Re: [SCA Newcomers] Finding a niche
- Holli Hartman wrote:
> Anyone have an advice for finding my 'niche' in the SCA? NothingI haven't yet found my niche either, but what I've been doing in the meantime is
> really jumps out at me. I'm not really an artistic type or a fighter
> athletic type... no crafts I'm particularly good at... It just seems
> that the folks who have been in for a while all of a sort of niche
> that is theirs, either they do weaving or brewing or fighting or
> heraldry or whatever.
attending those guild meetings that I'm able to. It's much like junior college
was for me--learning about various things until I have enough knowledge to
decide what feels like where I belong. Unfortunately, I work five nights a week
so I'm unable to attend most guilds in my barony. The dance guild, though, has
become a definite "keeper."
- It is hard for me to offer a suggestion because I don't know your likes and
dislikes, and there are literally thousands of things to do in the SCA. But,
here are some thoughts to finding your place. Finding your place is really
only soething you can do. When My Lady met me I had been in the SCA for
many many years. She felt out of place for about a year until she started
getting into things and enjoying events a lot more. Don't just sit on the
sidelines, get out walk around talk to people.. Enjoy life.
I suggest you keep an eye on A&S classes and see if there is something
appealing. Some events offer only a few classes, Pennsic can offer hundreds
Consider what you do in mundane life, what are you likes and dislikes, how
can they work into the SCA? Hobbies often make good places to start. My
wife has always done crosstich, now she is apprenticing in embriodery.
Try some different things. Try fencing, you don't have to be an athlete, or
even good at it to play. Try some crafts, nobody starts out good at
anything, all things take practice and dedication.
Or maybe you might enjoy the service end of things. Running events, setting
up merchants, cooking feasts, exchequer, chatalaine, senachel, even water
Also Chiurgens always need more help. First aid is needed at every event an
always appreciated, even if people don't always mention it.
Heraldry is fun, there are heralds who yell in court and others who only do
research in books. If you can draw they can use your help to design Arms.
Some insane wackos try and do darn near everything...
I fight, shoot a bow, throw axes, woodwork, leatherwork, brew, teach
classes, blacksmith (if I have to), make clothes, make nets, and spend a
great deal of my time in service having held a number of offices over the
years. I am always willing to try anything, go to any class, help out
Lord Rhys, Capten gen y Arian Lloer
Privateer to the Midrealm
Arafu at dawnsio mewn adlaw
...Take time to dance in the rain...
>Anyone have an advice for finding my 'niche' in the SCA? Nothing
>really jumps out at me. I'm not really an artistic type or a fighter
>athletic type... no crafts I'm particularly good at... It just seems
>that the folks who have been in for a while all of a sort of niche
>that is theirs, either they do weaving or brewing or fighting or
>heraldry or whatever.
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