Well, it happened. The one thing that terrifies me more than being eaten alive by a shark is talking to people. But, if I'm not doing things that terrify me, if I stay just inside my safe, comfortable little bubble, then what is even the point? So, I took on the task of conducting my first interview with a musician that I am a huge fan of, Barns Courtney.
I had been freaking out in the days leading up to the interview. What if I asked stupid questions? What if he was super bored or annoyed with what I was asking? What if I can't even form sentences correctly and it comes out all gibberish? It wasn't the fact that he's a celebrity that was freaking me out. I worked for 10 years at a photo store where celebrities came in nearly every day. It was just the fact that talking is hard for me sometimes.
So, the day of, I got to the venue super early because in the back of my mind I was convinced that if I didn't, the rain would cause such huge delays that I would miss my interview early. Because people in LA really don't know what to do when it rains. It's simple. Slow down. That's it. That's the magic trick for surviving driving in the rain. Anyway, I didn't miss my window.
I was escorted upstairs to the where Barns Courtney was and he cleared the room for the interview...which you can read here. I can not say enough good things about Barns Courtney. He was so patient and kind with me the whole time. He understood exactly where I was coming from and did not make me feel self-conscience at all. Having dealt with numerous celebrities in the past as a retail worker throughout high school and college, I have had some not so pleasant experiences where because I was not on "their level," I didn't need to be treated like a person. Barns Courtney was not like that. He went out of his way to reassure me that he enjoyed my questions and make me feel comfortable. We are totally besties for life now. Also, having met him in person, I am totally high school crushing on him so hard right now. Can anyone pass him a note for me?
I will absolutely cover him every chance I get. If you haven't heard his music yet, please do so now. His music is addictive.
And as an added bonus, here is a list of celebrity customers who were always so kind and wonderful when they came into the store:
Stephanie Edwards (One of the nicest human beings to have ever lived.)
Meatloaf (I took his passport photos so he could tour. You're welcome, world.)
Will Smith (He thought I was delightful.)
Amy Lee (She would skip into the store. She is so lovely.)
Lisa Bonet (There is a beautiful calmness to her that made any bad day so much better.)
Come with me on some awesome photo adventures and a few wild shenanigans.