Several months ago, Lauren from Otaku Journalist made a tweet that she needed help with something. Since I'm the kind of person who likes helping people and I had some free time, I answered her request. She need someone to help her with in the press department. That's how I became assistant of press relations and marketing for Anime USA.
Pretty much, my job is receiving applications for press credentials, reviewing the applications to decide if they get approved or denied, organizing the list of organizations approved for press, and sending out press releases from Anime USA. At first glance that looks easy but its a lot of work. I was pretty much getting 10 - 15 emails a day, checking the applicants background, and getting angry emails from applicants who got rejected. It got tiring, but I still enjoyed it.
This is the first time ever that I'm staffing an anime convention. It's an honor to work for Anime USA. This convention has been around for over 10 years and to be part of its history is kind of cool. If they ask me to come back, I will be glad to do it again. I won't be able to attend Anime USA because work and college. However, I'm happy to know that my work helped put this convention together.
You must be wondering why it took me so long to post this. I waited for the press badge deadline to past. I didn't want people I know to ask me for a badge and then get mad at me for rejecting them.