About the role of Volunteer
Are you interested in volunteering at Midessanime? If so, please continue reading!
Agreeing to volunteer for Midessanime should not be taken lightly. Volunteering is fun and challenging, but rewarding work; you will work mostly on your feet and experience the convention from an operational point of view. There ARE benefits however: getting to see how a convention works from the inside, making new friends, volunteer swag, and meeting our celebrities and special guests during Volunteer and Celebrity Guest luncheons.
Each volunteer gets admission to the convention for the weekend. You will also be provided with some meals, light snacks and water, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a chance to have lunch with a Celebrity Guest, and a free autograph on Sunday for Load-Out crew!
Please don’t volunteer if you don’t have time to work at least 2 four hour shifts on either Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. Volunteers pay their dues by working hard to serve thousands of guests each day of the convention. If you can’t commit, or think volunteering will conflict with your favorite program or activity, you should pay for admission instead.
Approving you as a Volunteer, assigning you a position, and expecting you to be there, only for you to bail, causes enormous issues for the other volunteers and staff. If you do believe this is something you want to do, please click the link below to fill out the volunteer registration form.
Please Note: Volunteers who work three or more four-hour shifts on either Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday will receive a free weekend admission for one additional family member in addition to themselves upon check-out from their third shift.
Security — Maintain a safe environment for all attendees and participants, check attendees are wearing proper credentials, watch emergency exit points, check cosplay weapons, check bags, coordinate with local police and hotel security personnel. Priority given to volunteers with Security and First Aid & CPR certification.
Registration — Take money or credit card transactions for tickets and/or merchandise, scan will call tickets and hand out show credentials, hand out programs/maps.
Panels — Maintain the schedule, help speakers with any problems. AV experience will be given first priority.
LILO(Load-In / Load-Out– Help with setup of exhibitor room floor, set up of pipe and drape for celebrity booths, etc. Then break it all down and load it out. Load-Out crew receive a free celebrity autograph as soon as the convention truck is loaded.
Guest Services – Customer service and assistance with a SMILE to all of our exhibitors, sponsors, guests, celebrities, staff and your fellow volunteers.
Information Team – Help convention attendees with questions and concerns, either as a roving information center or at the designated info booth. Direct attendee traffic and manage lines at registration and before the convention opens.
Celebrity Handlers– Help manage the lines and questions at the celebrity booths. Assist celebrity guests with sales at booth and take credit card/cash transactions, keep an accurate record of sales at celebrity booth. Help celebrity guest get to panels, photo ops and breaks at the correct times and places. Priority given to experienced Handlers.
Please understand that you are volunteering to work at least two four-hour shifts on either Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. We also have setup shifts available on Thursday. Also please note, you must be 18 years of age (by the date of the show) to volunteer. If age 16-18, you may volunteer only if your parent or guardian are volunteering as well. All minors will be on the same shift and team as their parent or guardian.
Please understand you will be assigned a position and times to volunteer and breaks in which you will be able to enjoy the show with an email two weeks prior to the convention.