Saturday, November 9, 2013

Catching Fire Victory Tour @ Facebook - Prize from Covergirl - 11/6/13




Twitter is one of my primary sources for information. I saw a tweet from @43kixsanfran about a contest to meet Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemworth in San Francisco. I entered hoping to win. I also tried to find more info on the location.

My research brought me to Covergirl's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/covergirl). I saw their post directed to San Francisco Bay Area fans that said to comment on why you're a big Hunger Games fan. I made up a silly poem on the spot and posted it in the comments section:

It would be a shame if I'm not chosen to meet Katniss, Gale, and Peeta of Hunger Games.

Katniss is flawless.Gale is a hot male.Peeta is sweet like a Margarita.

To meet them in the Bay Area would give me such euphoria.

I got hooked on the first book and the first movie was groovy.

I can't wait to see Catching Fire, it is my current desire.Please pick me so I can meet the three for free!

The next morning I got a comment from Covergirl's Facebook that said to email them. I sent an email and got a reply saying they were giving me wristbands to meet the cast of Hunger Games. I was shocked that my silly little poem earned me those wristbands. I was even more shocked that I was the only one to make a comment on their Facebook page. I thought a big company like Covergirl and a popular franchise like Hunger Games would attract more entries.

The odds were definitely in my favor!

The e-mail wasn't very detailed in what was going to happen. It mentioned that I would get an autograph with the Hunger Games cast at Facebook and that we were to meet at the Shoreline amphitheater to take shuttles to Facebook. Nothing was mentioned about which cast members were going to be there. I could only assume what @43kixSanFran tweeted about was the same event with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.

Since the event was in a couple of days I scrambled to find people to go with me. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone was a Hunger Games fan. One of my Facebook friends Vanessa replied saying she loves the book and Peeta so I sent her a message about the event. She happily accepted my invitation.

A few days later I finally announced on Facebook that I was chosen through Covergirl to attend the event and saw one of my Facebook friends Arianna reply saying she wanted to go. I had an extra wristband so I offered it to her and she gladly accepted.

I also had another extra wristband which I offered to my mom. At first she didn't want to go but she decided due to having a stressful day she wanted somewhere to escape and relax.

My mom and I arrived to Shoreline around 2:30 PM. Vanessa was already there. Arianna had arrived a few minutes after me. We then pick up our wristbands and then head to one of the shuttle busses. They were very strict on the "no bags" policy. I feel naked without my bag so leaving it behind was tough.

We sat in the bus for a very long time and then it starts to take us to Facebook. What I love about living in the Bay Area is it's very close to big name companies like Facebook. I finally got to see where Facebook is. It's a group of buildings in Menlo Park.

We're dropped off right in front of where the Global Fan Event is happening. My mom and I sat in the 3rd row. Behind us were about probably 300 Facebook employees sitting down to watch the event. There were probably about 200 fans total there.

About 5 minutes later Kurt from Mashable walks on the stage. He served as the host for the event. He then introduced Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Francis Lawrence (director of Catching Fire). Behind the cast was a map that showed how many people were watching from around the world. Nearly 32 million people were watching online!

I felt special watching the event live in person. When they all took their seats, Jennifer says hello to our phones and we all laugh at her remark.

The whole event can be watched here: https://live.facebooklive.com/videos/390

One of the funniest parts for me was when the trailer for Catching Fire was shown on the screens behind the cast. Josh tried to look behind him and then he got out of his chair and crouched as he watched the trailer.

Then when the exclusive clip was shown, Josh did the same thing and Jennifer pointed out to him that there were screens in front of them they could watch without having to turn around.

From the first book of Hunger Games I gravitated more toward Peeta as the choice for Katniss so meeting Josh Hutcherson was something I looked forward to.
Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures with the cast during the meet and greet. First at the table was Liam Hemsworth. I mostly know him as Miley Cyrus' ex-fiance and Chris Hemsworth's younger brother. I really haven't delved into who he is.

When I saw him up close I was immediately hooked into how attractive he is in person. The pictures I've seen of him online don't do him justice. I noticed his eyes were blue. I didn't know what to say to him.

My mom was next to me so I told him that my mom was tagging along for the event. He smiled he said in his Australian drawl, "That's an easy enough job."

I told him, "Thanks for coming to the Bay Area."

He said, "Thanks for having us."

After he signs the poster he looks right at me and said, "It was nice meeting you."

That did it for me. I was in lust. He was so friendly in person. I had this impression of him that he would be an arrogant person that wouldn't say much but I really loved that he made effort for eye contact and for a brief small talk.

Next to him was Josh Hutcherson. Like Liam he was very friendly. He signed my poster and I was about to move on down the line when I decided to go for what I had in mind to ask him. (I didn't know if I'd ever get this opportunity again.)

I whipped out a picture of him and Nick Carter from earlier this year at the Grammy League basketball game. I told Josh. "I've always wondered what Nick was saying to you in this picture. It's okay if you don't remember and if you don't you can make something up." 



Josh takes the picture and looks at it. Then he said, "I remember. He was talking about one of the players on the team named Braison (SP?) who jumps really high.

I loooooved that Josh answered my question. He could have easily given me a WTF look or said that he didn't know. I thanked him for telling me what was going on the in the picture.

Next was Francis and Jennifer who were in mid conversation when I got to them. They weren't as engaging with me as Liam and Josh were. I actually thought since Jennifer was very talkative during the interview and Q&A she'd be the same but she barely said anything to me. Oh well, the charm and friendliness I got from Liam and Josh overshadowed that.

After I got my poster it was back to the bus. The bus was more livelier with mostly everyone smiling andbeaming that we got to experience something very unique and special in the Catching Fire world.

I'm forever grateful to Covergirl for giving me the opportunity to go to the event. I'm also happy that I could share it with my mom, Vanessa, and Arianna. I can't wait to watch Catching Fire when it's released.

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