Get To Know Mythicon

Mythicon is a convention in Orlando Florida that draws quite a cast of guests, runs a variety of events, and does their best to serve the fans, geeks, and otaku in Florida and beyond with one big convention.  They’re in their first year and are hitting the ground running – you may have heard about them if you’re in the area.

But what you may not here is how they make sure there’s great career-oriented events.

First, they do open casting stage events – and the people who make it in get 3 to 4 months of training.  That’s right, actual training and experience they can use (and put on a resume).  It also helps when your convention is near, say Disney and Universal!

That’s the kind of practical work I like to see – and it goes beyond the convention’s 3 days.  It’s about making a real comittment to the attendees and their ambitions – and taking advantage of the local area.

But that’s not all.  Mythicon also relies on their guests and helps them create good events.

Each guest is specifically asked about how they can do panels to help the attendees reach their goals and their dreams.  It may be a guest who’s a big name speaking on how to get known.  It could be a well known actor explaining how they broke in.  Mythicon cultivates the guests to find what they can share – and encourages them to connect with the fans.

Between the long-term commitment of the show to cultivating guests’ panels, Mythicon sounds like a convention a lot of us could be following.  Come to think of it, a lot of us should be attending as well . . .

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, nerd and geek culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at

Ask A Progeek: My future or current job?

And our “Ask A Progeek Question” today is . . .

In filling out an online profile (such as on Linked In), what should you list as your job; the one you have or the one you want?

First, kudos on using online profiles.  They’re pretty much indispensable to the job search.  This has been my normal, pathetic, pimping of LinkedIn.

Now beyond that, what do you do?

First, you put the job you’re actually doing in there.  People aren’t looking for your hopes and dreams (in most cases) and putting something else in there that you’re not can look awful deceptive.

But  . . . you do need to communicate your hopes, skills, and dreams.  So let’s look at ways to do that.

Summary: Many profiles (LinkedIn included) have a summary section.  You can put your hopes/dreams/ambitions in there.

Skills: If you have skills relevant to your ambitions (but not your current job), put them in any skills profiles.

Jobs: If you have a hobby that’s also joblike, you may want to put it in your profile so people can see what you do – and so you can get recommendations.  This is a bit of a fine line as it may make you look like you’re disloyal or splint in your ambitions – or it may make you look ambitious and forward thinking.

This is something I do even though I have a job and a career – I have an entry for my side hobbies so people can learn more about me.  Since it walks the line between hobby and job, I like to include it.

Other Areas: Listings of publications, hobbies, associations, etc. also lets you communicate your interests and ambitions.  If you don’t work in gaming, but belong to the IGDA, that says something.

As always, the goal is to communicate who you are.  You don’t want to say the wrong thing in the wrong place, but you do want to say the right things.

Steven Savage