Attended my first ICAST show at the Orange County Convention Center not knowing what to expect other than a lot of people trying to sell me something.
After about four hours on day one I was experiencing stimulation overload and I hadn’t even gotten half way through the place! I employed the strategy of not making eye contact with anyone at the booths but rather looking up at what company it was first, to determine if I wanted to spend the time chatting. All the big names were there complete with “celebrity” spokespersons making appearances. Basically anyone that has, or had a tv show was there.
On day two it was easier to navigate and the hucksters seemed more willing to actually talk without so much emphasis on selling, no doubt making it more pleasurable for both. Having seen everything a few times over by now I concluded that nothing really blew me away. There was a lure that changed color with water temperature, I entered a raffle to win a free shirt and basically saw a lot of the same thing. I did get some good freebies, talked to some cool people and learned a few things.
Here are my impressions on the event:
- Where did all these hipsters come from?
- Some people are shorter than they appear on the internet.
- Bill Dance is way taller than he appears on television.
- The big companies desperately want to appear like they are small.
- Derek De Young is blowing up!
-Look out for Flood Tide Co. Those guys keep doing what they are doing and they got next.