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What a very entertaining experience we had at VidCon. While it was quite difficult on the way to the hotel, be it the 10 hour train ride, the death ridden cab driver, or the intense lines checking in, the conference was hands down the most intense thing I have ever experienced. We had the luxury of staying at the hotel of the convention so luckily everything was in hands reach if we ever wanted to do anything.
The first day we registered in, and mainly explored. We sat in on a couple keynote speaks with host and co-partner of the Vlog Brothers, Hank Green. He interviewed many of the most famous vloggers on the site of this day: Phillip DeFranco, the boy who does the Fred videos, Craig Benzine (Wheezywaiter), Rhett and Link, and many, many more. All the interviews were very inspirational, stories of how they first decided to make videos, what it meant to them when they reached so many subscribers, and how with much hard work and determination they had paid off in the end.
Along with the conferences and interviews, there were many meet-ups where fans had a chance to talk and take pictures with their favorite people. I only had to attend one, everyone else was up for spontaneous photos when we found them on the convention floor. It was very reassuring to see that any “fame” has gotten to their heads, they were all very down to earth and fun to talk to- including people who come of as super energetic on camera were super relaxed.
If any of you followed my very own Youtube channel, you would know that I said I had a hatred of the Epicmealtime channel. It was at this con that I had renounced my hatred, after talking to the “Sauce Boss” himself. Compared to all of the other cast members, he himself was absolutely nice, and very cool to talk to. It seems that all of the recipes they come up with were all stoner creations (which really didn’t surprise me), but to hear the confessions of how they came up with their food and their idea to share it with the net made it a really fun conversation with someone who I once really didn’t like.
Toby Turner, a.k.a Tobuscus was a fantastic person to talk to. Off the stage he still had his hyperactive personality, but a close source told me when he was relaxing at the bar, he was a very down to earth and really amazing person.
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I would go into further details about how each person we met has been awesome and special in their own right, but I wanted to express three people in particular who had impressed me beyond all belief: Jory Caron, Riley McIlwain, and Jonathon Paula: the cast and crew of “Is It A Good Idea to Microwave This?” I had a good talk with all three of them on how they were the first people I’ve talked to and how fantastic their show has been since season one, and how even though I am sad about the show being over, I do look forward to more things coming from them. They are very appreciative of their fan base, and they are grateful for every ounce of attention they received from everyday users like you and me. Thank you so much for being amazing individuals, and caring so much about your fans, because without them- you wouldn’t be who you are today. Well maybe Jon will, because he has a degree in this field.
If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend saving money for next year’s convention, with a location already booked. It’s a fantastic experience to sit and hear about people who had gotten lucky with the online vlogging community, and to meet someone you spend almost 9 hours everyday (at least I do) watching every single video they’ve ever done, it’s truly a great feeling. Vidcon 2012 is being set in Anaheim, California roughly the same time next year, so start saving, because you wouldn’t want to miss what they will come up with next.