Thursday 23rd March 2017. The day I’ve been waiting for, for six years. Now finally one of the four boys from Big Time Rush, James Maslow is doing a concert at the O2 Academy Islington and I am going to see him with my mum.
We arrive at 7:11pm, 19 minutes until doors open, nerves kicking in. I am going crazy. At 7:26pm the doors open. Two massive security guards appear and open the doors. I am one of the first people inside.
I rush to a space close to the stage. I’m only small so I still can’t see. I am stuck behind a tall girl and her mum. But when you are part of a fandom you are a part of a massive family. The mum, who I discover is all the way from the USA, notices me and asks if I want to stand in front of her.
I also meet two other girls, twin sisters who have come all the way from Israel to see James. They speak to me about the pop group I love the most. It makes me feel part of the Big Time Rush family. I’ve always dreamed of being in this family and I am really happy.
As the time is showing 8:30pm, the guitarist comes out on stage, getting ready, playing a few beats. All the fans look anxiously towards the door he came from, chanting “James” in unison, as loud as possible.
Seconds after, James Maslow runs out onto the stage. The room is filled with screams; especially mine.
Everyone is going crazy. I have gotten used to watching concerts on TV and YouTube but to be actually there experiencing it was surreal. I have set myself a goal to meet James. I am hoping that it will come true today.
As time is passing, a girl next to me says, “Reach your hand out. He will come and hold it!”
I do as she says and he is holding my hand and singing to me. It is insane! Later, I see a girl reaching out with her phone and getting a selfie with James.
I decide to give it a try. He is just about to sing when he notices my phone.
He says in his microphone, “I don’t know if it will work, but I will try. It will be a singing selfie.”
He acknowledges me. It just clocks in my brain: he knows I’m alive! He’s taken a selfie with me!
I am really happy but I feel there is more I can achieve. I haven’t properly met him yet. As the concert finishes he says that he will be at the merchandise table. I know this is my chance to meet him. I’m not going to waste it.
I run to the front of the meet-and-greet line. As James comes to the table I ask my mum to video me meeting him so I can remember this moment forever.
It’s my turn to meet James. He says to me, “Don’t tell anyone here but you’re the cutest.”
These eight words have made my whole day, week, month, year, a lot better. I can’t process it in my brain. No one told James to say this. He simply said it because he wanted to. I am the happiest I have ever been.
I want to cry happy tears but no tears come from my eyes. I ask James for his signature on my t-shirt and poster, and a hug. I am shocked because I never, ever imagined for any of this to happen.
No matter how long it takes, don’t give up on your dreams. They can come true!
And when they do, believe me, it’s a Big Time Rush!