“…try and set your schedule to have the weekends off.” (pg 22, How To Avoid Hara-Kiri)
So the summer con season is in full effect, and with an abundance of choices, there’s a good chance you’ll want to attend as many cons as possible. However there’s one major thing to consider before anything else, and that’s time off from work.
Let’s face it. In the real world, going to an anime convention is very low on the priority scale, and it can be extremely difficult to get the time off from work, so consider just how far you are willing to go, to get time off for something that you will more than likely not make any money on. Conventions are fun to attend without a doubt, but they can drain your wallet, and if you want to miss work for a con without a proper excuse you may lose the means to attend anymore in the future. You know, your job.
This goes double for people starting new jobs. If you’re job starts the week before Otakon, don’t kid yourself asking for that weekend off, you haven’t been there long enough to ask for the time off yet, and missing 1 year of Ota is not the end of the world. If it’s a matter of being afraid of admitting that you’re going to a con, it’s okay to leave out the actual ‘convention’ part out of your excuse, but if you’re going to lie to get the time off of work be very careful to cover your tracks. That includes stuff like tagging pictures on Facebook; even if you’re not friends with your boss it’s better safe than sorry.
There’s no easy way to justify time off for these things, conventions are leisure after all, and going is a choice. But as with any choice, there are consequences.