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1 month agoCount3D Site Admin
Today marks my 11th anniversary as a member of the Rooster Teeth Community.
I want to be completely honest with you about something. I wasn’t going to talk about this in here originally. Fear. People don’t like talking about it. And despite starting this way, I want to assure you, it is not the theme today. Keep reading.
I used to fear “the bridge”. That one day I’ll be too busy for this community, for friends, for all the causes I’m involved with, and I would cross that bridge when I came to it. I don’t fear that now. Because I realized it was a fear of my own creation. With all the changes in my own life I don’t see myself abandoning here. It’s changed but it’s also changed me. You helped change me.
I made great, new friends in the past year and I have been insanely lucky to have seen great friendships grow over the past 11 years. Some of you reading this read similar journals of mine going back a decade now. That commitment means so much. Seriously. I have never felt stronger about those in the RT community, my friends and the next generation. It’s no secret I’m an advocate for newer members. There’s youth and optimism thanks to you and our community’s future is affected by how we treat you, what kind of a home are you stepping into.
What kind of a home are you stepping into? I find I want to know, now more than ever, what newer users are thinking about this site, this community. It is why I check in every possible moment, read, comment, message. I care about what's new. How or why are things different? What can you do? If history has taught me anything in the past few years, it’s never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. The community here has always been very good at articulating when things go against the norm. We are protective and we want accountability. And we could be facing an RT revolution at some point.
I won’t sit here and say there isn’t fear. There is. And now more than ever we need to make a stand. If we know what’s wrong, we can help change it. So let’s talk. I’ll do what I can. I’m not going until I’m done. It is the least
Because I want to say, here's to 11 more years. I want to make it happen.
Thank you for reading. <3
1 month agoCount3D Site Admin
Why are you posting this now? I know, it's long overdue. tl;dr my journal dun broke
Now that things are more or less back in form, I'm going to actually post this! How was RTXAU in one word? Wild! That was the wildest RTX ever! Held at Sydney's Australia Technology Park January 23rd and 24th, RTXAU had to grow up very quickly in a very short amount of time. At 11,000 fans, it was bigger than the third RTX Austin! So... how was it different? I’ll get into that.
Once again, I was extremely fortunate to serve as a Guardian Team Lead on the Expo floor. I am grateful to Cameron for having trust in me to make this inaugural show flow and allowing me a chance to work with another great team that included @evictum and @Danny and our supa boss Giampaolo. We had the RT Store, Stage and Signatures within the same expo area. These hot spots generated a lot of traffic! Signatures made sense and Twitch broadcast wasn't too surprising as all the big panels were there, even with space for 500. But the store? Being capped? And there's an hour long wait? That is impressive. To give you an idea, here is a photo I took 30 minutes before it ended. That's all they had left. I have never seen the store like that. I heard things were brought out by Guardians and snatched up seconds after put on shelves. Hats off to Karen and her team for rising to demands and Lauren and Jenn for managing lines! Shout out to our very own @scheree, who was always great to bump into. Her brother Michael was the Guardian with the megaphone and did a seriously awesome job at signatures!
- WEATHER: Sydney could be Texas hot, or hotter. It went from blinding light to swimming rain to mostly overcast. A small umbrella would be a good investment if forecast says rain.
- FOOD: So many good restaurants! There’s a lot of awesome, hidden cafes. Best late night I had was a YEERO with a mountain of bag fries covered in chicken salt. Best surprise I had was Green Curry Chicken over fries in an alley cafe called BRAINWAVE. RTXAU had food trucks, which weren’t bad. Also, swing by Market City, a glut of amazing Asian restaurants.
- TRANSPORT: The cabs in Australia are expensive. If you want to keep costs down, get an OPAL card from a convenience store asap and use public transport, trains especially reliable. Our hotel offered an airport shuttle for $15. A cab would cost four times that.
- PEOPLE: Australian RT fans are super friendly and loved hanging out. Head Guardians Jessica and Sam had their work cut out for them and cared very much about making things as awesome as it could be. They worked super hard all weekend and it was great to work for them. It was fun to meet both at the ROO TEETH pre-party. That crew is just great and the Admins are super into fans interacting.
So how is it different? In my opinion, it's a lot similar. Just a little younger. The fans are super passionate. The volunteers are hard workers. The staff are ultra accommodating. Most stood for hours around the con posing for selfies and signing for hundreds at a time. I visited the site of next year's RTXAU and believe me this space looks AMAZING even under construction.
My next RTX will be my 8th. I have missed Immersion shoots, Day 5 shoot, Slow Mo Guys Shoot, the Lazer Team auditions, the RTXAU Lazer Team premiere and more than a few panels because I was working RTX. I had the privilege to work with a hell of a hardworking team who juggled exhibitors, attendees and staff needs. No regrets! And like ships passing in the night it was really nice whenever I'd randomly cross paths with @burnie @MegTurney @Chris @griffon @Lindsay @Joel @gus @BruceGreene @geoff @Michael @Ashley @Barbara @Gavino @matt @Bethany Thank you Rooster Teeth, for an amazing weekend and thank you to everyone who attended!
1 year agoCount3D Site Admin
- Cosplay. I know what I want to do, I've had this one idea kicking around for years. I just need to sketch it, assemble the pieces and find a good event to do it at.
- Join the Director's Guild of Canada. I've been working more steadily in the film industry since I graduated. I had a huge break last year that reminded me a) don't be afraid to reach out b) leave a good impression, you never know how many years later it'll have an impact. It's crazy when I think about what's been made recently or is currently in production in Vancouver. RoboCop, Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Interview, Big Eyes, Fifty Shades of Grey, Chappie, Tomorrowland, The Revenant, Deadpool, The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft, The BFG, Star Trek Beyond, Fifty Shades Darker, War for the Planet of the Apes, Mazer Runner: The Death Cure, Power Rangers, Arrow, Bates Motel, Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, Lucifer, Motive, Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, The 100 and The Flash and that's not including the VFX companies. And there is more coming. A lot more.
- Cosplay photoshoots. I want to do a few cosplay photoshoots. I've taken a lot of photos over the years at events and I've met so many great cosplayers, this is the next step. Be a dream to finally do a shoot with so many amazing people I admire.
- Workout more. I made a big adjustment at the start of the year to my workout routine. Aiming high this year.
- Art. Complete one of several ideas I've wanted to draw. I have a strong concept in my head to submit for this year's SideQuest charity auction. A "Keep Moving Forward" tribute.
- Spinal Tap. Recreate Spinal Tap with @Chris as Nigel Tufnel, @JoshtheFlanagan as Derek Smalls and myself as David St. Hubbins.
- Pay it forward. The community is in a funny place since the site changed over. It's a good time to help people get involved, learn more about the community, make it better. I am uniquely in a position to help facilitate that and I don't want to waste it.
- Write more. I love writing and I don't know if I get to post enough of it. But I am writing more and hope to submit to more outlets. I have a article I did a lot of research for coming up in BIG BITE next month.
Anything big on your agenda? Let's hear it.
1 year agoCount3D Site Admin
Ten years ago today, I signed up on Rooster Teeth. Because it was different. And strong. And truly a community like no other.
I was raised to be active in community service. I dove into it here and made some amazing friends. I wondered, what would it be like to meet the friends I knew from avatars and usernames? Then something crazy happened. I did.
I never guessed I’d be here this long. I wouldn't be here without them. Some say here is boring. Stale. Old.
But there is so much new-ness in the air. That is a good thing. I know why it can be hard to accept. When you really get into something and change happens, it can hit you really damn hard. When I think about how things might kick on, I think about this quote by Ed Catmull. “People believe that driving the train is the way to shape their companies’ futures. The truth is, it’s not. Driving the train doesn’t set its course. The real job is laying the track.”
I remember seeing a track being laid about five years ago. A young British dude thought it would be fun to film himself and his friends messing around in his back yard, after spending years cultivating his passion in the community and at work.
The next chapter, event, dude messing around in his backyard is coming. Is here! They may even be reading this.
Last month a journal was posted asking community members 10 questions. It attracted HUNDREDS of detailed responses. I read every one. I do that. Because I care, very much, what’s happening around here. Would you like to know what I learned?
Over 500 people commented. That is not a passive community. It is passionate, purposeful, strong.
The favourite things from the community were the same things I was excited about 10 years ago: the active art, vibe and friends. You dislike drama, its many forms, the fixable bugs, the fear of the unknowable future. You want to be heard, to meet up. You can’t ignore over 500 people, plus however many used twitter, reddit, tumblr, youtube and elsewhere. It can be daunting to wade through pages and pages and pages, but they are being read.
It is very important to continue voicing these thoughts. They are invaluable. It show how much the community cares. For there to be action, even simple, small tracks to be laid, to help that happen, you must speak. It's something crazy what RT has built here and the fact that one person let alone over 500 is still talking about it 10 years later says something.
It seems far away now, but signing up on Rooster Teeth was one of my best decisions. It was a simple one. The world is built by them every minute. So don’t underestimate the ones being made today or tomorrow. It isn’t the “ten” part of the years that interests me. It is every little thing, every comment and every memory that’s happened within.
Stay different and strong. And thank you for ten years here.
1 year agoCount3D Site Admin
I know the feeling of saying something you think is important and worrying it's falling on deaf ears. It can suck to sit down, carefully type something out, put effort and thought into it and send it forth, only to think "this won't be read. Why did I do that?" This isn't that time.
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