I was recently asked to attend the red carpet movie premiere of, “I Can Only Imagine,” and it was quite the experience! Needless to say, since I’m not a celebrity, I was so pumped to be there and soak up the experience! But, one thing that I quickly realized, was that there’s not much information out there about what it’s like to attend a red carpet premiere as a nobody and I had a lot of questions!
So, here’s a little summary of my experience on the red carpet!
IT’S AN ADRENALINE RUSH.
I know, that sounds corny, but it really was! As we waited for the celebrities to roll in, everyone was pumped! The fact that we weren’t sure which direction that they would be coming from, made it even more exciting, because we had to keep our eyes peeled and looking around, as to not miss anyone (some did sneak in the back behind everyone). During that hour or two when the celebrities were talking with the media and taking pictures, the energy was through the roof!
CELEBRITIES ARE REAL PEOPLE.
Shocking, I know, but in some cases, it was a little strange to see them in real life and to see how different they look compared to on the big screen. Not to mention, they were all genuinely nice!
Priscilla Shirer actually thanked ME for speaking to her! What? I had to remind her that she was the famous one 😉
Tim and Elisabeth Hasslebeck were also incredibly nice and spent a few minutes chatting with us after everyone else had already entered the theatre.
THE TIMELINE IS TENTATIVE.
As you can imagine, celebrities kinda roll in when they feel like it and we didn’t actually get started on the red carpet until much later than the scheduled time, and consequently, the movie started later, as well. Of course, we were excited to be there and didn’t care a bit about the schedule.
THE MEDIA WON’T BE AS PSYCHED AS YOU.
Apparently, after you’ve done a few of these events, it loses it’s appeal. But, for this country bumpkin about to see and speak to celebrities in real life, it was over-the-top exciting!
The legit media wasn’t all that phased, nor did they dress in a formal way. It was pretty clear that they were there to work, however, don’t be afraid to ask them questions! They were all super nice and helpful.
THE GUEST LIST IS KEPT UNDER WRAPS.
I was dying to know who else would be attending besides the expected cast, but that was kept under wraps until our arrival at the event. Once we got there, we got a packet of info that included the entire celebrity guest list and a short bio of each one. Some of the celebrities that were on the list didn’t show up, but most of them were there!
YOU HAVE TO GET THEIR ATTENTION.
Since we were on the backside of the red carpet, it was really easy for the celebrities to walk right past us (I’m looking at you, Trace Adkins), so we quickly realized that we had to take a used car salesman approach (eye contact, direct name shouting) to lure them over to us (Just watch this live video where my co-pilot, Brittany, yelled at Dennis Quaid like they go way back or something LOL). Since there were so many members of the media there, it would take them forever to speak with every single one, so standing out is a must. Because of Brittany’s dedication, we were the only ones who got to interview Dennis Quaid! We even had another member of the media walk up to us and tell us, “well done!” I think that means we’re legit now. (JK)
WATCHING THE MOVIE WITH THEM IS SO MUCH BETTER.
Most of the time when you watch a movie in theaters, there may be some laughing, crying, but for the most part, everyone tries to keep quiet, but not at a red carpet premiere. You have to remember that the seats are filled with everyone who played a part and their families, so they’re excited to be there!
During the intro credits, there was clapping, hooting and whistling for each person named on the screen, from the actors/actresses to the writers and it didn’t stop there. Throughout the whole movie, during noteworthy parts, there was cheering and clapping; there was singing during one portion and there was a ton of laughter throughout the entire movie. It was so cool to feel their energy and excitement about their work.
We also got to watch a live Q&A with the cast and crew before the movie started and hear their personal opinions on the movie; why they decided to join the team, etc. It was really a once of a lifetime experience.
THERE’S AN AFTER-PARTY.
We weren’t invited.
I’m still a little salty.
YOU DON’T NEED A TON OF STUFF.
What I worried about the most before going was what all we needed to bring. I ended up bringing my tripod with an iPhone attachment, and streaming live on Facebook. I also bought this microphone off of Amazon, which was an excellent decision because it was super loud in there once everyone arrived! The microphone that I used was bluetooth, but I ended up just using it as a speaker, which worked great! We also brought a phone charger and a portable charger, which gave us plenty of battery life for the entire event.
Another member of the media actually came over to check out our setup and complimented us for keeping it simple! It was easy to set up and pack up and it didn’t take up a lot of space.
DON’T FORGET TO ASK FOR A PICTURE AT THE END.
I’m kicking myself now for not doing this, but I was so caught up in the moment, that it didn’t even cross my mind! Now, the only pictures that I have are still shots from the live stream, which are not of great quality.
GET YOUR RED CARPET PICTURE.
I know I’m probably making this a bigger deal than it is, but, what can I say? It was cool to be there and to walk on the red carpet. We got a few pictures of ourselves on the red carpet and the memory is priceless!
Have you ever attended a red carpet movie premiere?!
What did you think?
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