Well, I'm certainly late posting this, due to as soon as RTX was done on the Sunday, I flew to Japan two days after.
I've finally found time to sit down and write about the epic even that was RTX London. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a Guardian and I was assigned to the Signatures team. Firstly, I couldn't have been luckier to have such an amazing team (sorry everyone else, but Sigs FTW). We all gelled instantly and worked together extremely well.
The first session on the Saturday, in my queue, was Barbara and Lindsey. I remember thinking it was so cool seeing them in person and everything being so surreal, but at the same time, I was not there to see them, I was there for the attendees. I allowed myself a little excitement moment inside for a few seconds, then back to being professional and there for the fans. This session lasted AGES because, and I'm sorry if they see this, they don't stop talking! It isn't a bad thing for the fans and the talent, but when we have a schedule to keep, they need to talk faster! :P However, running over wasn't a problem in this instance.
The day carried on, getting people hyped up, including making sure everyone had their tickets out, ready to give to me once they were at the front of the queue, which meant I was the one jumping up and down, getting people to put their tickets in the air and wave them around. It was pretty entertaining and, even though I looked like an idiot, people told me after that it helped them get over their nerves and calmed them down, which was the most rewarding thing about the entire event. After people told me that, I made it my mission to make sure people were calm, had ideas of what they wanted to talk about/ask their selected staff and to take as many pictures as I could of them interacting, so they could remember it to the fullest extent.
I think it was honestly more fun that if I were waiting to meet the talent, which is nothing against them, but seeing peoples faces light up (some even crying) with joy at meeting their idols, was reward enough.
I've worked many cons and events like this before and I have to say, this was the most fun I've had; it totally didn't feel like work. I think my team leads (Sole and Pockets) were incredible. The head guardians Arileya and Jason did themselves proud in organizing everything running up to the event and during. I have extreme respect for them and would happily help them out if they ever needed it. If there is another RTX London, I would 100% apply to be a guardian again. I'll apply every time there is one, even if I don't get selected.
I must stress to hopeful new Guardians, it is an extreme amount of work. I paint a pretty picture of fun and happiness, which is all true, but there is a lot of work included in that. I barely sat down both days, I never stopped helping attendees and hardly interacted with the talent, but that all pails in comparison to what I got out from it. As I said, being able to help everyone was the best.
RTX London was, in my eyes, an incredible success. Yes, there were some teething problems, but it was the first year and I think the mass majority had the time of their life. You can't please everyone, but you can do your damnest to try.
If any attendees remember me, or if I helped you in anyway, let me know! I'd be great to hear how the rest of your event went!
Thank you RT for the event and allowing me to meet so many amazing people and make new friends. I hope to be apart of such an event soon. Even if I don't get picked, I'll be there attending!!!
Ps. JAPAN WAS EPIC I MISS IT ALREADY.