Before I get into telling you about my first red carpet, let me tell you…I am still pinching myself.
I MET JASON BATEMAN AND KATHRYN HAHN!!!
I decided I wanted to go to SXSW in November. I applied for a press pass through OneMinuteNews and was approved.
The only problem was I couldn’t get anyone to go with me. I called friends in Austin, tried to get South Carolina friends to go, but for all kinds of different reasons, no one could go.
So I was forced to decide. Did I go ahead alone or not go at all?
Ultimately, I knew I would regret missing this opportunity.
So I went to SXSW alone. No crew. No cameraman. No producer to line up interviews.
I was nervous. I thought I was going to die from nerves that first day, since my first ever red carpet was for “Bad Words” starring Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn.
(Seriously. I thought about some Bad Words.)
When I arrived at the Zach Theater, the press coordinator put me in a dark corner alone. Of course, I did not have adequate lighting.
I wanted to give up. I wanted to go home. Why was I doing this?
But this was SXSW, in my hometown of Austin. I hadn’t thought about this amazing community.
A guy standing next to me shared his light so you can see the faces in my interview.
After my initial interview with Jason Bateman which is too dark and a little stunted I gave up trying to be something I wasn’t and decided not to apologize for being on my own.
I owned it.
I just told Kathryn Hahn, “I work for a small youtube channel“, and she didn’t seem to mind.
In fact, it was one of the best interviews I had all week.
Everyday things got better. Everyday I learned something. South By Southwest in Austin was the perfect place to start.
Check out my first interview for OneMinuteNews:
And if you want to watch the full uncut interview It is below: