El Ken, on 21 March 2013 - 05:17 PM, said:
When I get the right people to help me. I did end up hiring someone who speaks Japanese after talking about it on the forums last year, and he seems to be working out quite well. Overall, though, it's difficult to find people willing to put in so much time and effort on a completely volunteer basis. At the end of the day, I'm finding that I'm having to do most things myself after not being able to get particular staffers to move in an expedient and/or competent manner.
I have to say, though, this year has me really stressed out. I'm not usually one to complain, but I'm having trouble keeping my head above water. My day job is kicking my butt, and I'm having trouble getting the help I need with ACen. I'm seriously trying the best I can.
That being said, I am taking over certain responsibilities to ensure they get done in an already-too-late-for-timely manner, but at least will get done. That is the best I can offer right now.
I appreciate all you do El Ken; you have been the one constant presence on the forums giving us reassurances as to what's going on and when we can expect results of any manner about any of the issues that have been brought to your and the rest of staff's, attention. You are not the staff member in question when I mentioned a lack of hearing from a staff presence on this forum. You are one person - I don't expect you to run the con single-handedly. That's something that's impossible to ask of anyone. The problem is that it sometimes feels like you are
the only one running the convention. It feels like the same two or three people are handling all of the hefty logistics of a city holding 25,000 people. This is unacceptable. This is a group effort. I know my experience in actually attending Anime Central as a staffer is limited, but I'm not completely in the dark as to how the convention operates. It takes a lot of people to make this convention work.
However, given it's size, and the constant organizational problems that seem to consistently plague this convention, I sincerely think that it might be time to hand it over to professionals. Leaving the convention and all of its logical operations in the hands of only a few because of lack of attention from volunteers is just asking for more problems. MAPS cannot honestly expect the same people to drive themselves crazy year after year to put on this three day production for no money and with no help. That's too much to ask of anyone.
Diverting back to the topic of this thread, thank you for the response about guests, El Ken. I sincerely wish the best for you in this endeavor. I want you to know that my upset and irritation is not directed at you in any way. Hang in there; and if we meet up at Anime Central, I will give you a hug. Hang in there.