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IDOL Contest Judges

IDOL Contest Judges

Ani-Idol Judges

Becky Taylor

Becky Taylor first fell in love with the Japanese language and culture through the music of Japan. Since studying abroad and completing a masters in Applied Japanese Linguistics in Australia, she has been teaching Japanese at the college level for six years. She endeavors to get students to engage with the language and culture both inside and outside of the classroom.

Her hobbies also include music composition, arrangement and performance. Writing her first composition at the age of 13, she continues to enjoy writing original compositions and creative arrangements on various themes. Along with singing, she enjoys playing the flute, piano and cello.

She enjoys participating in Ani-Idol as a judge since it gives her the rare opportunity to combine both her interests. She loves the dedication the contestants show to the lyrics, music, and most importantly their fellow contestants.

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Ashlee 'Ashe' Christopher

Ashlee 'Ashe' Christopher is a local singer, cosplayer, and voice actor from the DFW area. Having placed 1st in the Advanced Division of Ani-Idol twice in years prior, and performed in several All Star Concerts since she began entering, Ashlee has taken her first leap into judging this year! When she's not on the stage she can be found goofing off with her close friends in Ootori Group Cosplay, and occasionally in the booths at Funimation Studios, where she enjoys voicing bit roles and participating in WALLA sessions.

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Voice Over-Idol Judges

Marissa Lenti

Marissa Lenti is a voice actress who can be found in popular FUNimation productions, such as her role as Mistress Sadie in One Piece, Ilse Langnar in Attack on Titan: Junior High, Libra in Fairy Tail, and Samidare in Divine Gate, as well as appearing in Assassination Classroom, Noragami Aragoto, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, Tokyo ESP, Prince of Stride: Alternative, GANGSTA, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, & The Heroic Legend of Arslan, among others.

She's also appeared in many video games, like Heroes of Newerth & Black Sails. When she's not acting, she's casting & directing for ScrewAttack's popular webshows, DEATH BATTLE! and DBX.

To learn more about Marissa, check out her website at www.marissalenti.com or follow her on Twitter (@LentiSoup)

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Sara Ragsdale

Sara "Ragsy" Ragsdale is a professional stage and voice actor form the DFW area. She has a Bachelors of Science in Theatre from Texas A&M Commerce with a focus in acting and directing. She has appeared in stage productions all around the metroplex since 2009. She ventured into the world of voice acting in 2013. Some of her notable characters are Saya Endo from Dagashi Kashi, Warechu from Hyperdimensia Neptunia, Minowa from Date a Live, Keiko from Ultimate Otaku Teacher and Boa Marigold(young) from One Piece.

Sara just finished recording her first audiobook through Spoke Media . You can hear her as Lily Black in The Allure of Dean Harper.

You can follow her on Twitter @RagsdaleSara

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Felecia Angelle

Felecia Angelle is a voice over actor and suspected Sea Witch. We can't pin anything on her for sure, but she's voicing adorable characters and there's a mute mermaid walking on land. You do the math.

Her hobbies include pretending she could do better than TV cooking show contestants, playing videogames (poorly), and buying more books than she could ever possibly read. You can hear her voice all up in your anime, as well as coming through the TV to sell toys to your kids.

Her recent work includes The Hero Emilia/ Emi Yusa in The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Perona in One Piece, Shinoa in Seraph of the End, Nozomi Moritomo in The Rolling Girls, Supreme Kai of Time in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Aoi Asahina in Danganronpa: The Animation and Alex Bendetto in Gangsta.

Felecia's also recently begun a foray into the world of directing as the Assistant ADR Director for One Piece, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Attack on Titan Junior High, as well the Lead ADR Director for Sky Wizards Academy and co-director for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.

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Venue Info

Fort Worth Convention Center
A-Kon® 28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center

The Fort Worth Convention Center is within walking distance of thousands of downtown Fort Worth hotel rooms, a variety of delicious restaurants and fabulous shopping. It offers more than 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, nearly 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, an impressive 28,160 square-foot ballroom, a 13,500 person events arena, and a 55,000 square foot events plaza that connects to the one-of-a-kind Fort Worth Water Gardens.

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