This is the story about how ‘Twilight’ changed my life – share yours in a comment, or video response, which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll compile them into a ‘Thank You Twilight’ video!
When I say Twilight completely changed my life, I’m not exaggerating. It completely changed it! I went from being a very shy teenager who would never be caught dead public speaking and planned to be a nurse (but wasn’t really sure); to a 20 year old who moved to Los Angeles, runs this website for a living, covers premieres, goes to set visits, does quite a lot of public speaking, and hopes to be a working actress someday. Woah. How did that happen?
It all started when I was 15 years old, and I decided I should probably go to the bookstore and use the giftcard to Copperfields, our local spot, that had been sitting in my backpack for 6 months after I’d gotten it from my friend for a birthday present. So, my sister, mom and I all headed out to the store and that’s when I spotted Twilight. It was just like any random book on the shelf, not highlighted at all in a display, and nobody reccomended it to me. I just picked it up, liked the cover, and I remember saying to my sister, ‘A love story with a vampire? That sounds cool!‘
I read it and went straight back to the bookstore to pick up New Moon after I finished. Back in 2007, the first two books were the only ones out! So, I had to wait a really long time for Eclipse. I think that’s part of the reason why I started my website, HisGoldenEyes.com (which has since been integrated into Page to Premiere). Back then, I didn’t know much about making a website at all, I only had minimal HTML knowledge from having a MySpace page and a Neopets account. You remember Neopets and MySpace? Oh, nostalgia! You should have seen the very first layout! I started the site using another website called ‘Freewebs,’ which allowed me to make a site at Freewebs.com/GoldenEyes. As the site grew, I wanted to get a real domain name, and GoldenEyes was taken so I purchased HisGoldenEyes.com. Fun fact: I originally really wanted the site to be named for all the Cullens (GoldenEyes), not just Edward (HisGoldenEyes), but I grew to love that name!
I was right there when Kristen Stewart was cast, and Robert Pattinson was cast. I got the news from Stephenie Meyer’s official website – I still remember sitting in my room with my sister, looking at the announcement post when Robert Pattinson was cast (they used a terrible picture of him – he had a beard if I remember correctly), and being very unhappy about his casting. Oh, how that has changed. That is one insane aspect of having been involved this long, I literally have been scruitinizing Robert and Kristen’s careers ever since they were cast, and watched them go from nobodies to household names.
At first, my site was just for me. It had a small chatroom, I promoted it on the IMDB page chatboard for the film where a lot of fans flocked to talk about it. I remember finding the other two sites that were up already, TwilightLexicon.com and BellaAndEdward.com, and feeling totally in awe of them. Their sites were so big, and I never in a million years thought mine could get to that level…but it did.
When I started out, I was a very shy person. The site was just me, in my room, talking to other people that loved something that I loved. It was just a pass-time, something I spent a lot of time on after school…but then Summit Entertainment took notice. Right before Twilight came out, I was contacted by someone at the studio (who I now know very well) who invited me to the premiere of Twilight in Los Angeles! You have no idea how excited I was. I’d never done anything even remotely similar to this, and I was nervous! I was so nervous, in fact, that I had my partner in crime on the carpet do all the interviewing. I just did the video-recording.
The whirwind that followed was more than I ever even dreamed of. Since that first premiere, I’ve met so many amazing people who are now some of my best friends. I traveled to a convention in Italy, I covered all the premieres of the movies…and now will be working with different studios that I’ve connected with through Twilight to promote and cover their films; such as The Hunger Games. I discovered The Hunger Games at a Twilight event, and launched a seperate fansite about it with two of my friends. Now that site, Mockingjay.net, has grown to be bigger than I ever imagined (we are at over 40,000 on Facebook), and there are still three more movies to go! I know many fans of The Hunger Games don’t like Twilight…but Mockingjay.net would not exist without it.
Other films I’m covering right now closely with the studios include The Host, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent, Warm Bodies, and Ender’s Game. I love adaptations, I love books, I love the world of the movies…so being able to do this is a dream come true!
The adventures we have had with Twilight and HisGoldenEyes.com may be over, but we still have so much more to come here at Page to Premiere. It’s all thanks to Twilight.
The premiere of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – November 12th, 2012: