Friday, June 14, 2013

Prepping for a con! (in artist's alley or the dealer's room!)

I'm heading to Anime Blues Con which right around the corner and I thought it would be a good idea to make a con survival post for those who are behind the tables selling or promoting at a convention.

Cons can be a fun and wonderful experience but when you're behind a table you need to make sure you have a few things with you, besides your equipment and product, to make it through the day!

Survival Bag Contents: 
  • Large Water Bottle. (You'll have plenty of sodas, Ramune, and other fun beverages to drink but you need to drink plenty of water to keep yourself going!)
  • Towel ('cause you know the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy says so!)
  • Extra set of clothes (if you're like me you'll be in costume most of the day but when it comes to tearing down you'll want a pair of comfy clothes to be in to leave!)
  • Extra Cash outside of your change for customers
  • Phone Charger 
  • A Bento Box of Healthy Goodies (If you have dietary restrictions or allergies this is a must plus you need to stay healthy in a sea of pocky, ramen, and hi-chews.)
  • Deodorant (Do I need to explain con funk to you?)

Once you're behind your table you need to remember a few things also: 
  • Establish relationships with your fellow dealers/artist alley people! These people will help to watch your table when you need to run to the bathroom or help to get food. 
  • Don't forget packaging for items!  It makes your items feel specials and your customers.
  • Remember to give our your promotional items to everyone who stops by and thank them! 
  • Don't forge to take breaks before things start to rev back up or when they start to die down. 
  • Offer to watch your fellow dealers/artist alley members tables if they need to take a break when they do it for you! 

These are just a few things for surviving a con when you are behind a table and can apply when you are at a con as well hopping around from panel to panel.

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