Meet N’ Greet

March 7, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Dedicated 5S0S Fan writes,

Hi there. I really love Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds Of Summer, and I just want help to see if there are any possible ways that I could meet him. To just get it out of my system, to stop my 5SOS Fan Freak-Outs getting the better of me. Sadly, I can’t afford the Meet N’ Greet Packages or Tickets for 5SOS or Sound Check Experience. I’m the biggest 5SOS Fan ever. Please just help me out in any way that you can. 

Sound check. One. Two. Is this thing on?

Hi friend. I can’t give you money, but I can give you some words. I don’t know what it’s like to have a Meet N’ Greet package with 5SOS, but I imagine it’s a similar high as being in the same room with Christine Baranski as she brushes her bangs back from her face with her infinitely long fingers. Achieving this high is expensive, so naturally, being a fangirl is expensive. If you work really hard, one day when you’re older, you can buy tickets on a whim. And I won’t lie. IT’S F***ING GREAT.

But what can you do in the meantime to get it out of your system? If you’ve read my blog, you’ll notice that I’m not in the business of getting fangirling out of the system. I’m about diverting and converting that energy. Turning it into something really wonderful. So we have to figure out how to do that with the enormous potential of your 5SOS fanhood. Hmm.

Here’s an idea: What if you staged a Meet N’ Greet with someone who inspires you in real life? Do you have a teacher, older friend, mentor or relative who you’d like to know more about? A badass musician in your community you’d like to emulate? Sometimes as fangirls we forget that celebrities aren’t the only crush-worthy people in the world. That we can experience that fangirl high over seemingly everyday people.

So if you’re game, here’s your task: ask someone you admire to sit down with you. Get lunch or coffee. If you give them the same attention you’d give Ashton, a funny thing will happen. Suddenly you have something even greater than a five-minute encounter. It’s called a relationship. Something you can rely on for guidance, for motivation, and even for that fangirl high.

There are so many ways to manage our fangirls feels. But we have to treat them like seedlings of potential rather than emotional explosions that require damage control. One of those ways is to build relationships. So start exploring what Meet N’ Greet is within your reach.

Kathleen

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§ 2 Responses to Meet N’ Greet

  • Fangirl Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I actually am experiencing something very similar to this at the moment. I have an obsession over an artist whose meet n’ greet sold out within 10 seconds. I was barely able to afford a soundcheck, which on top of tickets for the actual concert cost me a week’s paycheck. Yikes. I was bummed out for weeks following my lack of meet n’ greet tickets, yet finally I convinced myself that it was a good thing I hadn’t got the meet n’ greet because i would have 2 minutes to take a picture with him, get a signed poster, and say something really dumb which i would regret later and play back in my head for years to come, or literally pass out, which would be beyond awful. For now, I’ll be satisfied with the sound check.

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