Before the Convention
my thoughts, assumptions, fears, etc…
I’m seven days away from my first convention- and I am SO excited!! I’ve never been to a convention before, as a visitor or as an artist. I am really interested to see what it’s like, how well organized it is, enjoy the cosplayers, and all the rest that comes with it! Of course, I’m also a bit worried that I won’t have a great experience…
My biggest fear is that I won’t sell a damn thing.
That’s a pretty normal fear I think… but it’s really a big concern for me because I don’t draw fanart. I am fully aware that fanart does better (usually) at conventions, online, etc…but that’s not me :^(. I am not trying to make it as an artist. That’s not my intention, which I express over and over again. I don’t want to make a profit, I want to break even while I work on my passion project. I’m gonna feel like a big ol’ dumb if I spend $500+ bucks getting tickets, driving there, paying tolls, getting the materials, all the hours and hours of work…just to be ignored at the convention. It would feel like a WASTE!
I would also be happy if I even get more readers or more people subscribed to my newsletter. I just want to share my work! I’m happy with what I make, and I know that I should let that be enough, but I think it’s very human to worry that I wasted money and time on this.
I’m also scared I won’t fit in…
In all honesty… I’m not your standard “convention” person. I’m not a huge fan of anime, I’m not a weeb (or whatever it’s called), I’m not a cosplayer, I’m not into the culture of anime and whatnot…I’m just not! But I love the style and I love making my own stuff. I like anime, manga, comics, etc, don’t get me wrong! I’ve been watching spyxfamily religiously these days! And I am totally chill with people who adore it and go all out- love that for them. But I’m worried I’m too much of a normie to be interesting at a convention…:’^)
What if I look bad?
I want to put my best foot forward- this is my first time representing my brand in the real world, with my own face!! I want my table to be pristine and professional, I want to have good interactions with people… I want to get the brand out there! But what if everything I do looks…bad? Like, I don’t have much to compare to- I did a lot of prep, but what if it isn’t enough? What if my table is messy and silly looking? I’ll be so upset!!
But a lot of cool stuff could happen too!
It is entirely possible that I will meet a lot of cool folks at this convention, artists, supporters, and others! Maybe my table and content will be a hit- even if no one buys it! I guess we are going to see pretty soon, huh! I’ll tell you guys all about it next week ;^). If you’re on my patreon, you’ll get “lens”es all day showing how the con is going!