Become a Fanimaid

Are you interested in becoming a part of one of the cutest maid cafes in the West Coast?! FanimeCon’s maid cafe is an environment where you can build lifelong friendships among people with shared interests while developing professional work experience. Our auditions begin February 2020 so here is everything that you will need to know about becoming part of the Fanimaid family. Remember to follow us on our Facebook page for the latest announcements.


The basic requirements for volunteering for Fanimaid Cafe:

  1. You must identify as female and be at least 18 years of age by FanimeCon. We are strictly a maid-only cafe.
  2. You need to provide your own registration, transportation, and approved uniform.
  3. You’re willing to dedicate at least 4+ hours per day on Saturday and Sunday for cafe shifts, and a one hour meeting on Friday. We stress that volunteering with us will require a big time commitment out of your weekend so please bear this in mind.

What kind of volunteers are we looking for?
While we’re fairly easy-going and open about the girls we invite into the cafe family, there are a few things we look for! (This is a family-friendly operation, and being a maid is completely NON-SEXUAL.)

  1. You love anime/manga/games and have an interest in maid cafes, moe-kei, and Akiba culture!
  2. You want to learn how to be a maid, dress up in a cute maid uniform, and meet people!
  3. You’re willing to sit with patrons and partake in fun conversations and games
  4. You’re willing to be on a team with a bunch of cute maids and give it your all to make Fanimaid Cafe 2020 as awesome as ever!!!

And a PLUS would be (not required, nor do they affect your eligibility for joining):

  1. You have serving experience in a restaurant
  2. You’re interested in performing on Stage Zero with your fellow maids
  3. You’ve been to a maid cafe in Japan and are knowledgeable of related subjects

Is this a paid position?
Being a Fanimaid is not a compensated job. When you become a volunteer at FanimeCon and work up to 20 hours related to Fanimaid Cafe, you may be reimbursed for a full-weekend badge! But you still need to purchase your registration first, and ask about volunteering by contacting the volunteering department, or upon pick-up.

Audition Process

We need you to pass ONE try-out in order to volunteer. Please show up to only ONE. Upon passing, you must keep up with e-mail updates and announcements as well as attend a mandatory meeting on Friday evening of FanimeCon.

Try-outs will be in multiple locations

Clicking on the try-out location will bring you to the official Facebook event!

It is important that you arrive on time, as we will not allot for more than 15 minutes for late arrivals before we move on.

Japantown, San Francisco: Saturday, February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We’ll be meeting in the round stone seating area in front of Shabu-sen. ❀

San Jose McEnery Convention Center: Saturday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We will be meeting in the entrance area of the convention center. ❀

Southern California’s tryout date and location will be announced on our Facebook page.

The option to apply online will only be given under special circumstances. Please send an e-mail to if you have any questions or negotiations regarding this.

What do I need to bring to the audition?

  • The audition will consist of an orientation of maid duties, a brief lesson on cafe culture, and an interview. Extra preparation is not necessary.
  • We recommend bringing pen and paper for note taking.

What should I wear to the tryout?

  • Recommended attire for the audition is something cute and comfortable. You do not need to wear a maid uniform to the tryout.

Do I need to have a uniform before auditioning? Do you have a required uniform?

  • We have an approval process and guidelines for uniform selection. Please do not purchase your uniform in advance. If you already have a maid uniform, it will be subject to approval before you can wear it in the cafe.

How much time will I need to dedicate to the maid cafe as a volunteer?

  • Volunteers are expected to attend a 4-5 hour shift on both Saturday and Sunday. Regardless of your assigned shift, it is mandatory for all maids to attend the Friday evening meeting. If you are interested in performing for Fanimaid Live, you are also committing to individual and/or team practice time.

Fanimaid Cafe is a fun experience, and many of us have made irreplaceable memories making friends while developing professional growth. We invite you to join our family, make friends, work hard, and, most of all, enjoy yourself! Our staff consists of knowledgeable and supportive people here to make Fanimaid Cafe a great team to be a part of. Being a maid is a lot of hard work, but if you’re willing to give it your all, we promise you that it’ll be a memorable experience.

We hope to see you soon!

Let’s go Fanimaid! Moe moe kyun~!