Every year when comic con hits my city, there is always some reason why I can’t go. It’s either because I have my exams or some other prior plans. But this time Comic Con 2018 was in December and my exams were in November. How great is that! And I decided, this year no matter what I am going to attend it.
So a month before Comic Con my friend texts me that the form for applying as a volunteer was up and I was like why not? I always wanted to, but never could cause well I never even got to attend it before. So I filled the form and hoped for the best. Fast forward to a few weeks later after attending the first meeting and applying for departments I was interested in, I got a mail for them telling that I was chosen and to send in a confirmation if I will be volunteering.
Now I wasn’t sure if I should send the confirmation, because whenever I decide to do something I always have a voice in the back of my head saying’ “But what if you mess up really bad and ruin things?” And I am not proud to say it but I have let this reasoning stop me taking up many opportunities in the past that I still regret. And I didn’t want this to one of the things I end up passing and regretting later. So I typed the email and my thumb was hovering over the send button for a good five minutes. Then I forced myself to press it and said, “Well whatever happens happens.”
So the greatest weekend of the year came around and I was pretty hyped up and excited and glad that I sent that mail. The department I was working for was Media Desk. So basically, what Media Desk does is when media professionals come to visit Comic Con, our job is to see if they have registered themselves and if they have to give them the media badges along with the media kit, which consisted of the press release, and the schedule, and a notebook. And if a media professional comes who hasn’t registered themselves we have to check their ids and make sure they really are from said media company before registering them. Their are a lot of people who fake being a media professional so they go inside without having to buy passes. Kind of smart. And if a media professional wants someone to show them around one of us would accompany them and give them a tour and show them around. We worked with the PR professionals from the company that was handling the PR of Comic Con India 2018. And as a media student it was a very valuable experience as we got to interact with various media professionals and saw the PR professionals work closely.
And the perks of being a volunteer were pretty sweet too. We shopped for merchandises on the second day at the end when all the stuff were up for discounts. We got goodies- a Deadpool t-shirt, a comic con volunteer legion key chain, two badges, and a notebook at the end and Mark Kistler gave all volunteers a signed artwork of their choice! Overall it was a fun experience and I am looking forward to next year’s con.