Name: Silver Scream
What is your skating position?
Where did you grow up?
Newbury Park, CA
What do you do for a living?
I’m in school to be a sound designer for television.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
My roommates and I play Settlers of Catan a lot. Does that count?
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played soccer as a kid and then threw shot put and discus in high school.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
A little. I used to go to the roller rink pretty frequently when I was younger, but then it closed.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m not actually Canadian. I just love everything about Canada and plan to move there one day.
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
The short version is I went to OC Roller Skates to buy outdoor wheels, met Doll, and then got coerced into trying derby. As always, Doll was right, and I love this sport.
How long have you been involved with derby?
Just over a year.
What’s the story behind your derby name?
My name is a play off “Silver Screen,” the old-timey way of saying movie screen. I wanted something related to film/tv since I’m in film school.
Do you have a signature move?
The super not graceful fall, usually not prompted by anything.
What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
I think T-stops were probably the easiest for me. Plow stops, on the other hand, still need a lot of work.
What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Our holiday party is a lot of fun.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
The day before my first scrimmage, which I was terrified of, I was asked to be someone’s derby wife. The next day at the scrimmage, she texts me like, “Oh, I’m sick, so I won’t be practicing. But I’ll at least be there for moral support.” Then about half an hour before practice, she texts me again and said, “Actually, I have a lot of things to do, so I’m not going.” I derby-divorced her immediately. Then she bought me food, so I forgave her.
What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
How much time it can take of your life if you let it.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I now have a super awesome group of friends I would have never met otherwise! I also never imagined that I would have anyone sponsor me as an athlete, but I am proud to be a Juice Wheels sponsored skater!
What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it! It might seem scary at first, but you’ll get the hang of it, and then it’s just crazy fun!