This weekend I volunteered for two days at the Calgary Comic Expo!
My first day I was assigned to be on the admissions team, which was pretty easy stuff- directing people, keeping lines orderly on the floor. I did, however, get to see the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter movies. However, little did I know how much more exciting my second day would be.
I was instructed to show up Sunday at whatever time I could, so I could just do small jobs, since there weren’t any big shows that day. When I arrived to the volunteer room, there was a woman asking for people to help her with autographs and photo ops (autograph signings and getting photos taken with media and creator guests). Since I wasn’t assigned to anything, I went with her.
I ended up sitting backstage waiting for Stan Lee, the brilliant man who created the Spider Man comics! While I was waiting, I heard a familiar voice, one that I had heard many times on Tv. A light, bubbly female voice- it was Hayden Panettiere. She was very humble, she didn’t act like a diva at all. She was reading ‘Catching Fire’, and smiled at everybody.
After I was finished working, the lady I was working with, Jeannine, took me backstage. A man in an LA Kings jersey stopped me. He said “You’re Miss Teen Okotoks? That’s very impressive, congratulations!”. I thanked him, although at first I couldn’t put my finger on who it was. I knew I had seen him before.
Jeannine then turned to me when he was gone, and said “You know who that was, right?”, and I replied, “A Kings fan?”. She laughed and said “That was Wil Wheaton, he was an actor on Star Trek, people are paying a lot of money to meet him!”. It honestly made my whole weekend getting to meet him, I thought it was just so kind of him to take the time out of his day to approach me and make me feel special, even though he’s met so many prestigious people throughout his career. That weekend was something I’ll never forget.
It may sound very cliché, but this experience showed me that not all celebrities are necessarily snobby or act like they’re better than average people. I feel so lucky to have had such a unique experience, and it makes me wonder what other things I’ll encounter not only during my year as Miss Teen Okotoks- World, but after the crown as well. If I do happen to have anything happen during my year with the title, expect to read about it here!