You can never beat the environment at a festival. Thousands of people, all gathered for one reason: to have an amazing time together. Whether it is for music, or art, or just for the sake of gathering, people get excited. Everyone worked to make it. They spent time and energy to get there, but in the end it is always worth it. Festivals allow for endless possibilities. In the beginning everyone is equal. In the end, someone landed that perfect 10, another ends up at the after party with the headliner, and then there is always that one guy who ends up passed out in the gutter. You can tip the odds in your favor at a festival, with a little preparation.

Anything to set yourself apart from the thousands of others will help, as long as you are in a good state. And props can help put you there. But first and foremost people want to have a good time, and enjoy the experience together. It’s up to you, to make that happen. No one else can make you have fun. Sure things will help the situation along, but it’s all a decision you have to make. And once you make that decision, people will be drawn like moths to the flame. The brighter you burn, the more you will attract others. And a simple fuel source you can draw from is a prop or costume.

My boss gave me an amazing crown for my birthday, and it helped me realize the potential of props and festivals. I decorated said crown with EL Wire, so not only did I feel like the king of the rave, I shone like the star that I am. At first I was nervous wearing the crown, but as soon as I relaxed and rocked it, I became the king. I was attracting attention like a neon replacement billboard, and delivering. I felt like I was walking on a dream, playing with people’s emotions left and right. I could do anything. I could be anyone. I was more confident and outgoing than I ever could have been otherwise, all because I felt like by wearing the crown I had made a promise to myself and the world, which is that the king had arrived. The crown took a fair amount of time to make, because I had to weave all of the EL Wire into the crown, but it was definitely time well spent.  Because of that crown, I had one of the best birthdays ever. Preparation is key if you want to make the most of a festival experience.

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