The show was amazing, camping out was amazing, the people we met were amazing, and I could write a whole book on those things alone, but I’ll focus on the experience of making the books and being backstage. At the end of the show, we made our way to our meeting place, where all the other people who’d been given access backstage were waiting, and moved to the back of the General Admission Area to watch “Marry the Night” and give them our names and e-mail addresses.
After being escorted backstage, we were each given a bottle of water. Us Gaga Daily folk (Myself, Zilla, and Nick) were given the books and took back to a room where Emma and her family and friends were located. Walking down the hall, I spotted Madeon [Gaga’s producer] and Gaga’s manager was holding Fozzi as we walked into the room.
We chatted with Emma and her family for a while, and at one point called ChicaSkas so she could speak to Emma too. (Technically, at that time we had five moderators backstage – gotta be a record!). One other neat thing that happened was Asiel [Gaga’s dancer] came into the room to talk to us for a bit! He was super nice.
At last, we got word Gaga was on her way. Emma’s friend by the door said he could hear her, that she was talking and laughing. I remember my heart was pounding and I was worried about what my reaction would be. She entered the room and I was speechless. As she was going around getting our names, she reached me and I got all choked up and said “I’m sorry, I’m just really happy right now!” She laughed and walked over to give me a hug, I told her she was beautiful.
She gave me so many hugs that night, mainly because I had so many moments where I got starstruck and just amazed that she was standing right there. Seriously, the feeling of standing next to her while she is talking to you, sharing stories, laughing, crying, and more is so surreal. She went from being this unattainable entity to a person who I could actually touch and start a conversation with. And she was the one who initiated all those hugs!
And despite the moments of speechlessness and amazedness, it was surprisingly easy to talk to Gaga. She has a way of making you feel comfortable, even though she’s the biggest superstar in the world. She is easily the nicest, most humble, down to earth person I’ve ever met in my life. Hands down. I expected her to be all those things, but she completely blew all my expectations out of the water and was even more amazing than I ever could have imagined her to be.
When Gaga was signing things for us and one of Emma’s friends gave her a copy of The Fame to sign. They started talking about how Gaga used to sign those albums when they first came out, and she said she used to sign them differently because she was just excited people wanted to get her autograph. She then proceeded to sign his album the same way she used to back in the day, even adding “Enjoy The Fame!” In addition to that, I noticed the other little messages she wrote in her autographs seemed tailored to the person who was getting it from her.