G4…The weekend of dreams
Thought I’d write a little summary of this weekends antics at the Glee convention in London.
So firstly the guests were Darren Criss, Curt Mega, Dominic Barnes, Max Adler (all from Glee) and Dylan Saunders, Joe Moses, Brian Rosenthal, Joey Richter, Brant Cox and Jeff Blim (all from Team Starkid). I was apprehensive about bringing together two fandoms that in the past have clashed, but boy was I wrong. The atmosphere the whole weekend was magical. Friday night after the opening ceremony, we had a meet and greet with all the guests, where we sat at a table, and the guests in turn would come and talk to us. I asked Max if he’d had chance to listen to my album I gave him 2 years ago and to my utter astonishment, he told me he still had it in his car. He said he has a cd changer and when he’s picking a CD in his car, he sees my face. It’s one of his favourite albums. Then Dylan told me he remembered me giving him the album too, and he had played it in the Watsky tour van and loved it. Joe Moses I told him I had been involved in the ‘Big White Van’ song from ‘Buffering’ and he beamed and said he’d loved that in the series. Darren was the last to arrive (Very late to the party) and I finally got to tell him (my hero and biggest inspiration) that I’d written a song for Mia because she was amazing and that she’d loved it and he said he’d ask her about it when he got back, and thanked me for doing it. I then told him that because of him, I’d met my best friends and he’d inadvertently changed my life and he was like ‘ahhh my plan is working!! Well thank you’ I then gave him my album and he said ‘who’s this hotty totty?’ which made me smile. I showed him I’d covered one of his songs and he grinned and said ‘oh wow awesome I cant wait to listen to this!!’
So that was something to tick off my bucket list…..meet Darren Criss and thank him.
Saturday was cool, got to chat with all the guests in the gold exclusive meet and greets. Brant kept shouting ‘Cox!’ whenever he saw me. We kept joking saying ‘we’re a great pair of Cox. You’re my fellow Cox, Cox together!’ LOL Finally had my photo with Darren which was a dream come true. He really does live up to his impeccable reputation with fans. He then did an acoustic gig in the evening which, tho seating was badly organised, turned out to be the greatest gig of my life. He was so happy he could play Starkid songs and old Darren songs, his face was just alight with happiness. The starkids and warbler boys sang with him which was so special. The whole gig was just phenomenal! I’ve never felt such unity in a room as I did that night. Afterwards, I cosplayed as Elsa and had SO MANY people take photos and say my cosplay was awesome, which made me happy. Another great day!
Sunday I got autographs from everyone. Joey was so happy he got to sign in my autograph book next to Sir Patrick Stewart. Then Curt signed, and as I was chatting to him, he signed my cousin’s poster (Sarah) and he wrote ‘To Michelle’ on it, then realised his mistake, crossed it out and wrote ‘and by Michelle I mean Sarah’. Haha! Dom then did the same and wrote ‘to Michelle’ on hers. Oh boys! The talks were hilarious, the best moment being when Curt asked me to explain what ‘bumming’ was in the UK (#awkward!!) and me telling the audience what Dom was like when he saw Beyonce at the Grammys with me last year!! We then had meet and greets again and I got to sit and really talk to Max about my new musical (Intesa - based on the untold stories of bullying) and he was super excited to hear me perform in the talent show that night. I also got to talk to the Starkids about our show and of course to Curt (whom I might add never ceases to amaze me with how genuinely interested he is in what I’m doing. He’s the reason I started creating my own material). I then had to dash off to soundcheck for the show. It wasnt a great sound from me, so that made me so scared for the show itself. But I needn’t have worried, because as I finished my song, I looked out to the audience and judges, and they had tears in their eyes. I had pulled it off. I’d sang an original song, from our show, and told the story of that character in 2 minutes. To my utter astonishment, I won the talent show!! I never in a millions years expected to win as the talent level was so high this year. Pat Brady (agent to Starkid and Darren) then posted on my facebook saying ‘You rocked and that’s coming from the manager of Darren Criss and Team Starkid’ as she’d been in the audience. I cried. What praise! Then as I got up to hug the guests, they each told me how incredible the song was and that I’d acted and performed it with such passion that they were moved. Max said ‘Man I’m selling your album on ebay now, you’re gonna be a huge star! The pride in Curt and Dom’s faces…I shall never forget. These guys, I’ve known a few years and we’re good friends, not just a fan and to see their faces nearly broke me. I’d done them proud and thats all I could ask for. After the talent show, I came back into the hall and everyone was singing ‘Let it go’ from Frozen and suddenly I had a mic thrust into my face and was made to sing it in front of the 600 attendees. Talk about on the spot! But seriously what an atmosphere that was! To end the night, we sang karaoke and Curt invited me on stage for the long awaited #megacox duet (our epic bromance ship name) where we sang ‘As long as you’re mine’ from wicked and honestly, it’s the happiest I’ve ever been. Another bucket list entry ticked off. I hope one day I can sing with him in a show!!
To most, they wont understand most of this, or why its so important to me. But some really big life goals were achieved this weekend. I met my hero, I sang with my inspiration and friend and I partied with some of the most supportive and friendly people in the world. I really am so lucky, and this weekend has reaffirmed it. I’m filled with renewed passion and inspiration for Intesa (my show) and can’t wait to show it to the world, having heard the incredible feedback from the song.
I love you G4 family, and thank you for helping make my dreams come true, and supporting me, and for loving the song, and you’re all amazing. I love you all.