There are tons of YouTube conventions that happen every year (for a full list of the events happening in 2017, click here) and they are always huge events that can be overwhelming if you’re not appropriately prepared. Luckily for you we’ve created a simple guide, using our own experience of YouTube events, to make sure you can have the best time possible.
1. Plan Ahead
YouTube conventions like Summer In The City and VidCon are huge. You will not be able to do everything you may want to do – at least not all in one day. Events also tend to happen tightly one and another and can often overlap. Make sure to study the schedule and floor map (if available) before you go, so that you can make the best use of your time. If you have a good plan you’ll be able to have a packed day, without having to rush (too much).
2. Have Realistic Expectations About The YouTubers
Our delightful co-worker Liam used to run Summer In The City and thus has told us many a sad tale of a fan or family member of a fan running up to him, devastated that they haven’t been able to meet their favourite YouTuber. Sadly, you’re going to have accept that this is sad reality of large-scale meet and greets. The YouTubers will try their absolute best to meet everyone they can, but they art but feeble mortals and need to sit down eventually just like the rest of us. Make sure to set your sights on meeting a couple of people, instead of just pinning all your hopes on one or two.
3. Remember To Rest
In the rush of the day, you may find that you’ve been on your feet for several consecutive hours without realising, or even that you’ve forgotten to have lunch. Plan rest breaks ahead of time in periods of the day when there isn’t much going on, so that you can maximise your energy and not burn out too early.
4. Get That Guardian A Coffee & A Chair
Parents and guardians can have a rough time at these conventions. There’s a good chance that they will be confused by the whole thing (last year, we even made a video at SITC 2016 where just chatted to all the baffled dads), so make sure to find them a good chair and a steady source of coffee and snacks.
5. Remember To Have Fun!
Big events can be pretty overwhelming, especially with the amount of people attending, the number of things to do and the possibility of meeting your favourite YouTubers. We’re genuinely not being cheesy when say – don’t forget to take a minute to soak it all up! This events are pretty infrequent, so while you’re in the eye of the storm, you might as well make the most of it. Good luck – and have fun!