Best Assignment Ever — Interview Taylor Swift!
When I first got the call to do a new assignment, I was so excited. I was going to interview Taylor Swift, my favorite singer of all time! She was taking part in a webcast hosted by Scholastic, Read Now with Taylor Swift, focusing on how amazingly important reading is in life. It's not every day you get to meet your idol. It was a dream come true.
But then suddenly, I was afraid I would mess up. Sneeze in her face. Do something I wasn't supposed to do. Taylor Swift is huge. She makes headlines every day, it seems. She's a real star.
So there I went, skipping school for the day and on my way to the Scholastic offices in New York. I was completely oblivious to everything other than meeting Taylor Swift. When I got to Scholastic, I was basically bouncing off the walls. "Stay calm." I told myself. "You're on the job, not a fan just stumbling in here and saying 'Oh, I think I'll see Taylor Swift. Yeah, okay.'"
I went to the Scholastic Auditorium where the webcast would take place and waited for the event to begin. I got a front row seat! Soon, the webcast started. Nick Cannon, the host, started the by saying how important reading is, which I agree with. "WHERE'S TAYLOR?" I thought.
"Now let me introduce you to the wonderful Taylor Swift!" Nick finally said. The crowd roared. And screamed. At the top of their lungs. It was deafening. Once everyone got over the excitement of seeing Taylor Swift walk 20 paces to her chair on stage, Nick asked her a couple questions that had been submitted by kids in advance.
One of the questions that really struck me was, "Did you always know that you wanted to perform music and write poetry, and those types of things?" Taylor answered that she fell in love in second grade — with poetry! Her answer really surprised me because I also fell in love with poetry in second grade. Taylor and I had a connection I never knew about. It was really cool.
After the webcast, I got to meet Taylor and ask her a question for my Scholastic report. I asked her what she hoped her fans would learn from the webcast. I loved the way she answered — thoughtful, kind, and yes, poetic.
As I was leaving Scholastic, I thought, "This is by far the most AMAZING day I will ever have as a kid reporter."
Kid Reporter Grace McManus talks with Taylor Swift after her Read Now with Taylor Swift webcast at Scholastic headquarters in New York. (Photo: Dante A. Ciampaglia)