ESMEE’S JOURNAL – OPRAH EXPERIENCE

These past few months have been like a dream for me. Sometimes it feels a little scary. Is this really happening to me, or will I just wake up one day and realize none of it ever happened?

This week I got some amazing news: Oprah was going to do a show about YouTube and she had invited me to come to the show! Not just to sit in the audience, but I was going be an actual guest!

When I heard the news for the first time, I just couldn’t believe it. I thought my managers were joking. I have been watching her show forever and I always dreamt of meeting her. This was just too good to be true. So I packed my bags and I was on my way to Chicago — the city where I also met Justin Timberlake for the first time. I was so excited to be back. I got picked up from the airport in a real limousine and I couldn’t believe that it was all for me.

When I arrived in a beautiful hotel, a stylist was waiting for me with some of the most gorgeous and expensive clothing I’ve ever seen, and we picked out an outfit together. For the rest of the day, I just rested for a while. I was getting nervous because when I got off the plane, I had a cold and was sneezing the whole trip. So I went to a drugstore and bought all the medicine I could find. Why is it I always get sick when big things start to happen!?

The next day, I got up really early because I had to get my hair and makeup done. I have never seen so much makeup in a room before. She had makeup in every colour and every shade. When she was done, I almost didn’t recognize myself!

Then I was ready to go to the show. I had my hair and makeup done and I had the perfect outfit. When I arrived at the studio, I met the founders of YouTube. It was amazing — these people had made it possible for me to post my videos and show them to the whole wide world. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here right now.

So then it was show time, and it was time for me to step on stage. I got so nervous! Usually, I’m pretty good at keeping it cool, but when I saw Oprah standing in front of me, I just couldn’t help from shaking. She was everything I hoped she would be and she saw that I was nervous and helped me. I got to sing a little part of “18 Years Old” and before I knew it, it was over. After that, I just got to sit back and enjoy the show.

After the show, we all got a present: a little video camera which you can use to upload your own videos directly to YouTube. It was the perfect gift! Now I am sitting here in my hotel room wondering if this all really happened. I can’t wait until the show airs. I can’t believe how many people will get to hear my story, and hopefully, it will inspire them to make their dreams come true!