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Ariana Grande’s concert at House of Blues San Diego February 20, 2012

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Hey Guys. I’ve been a fan of Ariana Grande for a few years. I first met her at a charity for Broadway South Africa. We then met her again when she was a waitress for Chili’s to raise Money for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. We’ve met her about 10 other times too.
She is always sweet, polite and loves her fans! She’s so pretty and talented too.

When we heard she was having a concert in LA we checked for tickets right away! Her LA show was the same day as my performance at school!
We were going to have to miss it. Luckily, the next week she was having another concert at the House of Blues in San Diego!

We LOVE San Diego and often visit Sea World so my mom got tickets and made reservations so we could spend the night!

The day came and I had my Arianator outfit and Bracelets ready to go!

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We got to The House of Blues and was so proud to see Ariana’s name on the marquee!!

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The line was really long and as we were going to the end if it, we saw Joan Grande! Joan is almost always with Ari so she remembers us and we got a quick pic!

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Ariana’s big bother, Frankie is also almost always with Ari at her big events! We hadn’t met him before so we stopped for a chat and picture!

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He really liked my Arianator Outfit and had my mom take a pic of us for him to tweet.

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Next Issac Boots was passing us and he stopped to sign my outfit and take a pic.

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Frankie and Isaac are so friendly, they tried to meet everyone and thank them for coming!

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We knew Drake Bell was opening for her and before the concert we saw him and his friends walking around! Pretty soon we went in and Drake came out!
He has an amazing voice and did a great job! The fans loved it when he sand the Drake and Josh theme song!!

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Soon Ariana came out in a super cute little dress with a short poofy skirt!!
She’s so amazing and loves her fans SO much!!

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She has 4 back up dancers. Two are twins and they all are really good! You can tell they practice a LOT and their moves are perfect!

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They had great choreography for each dance. They did flips and sometimes they lifted Ari up in the air!

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Ariana sang Put Your Hearts Up, Honeymoon Ave and Pink Champagne and a few covers.

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After the show we waited to meet Ariana and while waiting, we noticed Drake was being relaxed and hanging with fans and taking pics.

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Her back up dancers came out and met fans too!

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Ariana sat at a table and spent time with every fan.

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Soon, it was my turn! I was a little nervous because they were rushing us and she wasn’t going to sign anything except a little pic she had and they weren’t letting us take pics. They had their own guy taking pictures! My picture turned out pretty cool. Ariana said she saw Frankie’s tweet and my outfit! She loved it too!!

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Ariana is always working on new songs and covers. It looks like she will have an album out soon!! I can’t wait!

Ariana has done concerts in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. She is sure to have many more! I hope you all get to meet her too!

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I try to let everyone know when, where and how they can meet stars!

Finding Cody a You Tube Movie coming soon!

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Hey Cody Simpson fans!
It looks like Cody has another surprise for us. Yesterday, April 27 Cody sent out a tweet inviting fans in the LA area to come to a filming of his YouTube movie called Finding Cody.
My mom RSVPd and a bunch of our friends did too. The event/concert was going to be at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1. They were looking for big Cody fans with signs, home made t-shirts.
We saw a lot of our friends who were picked to be filmed for the movie. They all got wristbands to meet Cody after his concert.
The concert started and Cody had 2 back up dancers. He did a great job.

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Cody sang tons of songs, played guitar and keyboards. He is such a great singer and sweet guy. He loved the signs. Someone made a marry me sign and Cody said, ” I’m too young. If you want me to marry you, we have to be friends first. You have to mert my family. Then you have to come to my house. Then maybe after a couple years, we can get married.”

After a while he stopped in the middle of a song and said “Does anyone want to come on stage with me?”
Then his security brought 2 girls on stage. He sang a song to them and they smiled and seemed happy and surprised. He was really affectionate with them, holding their hands, hugging them and they looked really happy.

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We found out later that they are actresses hired to be in the movie!
I guess they are the ones “Finding Cody.”

Their names are Lia Marie Johnson and Gatlin Green.

After the concert was over, some fans waited outside hoping Cody would come out and meet us.

We saw lots of press and lucky fans who were picked to be “extras” leave. It seems they all got a meet and greet if they were picked to be in the movie.

Finally, we saw Cody and Matt Graham look outside. I think they were seeing if it was ok or too crowded to come down and meet us.

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Oh Yeah at about the same time, they were filming another scene with the two girls who were on stage.

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Pretty soon, Alli, Cody and Matt did come down.

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They took a few pics with fans and signed some autographs!

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Then they went back upstairs! The security soon said that Cody left the building and said we had to leave!

I think you guys will like the movie Finding Cody. I’m excited to see my friends, Hanna and Shannon and others who got to be in it!

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Victorious cast kicks off Orlando’s Universal Studios summer concert series June 9, 2012

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Cast of “Victorious” To Perform June 9

The cast of Nickelodeon’s smash hit TV series, “Victorious,” will get the party started at Universal Studios Florida on June 9. Theme park guests will also have the opportunity to preview upcoming episodes and participate in live Q&A sessions with members of the cast. The event will culminate with an incredible music performance by the entire cast – including Victoria Justice, who plays the show’s main character, Tori Vega.

So even though the concert is free, you need to buy a ticket to get in to the park. Also, there is no info on a meet and greet!

The cast of Victorious are really awesome people. This sounds like a great event. I hope some of you can go!

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Meeting The Wanted a fan story

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The Wanted is a British-Irish band. The band consists of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes.

I love their songs Glad You Came and Chasing The Sun. They came to LA about two weeks ago and a bunch of my friends met them. The guys and their manager are super friendly and nice to fans. They ALWAYS spend time meeting fans whenever and where ever they can. They even bought some fans hot chocolate when they were waiting for the guys outside of their hotel in the rain. They also tell fans when they will be leaving or arriving at airports and spend time meeting fans there.

They came back to LA to do a signing and performance at the Grove and go to KIIS 102.7 on April 26 and appear on the Jay Leno Show on April 27.

My friends were meeting them and we were tweeting about how fans could meet them but I didn’t.

Then we saw that they were going to be on the Jay Leno Show which films in Burbank. We’ve gone to the studios before and know that sometimes guests will stop after taping their show.

We parked and saw lots of fans waiting. We weren’t sure if they would stop or if the fans would be friendly and let me get close to the guys.

They drove out of the lot and the fans all screamed and the black van pulled over on the sidewalk. The guys got out and Max and Jay had a huge tray of sandwiches.

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The fans were really nice and let me take pics with the guys. They were so sweet.

Jay gave me a big hug!!

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Then I took a pic with Jay and Max

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These guys are so kind! They were so polite, and they all said “we’ll crouch down cuz she’s so little” and they said “you’re adorable” they are really nice!!

Then we found Siva

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He is really tall! He was nice too!

Then we found Tom. He was really cute and sweet!

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Then we tracked down Nathan!!

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The guys spent some time with all the fans. They were calm, quiet and cool. Their fans were really “chill” it was so fun.

Pretty soon their manager guy was like “sorry girls –and boys- (they were like 2 guys) but we have to do a few more things now.”

So everyone rushed to get their pics and hugs with everyone then the manager went over and kidnapped Siva

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Then they were all back in the van!!

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These guys are awesome!! So sweet and respectful of their fans!!

Oh and their management Tweeted this as we were meeting them

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So a lot of my friends on Twitter saw me.

I hope you all get to meet these guys! Whatever city they visit, they will be meeting fans.

Follow them on Twitter
@thewantedmusic
@Tomthewanted
@nathanthewanted
@maxthewanted
@Jaythewanted
@sivathewanted

And follow me too @alexirob
I try to help everyone meet celebs. I tweet about events and let you know when and where they will be!

Meet and Greet with the cast of DanceMoms in Pennsylvania June 2, 2012

Here’s how you can meet the cast of DanceMoms

Meet n Greet the Mom’s and Kid’s from Dance Moms
Where: Double Tree Hotel
101 Mall Blvd
Monroeville, PA 15146
412-373-7300
When: Saturday, June 2nd
Time: 11 am or 2pm
includes autograph 8 X 10 photo of the girls and the opportunity to speak to all of the girls. T-shirts, Bracelets and other items available. Anything purchased at event can be autographed by the girls. Please note ** Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult**

$25.00

Meet Caroline Sunshine in Laguna Niguel May 11, 2012

Fans can meet Caroline Sunshine on May 11th at the AT&T store in Laguna Niguel from 5-8pm

Here’s info from the Radio Disney Event Calendar!!

AT&T Special Event feat. Caroline Sunshine

AT&T Store
27451 La Paz Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Radio Disney AM 1110 is heading to the AT&T store, located on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel, where you can meet Caroline Sunshine, one of the stars of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up! You can meet Caroline and get a picture taken! Plus, jam out with the Radio Disney AM 1110 Road Crew who will be busting out the best beats, playing awesome games, dancing it up, and giving away the coolest prizes from 5:00pm to 8:00pm!

Caroline plays Tinka on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up. She us also a talented singer. Her song Roam was played on the Disney Channel and was featured on the Treasure Buddies DVD.

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Radio Disney, Caroline Sunshine and the cast of Lab Rats at Citadel Outlet May 12, 2012.

Radio Disney is hosting an exciting event with sone of our favorite Disney Stars!!
Here’s info from the Radio Disney web site!!

Radio Disney LIVE!

Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Radio Disney AM 1110 has your chance to party with some of your favorite Disney XD and Disney Channel stars at Radio Disney LIVE! This one of a kind event will feature special appearances by Caroline Sunshine from Disney Channel’s Shake It Up! and the cast of Disney XD’s Lab Rats! Plus enjoy music, games, dancing, and prizes with the Radio Disney AM 1110 Road Crew! It all takes place on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm!

As you know the Labrats are played by Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman and Kelli Berglund. Tyrel Jackson Williams plays Leo and Hal Sparks plays his inventor step dad.

There’s no word on who exactly from LabRats is attending but the event should be SUPER fun!!

Radio Disney events always are!!

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Meet Karan Brar Mindy Sterling and Aedin Mincks Garden Grove Strawberry Festival May 23, 2012

Every Year, the city of Garden Grove celebrates the Strawberry Festival with rides, a parade, celebrities and lots of Strawberry dishes.
Last year, Raini and Rico Rodriguez were grand marshals. We met other celebrities like Tucker Albrizzi, Booboo Stewart and Ashley Boettcher there too.

The celebrities who attend will be signing autographs in Saturday, May 26, from 12-1:30.

This year Karan Brar is attending. Karan plays Ravi on Disney Channel’s Jessie. He also stars in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.

Aedin Mincks who plays Angus on ANTFarm will be meeting fans at the event!

Mindy Sterling who plays Principal Skidmore will also be attending. In addition to ANTFarm, Mindy has been in over 100 films and TV shows!

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here’s a list of this year’s celebrities

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Free Concert and meet and Greet with The Voice Finalists May 3 at Citywalk LA

NBC announced on Wednesday that the finalists will perform a special live concert at Los Angeles’ Universal CityWalk on Thursday, May 3. They’re also planning a short meet and greet with fans.

This is all the info I have at the time. I’ll post updates when I find out more.

Parking at Citywalk is $10-$12. There is a drop off area. You can also take the Metro or a city bus and a free tram will take you up the hill.

CityWalk is a really fun place. There are shops, restaurants, and a huge outdoor concert area.

Justin Bieber’s Music Video Baby was taped at CityWalk.
There is a bowling Ally, arcade and AMC theater. There is also an indoor sky diving place called IFLY.

here is a link for City Walk LA

Tips on How and Where to meet Stars

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Meeting stars is an amazing experience. It’s so exciting to be able to meet an actress, singer, model or other famous person who inspires you. I’ve met 100’s of celebrities over the past 3 years. Living in LA or NY definitely helps but it isn’t necessary. I’m going to put all my tips together for you right here. I’ll add the pros and cons of each way of meeting stars.

First, I have to say you can divide ways to meet stars in two categories: “planned events” and “Semi-Stalking”

I consider it “Semi-Stalking” if you go to places in LA or other big cities and you hope you will just run into a celeb.
This IS a way to meet celebs, but it can be very frustrating.

If you want to give this way a try there are places in LA where celebs are likely to be.

Jerry’s Deli /Pinza Bowling on Ventura.
They tend to go later on weekend nights.

CityWalk theaters/ Julian’s Bowling in Universal City.

Beverly Hills

The Grove -Los Angeles

The Americana -Glendale

LAX airport

Night Clubs

Katsuya Holllywood Blvd

Cons:
1 There are no guarantees and you never know where the stars will be on a given day.
2. If you meet a celeb this way, they may not be happy to meet you. They may be with friends, taking it easy, enjoying a day off.
3. Its awkward for everybody.

Pros:
1. It’s free
2. If you meet someone, you have quite a story to tell.

Tips:
1. Always be ready with a camera, sharpie and autograph book / cards

2. Be very quiet and respectful if you approach celebs in public especially if they are with their kids.

3. Be quick. If they agree to a photo or autograph make it fast .. Don’t ask for more than one.

Planned Events

I prefer meeting celebs at planned events. There are many kind of planned events so I’ll go through these one at a time.

Premieres:

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Usually, 3-5 weeks before a movie hits theaters, there is a premiere. The cast, crew and guests walk the red carpet, meet fans and talk to press. Some theaters are more “fan friendly” than others. In Los Angeles, the fan friendly theaters are El Capitan and Nokia.
Check with radio and TV stations for contests and you may win tickets to actually attend the premiere.

If you don’t have tickets, you need to show up early and get a good spot by the red carpet. Ask security if you’ll be able to stay in the spot you like. You won’t be able to see the movie but hopefully you can meet celebs, and get pics and autographs.

Cons:
1. these events get crowded. Lots of fans show up.
2. You often don’t know who is coming as guests so you may not know their real name ( never call out a character’s name) or have something special DVD pic for them to sign.

3. Often the stars of the movie have very tight security. They have limos that take them straight to and from the carpet.

Pros:
1 these events are free
2 it can be exciting to meet tons of stars In one place.

Tips:
1. Go Early to get a good spot.
2. Be Ready with a camera charged or extra batteries, sharpies and something to sign.
3. Sometimes it’s easier and more relaxed to meet celebs after the movie as they leave to go home or the after party.

Charity Events:

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This is my favorite way to meet celebs. Many charities ask celebs to come and show their support. Many of these events happen annually so you can plan to attend.

Some annual charity events:

Starlight Gala
Matell Party on the Pier
Lollipop Game Day
Kids help CHOC
Window Between Worlds
Mending Children’s Hearts
UCLA 5K
TJ Martell Family Day

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Pros:
1 You are helping a charity AND meeting celebs.
2 the celebs want to meet you at these events. That is why they came. They want to meet supporters of the charity.
3. Usually the event is fun and lots of other activities are going on.

Cons:
1. These can be very expensive. Because the whole goal is to raise money, tickets can range from $20- $500

Tips:
1. plan to go to a couple of these a year.

2. Research them to see which events have the most celebs you want to meet and best prices.

Signings/launches

Many times a celebrity has written a book, released a CD, or launched a perfume and plans a meet and greet/signing to promote the item.

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Pros:

1. If you get there early and do what you needed to do, you will be able to meet the celeb.

2 It’s usually cheaper than paying for a meet and greet after a concert.

Cons:

1. You will probably have to wait several hours to meet the celebrity this way.

2. The requirements may be complicated… Be the first 200 to buy an item one day, get a wristband, then go back another day and wait in line again.

3. After waiting 20 or more hours you may not even be able to take a picture.
At a “signing” the only thing guaranteed is an autograph. At some events, you might get a pic and no autograph.

4. You may gave to spend a lot of money and dedicate several hours to meet only ONE celebrity.

Tips:
1. Bring lots of stuff to keep busy magazines, art supplies, books, electronics.

2. Make friends with people in line and security. You will all need to get along for hours… They will help you if you help them.

3. Plan what you want to say and practice it because after all the time waiting, you may only have 30 seconds with your idol. The worst thing to happen would be to “freeze up” after all the waiting.

Concerts:

In LA and NY if you ho to see one artist in concert, you often see other celebs who came out to support the one performing. This is usually true if the performer is part of a cast or has celeb friends. When Shane Harper performed at the Roxy, his Good Luck Charlie co-Stars came out to support him.
When, Ariana Grande Performed at the Roxy, her Victorious cast came out too. When Cody Simpson launched his EP at the Hollywood Hard Rock, tons of celeb friends came out to show their support.

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Pros:
1 You get to meet many celebs instead of just one.
2. It’s exciting as you are watching a concert and meeting celebs.

Cons:
1. It might be awkward as the other people are there as supporters for their friends. They aren’t really there to meet fans.

Contests:

Radio Stations, magazines, social media sites often have contests for fans to meet stars, go to concerts and other events.

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Some Radio stations Media with lots of prizes

Radio Disney
1027 Kiis FM
Just Jared
Bop and TigerBeat
Popstar

Pros:
1. If you win, it’s free
2. It will be fun

Cons:
1. Only a few people win these contests.
2. Contests rarely include air or hotel so don’t even try if the event isn’t in your city.

Tips:
1. Try as often as you can.
2. Read the rules first.
3. Use as many devices as you can.

I hope I helped lots of you meet celebrities.
Follow me on Twitter @alexirob
I’ll tell you when and where celebs are meeting fans and doing signings.
There are a bunch on my blog right now.

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