I run a Renaissance Festival...AMA
EDIT SIX: 7/12, 11:00AM: I woke up this morning and had about a hundred new questions in my inbox, I'm sitting at the airport and don't have anything to do, so feel free to keep asking questions, I'll be around.
Last year, I quit my old job as a stage manager and performer and moved across the country to become the Entertainment Manager of the Georgia Renaissance Festival. I do everything from booking the entertainment acts to directing our local shows to building costumes and, occasionally, playing a fairy and sometimes a twi'lek.
I've seen some things that I can never unsee and firmly believe I have one of the coolest jobs in the universe.
It's...a very weird job. Lots of people ask me what it is, exactly, that I do, and since I'm tired of sorting fabric in my office, here we are. AMA!
Here is a FAQ:
- *I'm new to the Renaissance Faire, what should I expect?* - Expect anything and everything. There is tons to see and do, from stage shows to music to street performers to "living history" characters, to shopping and old-timey carnival rides to about as much food as you can possibly care to enjoy. Drink water. Wear Sunscreen. Wear practical shoes. Don't let anyone judge you for wanting to dress up in a fun costume. Live your best life.
- *Is the Ren Fest just a wretched hive of scum and villany and the occaisional orgy?* - Not really. While people tend to be more open minded, it's not a crazy sex party. I promise.
- *But Mah Historical Accuracy!* - Sorry bro. Check out the SCA, or any number of other wonderful historical reenactments that happen all over. The Renaissance Faire is a beautiful wonderful mishmash of all sort of crazy time periods, events, people, places and things, so there might be a little stormtrooper in your soup, but it's okay.
- Yes, you can contact me with info about your renaissance band or act. PM me and I will give you my contact info.