Ya know...a couple of friends of mine and I were really glad to finally have a convention of this caliber happening in the State of Minnesota so we could actually go. This was close enough to be able to swing it and we were all really looking forward to it. Now, it seems it's been cancelled, but yet no word from the event promoters even after several e mails and phone messages left. I understand that these things can be cancelled, but to not announce it publicly in places the tickets were advertised and such, or to let ticketholders know is just unprofessional in my opinion! I started wondering what was going on last Friday when I couldn't find the event website anymore and it seemed to just disappear. Then I further wondered when I got no answer via e mail to any of the convention's promoters. When I went to Scotty Robert's website and saw the "even cancelled" stripe across the banner, then I figured out what was going on. I also saw that Shannon Sylvia had taken it off of her calendar so I dropped her a line and she actually blogged about it. I guess we'll cancel our room at the hotel and hopefully get the money back for the tickets, but really...this wasn't the way to go about doing it, and I doubt I'd attempt to go to another event put on by the same people again.
Post by The Paranormals-Celtic on Jul 7, 2009 17:05:02 GMT -5
Its common place nowdays for these folks to cancel last minute. Problem is they over budget and end up not selling the tickets they needed to. I know this first hand, I help organize the Ghost Hunters Getaway with Brian in Texas. Starting a Con is really hard, thank goodness this one worked out.
Well see, I understand that the economy is bad and all and putting these things together is a whole lot of work, but if it's not going to work out and has to be cancelled, then they should let people know right away without waiting. That's my whole point, ya know? The waiting to announce it makes the organization and those involved with the promotion and putting it on look shady.
Post by Brian Harnois on Jul 7, 2009 18:49:36 GMT -5
That is why if you noticed on my Facebook page that I am really poed today. I got no notice and was told that the event was cancelled. If I am booked at these places and am told I am guaranteed a certain amount of money, I then depend on some of that money to pay for bills, food, or baby stuff. Then when they cancel it a couple of weeks before the event is supposed to happen, it screws me all kinds of up. I am sick of it.
Geeze Brian...I know how it's gotta affect you. It's your bread and butter that's being messed with. Did they even tell you that it was going to be cancelled? I did talk with Joel Sturgis about it on the phone since his was the only contact number I had and he's saying things like "my name wasn't on the contracts or anything...I just did some promos for it" but really...ya know, it will put a big black spot on not just Leffler's rep (what there is of it left), but Dark Plains Radio and everyone affiliated with that. I explained this to Joel, who then promised me to talk with Brian and find out what he's going to do as he still hadn't decided whether or not to actually cancel it. Besides that, when we booked our room, there were few left, so that hotel has a right to go after him as well, I would think. Yes, it's bullspit as far as I'm concerned and I put absolutely NO blame on ANY of the awesome speakers who were lined up...only the most sincere feelings towards their plight, trust me.
I hear ya Brian... It's totally unprofessional. Kids are expensive - you count on that money, its not like your not busy and can just be "thrown away" like that... They don't realize how lucky they would have been to have you @ their convention ... Sad, and sorry that it happened...
Post by chriscook71 on Jul 11, 2009 11:22:26 GMT -5
Also, why is it that people in the paranormal field tend to be so shady? THIS kind of crap more so than anything else in my opinion is what could bring very bad press to our field of work. I hope that the people who are doing this type of thing are avoided in the future and they never see another penny of people's hard earned money.