Star Wars Celebration Chicago - Part 2
When people talk about their dream careers, or anything they really hope to achieve in the future, the topic of “meaning” tends to crop up. You can aspire to do what you love, sure, but is it meaningful? That’s the holy grail. There are the obvious choices in that regard, of course; doctors, nurses, firefighters, charity workers…these are significant and meaningful pursuits. Me, personally, though? I mainly, humbly, traffic in Star Wars.
Now I have never thought of that as a small or shameful thing by any means. If you had asked me as a kid if I thought I would end up not as a lawyer or a ballerina, but as someone who professionally chats about sci-fi and debates the color of fabrics filmed over 40 years ago, I would have said “probably” and “I hope so”. I would have gone to school for a degree in ‘the fandoms’ if it was offered, no questions asked. Who wouldn’t, right?
This past Star Wars Celebration however, having met so many of you and cheered with you and thrown back shots of Malört with you (I have neither forgiven nor forgotten this one) after the show, no longer a vendor and a customer but true friends who simple share the same love of a galaxy far, far away, I was reminded that my job, too, has that special little X factor called meaning.
This was my first celebration and to say that I was unprepared for the level of warmth and good spirited fandom that you all brought to our booth is a huge understatement. I had lost count of the number of kind strangers that came to us for a handshake and chat alone within hours. Words of encouragement passed by us like leaves on the wind and troopers wearing our armor gave friendly waves as they happily marched to their next mission. We honestly had come to the con armored for blowback regarding our recent string of long, very transparent blogs and newsletters issued that same week. Instead we found that we had reopened a channel between us that had been closed for way too long. We were finally reduced back to the ideals this company was founded on: Just a bunch of fans, us but especially you, collaborating to turn out the most kick ass costumes and props we can muster. That may seem silly to some outsiders but you and I both know it’s not.
Like any sales experience we did have our share of customers come to us with difficult questions or unresolved issues but it was a wonderful feeling to be able to talk with them in person, face to face, and do our level best to help. Some of you came to us upset but I like to think that we left each other as friends.
The love we all share for this franchise is meaningful. The time we got to spend with you all and the friendships we left with are too. This is my job as much as it is my passion and I may not be a lawyer or a doctor, but at ANOVOS we work daily to make dreams come true and I refuse to believe that’s silly. It was an absolute pleasure to have geeked out with you all and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one. The human spirit was alive and well at Celebration this year and you just can’t beat that. You can’t beat Star Wars, man.
See you next time!