About half a year ago, I reflected on my life and decided that I spent a lot of time alone, behind my computer. It’s where I feel safest and get the most work done. I felt like it was time for something new - to go out into the world, meet people, and share knowledge in a new way. So I attended Abunaicon here in the Netherlands. It was my first time showing up at an event of that size as “Loish”, to do a live demonstration of my drawing process and to sign books. I was so terrified! I was literally shaking as I walked in. Although I knew it would be ok, deep down inside I was scared that everyone would be disappointed.
But it was amazing! The people I met were kind, supportive, and genuinely interested in how I work. So then I went to FACTS in Gent, to draw on a massive stage with a microphone attached to my head. It was so scary but so rewarding! Soon after, I did a live drawing session at KLIK animation festival. I realized that participating in events like this was not only a career move, but also to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. I just returned from CTNX, my fourth event, and I’m just so sad that it’s over. It was so incredible and I don’t think I’ve ever made so many new friends in such a short amount of time!
I’ve heard people say that the internet isolates people and keeps real friendships from growing. I’ve experienced the opposite. I’ve made so many friends online, and now I’m meeting these friends face-to-face. I have to say, the experience is just.. incredible. Thanks so much to everyone who came and said hi in these recent months, and who shared their story with me! I couldn’t be happier right now, or more grateful. And to those I haven’t met face-to-face yet, I look forward to someday meeting you - your support on the internet means so much to me! You guys are the best!!!