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Tanacon a timeline of how a great idea became a nightmare.

Disclaimer: this is what I know from my first hand experiences both at Vidcon and TanaCon- I took pictures and videoes throughout the entire event and researched and screen capped many tweets and posts that were posted throughout the events

pictures and videos from Tanacon supporting everything written here is in on Twitter @alexirob And instagram @cosplaymom99

Background for people who live under a rock and don’t know about Vidcon of Tana.

Tana Mongeau is a 20 year old social media star. She has 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube. She has tons of friends who are also influencers and creators.

Vidcon is an annual convention created by the Green brothers (Hank and John) and is a convention where fans can meet and interact with huge social media stars and creators. It started in 2010 and happens during summer at the Anaheim Convention Center,

Vidcon determines who they consider to be a “featured creator” . These creators are invited (not paid) to Vidcon. Meet and greets, panels and Q and A’s are scheduled. As Vidcon grew, the organizers adapted their procedures to accommodate the increased numbers of fans throughout endure that fans were satisfied with their experience. Many creators have millions of fans and of course there is no way for Vidcon to guarantee each fan will meet a particular creator. They set up a lottery system to avoid scenarios where fans stood in lines for hours missing all the other activities and still didn’t meet their idol. In the past few years, this system insured that fans would know who they were guaranteed to meet and allowed them to wait for a finite amount of time to meet that creator and then partipate in other activities provided by tons of other vendors and sponsors

 

Tana was not granted of the coveted Featured Creator title and still arrived at Vidcon in the past few years. She had a lot of fans and as soon as fans recognized her  and she stopped for pictures, fans swarmed her. With social media and texting, her appearances caused mobs and unsafe conditions. I believe there were times when Security asked her to leave and escorted her off the premises.

Tana really does love her fans and always has had a huge heart and wanted to be able to meet her fans. Being excluded and  asked to leave was devastating for her.

In May 2018, as Vidcon was approaching Tana decided to have her own convention TanaCon.  It would be a “f*ck Vidcon / Anti Vidcon / Anti Establishment Con !

She wanted it to be inclusive and even insisted on s certain number of free tickets for fans. Vidcon ticket prices have been going up each year and are about $200 pricing out many teens and young adults.

As I mentioned, she knows and is friends with some of the most popular YouTubers and social media stars out there and to show their support, they, one by one, agreed to be part of TanaCon. Colleen Ballinger / Miranda Sings wanted to come. So did so many others who were Tana’s friends and who also were attracted by the idea of inclusion for smaller creators as well as fans who couldn’t afford Vidcon.

Shane Dawson who has  14 MILLION subscribers on You Tube signed on to attend TanaCon. Tana often confessed that she was young and inexperienced in planning events. She teamed up with  Good Times Live / Good Times Show whose CEO is a 21 year old named Michael Weist to organize the event the same weekend as Vidcon (June 22-23 2018) in Anaheim. She only had a month to plan and execute the event.

Through  Tana’s , Shane’s, Good Times Show’s and other popular social media personalities’ accounts fans learned that they would be able to meet their idols for free with a Featured Creator (the title Vidcon denied her) or pay $65 for a Featured F*cking Creator which promised private meet ups, photo ops, front of the line, messages from creators and gift bags worth quadruple the cost of the ticket.” 6 X $65 = $260,

Tana’s message and dream was that this event would allow anyone to meet their idols without worrying about cost or status.

Free tickets were offered and quickly “sold out”. Good Times then set up Meet Up reservations on their website which quickly “sold out”. All through this, Tana tweeted that fans shouldn’t worry and that additional meet ups would be arranged that creators would be “walking around”. Shane even tweeted that if fans saw him walking around they could ask him for a picture.

 

At one point a fan tweeted something like “I have tickets for Vidcon” Tana replied, “My event is free so just roll though.”

 

Fast forward to the Thursday before TanaCon. We arrived at the hosting hotel (Anaheim Marriott Suites). We noticed that the entire event was being set up in one hallway of the small hotel. For perspective, Vidcon takes place at the Anaheim convention center. Many activities happen in the area outside as well.

A quick google search shows that this venue can accommodate about 1,000 guests for events. The ballroom holds about 500 and the little rooms hold 50-60 people.

We spoke to the hotel representative who expressed surprise that the event was targeted to fans of creators who had millions of followers. We were told that TanaCon hire a security company and the hotel hired their own. As we drove around we saw tents and barricades set up. The hotel rep said they expected 5,000-6,000 and that fans would be lining up between 2-6 am.

We arrived at 6 am and about 500 fans were already lined up in the queue. The first fans went through getting badges at 8:30. It appeared about 90 % of people had the $65 tickets and were given an orange pass.

At 8:30 fans passed through pat downs and bag checks (no metal detectors). They then waited in another queue outside the doors. More fans arrived and soon the gift bags ran out. The gift bags contained a “Tanacondom,  a pop phone holder and stickers.

At at one point Tana came out to take pictures with some fans but it was far away from the tents and where most fans were waiting,

At 10 am fans were allowed in to the venue. I watched from the lobby as fans walked by the 3-5 booths and ballroom, meet up rooms and expected to experience the promised amazing TanaCon up ahead. Security guards said “This is the exit.” to confused guests. They thought the guards were mistaken and showed their badges. “We’re here for TanaCon” Security pointed behind them and said, “That’s TanaCon”.

Tana came to the mainstage and welcomed the crowd and led a   “F*ck Vidcon” chant in the Crystal ballroom which was the biggest space and held about 450 people. At about 12 there was a panel and about 1 Tana officiated a wedding.

Tana’s girlsfriend Bella Thorne had a booth called Filthy Fangs which featured $200 t-shirts.

The space was so small and hundreds of fans were outside. Security wanted fans who had come in at 10 to leave and go back around to the parking lot. Fans weren’t having that and went as far as the lobby them stayed. Tana’s Creator friends including Shane Dawson had mentioned they’d be walking around and they’d stop for pictures. After waiting 5-7 hours to get in, fans weren’t willing to take the risk of leaving.

Fans were getting frustrated seeing how small the event actually was anc many weren’t getting in. Some favs were getting frustrated and jumping barriers, pushing against the door, pushing, etc. The hotel and security called the Garden Grove police to clear the lobby. It wasn’t ever a Fire Marshall  issue.  There was no permit required since the event was supposed To be contained within the Marriott,

Fans were told to leave unless they were hotel guests and to go take their rooms if they were guests,

At some point in here Tana tweeted that she was so surprised that “20,000” fans showed up to “MY event to support ME”

About an hour later a representative firm TanaCon spoke to the crowd in the parking lot assuring us that a bigger venue that could accommodate “thousands and thousands of people” was secured for the next day and all meet and greets would be rescheduled and helmets the Saturday. People started shouted “Refunds”.

Fans dispersed. Some smaller creators cans out to meet fans. Tana and Goodtimes blamed the “15,000” people without tickets as the reason the event was shut down.

Fans dispersed and came back the next morning at 4-5 am. Security said the entire event was cancelled. There was never any info about the 2nd venue. At 4 a.m. Tana tweeted she was in a meeting working to keep everyone safe. At 5:30 GoodTimes tweeted that the event was officially cancelled due to the unexpected crowds and security concerns for the creators.

Fans lingered in shock and stranded many had paid for hotel reservations and flights and had no where to go.

So many of the teens and young adults believed in this event and thought wholeheartedly that they’d be meeting all or at least several of their favorite creators. So many had such heart wrenching stories about how their favorite creators helped them with anxiety of depression. Many thought they would be meeting the person that saved or changed their life. Some fans flew from  Canada, New Jersey, Texas because they believed in the tweets and messages they received from Tana and GoodTimesShow.

At about 2 on Saturday Michael Weist cans out and told whoever was left that he was sorry and that they would be issuing refunds for the price of the tickets.

Tana, who celebrated her 20th birthday during the weekend of the event, teeeted that she felt awful and that she planned to make it up to fans and reimburse them fir their travel expenses abc send them merchandise. Shane and James Charles who are her friends have tweeted in support of her but also suggesting they saw this coming and that Tana wasn’t listening. Tana expressed her appreciation.

Good Times and Tana continue to blame the failure of the event on the unexpected “15,000” extra, unticketed people but pictures and the police report suggest only 4,000-5,000 people showed up. The venue and event could not accommodate the number of ticketed fans. That’s the true issue. When Tana and Goodtimes acknowledge this fact they can work towards solutions and work towards possibly working on a future event.

 

The cast of Pasadena Playhouse’s Production Performs at Hollywood Christmas Parade 

  

Opening night for  Peter Pan and Tinker Bell A Pirate’s Christmas is set for December 9, 2015 at Pasadena Playhouse.

By Kris Lythgoe

Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe

Musical Direction by Michael Orland

Choreography by Spencer Liff
Featuring

Sabrina Carpenter (“Girl Meets World”) as “Wendy”
John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld”) as “Captain Hook”

Parvesh Cheena (NBC’s “Outsourced”) as “Smee”

Chrissie Fit (“Pitch Perfect 2”) as “Tinker Bell”

Kevin Quinn (“Bunk’d”) as “Peter Pan”

Nikki Soohoo (“The Lovely Bones”) as 

“Tiger Lily”

Corey Fogelmanis (“Girl Meets World”) as “John”

August Maturo (“Girl Meets World”) as “Michael”
The cast came out to the Holywood Chritmas Parade November 29th to perform a musical number. 

The parade and performances will air December 11th on the CW network. 
Here are pictures that the cast posted on social media! 

   
    
 

This looks like a great production.
To learn more and to buy tickets, click here :

http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/mainstage/peter-pan-and-tinkerbell-a-pirates-christmas.html

  Tyler Oakley Meet and Greet Barnes and Noble at The Grove LA October 28, 2015

  

Tyler Oakley will be having a special meet and greet to promote his new book at the Barnes and Noble located in the Grove LA.

Here’s information from the store’s website: 

Author Event (Biography) 

Tuesday October 28, 2015 6:00 PM This evening we welcome YouTube star Tyler Oakley for a very special photo-op. Tyler will pre-sign books and take a picture with you. This will be a wristband event. You must purchase your book at Barnes & Noble at the Grove  on the day of the event to receive your wristband. You’ll receive your pre-signed copy upon exiting the event. 
Tyler is very popular so if you want to meet him at this event, plan to line up extra early! The Grove allows fans to line up outside of the store before it opens. 

  

Bethany Mota Meet and Greet Mall of America October 20, 2015 

  
Bethany Mota will be at The Mall of Anerica in Minnesota supporting Together Against Bullying Day on October 20, 2015.  
The meet and greet doesn’t start until 6pm but fans will be lining up in the early morning hours. The doors open at 6am and wristbands will be passed out at that time. 

Gather your friends and make an adventure out of it! Bring water, snacks and a portable charger. 

The Mall of America hosts many events like this so security will be ready to help out and keep things safe and organized. 

Here’s are the official guidelines for the event!
 
Click here for more info :
http://m.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1292
60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN

A Teen/Tween Survival Guide to BeautyCon NYC October 17, 2015

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BeautyCon NYC is happening on October 17, 2015 at PIER 36 MANHATTAN 299 South St, New York, NY !

Here’s how they describe their event on their website:

” At #BeautyConNYC, hundreds of content creators and celebrities will come together to network, mingle, discuss the future of online media, hang with you and participate in panel discussions + Q&As. Thousands of beauties will attend BeautyCon NYC to participate in interactive presentations, watch performances, create content, shop, play games, learn about new products, and above all, mingle with some of their favorite content creators!”

Some of the confirmed guests are Bethany Mota, Teala Dunn, Meg Deangeles, Sprinkle of Glitter and even Marnie the Dog.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend two Beauty Cons so far in LA in 2014 and 2015.

I had a great time at both events but wish I knew some tricks and tips to make the event even better, so that’s what I’m going to do for YOU!

BeautyConNYC tip 1

Bring an extra person!
Think of a fun, easy going adult like a parent or aunt to go with you and stand in lines for you. Buy the $35 GA ticket for them. They can hold your spot in the longer lines while you run around looking for YouTubers who might be walking around or you can grab some of the many awesome free samples, enter contests, watch a performance or play games!

BeautyConNYC Tip 2

Check the weather and be prepared. You may spend time outside in lines.
According to the map, some meet and greets and the Outdoor stage are, you guessed it, outside . Also, with 1000’s of guests, there’s just no quick way to get everyone in the venue quickly. If you’re sensitive to the sun, use sunscreen, wear a hat, or bring an umbrella for shade.

BeautyConNYC tip 3

Take public transportation.
It’s better for the environment, and better for you! You’ll have more time to enjoy the convention without the stress and expense of parking.

BeautyconNYC tip 4

Have a Plan!
Are there 2-3 YouTubers or creators you really want to meet or some specific vendor you want to check out ? Write it down, put it in your phone’s notes. Check the schedule and map. Once you get there, you’ll get distracted and might get side tracked by all the events, booths, activities.

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BeautyconNYC tip 5

Have a plan B/ Be Flexible .
You won’t be able to meet everyone or go to every panel. Panels, Meet and Greets, and Q and A’s fill up or schedules conflict. Everyone will want to meet the more popular YouTubers but not everyone can. If that applies to you , change to plan B and make the best out of the situation.

BeautyconNYC tip 6

Keep your eyes open!
I know you’ll be tweeting and Snap Chatting, but you never know who might walk right by you. Upcoming YouTubers will be happy to meet subscribers but might not have formal meet and greets scheduled. They’ll be walking around and might tweet where they are for an impromptu meet up. Also, YouTubers tend to bring friends and family members to BeautyCon and they’re fun to meet too!

BeautyconNYC tips 7

Bring a portable charger!
Beautycon knows we need charging stations and will have them but you don’t want to be stuck by a plug and missing out on all the fun!

BeautyconNYC tip 8

Bring snacks.
Again, you don’t want to have to take a break from going to panels, Q and A’s and Meet and Greets just because you’re low on energy and getting hungry! Pack some nuts, breakfast bars whatever you like that quick and easy!

BeautyconNYC tip 9

Bring Sharpies!
If you are the kind of fan who likes autographs bring your own Sharpies. I’ve seen some fans but or bring a t-shirt and get everyone’s autograph on it. If you plan to meet a You-Tuber who has written a book or been on a magazine cover, bring it to get signed!

BeautyconNYC tip 10

Bring water.
See tip 8!

BeautyconNYC tip 11

Smile and make new friends👭👯 ! EVERYONE at #BCTNYC has lots of things in common and are beautiful! I can pretty much guarantee everyone you meet has a favorite YouTuber, and loves fashion. Start a conversation and see what else you have in common.

BeautyconNYC tip 12

If necessary, be a ninja!
Having a hard time meeting YouTubers ? Missed your fav? Find where they enter, exit or park but be nice! They might not be expecting to see fans and caught off guard. If they are making eye contact and smiling at you, that’s a good sign to approach and say “hi”. But, if they’re looking down, on their phone or looking straight ahead walking fast, they might not be ready to meet people. They might not feel ready for pics if they are just arriving or feel tired if they are leaving. I don’t recommend this unless you just had no luck meting who you wanted to the regular way!

BeautyconNYC tip 13

Be a Fangirl!
Are you meeting your fav ?
Do you love Bethany Mota or Teala Dunn? Show them YOU are their biggest fan by wearing their merchandise. Are you excited for BeautyConNYC? Make a poster or T-Shirt. Here’s some things I made and took a pic of for Beautycon . They loved it and put it on their Instagram!

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BeautyconNYC tip 14

Keep it short and sweet .
I know meeting your favs is going to be amazing but try not to take up too much any YouTuber’s, creator’s or vendor’s time. They want to meet as many subscribers, fans or customers as possible and they have a limited time. Show them your love but move on. If there’s someone who really means a lot to you and you want to express your thoughts to them, you can write a letter ahead of time and hand it to them.

BeautyconNYC tip 15

Always have your camera out and ready! You don’t want to make a YouTuber wait or miss a pic with someone walking by.

I hope my tips can help some of you!
Here’s the website to find out more about BeautyCon NYC.

http://beautycon.com/nyc

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Meet Rob Lowe At his men’s skin care Launch LA October 2, 2015

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Join Nordstrom at The Grove on Friday, Oct. 2, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a meet and greet with Rob Lowe at the launch of his new men’s skincare line, Profile.

Check here for more info:
http://www.thegrovela.com/m/featured_promo.php?id=1788

Meet Kunal Nayyar at The Grove September 20, 2015

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Here’s your chance to meet Kunal Nayyar from Big Bang Theory.

He’ll be signing copies of his book at the Barnes and Noble located at The Grove in Los Angeles.
Here’s info from the store’s website:

Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00 PM Kunal Nayyar’s Yes, My Accent is Real is a witty and inspiring collection of tales from the heart following Kunal as he traverses two continents in search of his dream, along the way transcending culture and language. Join us for a special signing.

Fans will need to buy the book at the store when it opens and receive a wristband.

Check here for info and updates:
https://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/88035-0

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