OK SO IVE BEEN MEANING TO MAKE A POST ABOUT MY LOVE FOR ANDREA FOR A WHILE AND THIS SEEMS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD PROMPT (don’t worry though, it doesn’t come across as mean at all);
Basically a few years ago I picked up a book on Taylor and her life so far (Taylor Swift: The Rise Of The Nashville Teen, by Chloe Govan), and although it’s obviously not 100% credible, because nothing it - it had a section on Andrea’s life that really fascinated me. Andrea Swift was a business woman when business women were slightly harder to find. She was a very successful finance executive, and named Taylor ‘Taylor’ because it is gender neutral, and wouldn’t automatically effect her chances in the workplace by people automatically writing her off as a female on an application form (and it is also after James Taylor).
Out of love and faith in their daughter’s potential career, Andrea and Scott agreed to move Taylor ACROSS THE COUNTRY - leaving their family home, friends and family they had in the area, and their jobs. Andrea gave up her own job so that she could assist Taylor, helping her kick start her career at whatever lengths it would take, while remaining a friend to her on the road and more importantly a mother. She had her say in the way Taylor presented herself to her audience, while also allowing Taylor to have almost complete freedom with her work image.
The business side of Andrea is a vague and impersonal reason why I admire her, but it’s a reason no less. The rest are much more personal.
For so many reasons, Andrea reminds me of my own mum. They both look relatively similar - blonde bobbed hair and soft features. My mum has always looked out for me in the way that Andrea has for Taylor, supporting me in anything I want to do.
Even though Andrea is fighting a very serious battle right now, she has still traveled across the world to accompany Taylor and be a huge part of her life, and also to greet fans and thank the people who have made her daughter’s dream come true. She not only thanks them, but makes their own dreams come true - allowing them to thank Taylor in person.
The Red Tour was the first tour of Taylor’s I was able to attend, and we spent weeks putting our costumes and signs together and we had the ABSOLUTE TIME OF OUR LIVES - it was only my second time in London and that day we managed to go shopping and we had a lot of fun getting ready before hand and by the time we actually got to the O2, we had already had a fantastic day and although hopeful, we didn’t know what to expect. We got to our seats and automatically started crying because of how amazing it was that we were actually in the room with Taylor, and after only about 10 minutes of jumping up and down and screaming, Andrea noticed us and shouted up to us to come down from our seats and follow her, and she took us to the front row. Being chosen out of 20000 did SO MUCH for my confidence and since that moment I’ve done nothing but want to thank her. Even if I tried I could never explain how much that moment meant to me.
Last Tuesday, at the 1989 tour this time, our hopes were high, but we didn’t want to expect anything - especially after being blessed enough to have an INCREDIBLE Red Tour experience. We threw caution into the wind, for those two hours we were going to be totally carefree, screaming and jumping and dancing along to our favourite songs. Andrea must have spotted us, and came all the way up to the high end of the second level to find us. She went entirely out of her way to see us and just the sight of her coming us the steps caused me to totally break down. At the end of the day, she was the one that granted us the opportunity to meet Taylor - she is the one behind making literally everything I’ve ever dreamed of for the past 7 or 8 years come true.
I’ll never be able to thank Andrea for everything she has done for me in terms of my confidence and my outlook. I really admire and love her so much, for so many reasons I just can’t explain.
You’re right, I don’t really know her, but I still admire her so many ways, even if I can’t find the words to explain it in full.