Q:i've wanted to go to spx for years but my anxiety is so bad i always skip it even though i live in germantown and go to school in rockville, isn't that ridiculous?
spx:Hey nothing Ridiculous about it at all.
SPX is a hustling, bustling place. And anxiety of the kind you’re talking about is nothing that we’d ever make fun of.
This show and any show like it can be an intense emotional experience. We hear that from many of the creators in attendance. It’s very real!
I guess what I’m saying is you don’t need my permission to be honest with yourself about what makes you happy and comfortable.
But I can also say that there are many people who have similar emotions that come to SPX and find community here that is nourishing and helpful to them even as the show itself is admittedly kind of overwhelming. Hope we see you one of these days! — MDT
I get panic attacks in crowds, and I’ve been going to SPX for 5 years. I worked up to it slowly—at first I went with friends, and I had a list of the people I wanted to see. Having that focus helped immensely, and we were in and out pretty quickly. Over the years, I’ve gotten more and more accustomed to the atmosphere of the place (plus it helps that the show is always in the same room), and now I often go on my own. Last year, I walked the whole room <I>and</I> went to the tumblr meet-up, where I didn’t know a single solitary soul (but I did meet mdt, who’s a pretty great dude). I will say that even with at my current comfort level, I’m usually trembling by the time I leave.
I don’t presume to know your limits, but I never would have thought that I could do a show like SPX by myself, but it’s one of the highlights of my year.
See, anon, you got a posse!
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