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Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to dive into the exhilarating world of conventions with your trusty guide, Liz. Promising a treasure trove of insights, this episode is your ticket to mastering your first convention experience. We begin with a detailed exploration of the key factors to consider when choosing a convention, like location, cost, and your personal interests. Liz shares her experience on why starting local can be advantageous and provides a deep understanding of how different convention days come with unique opportunities.
Fans and nerds rejoice as we later journey into the lively hustle and bustle of convention shopping and celebrity meeting opportunities. Liz imparts her valuable experiences on snagging the best deals, and illumination on the ins and outs of autographs and photo sessions with celebrity guests. She provides a roadmap to help you navigate and make the most of these thrilling experiences without overwhelming your budget.
Finally, it’s time to polish your convention etiquette. Liz provides a comprehensive guide to the rules of engagement – from photo taking, autograph permissions, to cosplay norms. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining respect for fellow attendees while ensuring you have an unforgettable experience. So join us for this episode of Three Fates to Sigh, where we don’t just share advice, we share experiences. Tune in, engage, and prepare to make your first convention adventure a memorable one.
(0:00:01) – Navigating Your First Convention (7 Minutes)
Liz is the solo host, and this time she talks about conventions. Specifically, she discusses the ins and outs of attending a pop culture convention like New York Comic Con, an anime convention, or other types of conventions for the first time. She shares my experiences and general advice on how to best navigate a convention as a first timer. Listeners are encouraged to share their stories and advice, so feel free to join in on the conversation!
(0:07:00) – Considerations for Attending a Convention (13 Minutes)
Next, Liz talks about attending conventions and how to decide which one to go to. She suggests that your first convention should be in your area, as traveling further can add up quickly. Additionally, local conventions tend to have content that is more tailored to the local area. She also discusses the cost of attending a convention, like the cost of the badges and travel expenses. Finally, she talks about the benefits of attending a convention on different days, with Saturday being the most popular day and Sunday being the best if you are looking to bring children.
(0:20:04) – Shopping and Meeting Celebrities at Conventions (6 Minutes)
There are bargain hunting opportunities available at conventions, as well as the potential expenses associated with celebrity guests. Sunday is a great day to go to a convention if you’re looking to save money, as you may find some great deals on merchandise left on the show floor. On the other hand, if you’re looking for specific items, it’s best to go on Thursday or Friday when there is more choice. Additionally, many conventions have celebrity guests, many of whom charge money for autographs and photo sessions. To get the most out of the experience, Liz recommends signing up for the convention’s mailing list for early announcements about celebrity guests. That way, you can plan ahead to decide if you can afford to do a photo session or autograph signing.
(0:26:28) – Tips for Attending a Convention (15 Minutes)
Today, we’re discussing the dos and don’ts of taking pictures and getting autographs at conventions. I suggest taking pictures instead of autographs since it allows you to bring up to four people with you in the picture – perfect if you’re attending with friends, and the cost of the photo can be split up between you. I also discuss the etiquette of taking photos and autographs – make sure you don’t take too long as it’s not fair to the other people in line. Lastly, I touch on cosplay – don’t feel obligated to dress up, it’s meant to be fun and not to prove yourself – and to make sure you read the rules of the convention as breaking them can get you kicked out. Tune in to hear more about making the most out of your convention experience!