I was planning to attend the Basilique Salon yesterday. The Salon is a group meeting where participants discuss a chosen topic. Yesterday’s was ‘What brought you to Second Life, and what keeps you here?’ (See Canary Beck’s post here if you want to read more about the Salon.) I was interested to see how other people discovered Second Life, how long they’ve been around, and what reasons they have to stay. (Mostly because I’m a Nosey McNoseyPants, but also because my own story is so convoluted.)
Then I got to wondering how people ‘discover’ something they love that keeps them entertained in SL. For some it’s club-hopping, some love to chat, some love to build, and some love to dance. 😀
Now, if you’ve been paying any attention at all, you know that my favorite thing to do in SL is dance. But I didn’t know when I first rezzed into existence that dancing would be my ‘thing’ in SL. The first kind of dancing I was introduced to was club dancing. Go to a club, click the dance ball, choose a dance, and voilá, you’re a Solid Gold dancer! (I just dated myself with that reference, didn’t I? *sigh*)
After lots of club-hopping and buying my own HUD and dances to put in it, I worked as a hostess for several clubs. I even took a course in SL for hostessing and DJ’ing (something that looked fun, but that I totally don’t have the music library for!) to learn tips and tricks. It didn’t take terribly long for me to get burnt out as a hostess. Then a friend told me that the club where he hosted was looking for chorus dancers for a show they were doing. I auditioned, was hired, and was totally hooked. I’ve been dancing in shows ever since.
As you can see, it was a winding road that led me to dancing in shows. I didn’t rezz into SL knowing exactly what I wanted to do.
So I’m curious – how did YOU discover your passion in SL? Did you know before logging in exactly where you were going? Or did it take you months (or years) to discover dance in SL?