October 31, 2007 Taylor Swift has mastered the art of the meet-and-greet and reaped rewards, including a best-selling debut album, hit singles and an unprecedented Internet following.
Pollstar reports that Taylor amazes industry execs with her ability to recognize fans from past encounters. During a meet & greet this summer, she told a fan that she had just posted a comment on the girl's Myspace page and then turned to a group of local country radio station DJs and told them that, according to the latest reports, the station was playing her single more than any other station in the country. And all of this took place after she had an early dinner with some fans.
"One of the things that Taylor is insistent upon is that they're not rushed," Taylor's manager Rick Barker told Pollstar. "They obviously can't spend five or 10 minutes individually, but she never wants to make them feel like it's a cattle call."
Taylor has been known to sign for three-and-a-half hours after a show. "One time, they shut down the venue and we brought everyone outside," Rick said. "I held a flashlight to her face so people's camera phones would work. There were 300 people lined up. If she starts something, she doesn't stop until it's completely finished."