So! This past weekend we spent a lot of time chatting with creative folks and seeing the myriad projects they've been working on—many in a professional capacity. It was overwhelming (in the good way) to experience so many things in less than 3 days. And now I'm going to tell you what I thought of it all.
I went into Intervention after a couple of exhausting weeks at work and home (not sleeping well), so once we pulled into the parking lot of the Hilton, I was already on fumes. Not a good idea when you're going to be representing your site and brand at a con.
Though I was a bit rough around the edges on Friday, booth setup was easy and it was a blessing that Awesomeography was in the Artist Alley just to be there ... not to sell anything or craft commissioned items at a drop of the hat (like some of our fellow vendors). That meant the pressure was lower and Brian and I could just meet people, chat, talk about our mission and not think about a bottom line.
Over the course of the weekend, I met many, many people—most of them artists creating a wide variety of things from video game concept art to wildly creative plush hats. I now have a rather large stack of business cards to hunt through so I can start writing more "Meet an Awesomeograher" features. I also probably spent too much money buying prints and hairpins and such from these folks, but it was totally worth it. And I'm excited to share their stories with you in the coming months.
On Sunday, we held our very first workshop, and I have to say that we knocked it out of the park! Even though we were scheduled up against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Bellydancing, we still had at least 6-7 people attend the workshop and were able to talk with them about their projects and brainstorm ways for them to conquer the challenges that are stopping them from making something awesome. That feeling of accomplishment following the workshop was huge, and now Brian and I have a lot of ideas to begin to work on. Never a dull moment!