OH MY LLAMA. The last few days has been an emotional rollercoaster ryde for me. OK for those who don't know I joined an art competition for a convention in Chicago called Anime Central, the winner gets to have an artist table and a guarenteed spot (I heard from *purplekecleon
that getting a table in America is much much much more stresseful, like for one of the convention, the registration opened up for 38 seconds before booked out. YES its crazy like that). Its always been my dream to go to an American Convention, I have never sold artworks outside of Australia (Well except for NewZealand but thats like not far away). So I thought I would try my luck, unfortunately its one of those contest that requires the public's voting... and usually that becomes a popularity contest. AND I KNOW FOR SURE theres always someone with more friends/fans/relatives, its just the way things are. Whether this contest is fair or not is debatable. BUT I DO NOT WISH TO DISCOURAGE ANYONE TO NOT JOIN THESE CONTESTS, because even if you don't win, it is still exposure of your work and everyone should try the hardest in whatever they do, worst thing is not trying at all! Ok let me explain what went on in this crazy journey.THE JOURNEY Prepare for battle:
Well it all began with me and
(Whos from Chicago and told me about this convention in the first place) refreshing the Acen Facebook page after I submitted my entry, my first attack on was on DA and FB. In the beginning I didn't wanna whore out too much, it wouldn't be fair for other contestants who may not have as many followers. So we were refreshing like crazy, there were many great entries, lots of great talents! Eventually I started to take the lead. And I was like ahhh thats nice I like this. Then a few hours later, another entry starts catching up... I started to panic a bit, then eventually they took over. I just started laughing.. I guess when I am lost and feels defeated I just end up laughing. So I made another attack. I posted it on my Tumblr, and took the lead again. Then I have no idea what the other person did but they took the lead off me again. I SWEAR TO GOD IT FELT LIKE A BOXING MATCH, it was very neck to neck. And everytime I am losing in votes I would tell "Yeah Im done. :I"
and she would be like "NOOOO YOU ARE NOT"
. So yeah this went on back and forth and back and forth, I then started making polls and then I just took my time off. Half way into battle:
I deliberately distracted myself by drawing, thats why you probably noticed I uploaded some drawings the last two days. During this time my BFF not her senpai
worked extra hard by getting her friends and family to vote for me too.. she even threatened her sister that she would drop her xmas present on the ground if she doesnt vote for Ry-Spirit. I also got a lot of love from many other people including you guys whos reading right now. 12 hours to go:
At around 12 hours before the cut off time, I looked at how the votes were going. I was losing by like 50.. So I went ballsy and asked Mr John Rambo and OJ for help, John Rambo and OJ
has a show on youtube called JohnRamboPresents www.youtube.com/JohnRamboPrese…
(I am also in one of the episodes as one of the callers) and I have been a fan since they started the channel, we call ourselves the Ramborgians. Anyway I asked and John immediately says "No problem, anything for fellow Ramborgians."
Just like that. I felt kinda teary at that point, actually to be honest this whole competition, even if I don't win I feel like I have gained something from this, something much much much more special, I felt the love and the generosity and the support of people. And thats something that money can't buy. So with the Ramborgian Army behind my back I managed to tie and take the lead again. 3 hours to go:
Fast forward 3 hours before the closing deadline. I was once again losing in votes. LOOOOLLL I swear this really is neck to neck! I was like losing by 30 votes I think? And I was out of tricks... ish. Well.. kinda. I did something I didn't want to do, and that was to ask for help on my personal facebook page, because I know that then it REALLY would be bias because those people on my personal facebook page are my friends, and then it really becomes a competition of how many friends you have (Which I do not think determines if your art is worthy or not).. BUT I DID IT ANYWAY. I WANTED THAT WIN. I HAVE COME TOO FAR TO LOSE OK? I wanted to take home that W
. I think people could feel I was a bit down, and they were very encouraging giving me support here and there, especially to
who kept texting me non stop with motivating words. And of course
who were there from the beginning till the end! Anyway I was losing, and I was talked into by
that I shouldnt feel ashame to ask people for help... And so I did, Big massive thanks to
for the boost. I felt the love from my fellow Deviantart Volunteers. I also started asking some of my friends to vote. 1 hour to go:
I had a very small lead, like 20ish. It was not safe. I was really afraid I would get sniped, I was depressed, I felt lonely, my body was shaking, I had all kind of emotions running through my head and I just really didn't wanna be alone. So I did a Livestream, LOL this is the first time I did a Livestream where I drew nothing at all, all people saw was me talking to them. We listened to Disney music, we joked, we all got together to witness the end. We joked that I was like Goku doing the Spirit Bomb and everyone had their hands high up in the sky giving me powers. And most funny thing is I didn't know how it was gonna end, it could've ended with a lost lol, it wasn't a guaranteed happy ending! But you know what, it didn't matter, I would still be glad I wasn't alone to take it all by myself. I kept quoting a quote that kinda got me through this journey. "There is only one thing we say to Defeat, "Not Today"."
I dunno I just kept quoting this, its a slightly altered quote from the Syrio to Arya in Game of Thrones. ANYWAY everyone in the stream was very positive and very helpful and very fun! We had more than 50 viewers at the end. Thank you everyone who was there, you know who you are! Times up:
At the end I had a solid 80 votes lead. And somehow managed to reach 1000 Likes!
We played Pokemon songs to celebrate! THE ONLY WAY TO CELEBRATE OK? and I was almost in tears. I nearly jumped out of the window! Afterwards:
After the stream I just lied down on my bed and closed my eyes to take it all in for a minute. What a crazy ride. I swear to llama I am never entering another competition that requires hectic votes like this, its too much for me. I lost sleep because of this competition omg, but if you can handle stress and not as weak as me then please do these competitions please. Do not let me stop you.
made some funny meme for today. Thank you sir I just have to share it omg.
THANKS EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR ME. CHICAGO I WILL SEE YOU IN MAY. I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET MY CHICAGO FANS. I CANNOT WAIT TO GO TO AMERICA! Like seriously man this whole experience has made me feel very lucky and happy and blessed and most of all, I felt love. From all you guys. Thank you, I will not stop drawing, I will continue to try my best. And you should too. Thank you once again, this is Ry-Spirit.
*Jumps out of the window anyway*
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