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We're gettin' There

I'm typing this up at 1:30am pacific time Friday morning.
By the time the sun comes up. there's a good chance that RTX 2014 Guardian applications will be live!

EDIT Here be the link : 2014 Guardian Applications

Some important things to consider if you're thinking of applying to be a Guardian:

Volunteering for RTX is hard work.
Lots of standing and walking (There were a few Guardians who wore pedometers all weekend), sometimes your job changes, and sometimes things don't go according to plan. You have to be open to change, cool with a crowd, and able to stand/walk for hours.

You are willing to be a Guardian first and a fan second.
That's not a close second. You're applying to work all weekend. You most likely will not have a chance to hang out with Staff/Crew. You will not be shuffled to the front of the line to get Ray or Joel's autographs. You will be manning those lines. You will be supporting Staff/Crew. You will be making sure that event is running smoothly!
It seems harsh (and it is NOT meant to be harsh), if you'd rather wait in lines for autographs and see all of the panels...then I suggest you buy a ticket and be an attendee. It's not an ultimatum, it's sound advice.

Guardians are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and food
This is strictly a volunteer gig. You get a shirt and a badge and our undying gratitude.

You will be representing Rooster Teeth and the Rooster Teeth Community
It also means that you'll need to be patient, kind, attentive, and willing to work with a huge team.

If you are selected to be a Guardian, we will strive to give you all the information we possible can to prepare you for an intense weekend
We will have many tinychats, useful documents, and pre-convention meetings. They will not be all mandatory, but they will all be incredibly helpful (and all saved to be viewed later)

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to ask me anything about what a Guardian is and what you can expect from the experience!

Being a Guardian is a hell of a job that everyone appreciates. You'll hear it a lot and it is always the truth: We can't have RTX without Guardians...and we love you

Go forth and apply...and may the odds be ever in your favor.

*Photo by @WomanFriday
10 months ago  |  Comments (27)
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Enigma RTXGuardian
I am so excited! I can not wait! I was worried because they announced it later then last year. This year will (without a doubt) be better than last year!!!
#1  Posted 10 months ago
Nothing to worry about. These events take a long time to plan. This was everyone's first test of patience! XD
#1  Posted 10 months ago
aww102 SQSpectre13
It looks to be an even bigger event than last year (15K attendance fpr RTX2014 according to Austin CC website), so will more Guardians be needed?

Also, will it be restricted again to applicants who 'can legally work in the US'?
#2  Posted 10 months ago
Excellent question. I know that we want more Guardians this to cover attrition.
I would ask Barbara about the who can volunteer.
We had Canadian and Australian volunteers, so I don't see why not...but Barbara is the one to ask.

Post edited 1/24/14 4:27AM
#1  Posted 10 months ago
lachab RTX Guardian
Applying again this year. Really hope I get it. I live like 4 blocks from the convention center lol.
#3  Posted 10 months ago
lachab RTX Guardian
I'm always down to host people if they have no other way and I get to know them.
#2  Posted 10 months ago
warhead2k89 Sponsor
#3  Posted 10 months ago
ytrahne RTX Guardian
Can't wait. At work refreshing pages, getting excited.
#4  Posted 10 months ago
Cheshire_Cat Sponsor
Thanks for all the info - it's helpful to hear it from someone who has done the job first hand.
#5  Posted 10 months ago
Dopp xXxMASxXx
I still have absolutely no desire to do this.

Yes, it would be great to help out RT and it would be fun to actually see you and Chris more, but no thanks. Hanging out and drinking beer sound like so much more fun.
#6  Posted 10 months ago
Dopp xXxMASxXx

Willow, if I'm there this year we MUST hang out more than for like 4 minutes.
#4  Posted 10 months ago
Agreed! Lots of booze, and your accent bringing my accent out. It will be a blast!
#5  Posted 10 months ago
LoZelda Forum Mod
I'm definitely applying to be a Guardian this year. I had a great time attending last year, but I'm the kind of person who likes to experience things from as many different sides as possible and I'm on a quest to give back to the community as much as possible in thanks for all that it has given me. Hopefully I'll be joining your crew!
#7  Posted 10 months ago
Danni647 XLSWhisperer
Yes yes yes!!!! Can't wait to (hopefully) be in the Registration trenches again!!!!
#8  Posted 10 months ago
erich RTX Guardian
Yeah!!! High five. I hoping to do something different this year. If that doesn't happen, then I will hopefully be back at Registration.
#1  Posted 10 months ago
RAGEgirl Sponsor
Being a Guardian sounds exactly like my kind of gig and your "things to consider" actually just make me want to get picked even more. =)
#9  Posted 10 months ago
dacalac teh spy
Agreed. This just pumped me up even more to apply to be a Guardian!
#1  Posted 10 months ago
IdkBlue Butt King
Serious Question. Right now it appears that I can apply and go to RTX. But if my money situation were to change, how would I let other people know and what procedure should I follow?
#10  Posted 10 months ago
IdkBlue Butt King
Glad she's doing well.
#4  Posted 10 months ago
I would strongly suggest that you have everything situated money wise for the trip before applying to be a Guardian. We know that things happen and people have to back out for really solid reasons, but we ask that you know for sure if you're going to be able to make it before applying. It h...
#5  Posted 10 months ago
Audrey RTX Guardian
I definitely want to apply to be a Guardian, and I know that it's not just going to be chilling with staff and getting their autographs. That said, does your average Guardian have the opportunity to do any of the "normal" attendee stuff? (I could live without panels, but just walking the floor, for example.) I'm applying either way, but I figure you're the person to ask about this!
#11  Posted 10 months ago
This year @SirNarvy and I came up with 3 shift choices (Full time 12 hours, Morning shift 6 hours, and Afternoon shift 6 hours). Most folks will end up choosing the full time, but the options are there if you'd like an afternoon or morning for yourself. We also strive to give you time off for ...
#3  Posted 10 months ago
Audrey RTX Guardian
Yeah, I put in full time just to make myself as available as possible for you guys, but the amount of consideration on your guys' part is really, really awesome.
#4  Posted 10 months ago
legato2d Lord of Meat
I dunno, sounds like an awful lot of work to do.
#12  Posted 10 months ago
JakeHCoker Anime Addict
Gonna apply again this year! I feel like I've gone to my fair share of panels and autograph signings. I'd gladly man a line all day if it means volunteering for Rooster Teeth.
#13  Posted 10 months ago
Moeparker Ghost
If I ever become a Guardian and I happen to be paired with a staff member I will be like a Housecarl from Skyrim.

They hand me something to hold, "I am sworn to carry your burdens" as I shoulder the weight.

They ask me to get them some coffee to help keep them jazzed, "Honor to you my Thane" as I hand them the cup.

They ask me to help them handle the crowd to make a panel, "I am your sword and your shield" as I make a path through the horde for my Thane.
#14  Posted 10 months ago
FYI, any Guardian making bloodstains on walls and/or carpet must pay for cleanup.
#1  Posted 10 months ago
Moeparker Ghost
As you wish my Thane
#2  Posted 10 months ago
ninjaspectre LazerTeam EP
It was such a great time last year. I became closer friends with members of the community, even closer than friends that live in the same city as me. I will be definitely applying again. Can't wait to work with you again Mary!
#15  Posted 10 months ago
George Dream big
i would like to be a guardian but never going to one of these before and living in the uk i wanna go as a fan 1st, guardian after
#16  Posted 10 months ago
Audrey RTX Guardian
100% agree with Zelda on this one. It's a solid decision.
#2  Posted 10 months ago
George Dream big
also i have no money so that might make it a bit of a problem, hopefully next year ill go
#3  Posted 10 months ago
OboeCrazy Sponsor
Thank you to all those who have been and will be a Guardian. We appreciate your service.
#17  Posted 10 months ago
What are the hours typically like for the average guardian?
#18  Posted 10 months ago
It used to be open-to-close 10-12 hour shifts. We've given the option of 6 hours shifts this year. Most people end up going all 12 hours because they enjoy being a Guardian :)
#2  Posted 10 months ago
Wow... worded much better than I ever could. They should put you in charge or something.
#3  Posted 10 months ago
erich RTX Guardian
Got my application in. My short answers ended up turning into essays. My bad. Also, when will Guardians selected? Since tickets go on sale next Friday.
#19  Posted 10 months ago
Guardians should be selected before tickets sell out.
#1  Posted 10 months ago
erich RTX Guardian
I figured as much, but wanted to ask just to be sure.
#2  Posted 10 months ago
Felix BurnieJurnie
I Just applied for Full Time Guardian preferably Security. But if selected...I'm bringing my equipment and gathering other Guardians for a Podcast!!! (With tasty adult beverages for those of legal drinking age
#20  Posted 10 months ago
ragingterror Forum Mod
Great. I can finally request the necessary time off from work. Should be easy enough; no one else has claimed that weekend yet.


..... and now so is my computer. More to come on that soon.
#21  Posted 10 months ago
SailorGirl81 Polymath
Great post!
So are you and SirNarvy head Guardians again this year? (please say yes!)
#22  Posted 10 months ago
ABsolutely ^_^
#1  Posted 10 months ago
SailorGirl81 Polymath
#2  Posted 10 months ago
Red420 Guardian2014
Looking forward to helping out again.
#23  Posted 10 months ago
Sent in my application earlier today! Going to be my first time as a guardian if I'm accepted, I can't wait!
#24  Posted 10 months ago
Erazan Sponsor
What do the different sections entail? Stuff like Center Stage and Exhibitor Services? Also is volunteering for panels like doing line management for panels? Those are the only ones that seem kind of vague.
#25  Posted 10 months ago
Center Stage sets up gameplay events including signing up attendees.
Exhibitor Services are in charge of making sure all the Exhibitors have their needs taken care of.
Panels is in charge of the panel area on the fourth floor, making sure panels start on time, coordinating attendee load in/out, and sta...
#1  Posted 10 months ago
ChaiTea Sponsor
Just applied to be a guardian! Who would like to share a hotel/motel? or let me up on their couch for a reasonable cost?
#26  Posted 10 months ago
karakatad Awkward
I'm way too excited for this!

When do you think they'll start sending out acceptance emails? I really would like to be a Guardian and I'm not sure if I put enough info in my application...

Also, I would like to help a few days ahead (July 1-3) and I'd need to book accommodations accordingly.
#27  Posted 10 months ago
Other than stuffing swag bags, there's not much to do that many days before RTX.

Of course that doesn't mean you can't explore Austin!
#1  Posted 10 months ago
karakatad Awkward
Aww~ I thought maybe I could help out a few days before if they need people.

Also I'm so antsy about things. I just wanna be a guardian~~
#2  Posted 10 months ago
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