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Mike Moore -

Guelph Juggling Fest 2017 HLGCBS

Highs
Free stuff and used/cheap props tables being well-used. 2/3 of my stuff sold!
Getting my hands on Nouveaux Nouveaux Remix. Thanks Jorden/Mark Moir!
Post-fest debrief with Emily, Mike, Nikki. Time well spent, 100 %

Lows
Not participating in any workshops other than my own (feeling like I always had to be available)
Not being very prepared for my act or my emceeing causing some stress on Saturday

Goals
Have the escape room run smoothly - 0.5 check. There were big screw ups at the beginning: I didn't take their cell phones (even though I told them I would), I didn't give a plot preamble (that I wasn't aware of at the time), and the second stage of the challenge wasn't locked (gah). It was an absurd amount of work to design, make, and test things, and I think it could've gone way better. Not sure when I'll be able to implement changes I'd like to make because I don't know when my next team-designed escape room will be.
Have the show run reasonably well: CHECK CHECK! The performers were good, I think the show order was optimal, diveristy was reasonable.
Don't do a horrible job emceeing my first juggling fest - check! A couple unexpected surprises (like being somewhat forced into picking a kid for a particular bit when I was looking for an adult) but nothing crazy. I think it went well (I'll have to review the recording)
Don't do a horrible job for my juggling performance - check! Managed to establish a tone that minimized the impact of drops, hit the music cues and important tricks that I wanted, and felt like it went well.
Keep workshops and games approximately on time (and have decent workshops) - check!
Be the fest director, escape room co-creator/games master, workshop director, show director, emcee, and a performer and still be healthy on Monday - somehow, check!
Don't lose (lots of?) money - check! Made about $120ish. Hopeing to improve upon this next year to make a sufficient cushion so that future fest directors don't have to front any money.

Crushes
Emily, for co-designing the escape room with me. Having two people on this made it immensely more time-consuming, frustrating, and amazing. She also helped tons with lots of other fest stuff.
Nikki McMulkin, Jeremy Foxcroft, Gavin Hossack, Mike Coady - for helping organize things before the fest started
Housers: Nikki Emily Gavin Jeremy Mike
Drivers/gofers (of Emily and I): Brandon Walters, Mike , Nikki , Nathan Wakefield
All the people who lent hands when I made announcements asking for them

Banes
Feeling sick on Friday and the first part of Saturday. Glad I got over that relatively quickly.
General stresses of running a "real" fest for the first time, coupled with being the head/co-organizer of so many parts of it. This happened because I traveled loads in the months leading up to the fest (not getting much organizing done). Then, upon returning for good, I got caught up in escape room design, preventing me from delegating other aspects of the fest properly. Live and learn!

Surprises
Terry Donahue coming and bringing the World Record Challenge with him (not a surprise at the fest, but a couple days before the fest). I love that event!
Jonah, who I didn't really know before, coming out with some strong box patterns. Dude's legit!
A particular density-based puzzle not working for the escape room in the weirdest way. Caught it during setup, though.
So many people not understanding so many references that were in the escape room. I sometimes forget not everyone's been juggling (and been interested in juggling culture) for the last five or so years.
The workshop schedule coming together so nicely. I wish I could've set that up more in advance, but I was running out of time/organizational energy.

Mike Moore - - Parent

If anyone finds this thread in the future and is concerned that the fest was mostly populated by crickets, I urge them to visit the corresponding reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/juggling/comments/6wmta1/guelph_juggling_fest_2017_hlgcbs/

 

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