February 28th already, madness, this year is flying by and all the days seem to merge into one at the moment. I have wanted to write a post like this for quite a while but due to a couple of different things I have never got around to it, also I’m not exactly sure if this is the kind of post anyone would even be interested in reading but seeing as it’s actually been a large part of my life over the past 8 or so years I figured why not write something about it.
If you continue to read this post then just remember that this is based on my own personal experiences and I know many other people who will both agree and disagree with what I have to say in this post.
So let’s get started with the question I have as my title ‘Are your idols really worth meeting?’
For me, there is no straight forward answer to this. Both yes and no depending on who your idol is. I have been disappointed and surprised by the people I have met.
I have been lucky enough to meet a bunch load of famous people, some I have met for free and others I have had to pay to meet. I have worked hard to get the money together to met people at conventions (what is a convention I hear you ask – it’s probably a story for another day but it is essentially the same as a comic con). I have spent far more money that I would care to admit but sometimes that can be the only way you can meet the people you look up to.
Firstly I would say you have to remember that the character you love on the screen is just that – a character that somebody has written and the person playing that character may or may not be anything like said character. I have been sorely let down by some people in which I thought were pretty amazing on screen and then face to face they are just nothing like what you expect – sometimes that can be a good thing but also it can be a bad thing.
Secondly you will get a different experience depending on where you meet your idol. If you have paid to meet them then 90% of the time they will be the nicest person you could ever wish to meet, they will chat with you, take posed photos and more often than not that is because they are being paid to do so.
Whereas if you meet them in the street or on set and they are nice then usually they are genuine because they don’t have to take their time to take a photo with you or talk or even sign anything for you, this way you get a more real experience. Mostly though it’s not always so easy to meet people without an event of sorts.
Thirdly is something I learnt the hard way and it also relates to remembering that they are not their character, try, if you can, not to hype them up too much in your mind because it’s a huge come down when they are nothing like you expected. I have been majorly disappointed in the past because people who I have looked up too just weren’t what I had made them out to be in my head.
I’m not going to name the people who I’ve met that were rude or uninterested or clearly only there for the money because my experience may have just been an off day for them, and to someone else they could be the amazing person we all hoped they would be, but I also don’t want to bore you with a mega long list of the people I have met that I found really nice but there are a few who I think are worth mentioning.
Top of the list, all day long for me is Dylan O’Brien. I was lucky enough to meet him in Vancouver before he started filming for The Death Cure. He couldn’t have been nicer. He spent about 15 minted chatting with my friend and I, he signed for both of us and took photos, and my friend even took a sneaky video. He was ready to get into his car so in no way did he need to spend any time with us at all, but he was lovely. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with one of my favourite actors.
Greg Finley who may not be as well known but is worth meeting if you ever get the chance is one of the loveliest people I’d have the pleasure of meeting. He was signing and taking photos for free at an event the first time I met him. The second time I met him was on the street in Vancouver. He kindly took some photos with my friend and I and had a little chat – two girls actually came over and asked him who he was, which I actually found extremely rude. My friend and I reeled off some of the shows he was in and they just looked at him blankly. He is one of the nicest guys, well that’s how I have always found him to be.
Bailee Madison, who you may or may not know from Once Upon A Time or Good Witch, she has actually been in so many films, surely you’ll have seen her in something. A friend of mine knew her so she specifically came over for a chat when we met her, she took some photos, gave everyone hugs and was just genuinely lovely. She was actually in the car on her way to filming when she came over, her mum had to come over and get her as they were running late but she still spent a good 15 minutes with us.
Finally I want to mention Colton Haynes who I’ve met both for free and paid for. This I think is one way of seeing how genuine someone is. We met him first on the set on Arrow in Vancouver and he stopped to take photos with everyone and sign things for people, he was really nice and took his time with people. Then I met him at two conventions (Arrow and Teen Wolf) and paid for photos with him (his autograph was included in the entry fee) and I honestly found him to be just as nice as the first time I’d met him, he is very funny and always seemed like he was up for a laugh. To me he’s a very real person, he cares for his fans and you can’t ask for more than that.
So there you have it, it is and isn’t worth meeting your idols some times. As long as you’re prepared to take the bad experiences with the good then go for it. Meet the people you look up too. Have you guys met anyone famous, I’d love to hear your thoughts.