This will be a pretty amusing topic, as recently my topics have been more and more serious about the exact same thing (but cut up in three different articles for clarity)
It occurred to me that I have so many articles about customer relations, sales, and materials that I forgot one of the most important topics to mention: Prepping your body before the convention.
I’ve explained that there are things you need to do DURING the convention to stay healthy, but there’s a little something you can do extra BEFORE the convention to make your life much more relaxing!
Note: this process should be done a few days before the convention, not the night before. It may take more or less days to do it, but trust me, once you get accustomed to this regime you will thank me for a much more stress free experience.
1) Hydrate yourself BEFORE the convention. Make sure that you’re constantly drinking and peeing a few days before the con. The extra hydration will ensure that you won’t go to the convention with a migraine. Also prevents dry throat, for a morew pleasant voice~
2) CHECK AND CONTROL YOUR STOOLS: I got to emphasize that this topic sounds absurdly hilarious, but it’s soooooo useful.
Have you ever gone to a convention constipated? Diarrhea? Or just had the urge to fart all the time? YOU HAVE, RIGHT???? Well, most of you I bet.
These are all problems because you don’t check and control your stools. I’m not going into the nitty gritty details of how to do that, but just look it up on google yourself. Make sure you are pooping regularly, and that you are getting enough dietary fiber. About three days before a convention, I will drink a bottle of Odwalla or other brand fruit-vegetable smoothie. That stuff makes your stools erm…crazy, but once it’s out of your system (literally), your tummy will feel much more relaxed. Then it’s all up to whole grains and the like.
When your stools become normal, the chances of poop problems at a convention are drastically decreased :)
- if you have farting problems at a convention, use some over-the-counter simethecone pills (Gas-X is popular). They prevent flatulence for a few hours.
- If you REALLY need to go in the bathroom at the con/hotel room, I highly recommend investing in a small bottle of Poo-Pourri. At least the ‘experience’ will smell pleasant, if you know what I mean ;D
3) Control your diet-If you have food allergies or lactose intolerant, avoid them entirely for the next few days. You don’t want to agitate your tummy in ANY way. Imagine drinking a cup of milk the night before, and the next day you want to puke and you’re farting all the time! NO!
4) Force your sleeping habits to be accustomed to the convention’s hours. Artist alley often begin at 10am and end at 6pm. If you usually wake up at 10am and sleep at 2am, then you need to make sure you can handle the sleep schedule for the convention. This can’t be 100% applied to every person, but try your best on this. Days before the convention, adjust your sleeping schedule as close to the convention schedule as possible. That way, you can wake up and sleep properly at the convention without waking up super groggy in the morning, or dosing out towards the end of the day!
- Melatonin is a natural way for people to try and get a good night’s rest. It doesn’t work for everyone, so no guarantees. Ask a pharmacist or doctor before taking though, just in case it might coincide with another drug you’re taking.
- A cup of tea, or a cup of coffee might be enough to get you through the day. If not, you might want to try some sort of energy drink.
- Now, if you seriously don’t think you can get through the day without passing out and sleeping in the middle of the con, caffeine is a good option. A cup of tea, a cup of coffee is a good start. If that doesn’t work, you can convert to a caffeine pill, or an energy drink. Some energy drinks contain twice as much caffeine as the typical over-the-counter caffeine pill, so you really need to watch out! Before you take a caffeine pill or energy drink though, you may want to talk to your doctor just in case (especially if you’re pregnant/breastfeeding)
5) Practice your art pitch. Aside from your body being healthy, your mind needs to be ready too. Remember that you’re trying to sell your art, so make sure you have a good pitch to entice people to sell your art. Don’t just practice ‘please let me know if you have any questions’. Practice ‘oh this? This comic is about so-and-so doing something-something’. Make sure you know exactly what you are going to say if someone eyeballs one of your art pieces. That way, when you’re at the convention, you’re not trying to fumble over what you should tell your customers.
6) For the Lovely Ladies: check your menstrual cycle. Did you have it last week? Haven’t had it in 2 weeks? On it? Well, make sure you are AWARE AND PREPARED. I am going to assume you know the regime about this–bring the stuff if you need it.
- Okay this might be a LOT of TMI (please skip this link if you’re a guy cos this is personal girl stuff) but a few months ago I discovered the wonders of a menstrual cup. You can do the nitty gritty research of how it works on your own, but this thing is amazing for cons (and everything else). You don’t have to think about your period for the entire day, it’s much less stressful than checking the clock all the time. Plus, you save a TON of money because it’s reusable!
aaand there you have it! My secret tips for a slightly easier time at the convention!
(image courtesy of Boomslank, because i was so entranced by their work I forgot to get a photo of them)
I met these two cool dudes at Sakuracon. LOVED their work! One of my favorite tables in the entire con! I initially mistook them as a game studio because their work looked THAT professional. The artist has very vivid, imaginative illustrations, which all have stories behind them. It’s not often I see original art like this put onto graphic tees at conventions, and they’re really well done too.
Currently I own two shirts, and one has been in the washing machine every week since i got it. So far, no fading or color ripping, so ya those are some quality shirts!