I was at The JUNO Awards in Regina because I was invited to be the “on the ground” eco blogger for the weekend. I was there to learn and share what the JUNOS and CARAS and Canadian musicians are doing to be eco-friendly. You can read about some of what I saw and learned at the official JUNO Awards website. Of course I met totally awesome rockstars like The Sheepdogs, Marianas Trench, Hedley, Victoria Duffield and The Tenors, to name a few. Later I will share my full experience at the JUNOS, but for now I want to share one very special moment.
When I started my blog and was trying to choose a name I was loving the song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. That song inspired the name of my blog, Call Me Hannah and my tagline “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy here is my blog, read it maybe?” At the 2013 JUNO Awards Carly Rae Jepsen had more nominations than any other artist or group: JUNO Fan Choice Award, Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year and Single Of The Year. Carly won three awards of the 5: Album Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year and Single Of The Year.
Going into the weekend she was one of the people I was most excited about seeing. During the two award ceremonies I was in the press room where the winners come to meet the media after they accept their award to answer questions. On Sunday night I knew I would get my chance. She was one of the last people to come in and when she did I was ready with my question and of course my business card. My mom was also ready and caught all of it on tape.
Carly’s answer was amazing. She gave some really great advice for kids who feel like giving up and think that they’ll never reach their dream. Her advice for anyone who felt like it didn’t work out for them the first time – keep trying. Use it to motivate to do better next time. Her answer made me think about a conversation I had that morning with Randy Lennox, President/CEO of Universal Music Canada. He gave some really good advice and said this “No is a request for more information.” Musicians hear “no” a lot. It’s important to remember to keep trying.
I was really nervous and excited to ask Carly the question. When she answered she was so nice and happy. It made me feel good to know that she thought it was a great question.
I want to give a few special thank yous: To everyone at CARAS and The JUNO Awards for such a special opportunity and an awesome weekend. I also want to thank all of the media in the press room on Saturday and Sunday night for making me feel like one of you. Thank you for welcoming this 10 year old blogger into the behind the scenes action. Also thank you to all of the artists that took the time out of their very busy weekend to sit down and talk with me. I can’t wait to do it all over again next year! See you in Winnipeg!