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I was an unpaid volunteer and helper/runner for a long time

I wanted to emphasize this.

Double emphasize this. Everyone I know who does this kind of thing did it unpaid for a good long while, getting, at most at first, free admission to a weekend-long show. Which is not bad because at that stage, you're not working the whole time. Flights were the biggest expense because even at first, I could share a room with folks who did get their room covered and there was always plenty of food around. And having credit cards with perks for hotels and airlines has helped a lot along the way (although that is dwindling every year).

supposed to be in Portland this weekend and kind of sad I'm not--I really liked Portland
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