7 Things You Need To Know Before You Meet Your Favorite YouTuber
Meeting your fave YouTuber: It’s not an opportunity to be taken lightly. If you’re lucky enough to have a date with the bae in Anaheim (aka tickets to VidCon) your dream come true is just around the corner, and now it’s time to make sure your long-awaited moment is the best it can possibly be. Here’s what you need to know before you head for the signing hall (or prowl the courtyard and the convention center lobby).
1. Know what you’re going to say to them in advance.
There’s nothing more overwhelming than coming face to face with your idol. All of a sudden those eyes you always see on screen are LOOKING BACK INTO YOUR EYES. If that doesn’t make you tongue tied, nothing will. Practicing what you want to say to them in advance (lots of practice!) will make the moment easier to handle, and you’ll look super smooth even if you’re screaming on the inside.
2. Keep gifts personal, but don’t break the bank.
If you want to give your fave a gift (which you TOTALLY don’t have to do and will in no way affect your experience meeting them), go for something that has meaning but doesn’t cost a fortune. Dan Howell spent a year using a personalized phone case a subscriber gave him, for example. Letters are also a great option, since most YouTubers have said they read every letter they’re given.
3. CHARGE YOUR PHONE and delete everything you can.
Your phone is an essential part of this experience. Make sure everything is ready to go before you leave your hotel room so it won’t cause you any extra stress. If you want to make tons of friends in line and be the hero of the day, invest in a portable phone charger, which has been known to save many a life during conventions. Charging stations aren’t always super easy to find in the convention center, so it’s best to come prepared.
4. Focus on remembering what is happening and write it down immediately afterwards.
We’ve all fallen victim to that awful feeling when you were so overwhelmed in the glorious moment that when you try to remember what happened later, you can barely recall anything. There’s an easy way to combat this! When you make eye contact with the bae, pause for a second, collect yourself, and focus on remembering everything as it happens. Then, (V IMPORTANT), as soon as you’re done, write down every single detail of what happened. Bonus points if you post your experience to Tumblr to help out all your fellow fangirls who couldn’t make it and want to know exactly what it was like to meet them IRL.
5. They’re just as nervous and excited to meet you
Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. You have one nerve wracking interaction you have to get through- they have to do it hundreds of times in a row! As nervous as you are, they’re probably feeling it double. So if you take a deep breath and try to feel at ease, it’ll make them feel better, too!
6. Say, “Hi, my name is….”
This is a beautiful fangirl trick we discovered last year, and is especially helpful for meeting YouTubers with accents. If you want to hear your fave say your name (and who doesn’t?), introduce yourself by saying, “Hi, I’m [YOUR NAME HERE]!” There is a 99.9 percent chance they’ll respond with, “Hi, [YOUR NAME HERE], how are you?” Boom. You now have that beautiful memory to cherish forever.
7. Focus on the positive parts of the experience
Awkward moments happen. They just do. Maybe you had a weird hug. Maybe they couldn’t hear you and you had to repeat yourself a couple times. Maybe it wasn’t everything you had wished for in your wildest dreams. That’s OK! Focus on what was really awesome about it. Focus on the fact that you got to meet them in the first place, or how cute your selfie together turned out, or how wonderful they smelled, or how fun the experience was a whole, despite any slip ups! There’s always a positive to look for, and chances are within a couple days you’ll forget all about the minor weirdness and just remember how fantastic it was to hang out with your fave. YOUR DREAM FINALLY CAME TRUE!
Another important tip is to TWEET US after you meet them and totally freak out about how amazing it was, because we one million percent want to hear about it and celebrate with you. Which YouTuber are you most excited to meet? @FakeTeamFangirl
Katie Wingfield is a Co-Founder of TeamFangirl.com. She met Dan and Phil in 2013 and was blessed with the heavenly experience of a Phil Lester hug. She highly recommends it. @Katie_Wingfield