Partying with Perez

March 22nd, 2011 at 12:45 pm by under Photo/Video

Partying with Perez

CONGRATULATIONS! You and One Guest have won tickets to Samsung Focus Presents Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Austin” during SXSW!

10,000 SXSWers got this message for the celeb gossip blogger’s party at the W Hotel. When I got it, I screamed and called everyone in my phone log that new of my obsession.  Admittedly, I read Perez like I ready the morning paper. At the time, I didn’t know 10,000 were sent out. I felt special. Next up, get in line to get a wristband, all while knowing that this doesn’t guarantee admission.

Just to get a wristband!?!

Jetting over before my nightside shift Saturday, I scored two wristbands.  I later found out that only 1,000 people would get in the door. Prepare for a stampede of crazy thoughts in my head. Would I make it in after getting off work at 11 p.m.? Would the party be packed? Would my Perez dreams be dashed?

Grabbing my change of clothes, I transformed from TV reporter to a SXSWer after my last live shot.  There was no parking near the party. As my friend and I drove around, I could see there was a mob of people at the door waiting to get in. Would we make it?

Well, we did. By the time we parked and got up to the door, they security guard said, “Girls, you made it.”  It is like he knew this was the biggest deal of my day. Walking up the steps to the W Hotel, there was the welcoming sign displayed in lights:


I was like a tourist taking snapshots of everything inside. Thank goodness for camera phones and flipcams!  We did go inside the auditorium and heard a few sets of music and danced (if you can call my moves dancing).

Perez was only 4 ft. away...

I will say that the highlight of my night was being within arm’s reach of Perez. I wanted to scream out his name and get a picture, but I thought ‘keep your composure’ and was  just be happy to be there. So, I just took far away shots of him that turned out horrid due to lighting. But, oh well. I had my moment.   He had on a funky red top hat, black shirt and multi-colored pants that looked like they were plastered with ads.

A lot of people do not understand the hype surrounding Perez.A lot of people looked at me wondering why I was excited about a blogger? I get that Perez isn’t breaking hard news.  He does have the skinny on every celebrity scandal and has his finger on the pulse of pop culture.  Some people go home and their secret indulgence is a great cocktail or some television show, for me, it is the salacious gossip of Perez Hilton.  You could call it my secret shame.

I also applaud Perez for seeing a multimedia opportunity that no one else did and taking it. He blew the celebrity world up and changed the way magazines like People distribute their news.  He made himself an industry and the empire is still growing. So, laugh and chuckle at my indulgence and going to ‘some’ blogger’s party. Perez isn’t just a blogger, he is an entrepreneur  and there will undoubtedly be much more to come from this man!




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