I tend to talk too much when I'm nervous. What makes me nervous? A number of things. The most recent of these unnerving things that got me into trouble: celebrity encounters. I just don't know what to say to famous people. I don't want to talk to them about the same thing that every other crazed fan talks about. So I try to be unique and quirky. Instead, my nervousness sends my mouth on a rampage and I just end up looking like the most crazed of all the crazed fans.
Example: This week I went to a Tyler Hilton concert. He is my all-time favorite artist. I'm obsessed. Tyler isn't too mainstream. This is part of why I love him. But it also means that a lot of you reading this probably don't know who Tyler Hilton is. Since he's not some huge celebrity who's in the tabloids every other day I really shouldn't have been that nervous when I met him after the concert. But I was. In fact, I was so nervous that I was literally shaking. I even asked Tyler's bodyguard what I should use as an opening line. The bodyguard just laughed and shook his head at me. Not helpful.
Before I had time to brainstorm my brilliant and charming opening comment, the moment was upon me. I don't remember much of what I said, but I do remember that I just talked and talked and talked...and talked. I'm pretty sure the majority of this talking made me sound like a complete loon. Highlights of the conversation included:
(as I'm walking up, he can apparently already tell that I'm a little too excited)
Tyler: "Wow! You're really enthusiastic"
Becky: "Well YEAH!" (followed by lots of nervous giggles)
(while posing for a picture together)
Becky: "I really am 21 years old. I just act like a 5 year old."
Tyler: "Do you want to sign up for my e-mail list?"
Becky: "Oh sure! I pretty much already stalk you in every other way possible."
(Explanation: I follow him on Twitter, "like" him on Facebook, subscribe to his YouTube channel, and look at his website every so often. Some might call that stalking. I like to call it being a really dedicated fan. I'm sure everyone reading and Tyler Hilton himself are going to choose to call it stalking. And you're probably right.)
Luckily I don't come in contact with celebrities often. As in, I never come in contact with celebrities. The only other famous people I can remember meeting are Shannon Miller and Peggy Fleming (who I met through a fence after a Champions on Ice performance when I was 8).
Maybe I just need more practice socializing with celebs Is it an acquired skill? Well anyway, it's fair to say I definitely don't have that skill just yet. Here's hoping my next celebrity encounter is a little less creepy-stalkerish!
And a special note to Tyler: Sorry for being incapable of holding a real conversation in your presence. I really can be a fun, normal person. Apparently just not around you.
Becky is thinking: "Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh!!!!!"
Tyler is thinking: "This girl is a complete nut job."
P.S. This is my fav Tyler song ever. If you haven't heard it before, you need to.