SCA Name & title: Lady Cael O’Conaill the Leafy Greene
Years in the SCA: 18 years. I’m Legal!
How did you find out about the SCA?
My mother, actually. She brought me to my first event and the rest is “history”.
Where did you start, what was your first event?
Pennsic War 30. My mother had friends in attendance and after Pennsic decided to get herself (and me of course) involved in the local group and events.
What is your persona and why did you pick it? 11th Century Celtic. It is based off of my mother’s to tie them in together, essentially.
Do you have any group or household affiliations? Not at this time, but I hope to eventually.
Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA. I am currently the Life Skills Program Facilitator & Help Desk Operator at a Rehabilitation facility in Pittsburgh. I will be attending school in this coming year to obtain a bachelors in Education.
What SCA activities do you or have you participated in? Primarily theater/Commedia, but I have also had a little training in heavy weapons fighting and a few A&S experiences as well.
Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.).
I’ve assisted with autocrating events, youth activities, and currently I hold the Pennsic Commedia Track Director position.
When you started in the SCA what goals did you have?
To be honest, I did not have many. I enjoyed watching the fighting and the feeling of comradery.
What are your goals now? Now, I feel I’ve achieved an immense goal which is a leadership position in Commedia, but I do hope some day to be a part of the heavy fighting community once more.
What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? To be honest, it was beginning with a new group, where ever I moved to. I was always worried my garb wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have enough experience, etc. However, I was always met with open arms.
I want to be able to help just one person find their place in our organization.
What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?
I would say that the SCA can appear as overwhelming. All the events, the policies, the things to do. It may be a while before they find their “niche”, but there truly is something for everyone here and I hope they take the time and seek the answers they need to find it.
If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? Scribal!
I am a TERRIBLE artist, but it has always fascinated me.
Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why?
Some day I’d love to be able to become a Laurel in the SCA for my work in Commedia Dell’arte.
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