What’s with all the pictures of the models? Don’t other people come to the party?
Of course! The overwhelming majority of people at the parties are not models. But we wanted to share pictures of at least some of the actual events, and there aren’t any pictures of anyone else because they don’t want their pictures taken! (duh!) Plus, most of the “celebs” that come to the party are there to have a good time just like everyone else. So a picture of a cute girl laughing and smiling isn’t about how amazingly hot or famous she is. It’s about a girl having fun. Because that’s what the party is all about.
I don’t want to pay all that money getting there just to watch! Fucking [insert model’s name here] would probably never let me touch her!
With that attitude, you probably won’t get to touch anyone! But you aren’t going just to watch. Parties are not about watching. (Though for a voyeur, a party would be heaven.) Plenty of people go and just hang out and watch because they like that, aren’t comfortable playing publicly, or are shy. But I would say most play. Playing with the models/celebs as a top or a bottom? Certainly not a guarantee. The way I see it is that everyone there is there to have a good time, and that includes the “celebs.” If they like you and want to play, they might. Or, you might be a horrible person and no one, celeb or otherwise, will want to play with you!
Why all the focus on the models then?
TASSP has been known in the past for being very model centered, and that’s not an entirely untrue assessment, but nor do I believe it to be a bad one. (People have things to say both good and bad about every big party in the country).
It is really nice to be able to have so many colleagues around all at once - saves a lot of time and money on travel. Plus, a lot of the “models/celebrities” know each other and are friends, and as I’ve been saying, it’s about coming and playing with your friends.
It got emphasized so much because just as there are people who don’t give a rat’s ass about a “famous” spanko, there are plenty who do. I personally always wanted to go to a Shadow Lane [party] because I wanted to meet all the people I had idolized in videos growing up. It was fun! And when Amelia [Jane Rutherford] came to TASSP last year, I just about died. :) It wasn’t what made the party for me, but it was really enjoyable.
And as I said with the pictures, it’s a lot easier to market things that you can talk about, lol. I can describe a party to you over and over, but there is something about them that you just have to experience to understand. Being around so many like-minded individuals is a heady, amazing and often overwhelming experience. For those who like to play publicly, it can be a dream. For those who live places where there isn’t much access, it’s an opportunity unlike any other. And for those who have been going to parties for years, it’s the chance you have to see your friends. People who you have grown with and come to love dearly but don’t get to see very often.
But I can’t put that in a video, or a picture, or a flyer. And if you go to parties, you already know you want to keep going. 19 year old me didn’t even think about going to Shadow Lane to meet a bunch of strangers (socialization is hard, lol) and possibly play. I wanted to meet Erika Scott! lol. And I went. And in the end, did all of those things. And now I want to go because I have friends there.
So no, you aren’t paying money to come to a party to watch a bunch of models play. You are paying for food and the ability for us to be at a hotel, and are there to have fun, making the most of the time you have, however that may come to you.