vidcon 2017

FULL DISCLOSURE: This post is about my personal experience at VidCon this year and I am in no way an expert in all things YouTube and/or VidCon. Now with that out of the way, here’s what happened at Vidcon 2017.

 

To start, I didn’t know that the first day of VidCon was really just registration day. All that happened for the majority of the day was people registering to get or their passes in the registration hall. I didn’t know that until after I’d already gotten dropped off and I, along with my companions, ultimately spent a few hours sitting around outside in the sun. But the good thing was that there were water stations and food trucks for people walking around or waiting around to see if they can catch a YouTuber or Internet star walking around to meet fans. Thankfully, we got picked up after a few hours just to get dropped off once again around 6 p.m that night to catch the Awesomeness Festival Kickoff Concert to see internet singers, Los5, Julia Nunes, Tanner Patrick, and my personal favorite, Leroy Sanchez.

 

On the first official day of Vidcon was where things really kicked off. We started the day off at IHOP to meet up with the ladies from ClevverTV where we got pictures and free breakfast which was a really great way to start the day. After that, we headed to the convention center from there and walked around and saw panels featuring internet stars, walked around the booths, took pictures, and got some free swag. That really was the epitome of what happened for the next two days of Vidcon as well.

 

The only difference between the different days were the panels which to me, was the best part. I’m not necessarily a huge YouTube watcher. To be completely honest, I have a few chosen YouTubers that I watch on a regular basis and I’ve heard of a lot of popular internet influencers but I’m definitely not well-versed in the world of YouTube. But through the panels, I got to discover new people like YouTubers BriaAndChrissy and Jessica McCabe (from How to ADHD) and learn a little about certain topics that I was personally interested in.

 

As a person who isn’t an avid YouTube watcher, Vidcon, in my opinion, wasn’t really worth $150 each, especially since it only let us roam the first floor. For those of you who don’t know, there are three different passes you can buy: community, creator, and industry. We only bought the community pass but with the others, you could go upstairs to the other floors to discover other booths and meet other YouTubers. The other two passes cost more money and that doesn’t even include the cost of meet and greets. So in all, Vidcon was fun but overpriced, especially for someone like me who isn’t obsessed with the YouTube platform and/or the people who have gotten famous off of it.

Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @thelegendarykc

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