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Now accepting applications for AX 2017 Maid & Butler Cafe

The AX Maid Cafe and AX Butler Cafe are now accepting applications for AX 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Deadline to apply is February 1st, 2017 has been extended to February 15, 2017. There will not be multiple application cycles, so be sure to apply before the deadline.

Please see the information below for all application requirements and directions on how to apply.

What is AX Maid Cafe?

Evolved from the concept of cosplay restaurants, our Maid Cafe event will feature volunteers dressed up in maid costumes. Our maids will provide an array of entertainment for their Goshujin-sama (Masters) to enjoy, such as interactive games, group dances, musical performances, photo ops, etc. If you’re interested in customer services, cosplay or moe (cute) culture, this would be a fun experience. The Maid Cafe also showcases an 18+ themed show during the evenings of Anime Expo.

What is the AX Butler Cafe?

Just like the AX Maid Cafe, our butlers will feature volunteers dressed up in butler uniforms and provide an array of entertainment for the Ojou-sama (Mistresses). There will be dance performances, musical performances, photo ops, and an interaction period where you can play games at your table with guests. If you’ve ever watch Ouran High School Host Club, then you’ll know what to expect. The Butler Cafe also showcases an 18+ themed show during the evenings of Anime Expo.

AX Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must live in Southern California.
  • Must have reliable transportation to attend rehearsal and training sessions in Monterey Park.
  • Must have a regularly checked email address.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older by January 22nd to attend and participate in any rehearsals.
  • Must be in good health to be on your feet for up to 4 hours at a time.
  • Must be able to attend 70% of Sunday meeting/training dates located in Monterey Park.
  • Must be friendly, work well with others, and enthusiastic.
  • Must be comfortable to converse with strangers.
  • Must have a government issued ID in order to complete a background check

Dancer Requirements:

  • Must attend one out of the two dance auditions located at the Kinjaz Dojo in Monterey Park, CA.
    • Maid Café Dance Audition Dates/Times (Please bring character shoes or heels.)
      • Dec. 11, 2016: 12 – 4 PM
      • Jan. 8, 2017: 12 – 4 PM
    • Butler Café Dance Audition Dates/Time
      • Dec. 11, 2016: 4 – 6 PM
      • Jan. 8, 2017: 4 – 6 PM
    • Things to know beforehand: Bring comfortable shoes (those applying for Maid Cafe should also bring heels/character shoes), water, smiles, and be ready to learn dance counts. Cosplay is welcome, but not required and will not affect consideration for the Maid/Butler Cafe
  • Must meet all requirements listed in “AX Volunteer Requirements”.
  • Must be able to attend 70% of Sunday dance rehearsal dates (see calendar below) located in Monterey Park at the Kinjaz Dojo.
  • Must participate in rehearsals in comfortable clothes.

Rehearsal and Training Calendar

Note: Rehearsal schedule is for approved dancers.

Date Maid Cafe Rehearsal Time Butler Cafe Rehearsal Time MANDATORY Volunteer Training Time
January 22, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
February 5, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
February 19, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
March 5, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
March 19, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
April 9, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
April 23, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
May 7, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
May 21, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
June 4, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
June 11, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM
June 25, 2017 10 AM – 1 PM 3 – 6 PM 1 – 3 PM

How to Apply for Maid or Butler Café

  1. Apply to be a volunteer at http://bit.ly/SPJAapp, if you have not already.
    • Remember to fill out as much of the application as you can.
  2. Within 3 days you will receive an acceptance letter from Shiftboard.
    • Note: The acceptance letter will have your login and temporary password.
  3. Go to https://www.shiftboard.com/SPJA/.
  4. Log in using your email address and password.
  5. Go to your name shown in the upper right corner. A dropdown menu will appear.
  6. Click “MyAccount”
    • shiftboard-my-account
  7. Click “Profile”
    • profile
  8. Click “Maid/Butler App”
    • maid-butler-app
  9. Fill out all questions.
  10. Click “Update” at bottom at bottom left hand corner.
  11. You have successfully completed your Maid/Butler Café application!

If you have any questions about your application, please email maidandbutlercafe@anime-expo.org.

It is encouraged to complete as much of your Shiftboard profile as possible to better your chances of being selected.

If a Maid or Butler Café manager is interested in your application you will receive an email or phone call as the follow up.

Audition Video Requirements

  • Technical Requirements:
    • Must be a YouTube link or Dropbox link
    • Video must be 2 minutes max
    • Must be at least 480p
  • Please record yourself in a well-lit area.
  • No filters and no obstruction of your face or body.
  • Voice must be audible.
  • Remember to smile and be polite. ^__^
  • Please include the following content in your video:
    • Greet your audience and state your name.
    • State whether you are applying for Maid Café or Butler Café.
    • Please explain why you are applying for Maid Café or Butler Café.
    • Tell us something interesting about yourself.
    • Tell us about your favorite anime and why you enjoy it.

 

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