By far the best thing about having a freelance writer/communications career is having the chance to experience different opportunities. One of the most exciting opportunities has been my work with fan conventions. Though I’ve only done two so far, I’ve learned so much about the ins and outs of large scale events; everything from planning to marketing to execution.
My first convention happened last year and was in the form of 80s and 90s nostalgia. This was the inaugural (and final) Rewind Con and it took place in Bloomingdale, Illinois. I became aware of this event when I was scrolling through Twitter one day and saw a post from Alan Thicke about a mini “Growing Pains” reunion set to take place in Chicago. Obviously, I needed to be in attendance for this, so I went to the website to see what it was all about.
Their collection of guests was akin to my dream dinner party guest list. Everyone from Alan Thicke to Dale Midkiff to Jason Priestley was scheduled to appear. I decided attendance wouldn’t be enough, so I reached out to the organizers to see if they were seeking any social media assistance. Long story short, I joined the team as the lead social media manager. The weekend finally came and was sadly unsuccessful. However, I did my best to capture the fun parts of the weekend.
A few months later, I received the opportunity to be an on-site Snapchatter (who knew that was a thing?) at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Chicago. Unlike my previous experience, HVFF was a well-oiled machine and was a gigantic event. This convention focused on superheroes and supernatural, and drew an extremely large crowd. While I was admittedly on the lower end of superhero knowledge, it was exciting to listen to the Q&A panels and watch the fan fare of the weekend.