So I think for the first time in my life ever... I won a contest. I've never won anything in my life. Thinking back, even in elementary school, out of a small classroom of 15-20 kids, I don't think I even won a raffle contest. Just to throw in there, out of the two baseball league championships I've played in, never won that either. Not a big deal. Contests are all luck. I got lucky!
In Los Angeles, the main rock music radio station is 106.7 FM KROQ (K-Roq). Needless to say, I mostly listen to them. I found myself on their website looking for tickets to Jack Johnson's free benefit concert that he played on the Santa Monica Beach Pier this past Tuesday. Sadly, the tickets were already given away. There were a few other contests though, one of which were movie premiere tickets to the movie, "Get Him to the Greek", starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. So I entered the contest. Tuesday morning comes around and I get a call from an unknown number, but the last 4 digits of the phone number I notice were "1-0-6-7"... which I KNEW was KROQ. I answered and they told me I won the movie premiere tickets! Awesome. It wasn't recorded for the radio or anything, and if they did, my reaction would probably have been the most laid-back response ever. I was just like, "Oh cool, that's awesome. Thanks".
I was definitely excited though. I don't get too star struck or impressed by fame however. I'm just not that kind of person. I think it attributes to being around Hollywood people in general growing up. For example: a lot of my friends on my little league baseball and soccer teams growing up had parents in the entertainment business. It was just the particular neighborhood of Hancock Park I grew up near that allowed this. So yeah, I wasn't giddy with excitement.
They sent me a parking pass and an information packet through email. Basically, I would park, get shuttled with everyone else that was attending the premiere, pick up my ticket at will call, and off I go myself +1 guest to the premiere. I thought I would be taken around/chaperoned by KROQ staff or something, but nope. I was on my own. I took my friend Mark, the friend of mine who moved back to D.C. this past Saturday for law school. While he was here, he worked for Paradigm, the #2 talent agency in Hollywood, so I thought he'd appreciate the invitation. So the Greek Theatre was great, it's a pretty famous venue. We waited outside, and there were tons of actors and famous people roaming around with us. The red carpet was set up and the stars of the movie and other miscellaneous famous people walked it. It was an outdoor venue, so it started to get really cold by the time the movie started at 8:30pm. My legs were freezing. We had really good seats, pretty much centered, it was great. All the actors and stars were seated above us, centered and a bit higher up. The movie was GREAT. I loved it. It was hilarious. I mean, I LOVED "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and this was a spin-off from that. They had Russell Brand's character "Aldous Snow". Unfortunately, Jonah Hill wasn't the same character as he was in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. You would think he would be... but he was a new character altogether. No worries, I won't spoil the movie for you guys, but just know they all die in the end. Interesting though, I saw Michael Cera. The way he dresses and acts in the movies? You know, the shy, awkward, yet endearing personality he has? Exactly the same in real life. Didn't really get to meet him because he was talking to a group of people, but he did nod to Mark. He probably recognized him from Paradigm (Michael Cera is represented by Paradigm, and one of their, if not THE biggest current client for Paradigm.)
Overall, a really fun night.
Here are some pictures: