I just got off the phone with a merchandising manager at AX and as of right now, I am hired to be on the staff of Anime Expo! Like, STAFF, not volunteer. There are all SORTS of perks to being staff but maybe BEST of all I have a hotel room and breakfast and lunch paid for - which means I can just barely afford to go, basically (*cough* Now taking applications for my dinner-date dancecard...*cough*). I'm getting an email with details soon but generally my job is I will be traveling about with a gentleman who will be
carrying the merchandise and I will be selling merchandise to the lines and at large gathering-places.
So basically? A modern convention-version of the 1940s Cigarette and Candy Girl :)
I'm very happy about this - it's an active no-sitting-on-my-buttocks-all-shift job and I get to interact with TONS of people and take money in exchange for stuff they want - what a PERFECT job! I had a great 'phone interview' with my boss, Kacie, which was more about us laughing and joking together. I put quotes around 'interview' because she told me right up front that HER boss (Justin?) loved my application. (There was no formal send-a-resume; the application was fill-in-the-blank and I must have struck the right tone for what they were looking for which would be, I'm guessing, friendly, outgoing, trustworthy, intelligent and with a sense of humor. BIG SURPRISE; I PROJECT THESE QUALITIES.) I wonder if they will be surprised when they see me in person? Kacie told me each department has names for their under-staff and hers she named 'minions' - seemed appropriate, as I guess quite a bit is made of the fact that our department MAKES ALL DUH MONIEZ. At one point in the interview I called her ma'am and she said, "Oh, you don't need to call me ma'am! I'm sure you're due more respect than I am!"
"As my boss, YOU get all my respect and the glory, of course!" I said, to which she replied, "Well, it hardly matters - the attendees are going to say we suck, no matter what."
"Yes," I said, "but those attendees are going to stand in line for 2 hours to be allowed to buy their way into the convention
and then line up again to give me money
. That's enough 'respect' for me, no matter what comes out of their mouths."
"Good point!" she said, and repeated what I had just said to the guy in charge of Art, who was sitting doing his
interviews beside her. To which he said he would NOT call her "ma'am" but he DID think I would make a very excellent minion.
And so I shall!
Anime Expo July 3rd - 6th
LA Convention Center
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