Ahoy the potential Guardians!
With the RTX 2015 Guardian application imminent I want to take some time to share with you some of my thoughts and expectations for people I want to see on the team. But first, a quick introduction.
For those who don't know me, I have been fortunate enough to serve as a Guardian the past 3 years. My wife the lovely and talented SailorTweek
and I are excited to be serving as the head Guardians again this year. We have been working various events including PAX Prime and Emerald City Comic Con since 2011. I love this stuff. Some claim this makes me a masochist. No comment...
Guardians are the face of RTX during the event. We represent RTX, Rooster Teeth, and the RT Community. It is our duty to represent those bodies in the best possible light.
We are here to work, first and foremost. This is not an opportunity to spend a weekend hanging out with RT Staff, pitch script ideas, or beg for an internship. It is also worth noting that Guardianship should not be considered a guaranteed path to Rooster Teeth employment. Some former Guardians have been fortunate enough to become RT employees. This is the exception, not the norm.
Being a Guardian is a difficult job. It requires long hours, long periods of time spent on our feet, and interaction with throngs of people. Attendees expect you to answer some bizarre questions. The job can be quite stressful and isn't for everybody. I say these things not to scare you, but to set an expectation of the difficulties you can expect to encounter. If dealing with angry people is particularly difficult for you, Guardianship might not be for you.
Despite all this, being a Guardian will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. You will likely come out of the event exhausted and sore, but absolutely thrilled and counting down the days to doing it again the next year!
What makes a Guardian?
I look for responsible, respectful individuals that will present a positive energy. We don't want trolls on this team. People that make a habit of derogatory behavior will likely not be accepted. People who are excited to be part of the RT Community and make positive contributions to it stand a much better chance.
I look for people that are willing to perform any task assigned them in support of RTX. I will ask some of you to guard a door for 2 hours. It might not be glamorous, but it is necessary.
Previous experience working events is useful. Anything from volunteering for a major gaming or comic convention to helping run a church summer camp. This experience shows me that you have some idea about line wrangling, answering questions from random people, and following instructions.
Retail and customer service experience is very useful. The tenets of good customer service are often universal. If you have worked/survived multiple Black Fridays you have endured many of the kind of aggravations I have experienced at conventions for the past 5 years.
I am totally jazzed to be part of RTX 2015. I look forward to working with this year's team, and if the comments above mesh with your expectations I encourage you to apply for Guardianship.
Thanks, and here's to a fantastic RTX 2015!