Heyas, I'm posting from the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbour, MD., the site of Katsucon XX. The 20th Katsucon happens to be my first, and it also happens to fall on Valentine's day (Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentines this year). I actually meant to post this before leaving on Thursday, but for some reason dA was being uncooperative and wouldn't let me post a journal (I blame the snowstorm that blew threw the night before).
Good times so far! It's early, but this might be my favorite con so far, despite the cold and snow.
And I *finally* got to sing some karaoke! Oh god, you have no idea how nervous I was. After spending time learning songs for almost six months I was terrified I would go up there at last and completely bomb. I won't say it was easy or very smooth (first song especially, the second was a bit better), but it was apparently good enough to get me into the Katsu Idol contest. Perhaps the hardest part was just finding one of my songs on their list, as I didn't bring any with me. I sang L'Arc~en~Ciel's "Blurry Eyes" then came back a second time for Theatre Brook's "Uragiri no Yuuyake" (Durarara!! intro). Selecting a song for tomorrow is going to be even harder... there are fewer options left that I'm prepared to sing and they lack some of the songs I was most interested in (NICO touches the Walls "Diver", SID's "Ranbu no Melody", and Color Bottle's "Aoi Hana" particularly).
Good news, both of my songs were recorded on camera and should get uploaded to youtube. I'm really glad that I'll get the chance to see and hear myself perform. It will DEFINITELY help me improve, I know I'm going to find a LOT of mistakes to correct in the future. Particularly on Blurry Eyes, I was soooo nervous I didn't know how to hold the mic, how I should stand, or even where to look and it really threw me off several times during the song. At one point in the song my eyes were darting around desperately looking for something to anchor on... and I ended up locking eyes for a moment with a cute cosplayer sitting in the front row who actually seemed to be enjoying the song (or at least was polite enough to pretend)... I won't lie, I almost lost it right there. Note to self, avoid eye contact while singing. My dear tone deaf friend tells me it wasn't noticeable, but I guarantee it will make me cringe when I hear it played back.
Oh, I also met the cameraman afterwards and had a nice chat. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he runs the Animejpop channel on youtube, which I'd actually had seen before. He has a number of vids from previous cons (he's worked both sides of karaoke contests at a number of cons along the East Coast), several of which I had looked up months ago when searching for information on karaoke contests. He's a very chill guy, if you're at all a fan of anime music or just con stuff in general check him out. At the very least, you'll get to see me embarrassing myself when the videos go up (in a week or so, he believes). I hope to get a chance to redeem myself in the idol contest tomorrow (damn, I almost want to sing Blurry Eyes again, I'd really love to do it justice).
Some day I will actually get into one of these maid cafe's... remind me to sign up early next year.