my grandmother and grandfather, Marilyn and Frank Rogers. That’s when my “nerdiness” began! *insert evil laugh*
My grandparents bought me my first game console at the age of 7 which was a SNES and of course my first game was GOOF TROOP! Sadly, though at the time it was very hard for me to understand gaming so I turned to music and movies. Now I know at this time we had CD’s and cassettes but I was introduced to music by my aunt on a record player. The first time I heard 80’s music I instantly fell in love. Even now I can’t get enough of Duran Duran and Rick Springfield. When it came to movies I ran “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in the ground and as I grew my love for Tim Burton and his strange stories only grew. It has never changed to this day.
There are a few other movies I watched when I was younger that are still passions of mine today. Such as the “Labyrinth”, “The Crow”, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Now you are probably wondering “Why would someone allow a child that young to watch R-Rated movies?” Well that’s a simple answer. BECAUSE MY GRANDPARENTS WERE AWESOME! Also, when I was younger I didn’t really understand what was going on. I loved Rocky Horror for the music (and Dr. Frank-N-Furter) and I loved “The Crow” because…well… let’s face it. Brandon Lee is awesome!
Now let’s time travel to age 15, where I live in Chino, California. My interest in anime started. I was mostly into Vampire Hunter D, Ghost in the Shell, and my favorite, Hellsing. I was in a few clubs and was heavily involved in music (as always). Some of the clubs I was involved with were otaku club, drama, and J.T.O.T.C. and I will say this. If you have the option to go to J.R.O.T.C. you should take it. It changed my life and taught me some important things I still use to this day. Outside of school there was the community theater which was like my second home. I played some awesome musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey, Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovette, and RENT as Mimi. Some of the best times of my life were spent in that theater. Heck, most of the happiest moments were in Chino.
ANOTHER TIME JUMP! *woosh* We are now at age 19 where I have moved back to Indiana and started dating a man named Jordan Ayres, who helped me understand gaming. My first game was Dead Space on the Xbox. Stupid Necromorphs! As a couple years went by, still with the same man, I got into games such as God of War, Dante’s Inferno, Sly Cooper, Donkey Kong 64, and many others.
I am also a pretty good singer. I was once chosen from a contest for an all-expense paid trip to the X-Factor in Chicago by sending a video of me singing. I have also been to American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Unfortunately I didn’t get past to the live rounds. I am also a dancer. I have done tap, ballet, hip-hop, and do a lot of Michael Jackson’s moves. For a short time I was in burlesque at the White Rabbit in Indianapolis. Ah, those were good times. My singing, unfortunately, only stays with karaoke nights now.
On December 10, 2011 I got news that I was 10 weeks pregnant. A couple weeks later, on New Year’s, Jordan got on one knee to ask for my hand in marriage. On July 3, 2012 at 11:50 P.M. I gave birth to a son, Jonah Broderick Ayres. He is my everything. I hope I can pass down the things I love to him and he will enjoy them as well. On a chilly Halloween day in 2012, I married the man who made me realize who I am and saw the potential in me that I could not see. Our honeymoon was spent In Minneapolis, Minnesota at a place called Fallout Shelter Arcade where we spent all week playing in the BattleTech pods with our favorite crew. I also got to see where Purple Rain was filmed and Prince’s record studio.
I heard about the D20 girls at Furlaxation 2013 where they had a booth and a couple weeks later I joined. I believe this an awesome organization with a great cause. Empowering geek girls everywhere. Being a manager for the state of Indiana is an honor, even though I’m still pretty clueless and wish I could do more for the girls.
Here we are now. The year 2015. I have gotten to experience and have things most people wish they had in my 23 years of life on this earth. I feel truly blessed for the people in my life that have changed me or have been there for me. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the nerd I am today. I love every one of you. You are the reason I am a D20 Girl that Rocks.
Indiana Manager of the D20 Girls Project