We're getting close to go-time on WMC Fest, and we're still looking for volunteers. While there's work to be done in all aspects of the festival, I'm personally responsible for making sure that we have quality photos and video of the whole weekend. So why would you want to volunteer your time for WMC Fest? Well...
It's Fun. If you're worried that volunteering means you'll miss all the good stuff, don't be. Shifts are short, so you're not "stuck" in any one space for the whole day. Last year I opted to cover the speakers all weekend, and got to hear some AMAZING presentations while I worked.
Meet Cool People. This isn't exactly exclusive to volunteering, since you'll meet great people anyway. But I got to hang out behind the scenes a lot as a volunteer, and spend some time with the folks that make the festival happen.
Shoot Cool Stuff. Believe me, I'm the LAST person on the planet to pull a "it's good exposure" on you. What I will say is that you're guaranteed to have opportunities to shoot some really cool stuff. Last year I got to shoot things like Aaron Draplin planting the Puerto Rican flag onstage, a rainbow parade, live bands, and a breakdance battle. You get more access than the general public, and the press.
Support WMC Fest. WMC Fest is a unique festival and community event, and it's something that I'm proud to be a part of. I saw first hand last year how much volunteers are needed to keep everything running smoothly. This year, I'm seeing first hand how all of the money going to the festival is getting put back into it, and making it better. It's a thing that I feel good about volunteering my time and talent to every year.
Get in Free. While this is probably the most reasonably priced festival I know of, free stuff is still pretty great. Put in four hours taking photos or shooting video for the event, and you can hang out the rest of that day for free (plus, you get a t-shirt. And since it's a design festival, you know it'll be an awesome t-shirt.) We recognize that we couldn't do this event without our volunteers, so we try to take really good care of them.
If you want to volunteer for other positions, you can sign up here.
Also, if you're local-ish to Cleveland, we're having a volunteer orientation at Go Media on May 23rd at 6:00. You can find out more or RSVP on the Facebook event page.