Neil Gaiman isn’t just my favorite author (American God’s my favorite book), but he’s a bit of a personal hero having taken on crusades that saw a college professor redeemed when the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Firefly fans and Gaiman helped protect free speech when University of Wisconsin professor James Miller came under fire from the University Police over his Captain Mal FirFly Poster and the quote:
”You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: if I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. You’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed.”
Gaiman helped save the Profs Job and beat back some fascist bull shit with his massive twitter following, and the author always seems to be on hand with some cracking advice just when you need him most.
So when a young aspiring artist at The CT YOUTH Forum’s Student-Roundtable Discussion asked him a question of the panel, Gaiman was quick to step in and give her the sage pep talk she needed.
Before every Forum event, high school students are given the opportunity to sit with the evening’s panelists to ask questions and discuss important topics. Gaiman sat with Neil deGrasse Tyson, MIT’s Neri Oxman, WNPR’s John Dankosky, and a collection of high school students from around Connecticut for a question and answer session prior to The Connecticut Forum’s “Vision & Brilliance” Forum on December 1, 2012.
The below video is Gaiman’s response to a young girl in danger of giving up on her dream. But not if Gaiman can help it: