My Experience with The Hillywood Show!
I was first introduced to The Hillywood Show in Atlanta last year. I was driving from DC to FL to visit my family. I tweeted “Back in one of my home states.” In a matter of minutes I received a phone call from a friend who worked with the conventions. As I picked up the phone, before I could even say “Hello” I heard, “OMGAH ARE YOU IN NORTH CAROLINA OR GEORGIA?!?!?! I JUST SAW YOUR TWEET!!” I informed my friend that I was in Georgia, and as fate would have it, so was he, and they were putting on a convention… A TWILIGHT Convention.
I needed to take a break from driving, it had been a rough week, and I needed the distraction. My best friend Dave had just passed away, I felt so lost, so empty, and disconnected. I was going through a really hard time. I pulled into the parking garage and sat in my car for a few minutes. I pulled myself together, put on my biggest smile and headed for the elevator. Little did I know that as those elevator doors opened and I got off, my life would be changed forever.
I saw this guy who looked exactly like Jasper, I was like wow! Because at that time my convention background had only been Star Trek, so I was accustomed to seeing trekkies running about in Starfleet uniforms. This “Jasper” guy walked over to a table where I saw more lookalikes! I saw Edward, Bella, Alice, and Jasper.
This was before Kyle had joined the cast; I will tell you that story in a minute…
I walked over and checked out the table and wanted to know more of what they were about. Sure enough they were The Hillywood Show! I watched their Twilight Parody and it was love at first sight!
The Hillywood cast had Drew (Jasper) in the audience with a microphone, they were doing a Q&A session; one of the girls said something about wanting to hear from a boy… If you were in Atlanta or the surrounding counties then you heard, (and to the girls sitting beside me I’m so sorry, I’m glad you regained your hearing back) “DREW! DRRREEEWWWW PICK ME! PICK MEEEEEEEE! I’M A BOY PICK MEEEEE!” Now keep in mind I had just met the girls that I was sitting with, I literally crawled over each of their laps and ran down the aisle to do the Q&A. That group of girls that partially lost their hearing and were trampled by me that day are now a group of my closest and best friends. Maybe they felt sorry for me, because they thought that I had issues, or maybe it was God’s way of saying, “Here are the girls that are going to change your life.”
Little did I know these girls were part of the Hillywood fan club. I wanted to know more about this Hillywood show, who were they? What were they about? Why are they so freekin awesome? So I did my research…
Before I continue on with this epic long story of my love for The Hillywood Show I have to tell you this.
I mentioned before that my best friend Dave had died; one of our favorite songs that we danced to was Poker Face by Lady Gaga. We had our on cheesy dance and everything. Since his death, I couldn’t listen to it. I would turn the station or just turn the radio off because I couldn't stand hearing it…
As I was learning more about The Hillywood Show, I came across the Dark Night Parody. I am a huge Batman geek as well, so I had to watch it. There they were all in costume, singing Poker Face… I clicked the X button at first, because I couldn’t handle the song! But a few days later my curiosity had me, I had to see this video. So for the first time since Dave’s death, I listened to Poker Face.
In a lot of ways that Parody helped me because I was able to sit and listen to the song without getting sad, and now when I hear that song, I have two happy memories, Dave and The Hillys!
As time marched on I joined this Hillywood show fan club called The HillyMom’s. Yes, that’s right folks I am a proud Hillymom!
We met up to see them in Orlando; they were all so excited because they were bringing Kyle, the new Jacob! I was excited too because I am all about some TEAM JACOB!
We were walking through the convention center lobby when I first saw Kyle. I had never seen a picture of him but as we passed each other I thought, “Hm that guy looks like Jacob…” I met up with the Hillymom’s and they took me over to see the Hillywood cast. There he was, the boy from earlier, it was him, Kyle!
Lenora said, “Josh this is Kyle…” My reply as I shook his hand… “H-H-Hi Josh, I’m Kyle…” Everyone started laughing as Valarie said, “No you are Josh… This is Kyle…” We all have such a good time laughing about the first impressions I have made on Drew and Kyle!
I have had the pleasure of getting to know “These Hilly People” We have done several conventions together and well, I must say, I love them with all my heart. I first met them at a really hard time in my life, and watching their videos helped get me out of the slump that I was in.
I had the pleasure of working on the New Moon Parody with them. I was a in the crowd with a red cape on. As Hilly runs through the fountain I am the one on the end that she hits out of the way. She may be small but that girl can JAB! Let me tell ya! (kidding Hilly)
If you are a Hillywood fan, you know what I am talking about. You know how welcoming they can be, and you know the impact they can have on your life. I know because I am blessed to call them friends.
This is a videoblog that I made... Some of my favorite Memories with The Hillywood Show