TVDDallas was my third foray into the world of The Vampire Diaries conventions, from deciding to attend TVDDallas at the last-minute this convention was a whirlwind of surprises from start to finish. Beginning with the announcement of both Paul Wesley and Michael Trevino cancelling their appearances at the convention days before the event I was anxious about what this new convention venue would bring. Creation Entertainment has been running conventions for years but has never hosted a TVD convention in Dallas. Being a new venue many of the attendees were first timers but luckily the Creation volunteers are more than equipped to handle all the confusion and questions any new convention goer may have.
Being my third convention I can navigate the convention with confidence, no longer overwhelmed by the fun though albeit hectic schedule. TVDDallas had a slightly different set up due to the addition of new last-minute guests and a different hotel configuration but both changes made little impact on the enjoyment of the convention.
Highlights of TVDDallas were numerous, from Steven McQueen joining the Hillywood girls as the hosted David Alpay’s panel, to Arielle Kebbel joining Zach Roerig and Steven in their panel. I was very fortunate to speak to many of the TVD cast members during the meet and greets, but also during the photo ops and autograph sessions. Dallas had a more relaxed feel than the previous two conventions I had attended, and the celebrities were more than happy to spend a little extra time with the guests especially during the Saturday night dance. Todd Williams, David Alpay, Trent Ford and Micah Parker spent the dance talking, taking pictures and even dancing with the guests! The addition of Trent Ford and Micah Parker was last-minute and I’m grateful for it, both gentlemen were personable and enjoy getting to interact with the guests, if you have the opportunity to attend a convention with either of these guests I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to seeing Trent at EyeCon and Micah was recently added to the guests at TVDOrlando.
As much as it was exciting to interact with the celebrity guests I also enjoyed the time I spent with the other convention attendees, I was finally able to meet the lovely Ruthie who runs Vampire Diaries Online and has kindly allowed me to write a piece on her site. I was able to see my favorite Creation Entertainment people: phenomenal photographer Chris Schmelke, and the fabulous volunteers April and Libby, they truly make the convention experiences not only run smoothly but more fun.
Dallas also surprised with their generosity and came out in strong support of Thunder Road, the film Charlie Bewley’s production company Astoria Entertainment is currently campaigning to raise funds for its production. Creation Entertainment held an auction for a dinner with Charlie for two guests in support of the campaign and the auction was won with a bid of $1300! The lucky winners were a lovely couple, Jason and Nicole Ross, Nicole is a therapist and director at The Creative Therapy Center. The Ross’ have become a great asset to the Thunder Road campaign holding fundraisers and helping promote wherever they can. I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Robin Hefner who created the site Hico’s Hero and wanted to help support the campaign as her son was killed in action and knows many veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Though I was apprehensive about going to this convention in the beginning, TVDDallas was a wonderful surprise and will always be one of my favorite conventions.
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