“The floor is lava!”
I first went to MCM in 2014 with my friends. It was fun; it was the place where all your geekiness can be shown and trust me, you probably won’t be the weirdest one there.Plus there’s a ton of things that you could buy (you just have to remember to bring cash with you) A year later (2015), I decided to volunteer for them, purely because I didn’t know when my friends would go and I wanted to find out what it feels to be in the other side of the event.
My first day last year, I was stationed at Comic Village and I met many talented illustrators and some of them even became my friends. I actually didn’t mind standing around for 3 hours because of the conversations that we had. I ended it with meeting Sarah J Maas who is one of my favourite people in the planet for writing the Throne of Glass series.
The next two days was just crazy. Between having some of the cast from Agents of Shield and John Noble in the building, we also had Willa Holland doing a coffee run for herself. You can just imagine how crazy that was. On the Saturday I was lucky enough to meet Emily Wickersham from NCIS along with Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith from NCIS LA. My family and I are big fans of both shows, so when I told this to Barrett during a break in his photo shoot, I got an impromptu hug and was even granted a selfie from all three afterwards. It was a dream come true and I didn’t shut up about it for a long time (Bonus: Barrett and Renee sang “Johanna” to me…the only time that I will probably allow people to sing this to me). It was also the same day that I did a full day as a steward; some people only do 4-5 hours max. but because my friend’s (whom I met whilst doing my shift) are crazy we do the whole day. Which involves countless hours on your feet and probably not getting any decent breaks at all. Because I am crazy (and so are my friends) we did it again in October-it wasn’t as crazy as May but it’s still pretty insane.
Fast forward to last weekend; another 3 days of doing the same thing, this time, for even longer hours. It was nice to see familiar faces not just with the stewards and crew but also the people that just go to the con. John Noble was just as lovely as he was the last time. Tom Mison was also there and I had a little fangirl moment on Friday.Elizabeth Henstridge is a sweetheart and this time, I don’t think Willa Holland went for a coffee run but we did have to search for her again on Sunday. This year we had Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch(Raj and Bernadette) from Big Bang Theory who were pretty awesome. Jesse Eisenberg is probably one of the sweetest people on the planet. Just saying.
My NCIS LA fangirl heart was leaping for joy cos I finally witnessed the amazing dynamics between Eric Christian Olsen and Daniella Ruah (#Densi4life). The banter, the jokes, and just overall presence of these two made their photo shoot a fun one.When daniella had to fix Eric’s hair I had to relay a message to Eric from my mother about his hair; I told Daniella that my mama also thinks that he needs a haircut and that the hair is just hopeless sometimes. She laughed and said she’d tell him. I think she didn’t find this surprising since most people were saying the same thing, that whilst his hair is pretty awesome, it is quite manic. I hope to see them again in the next events, and perhaps, just maybe, we may have the whole cast next time. *Wishful thinking*
To be perfectly honest, the weekend was a blur.A blur of different actors that we’re all just as nice as you thought they would be and new people that I met whom I plan on keeping in touch with. For the people that ask me why I do this, and why do I do it for the whole 3 days, I suppose the only answer I could give you is that, it’s not just having the opportunity of meeting actors and being less than 5 feet away from them most of the time. It’s also meeting like minded people to share the laughs, the struggles, and hugs with. Being with people to complain about how some people don’t get that the floor is lava and they can’t step on it. With people like that on your side, the countless hours of standing and not having proper food and only running on caffeine and sugar, is nothing. They make the experience even better.You also gain lifelong friends that you wouldn’t have met otherwise. Plus, seeing the fans be happy is also a good consolation; from one fangirl to another, I know how important that moment is for a fan. It also warms my heart whenever they thank you for doing little things such as keeping a photo for them or just making sure that they are okay.
I just couldn’t see myself going to another MCM event and not help out.
Maybe to other people this still doesn’t justify it all but hey, maybe you should try it one time. Just to see how we manage to make everything work properly even though we sometimes want to just curl up into a ball in a corner from all the stress. You may even want to come back. Again, and again, and again..
With that being said, I guess I’ll see you all in the next MCM event.
Keep on being awesome.