Today, audiences are interacting with the media they consume in new ways, with advancing technologies and an ever-changing social media network making it easier than ever to get ‘up close and personal’ with our favourite content creators.
In my introductions post, I talked about my love for YouTube and music. Typically, these are both forms of media which are consumed by audiences through screens or devices such as smart phones and radios. Just because this is the typical way for them to be consumed, doesn’t mean it’s the only way. And no, I’m not talking about concerts, I’m talking about the exclusive of having a meet-and-greet. Sure, concerts and the like are a fun way to interact with your favourite media personalities in an impersonal way, but being given the chance to actually meet them puts you just a step above the rest of their audience, even for a limited time.
I’ve been lucky enough to be given the chance to meet multiple of my favourite media personalities, and speaking from experience, it’s surreal. In 2016, I won the opportunity to go to the Today Show studios in Sydney to see Troye Sivan (my ALL time favourite YouTuber/Singer/Person in general) perform live as well as a (surprise) meet and greet.
I remember waking up at 2am to get to the studio by 3.30 and still not quite believing that it was really happening. It wasn’t until he arrived that it sunk in that one of my greatest role models was metres away from me. When it came my turn to ‘greet’ him, I was a bit of a mess and don’t really remember the encounter, but I do have the picture to prove it, so I know it happened.
Meeting Troye wasn’t the only positive outcome of that day. I met some of my closest friends, some of which live in different states, but who I still keep in contact with to this day, all because of our shared love for Troye Sivan. I think that’s the real power of ‘meet and greets’. It’s not the meeting the celebrity, but rather the chance you are given to interact and bond with other people who are there because they share a love for the same person you do. We have all been a part of their digital audience, but now it has become physical audience. These friendships seem to last beyond distance, time and age, the real positive of being a part of a media audience.
Catch ya on the flip side,