For 14 years or so, I have been a fan of television show called Charmed, a show whose premise was about three sisters who happened to be witches, and their lives as they adjusted to their powers, and balancing saving the world and leading normal lives, and relationships. I got into the show in about 2002/2003, my first episode being about a sandman in season five. The show gripped me; although I didn’t enjoy that episode so much, it got me wanting to watch more. So, I started with Season 1 as it was being shown on tv and I found myself hooked. Christmas consisted of me having the first few seasons on DVD, which I binge watched.
Over the years, my obsession with the show grew and by 2005, I had even started a roleplay with friends, in which my character regularly bounced between Chris Halliwell and Kyle Brody. (Oh, those days were fun!). So, when it was announced that a convention would be held, featuring some of my favourite stars, my interest was piqued. The one star, however, that sold it for me was Drew Fuller – the one and only Chris Halliwell. Boy, was I excited that I would be getting to meet one of my teenage years crushes.
The months passed by and the convention got closer, I found myself volunteering and offering to help at the convention. My excitement grew as the day arrived. And then it arrived. May 5th. I awoke early, got myself ready and made my way to the con. I was told what my volunteering would be (covering the talks), but I offered to work more – I wanted to keep myself busy and ensure that I did not become bored.
So, it started, the opening ceremony came, and the celebrities went on stage. It was happening. They were here. On stage, near me. They disappeared off and I was rushed to the photoshoots where I would be spending the morning. First up was Dorian Gregory and Ivan Sergei. I stood there, anxiously, wondering what I would say when it was my time to meet them, hoping that I didn’t fangirl too much and screw everything up. And then Ivan was stood by me, hand held out, saying hi. Boy, oh boy. I shook his hand and talked to him. All the time internally drooling because the guy is gorgeous! How I envied Paige!
I worked the photoshoots, and even got my chance to have my picture taken with Ivan. After the photoshoots were done, it was time for a break and then the talks. I wandered around aimlessly, wishing that I was the one sitting with the stars, sitting around laughing and talking instead of staring from a distance. (I did say I fangirled). As a volunteer, I was given a group photo free of charge – which was amazing. So I sat there nervously as my favourite stars surrounded me. Next came the talks. I stood there and allowed people to use the microphone to ask the stars questions. The talks were brilliant, the cast members had many stories and memories to share and gave us an insight into what it was like working together.
Up next were autographs, the chance to get signatures from the cast members. I helped them, making sure that I had a good glance at Drew as he signed. (I did warn you). Before I knew it, the first day was over and it was time to go back to my room. I missed the party and meal afterwards because I did not have the money to purchase the ticket. I went home, happy, excited and in copious amounts of pain due to my fibromyalgia.
The next day I was late, partly because of my pain, partly because there was a run on and all the roads were closed. I quickly had my reshoot with Ivan and ran upstairs to have a photo with none other than Drew himself, before I started working again. Like the previous day, I worked the entire con. This time, I managed to interact with Brian and Holly and even got Jesse a cup of coffee. Time for another break, another set of talks and the final round of autographs.
I had purchased a miniature copy of the Book of Shadows and decided that I would get this signed. I chose the pages that were perfect and jumped the queues to get them done. (A perk!). Another perk of working was having a free autograph, so I chose Holly and got her to sign the inside of the book at the spell to invoke the powers. I even managed to get a hug from Drew, which made my day.
I was also fortunate enough to attend the Drew meet and greet. Boy, that was worth it. He was really down to earth and deep. He told us about the rejections and the hardships of working in film and television. And took the time to answer our personal questions. Another tick on the list. (LOL). But I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s nice to know that they go through the same things we do on a daily basis, and that they do not give up. Thanks for inspiring me Drew.
The end of the convention was a sad time. It was saying goodbye to the friends that I had made that weekend, plus saying goodbye to these guests I have spent so many years alongside. The great news came that there would be another one next year – so I am already making plans, and keeping fingers crossed for certain cast members coming.
Overall, for being a first convention by Kitty, it was brilliant. A few hiccups to be expected but many people complimented about how it was, and the smoothness of most of it. I was really proud to be apart of the team and I cannot wait to be on board next year.
So, thank you Kitty, for putting on such a fantastic convention. And thank you guests for coming and meeting your fans.