Host / Producer / Cosplayer / Singer
See also: Digital Era Entertainment and American Cosplay Paradise
Mario is a vocalist, actor, emcee, and producer specializing in the web and geek culture. His training includes acting training at New York's LEE STRASBERG THEATER AND FILM INSTITUTE, voice-over training at EDGE STUDIOS NYC, private voice coaching at THE NEW YORK CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, and years of youth/amateur theater.
He has appeared on ANIME NEWS NETWORK in their 2007-2008 news webisodes, and his web video production/appearance credits include his 2005 fan film FINAL FANTASY VS KAIJU BIG BATTEL, 2009-2010 web series DOUJINOPOLIS, numerous promotional spots for FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT and ANIPLEX OF AMERICA, an appearance for the live premiere of DEATH BATTLE's "GOKU VS SUPERMAN 2" at SGC 2015, and collaborations with Youtube Producer DPIDDY.
In 2010, he became the first male AX Idol Singing Winner at ANIME EXPO, and in 2011 was a Semifinalist in BROADWAY.TV'S NEXT BROADWAY STAR contest. In 2013, he released his first album entitled "(A)RISE" and represented the United States placing in the Top 3 at the WORLD KARAOKE GRAND PRIX COSPLAY sponsored by WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT and LIVE DAM.
He has been emceeing since his high school days running open mics, and has been a regular emcee at events across the country from 2009 onward, with highlights including numerous years of hosting at fan events such as ANIME BOSTON and concerts for music artists such as EIR AOI. In addition, he spends much time on promotional event staffing/management for companies such as BANDAI-NAMCO ENTERTAIMENT, CRUNCHYROLL, VIZ MEDIA and PONY CANYON through affiliates such as AMERICAN COSPLAY PARADISE.
Bringing everything full circle, Mario officially joined KAIJU BIG BATTEL as Lead Announcer in May 2017's CIVIL WARS: THE AFTERMATH show and remained with the troupe until July 2018's CHALLENGERS OF THE DANGER. Currently, he serves as a host for FREDERATOR NETWORKS' YouTube gaming channel THE LEADERBOARD and juggles this with daily responsibilities running DIGITAL ERA ENTERTAINMENT as well as monitoring+hosting content for the brand's TWITCH CHANNEL.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Fan World 2017 - July 21-23, 2017 in Niagara Falls, NY
Liberty City Anime Con 2015 - August 28-30, 2015 in White Plains, NYCancelled Appearance
- Midwest Media Expo 2015 - April 10-12, 2015 in Detroit, MI
- FANdom Con 2014 - November 7-9, 2014 in Fort Walton Beach, FL
- T-MODE 2012 - April 20-22, 2012 in Rockville, MD
- New York Comic Con 2011 - October 13-16, 2011 in New York, NY
- Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2011 - March 18-20, 2011 in Chicago, IL
- New York Comic Con 2010 - October 8-10, 2010 in New York, NY
- Anime Syracuse Festival 2010 - September 11, 2010 in Syracuse, NY
- New York Anime Festival 2009 - September 25-27, 2009 in New York, NY