Feylan recently sat down with Jerome Andries of The Apocalypse Guys to discuss her involvement with the post-apocalyptic genre, her inspirations and what it means to be a Wastelander.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
In real life, I’m a Marine veteran gone personal trainer/social media marketing. In the wastes, I’m an archer/sniper/scout. My personality doesn’t change from my normal day to day life to being at Wasteland events, it’s just me without a filter which people tend to handle better in a rust and dirt environment lol.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH THE POST-APOCALYPTIC GENRE?
My former boyfriend actually introduced me to Wasteland Weekend and to our former tribe the Skulduggers back in 2013. I met the tribe and fell in love with my new family and the idea of festival based on Mad Max. My first Wasteland was 2014 and I have been back every year since as well as some of the satellite events.
DO YOU DESIGN YOUR OWN COSTUMES?
I do! I draw them out, figure out fabrics, and repurpose items and fabric to make them.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER A POST-APOCALYPTIC LOOK? DO YOU PURCHASE MATERIAL OR DESIGN THEM OUT OF OTHER ITEMS?
I love repurposing thrift store pieces, stuff out of my closet, picking up components from the fabric store (if I can’t find what I want at a thrift store) and go from there. Watching an idea come together is my favorite.
I’VE SEEN YOUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEY’RE AMAZING! HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELING?
Thank you, that means so much to me! I’ve been modeling for 12 years now. It’s crazy to think it’s been that long!
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR PHOTO SHOOTS. WHICH TYPE OF SHOOTS ARE YOUR FAVORITE?
I love having a variety of material in my portfolio from 1940s pinup, to lifestyle, to fitness, and of course, post-apoc which is my favorite. Post-apoc is my favorite because I can portray my own personality completely during the shoot. I’m goofy and tend to make the people/photographers I’m working with laugh the whole time which makes it super rewarding for me/
HAVE YOU BEEN IN ANY POST-APOCALYPTIC FILMS OR DONE ANY ACTING?
I haven’t done anything extensive, but I’ve been in a few music videos (Misterwives’ video for “Machine” and DK Zero’s video for “Turn Up The Hate”) as well some different shorts and such. I’d love to do more in the future though!
I’M SURE YOU’LL HAVE MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO IT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A WASTELANDER?
To me, it means being the you would be or would want to be in when the world as we know it ends and whoever’s left emerges from the ashes. It’s also about taking care of your fellow Wastelander and respecting one another. We’re a family out there and families look after their own. In the event of the real apocalypse, it also means being the baddest MF you can be because the weak will be pray.
DO YOU GO TO WASTELAND WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA?
I do, it’s my one big vacation each year and I absolutely love it!
IF SO, WHAT’S IT LIKE? IS IT MAINLY MEN THAT PARTICIPATE, OR IS IT 50/50?
I’d say it’s a really good mix of both. There are tons of women out there and to be honest, some of the baddest bitches I’ve ever met!
WHAT POST-APOCALYPTIC EVENTS DO THEY HAVE IN YOUR AREA?
I just moved back to San Diego from Las Vegas, so in Las Vegas, there’s a monthly Wastelander meet up at a bar in the Art District as well as scattered build days with different groups and burlesque shows at some of the bars. In San Diego, there’s a lot of Wastelanders, so there’s a lot of big build days where people from multiple tribes get together, as well as Comic Con in July. A bunch of us meet up and pub crawl in our gear. Not too far from us, there’s the Wasteland Car Show, the Wastelander’s Ball, and multiple camping trips put on by different tribes.
OK, NOW I’M JEALOUS! YOU GET TO DO THIS EVERY MONTH?! ARE YOUR FRIENDS INTO THE GENRE AS WELL OR ARE YOU SOLO? ARE YOU IN ANY POST-APOC GROUPS?
Most of my friends are into it, I’ve introduced people into it who dig it but don’t participate and I’ve made a ton of friends at Wasteland which is great since we already have some common interests. I’m not in any other groups, this is the first year I’m just riding solo 😊
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WANTING TO GET STARTED IN THE POST-APOCALYPTIC GENRE, BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN? FOR EXAMPLE, THEIR AREA DIDN’T HAVE SUCH FUNCTIONS.
I say start a group on Facebook or join Wastelander Central to see how many people are in your area! You would be surprised how many of us are everywhere in the country. Start a themed camp out then go from there. You can start finding outfit ideas by researching some movies like Mad Max, Book of Eli, and even some video games like Fallout
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE POST-APOCALYPTIC FILMS/BOOKS?
I love the Mad Max films A BUNCH. Book of Eli is another favorite of mine (thus the suggestion lol.)
I SEE THAT YOU ARE A USMC VETERAN, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY?
Yeah! So I enlisted back in 2009 and my MOS/job specification was Air Traffic Control (the people that work for the FAA in the control towers and radar rooms talking to planes.) I had a blast talking to aircraft, definitely one of the coolest jobs ever. I had an injury that surgery was unable to fully repair so I was unable to do a second term.
If you have questions about apocalypse outfit ideas, she’s the one to speak with!
It was a pleasure speaking with you Feylan and I look forward to working with you in the future!
Jerome Andries “Rome”