In the newspaper, SOCIETY AND CULTURE, this amusing article written by Mariafrancesca Mary Troisi has been published.
Read it, it’s really funny.
LIFE FROM FAN: leave all hope, you who become!
Concerts, radio, signature – copies, TV show, the life of the fan is very hard.
Yeah, because the real fan (the certified DOC to be clear), is not there to comb the dolls.
Leave all hope you become (fan). And what is it? Dante’s hell? Worse, much worse!
The true fan, to begin with, has in fact qualities that you can not even imagine. First of all: patience!
Yeah, it seems easy to wait weeks, months, or even years, to get news of their “idol”? (Term I do not like to use, but I do mine to simplify).
And when the news does not come, it’s a constant anxiety. Will the single come out? Will there be a concert? Will it go on TV? He will eat? He will sleep? (And other vital functions that I leave out).
When then, finally have the news (hallelujah hallelujah), immediately takes over the other dowry of the fan DOC, ie the “fast race” to get the news in pole position, and put it immediately on its FB status with lots of little hearts to beautify all, doing envy to those who know the news a few hours later. The amateurs in short.
Finally the life of the DOC fan starts to make sense. The idol is coming back.
The true fan DOC then, is almost always also written to the fc (Fan club) of the artist who follows, and for the fc of an artist, often there are events reserved only for members, such as the meeting, where the songs are presented preview. And even if the meet happened on the moon, the real fan will buy his spaceship and … greetings to all! Nobody stops him!
Then follow the signature – copies (for those who do) or interviews on the radio, to promote the new album.
You must know, in fact, that at these events you have the opportunity to meet the artist you are following. And what do you do? Are not you going? But let’s not joke!
And here they are there in the morning, perfumed and combed with great care (so to speak, there are those who arrive, for example on the radio, always not exactly “polished”), to challenge any weather conditions, make kilometers, and wait for hours, hoping for a selfie and / or an autograph.
During these hours they start throwing malicious glances at those around you, because, especially for radio interviews, the more people there are, the less chance you have of getting to your favorite artist. And they think, “Did that person even come here?”… mentally hoping that she will get an attack of … dysentery, and leave the camp.
Oh this is a war, you do not look at anyone!
But if all goes well, and you can embrace your idol for a few minutes, and in the lucky cases, when there are very few people to chat, the hours that have passed under the sun or in the rain, make sense. It makes your day!
The true fan obviously knows by heart every detail of the artist, his songs (he suggests them to the singer if he were to forget), even the less famous, that even the artist remembers to have written or sung. The true fan never misses an interview with him, TV intervention. It is not possible.
Finally the concert dates come out, and here too the DOC fan, trained to throw himself on ticketone and … away, to get the best seats for the dates he prefers. Sometimes, however, the tickets end too quickly even for the DOC fan; then comes hope – another talent of the fan, mixed with despair – to find the “savior” who sells the ticket.
What does the fan do? But obviously, he sleeps outside the stadium / building, or goes there at dawn. AT LEAST. The first row should be conquered with the nails and teeth (then do not say that it is almost not a job that of the fan). Rain, heat, cold, wind. He does not move from there. The front row must be defended at the cost of living.
So you will think … then there is no solidarity between fans?
Of course there is. When there are no signature – copies, radios, concerts, TV … in short, when the artist “hibernates”, they are all friends.
For the true fan the friend is the one who holds you the place in the hurdle next to him: who finds a friend in hurdle, finds a treasure.
But you … what do you know !?