By Rhys Jaconly
Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.
I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!
What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.
So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.
As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.
Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.
You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you. You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.
You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.
And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!
What say you?
Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!