When I was in the seventh grade, my school, Sacred Heart, was picked to feature their seventh grade class in a week long edition of Newsday's Kidsday section. It was a big deal to me and my friends. We were so excited as this guy named Pat came in and told us everything that we could do. There were game reviews for games that hadn't come out yet, jokes that we could submit, and interviews with celebrities. All fourteen of us, (I know, small class), pitched ideas on who to interview. A few days later we learned that it was going to be Jay Sean.
I was picked, along with my friends Trisha, Jackie, and Lauryn. My other friends Will and George were supposed to go to the Jacob Javitz Center, to play all the new video games. That got cancelled last minute, so they came along for the ride with us. We went in on the train together, in our uniforms, and then went to the ESPN Zone with my teacher and her husband to eat lunch. After that, we went down Times Square to the Sony Headquarters, and went up into a board room type of room.
Then he walks in. My friend Trisha had a crush on him, and so did my sister. When she still danced in her younger days, she danced to hit big hit, "Down", and she loved him ever since. We interviewed him for about a half hour or so, and then he signed some autographs for us. I got mine signed in my sisters name, for her, an gave it to her that night.
I'll never forget what he told me after I asked my question. He told me that I should go into journalism because of my incredible voice, then he talked to my teacher about me for about five minutes. I was so embarrassed, but in a good way, you know.
Remember something, I am twelve years old at the time of this interview. I hadn't had my thirteenth birthday yet. I had braces, and still had my "Beatles mop-top", haircut. My glasses didn't fit my head all the way, and I hadn't started shaving yet.
And for this guy who was making millions every day off of that song, (Remember, it was January of 2010, and he was still the hottest thing out there), who didn't know me at all, to say I had potential in journalism, meant so much to me man.
That may be one of the big reasons I am going to college and studying to be a journalist. That was the first time I had ever thought of that, and then my public speaking came a few months right after that, when I started doing the plays that my school did. That statement even may be one of the very small reasons subconsciously that I started this blog, (Easy. Let's not get too carried away here!) I know he will never, ever read this, but, as long as I live, I swear to God, I'll never forget what he said to me!
Have you ever met someone famous? Have you ever done an interview for a newspaper like I had to do? Were you nervous like I was?!
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