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We are planning to have people from all kinds of fandoms guest blog here about the people they love and admire. Did you meet Jared Padalecki and you want to tell the world? Did you attend a kickass convention, festival, special event and you want to share your story? Did you meet your best friend because of a fandom? Or maybe your special one? Are you an absolute geek and screamed quite loud when the CEO of your favorite startup got back to your e-mail? As long as you have a STORY to tell that will engage the fandom audience, we'd love to hear from you. If you have pictures and/or video even better (it's okay if you don't, even though we'd love to see your selfie with Emily Blunt). E-mail your story over to Diddly at diddly@propcake.com with subject "Fandom experiences".

Fandom Experiences: Fans Share Their Stories about Meeting Matt Bomer

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By now we’ve already received a couple of Matt Bomer stories and we’ve been astonished by how welcoming Matt and the White Collar cast has been with their fans. From chatting up with them to facilitating studio visits, I am giving full credit to all the people involved. We scored a few more Matt Bomer stories for you (We’re familiar with the film premiere one — oh the times we’ve stood in line to meet our icons) so here we go.

Matt Bomer

 

About @BomerUKFans (Matt Bomer Fanpage)

Alex, Diana, Sara and Peter run an impressive fanpage called @BomerUKFans. They’d been following Matt Bomer‘s career for some time with great interest. They knew he had something very special and was destined to become a mega star. So as they watched his fan base and popularity growing every day, they decided to set up our own UK based fan page, so they have their Facebook and Twitter pages which have been running since 2013 and are currently now in the process of getting their website up and running.

Story

Tuesday 30th June 2015 (exactly one year ago)
We haven’t slept much last night and we arrive in Leicester Square early morning,  a mixture of nerves and excitement. This is Matt Bomer’s first UK premiere, we want to make sure he gets a great reception and feels special.  So here we are armed with posters & banners and T-shirts & photographs in the hope that we’ll get close enough to see  ‘Neal Caffrey’, the charming con artist we fell in love with on White Collar. The man that made us almost drown in our own tears as we watched his moving performance as ‘Felix Turner’ in The Normal Heart.  The man we have admired from afar for so long is here in London.
Matt Bomer
Yes, our very own Ken Doll is here for the Magic Mike XXL UK Premiere along with his co-stars and there is no way we are leaving here today without getting within touching distance of Matt Bomer (Hehe).
We’ve arranged to meet up with several other fans that have travelled from different parts of England, two from Scotland and one from Belgium. We’ve been chatting for a long time on social media so it’s amazing to finally meet them all in person. Most of our group are meeting for the very first time today and Matt Bomer is the reason we’ve all become friends ?
It’s a long day in the scorching heat but Matt knows we’re here. The banner is a success. We’ve tweeted him a picture, he sees it and tweets back. Result!
Matt Bomer
We chat with some of the security team who tell us that the red carpet celebs don’t usually spend much time outside with fans, they do their press interviews, have a quick walk about and go inside. They tell us that we shouldnt expect too much.  And so we tell them they are about to be proved wrong this time.  We show them Matt’s tweet, and they think we’re a little crazy.
We’re finally herded into the pens around 3pm and we get prime position opposite the press people.
The atmosphere is electric in Leicester Square and the excitement keeps on building as the afternoon goes on. We are entertained by a DJ and dancers while we wait for the stars to arrive. We meet a lovely girl called Ching from Singapore who is over here in London studying biological science. A big fan of Matt and Channing, she’s hoping to meet them today too.
 Matt Bomer
It is so worth the wait.  Matt’s face is a picture when he steps out of the car and sees the crowds and hears the screams. He looks a little overwhelmed. Yes Matt, they are shouting for you.
He makes his way slowly along the wall of fans, signing autographs, taking pics, he’s getting closer, and then he’s standing in front of us, smiling. OMG! Is he for real? He’s stunning! He glows! He’s even more perfect in the flesh and his blue eyes take your breath away. And he’s charming and patient and generous as he spends time chatting with us and taking selfies and signing our t-shirts.
 Matt Bomer
He comes back over again after doing some press interviews to have his picture taken with all of us. He’s having fun.
Simon is really lovely too.  He waves to us, takes some pics of the event and chats briefly but declines to have his photo taken with us. He mostly stays in the background.
We never imagined the day would turn out to be so incredible for us. A dream come true. We wave Matt & Simon goodbye as they get back in the car at the end of the evening. It’s been an emotional day for sure and one we will never forget.
We hope the day was as special for you as it was for us, Matt. Until next time Xoxo
(We are still in touch with Ching who is now back home in Singapore. She got to meet both Matt Bomer & Channing Tatum and has beautiful memories of that day)
Matt Bomer

 

 

 

 

Barb’s Story

My name is Barb Paszul and I’d love to share my story of meeting Matt Bomer. I live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Matt on several occasions. Like many fans, I was totally hooked within the first 5 minutes of the Pilot of White Collar. During the second season I was looking on the White Collar web site and discovered the USA White Collar Fan Forum. It was a group of people having fun talking about every aspect of our favorite show. After reading all the threads on the Forum for a few weeks, I finally got brave and joined in on the discussions. There was a group of about 20-25 people from around the U.S. and the world who got to be great “cyber friends”.
Several people decided it would be a great experience to meet up in NY City. Get to know each other in person and visit lots of iconic NY City sites. And visit places where different scenes from WC were shot. So, we decided to write to the White Collar Studio and tell them about the planned visit. They thought it was so cool that their show had brought people together from around the world.They ended up arranging an amazing visit for us.
We were invited to the studio one day, and to a location shoot another day. As it turned out, I was not able to get off work the week the plans were made for. Those who were able to make the trip had a wonderful time. They got to meet the cast. I was devastated, so my husband promised me that he would take me down to the city some day over the summer and we would find out where they were filming and go watch them. So that was what we did.
We left our house at 4:30 in the morning to drive down. We had found out where they were shooting and went there. We were nice and early, shooting hadn’t started yet. I saw Tim DeKay standing right near us and gathered up my courage and walked up to him. I told him how I was one of the Forum Ladies, but was not able to make the trip with the others. We chatted a bit, then Tim saw Matt and called him over. They were both the nicest people!! In fact everyone associated with the show were just amazing! They let me sit as close as possible to shooting all day. Each time they were going to change location, one of the crew came over to let me know exactly where they would be next. We had the most amazing time.
 Matt Bomer
For the next three summers, the Forum Ladies got together for a week down in NYC. Each time we were given the privilege again to visit the studio and some location shoots. We were amazed how Matt (and Tim) would remember us and be so gracious to us. They really made us feel special and as though they enjoyed our visits as much as we did. While filming, they would come over and chat to us whenever they had a break. They took pictures of us with their phones. One day we were watching filming outdoors and it was really hot out. Matt came over a couple of times to us to ask if we needed water or anything. They were fantastic about posing with us for lots of photos. Always gracious about autographing things for everyone.
Matt Bomer
My favorite memory was when myself and one other Forum member got invited to the studio to give Matt a birthday gift. Earlier in the summer during our annual visit, we celebrated Tim’s birthday and presented him with a gift from the Forum.  We had a gift for Matt when his birthday came. We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to give Matt his gift in person too. We were in the studio office while filming was going on. Matt came in on a break to see us. He gave us the biggest hugs.
Matt Bomer
My husband was with us too, so I started to introduce him to Matt. Matt had met him that first time, three years previous, and he remembered him. That really impressed me. He spent way more time with us then the office had said he’d be able to. Even after someone called up to say they were ready for him for filming, he still spent a little more time with us! My husband had taken pictures of him opening his gifts. We didn’t plan to bother him with asking him to pose with us, but he ended up saying that we couldn’t leave without doing that! Such a gentleman, such an amazing man.
My favorite part of my story is my dog. I raise Lab puppies for Guiding Eyes For The Blind. On a couple of occasions Matt and I have chatted about dogs. He and his family have a yellow lab. We talked about me raising the Guide Dog pups. Well, last year when we were getting ready to start a new puppy ( number 11 for us) we saw that the litter we would be getting our puppy from was going to be a “C” litter, meaning that all their names were going to start with a C. So, I asked them if they would PLEASE name one of the males Caffrey and let me raise him. They said okay. But we had a few hurdles to cross. First there had to be at least one male in the litter. There were several. They named one Caffrey! Then we had to hope he stayed strong and healthy – he did.
Matt Bomer
Then the biggest hurdle was that he had to pass his 8 week puppy test to be put on the Puppy Raising Program.  We actually went down to Yorktown Heights where the Guiding Eyes For The Blind headquarters are and watched the puppies test. Talk about being nervous!! Well, Caffrey passed and we brought him home that day. I was like, “Move over Agent Burke – I’m Caffrey’s handler now!! Caffrey is an amazing pup. He turned 1 year old on May 13th, and is doing fantastic with his training! And he totally has the Caffrey charm going on! Everyone who meets him, falls in love with him. In a few months he will be leaving us and moving on to his next phase of training with the goal of someday giving someone more independence and a much better quality of life.
Matt Bomer
I could go on forever about how genuinely nice Matt Bomer has always been to me when I’ve met him. They were experiences I will never forget. It is so exciting to be watching his star shine brighter and brighter these days.  He totally deserves every good thing that comes his way.

I am so moved by both stories and I’m beyond excited that so many Matt Bomer fans around the world got to meet their inspiration and were amazed by how down to earth and humble he was. Wow!
Have you met your celeb crush? Got any fandom stories to share? E-mail us at diddly@propcake.com

Fandom Experiences: How Thirty Seconds To Mars Changed Alex’s Life

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We are back with another beautiful fandom story about Alex, a girl from Poland whose favorite band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, changed her life forever in a million different ways.

Thirty Seconds To Mars

 

About Alex

Alex is actually a 25 years old Monika, but most people, including her co-workers call her Alex. She’s a dreamer from Poznań, Poland. She’s working at a hostel where she meets new people, collects experiences and works with social media while discovering its power, which fascinates her. She believes that life’s too short to waste it on worries, so she always tries to find a reason to smile in any situation. Little things can make her happy. Her dream is to go on trip around the world or at least visit a few places from the top of her ‘To-see’ list. Alex has a passion of writing stories with an aspiration to publish her own book one day. There are two rules she lives by: “Don’t regret anything you do, because in the end, it makes you who you are” & “Try and fail but never fail to try”. Music keeps her heart beating and she still hopes to shake hands with Bono one day or make jokes with The Joker.

 

Alex’s Story about Thirty Seconds To Mars

I was growing up in 90s where all we’ve had were things that were close to us physically. As kids all we wanted was to play with kids from the neighborhood and hide from adults telling us to do our homework. We knew people who we were able to meet in person, music that was on MTV (yeah, it really was a music television back then), and all celebrity news were from gossip magazines.

Why am I saying this? Because back then, when the Internet wasn’t THAT popular as it is now, I’ve met few people who still are there for me, but wouldn’t be if it wasn’t about fandoms.

 

It was late 2009. I’ve heard for the first time about Twitter. Facebook was already a thing in my high school, but Twitter was something new, something that I wanted to discover. Yeah, I made an account (the same I’m using now) and immediately quit. It wasn’t really interesting or cool. How wrong was I. I came back 2 months later to keep an eye on updates about one band I started listening since the last year of high school. Yes, Thirty Seconds To Mars. Actually, I used to say about them “Oh, it’s this band of Colin Farrell’s friend”. I’m not sure how exactly, but my list of people I was following and who followed me was growing bigger. I started to talk with a lot of people who weren’t from my city or even my country! When the first concert of Thirty Seconds To Mars was announced, my timeline was flooded with excitement. Funny I didn’t know how much my life was going to change later.

 

Summer 2010 came faster than the speed of light. I made my long time friend (the one whom I discovered Thirty Seconds To Mars with in school) to go with me to Cracow, where we went with 3 other girls. I’d met the 2 of them through Twitter. We had an amazing time in Cracow and attended the most perfect concert of a band that we loved with all our hearts! Our bond was stronger than anything else. So strong that even when some of us passed on the band, we were able to count on each other. We could talk about everything. By getting to know each other for months, we discovered that we like the same things, not just music. From Thirty Seconds To Mars, through Hobbit & LOTR, Hannibal, Marvel, DC, to lifetime friendships.

 

Thirty Seconds to Mars

 

In the next years a lot of people came into my life leaving footprints on my heart. And while some of them left, other stayed. Many of them met because of this one music fandom. Every single person, intentionally or not, gave me a lesson. I’ve learned not to trust people easily from someone, while other person taught me that not everything we know is right. During those few years I’ve learned not to judge people easily and that every action may have a different explanation that what we think.

 

Somewhere between Impact Festival in Warsaw and the end of summer 2013, one of the most amazing angels replied to my tweet to 30STMVOTE (so we can say that because of this great Mars-related account I’ve met another friend for a lifetime 😉 ). Okay, it was August 25, 2013. Yes, I actually went through my Twitter archive to find this. Why “most amazing angel”? Thanks to her, my belief in dreams is THAT strong. She showed me that even our wildest dreams can come true if we have faith, are good to others and work hard. She made me go to London which was my first trip abroad. She made me get on a plane and fly those 1170 kilometers from home to one of the biggest cities in the world. She took me to the Thirty Seconds To Mars’ concert at O2 Arena in London, where I have met the band in person. Thanks to her I have a picture with my idols, which is a reminder that anything is possible. She’s the person who always believes in me. If I have doubts, she’s always there to say that I can do it and I will succeed. This adventure was a milestone and cut off the crap that was following me for the past few months.

 

Thirty Seconds to Mars
But sharing is caring. What kind of person would I be, if this positive fever wouldn’t be spread? Once I’ve asked a friend of a friend, if she wants to go to see Thirty Seconds To Mars live because I have a spare ticket. She said yes, but without excitement. But that show was for both of us as a wedding with prince charming would be. We cried, we laughed, we screamed and we were drained from energy but at the same time full of concert adrenaline. And guess who was the one who was asking for another concert! Old hand or newbie? She took the role of someone who drives our trips. She was the one who took me for a trip to make another one of my dreams come true – attend Linkin Park’s concert. Today we are about to go to another dream concert of mine – Queen. She went very deep into the entire make-dreams-come-true philosophy.

 

Thirty Seconds to Mars

 

I am grateful to Thirty Seconds To Mars and fandom for a few important things. First, that I’ve met many great people, some of them are my closest friends, even though we don’t speak to each other every day — we can count on our friendships. Second, this music and people from this fandom helped me get through some bad moments, and I’m not sure where would I would be without them. Third, they taught me that dreams are possible. Hard work pays off if you’re strong enough to fight for it. Fourth, fight for what you believe in, because if you want to be happy and be yourself, you need to fight and stay strong.

 

For me, the Echelon – this fandom, is not only about music, but also about people, lessons for life, dreams, hope and… And everything that still has to come. This is why I’m still in it and not going anywhere. This band was a spark that started flames of friendships, flames of the greatest adventures and a flame of passion and making dreams come true.

Now over to you.

Got any fandom stories for us? Don’t hesitate to send them over with some images and/or video at diddly-sharingdiddly@propcake.com

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