Catching major feels today after my first RTX.
First, I want to give a big shout out to RT Community Managers and mama duck Jackie Izawa, Chelsea Atkinson and Barbara Dunkelman for introducing me to a room filled with community leaders at the RT Leadership Summit. What an amazing event. The leadership ambassadors from all over the country and beyond were incredibly warm and welcoming. I learned so much about the various subcultures within the RT Community, the incredible work being done all over at local meetups, and how the unifying love for Rooster Teeth has created a platform for awe-inspiring charity, outreach, and humanitarian work (above and beyond being an awesome excuse to come together over gaming, animation, and internet-culture.) I want everyone who attended to know I took detailed notes of your thoughts and ideas how to take our communities to the next level, and I am so pumped to follow up and take action on our conversations.
Another big shout out to the Sidequest team. It was such an honor to meet all of you, and thank you for taking me in with open arms at, bar-none, the best community thrown events I have ever attended. (It's almost as if you guys have done this sort of thing before? :P) Your passion for the RT Community gives me life, and your commitment to making RTX weekend special for people of all walks of life keeps my head in the game.
Next- I got to see the Rooster Teeth community in full force on the show floor and at panels- and y'all are a legit force to be reckoned with. I felt so at home and comfortable at this event in a way I haven't at other live events. Thank you for the warmest hugs, the highest of fives, and for being so damn good to one another. Thank you for being so courteous to the staff and talent. The world would be a better place if it was made up of all RT fans. Your patience with other attendees and respect for one another's safety was impeccable. Consent was king at this con, and the cosplay was one of my favorite take-aways. For those of you who brought your art, props, and cosplays from near and far- thank you for toughing out the heat and logistics of bringing your work to life. Thank you for taking photos with me and sharing your passion for your respective fandoms.
NEXT, I want to give a huge shout out to the staff and talent who worked their bun-buns off early in the morning and well into the wee hours. The team-player mentality was real, and the commitment to community safety, comfort and enjoyment was always top of mind. I feel very fortunate to work with a team who values their community and fans as much as Rooster Teeth and the RT extended family.
Finally, what can I say that hasn't been said about this group before? The RTX Guardian crew is beyond words amazing. My heart is so full right now, and tbh tears are welling up thinking about how much care the Guardians I worked with showed me. What a capable and kind bunch. I made connections and friendships with so many Guardians that I hope to carry with me for years. Live events can be tough work, but when you share the burden with such a beautiful group of people who are as passionate and fun loving as you, it makes for a bonding experience like none other.
Thank you for an amazing first RTX and for raising the bar on my expectations of what a con should and can be. I can't wait for my next RTX. After I'm done catching up on sleep, I can't wait to start planning for the next!!!
Much love my babes and potatoes,