July 2014 was a life changing time for me. It was my first time in Texas and I was filled with excitement and fear. Excited for the events that were going to take place and fearful of all the new places that I would be.
The universe seemed to want to add to my stress as much as possible. Because of how events transpired, I missed my flight out of Salt Lake. Fortunately, the airline just rolled me over to a later flight but I was still upset. Once I landed in Austin, though, things started to work out a bit. I was stay with my friend and his father just outside of Austin and so his father was there to pick us up from the airport. That night was spent having a relaxing time and being taken care of like a close family member.
The long hours and early mornings were rough to my sanity but the environment of RTX was so invigorating. I arrived each day still rubbing sleep out of my eyes but it was as if once I walked into the convention center that there was a new-found excitement in my soul. I reported to work, and once in place I could experience and witness the ecstatic convention goers and Roosterteeth cast members move like they were floating on cloud 9. Even though for three days I was just standing by doors and checking passes, I felt a part of a team working for a greater good.
All the smiles and shared love touched me deeply. This wasn’t just a group of fans. This was truly a community and a family. The closing day we gathered after the doors closed as guardians to have our final meeting of the event. The emotions were strong in that room. The gratitude and love that we all shared with each other taught me how complete strangers could become a family. It was this experience that solidified to me my love for Roosterteeth, RTX, and friends.