Abby Dimalanta of Bandwagon Merchandise and the Ryan Beye Foundation answers The Pitch‘s questionnaire
Name: Abby Dimalanta
Occupation: Accounts representative at Bandwagon Merchandise and chief operating officer for the Ryan Beye Foundation
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Current neighborhood: Westport
What I do (in 140 characters): I’m passionate about screen-printing, graphic design and helping Kansas City, so I work, go to school and volunteer with local charities.
What’s your addiction? Craft beers with Beer Tasting KC
What’s your game? Settlers of Catan for board games and Ocarina of Time for video games
What’s your drink? Winstead’s cherry limeade
Where’s dinner? Empanada Madness on Southwest Boulevard. Everything they make is so good.
What’s on your KC postcard? Arthur Bryant’s barbecue and some beer from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when … “ They started hosting creative conventions like Planet Comicon, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and Maker Faire.
“Kansas City screwed up when … ” I do not comprehend this question. Haha.
“Kansas City needs … “ More arcades. I love places like the 403 Club.
“In five years, I’ll be … ” In a support group for hoarding a bunch of nerdy things. Who doesn’t need a tridimensional chess set?
“I always laugh at … “ The most inappropriate jokes.
“I’ve been known to binge-watch … “ Anything by Joss Whedon. I’ll rewatch a movie or series every other year or so.
“I can’t stop listening to … ” Rival Schools, the Dismemberment Plan, Refused.
“I just read … “ Scott Pilgrim.
The best advice I ever got: Was from reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower in high school. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” Most people don’t realize they deserve a lot more than they think.
Worst advice: Moving to a new city/town will make you feel better and solve all of your problems. It’s rare that this is ever true.
My sidekick: My cat, Baxter. He’s more dog than cat. He goes on walks, follows commands and does tricks.
My dating triumph/tragedy: My dating triumph/tragedy was meeting Ryan Beye. We had a Romeo-and-Juliet sort of romance. He literally had the biggest heart and passed away unexpectedly because of it.
My brush with fame: I once cried in Wil Wheaton’s arms. I’m not ashamed of this.
My 140-character soapbox: Take care of yourself. Figure out what you love and go for it. Make things happen. No one believes things can happen to them until it does.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Constantly being 10 minutes late, apologizing for that, and then apologizing a lot for apologizing too much, ha.
Who’s sorry now? See above.
My recent triumph: Hosting an annual block-party festival in the Crossroads that brings together artists, musicians, poets, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
The Ryan Beye Foundation’s C4 Fest is scheduled to return in September.