The Art of Playing YOU - Playing Characters & Being an Artist in the Age of Technology

Anjali Bhimani
  • Practicum
  • Seminar
Date: Apr 1
12:10pm (duration 00:50)
Thanks to the internet, it has been easier and easier to connect with people and players all over the globe. In the last few years especially, the flood of online content has made more games and players more available to each other. But as an artist - and a human - it can also be hard to feel personally connected to the people you are creating with and for when technology is taking over communication. In this panel, we'll talk about some of the difficult parts of staying human in this age of technology, including:

  • Staying connected online without disconnecting from your community offline

  • Finding ways to stay connected to yourself, your creative energy, and your own needs while also working and playing in multiple time zones or with large networks and online communities

  • Maintaining the difference between public, personal, and private in your online avatars and social media

  • Creating characters that allow you to express yourself fully and explore the human condition in a safe space

  • Learning how to protect yourself from difficult or challenging energy from other people online

  • The complex issue of parasocial relationships

I tend to tailor make this talk to the audience I'm talking to... we may stray from some of the above content depending on people's needs. My goal is to be open to and answer questions that people might be afraid to ask in public. You can submit questions anonymously before the panel here.


Anjali Bhimani (she/her) is an award-winning actress who can currently be seen as Ruby in Ms. Marvel on Disney+ and is also well known in the gaming community as Rampart in Apex Legends, Symmetra in Overwatch, the noble Fy’ra Rai on Exandria Unlimited and the proud and feisty Miriam on UnDeadwood, both by Critical Role Studios, as well as many more games and other TTRPG performances. She is the creator of the I Am Fun Size series on YouTube and author of I Am Fun Size, and So Are You (to be released soon) created to help people find the fullest lives they can through life’s challenges. Find her on the interwebs at @sweeetanj on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and at Anjali Bhimani on Facebook. You can also find her walking her adorable dog, Charley (@charleythebestdog on IG) in her rollers on the streets of Los Angeles.

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