I’ve met some pretty famous people and you’d think that makes my travels and job really exciting. It does. But, it comes with some pitfalls you might not expect. You see, when you meet someone you admire, regardless of how famous they are, you are taking a chance that they might be a real jerk.
Yes, I’ve had that happen to one extent or another. I met Alec Baldwin once and I wish I’d never talked to him. The girl who was with me was young and beautiful and she got the “Charming Mr. Baldwin” and I am not as young or beautiful so I got the “Why-are-you-in-my-presence Mr. Baldwin”. In all fairness, these are single incidents and may not be reflective of how someone is normally. But, sometimes that one moment between fan and artist is all there is. It’s fleeting. It can be memorable or miserable for the fan.
I’ve met authors who, after meeting them in person, I can’t read any more because they were just so awful as people. And therein lies the fear. If you love a book, series, TV show, movie, painting, music, whatever it is you’re a fan of, you want to continue to love it. It is a source of joy to you.
I hear famous people complain about the downside of being famous and I am certain a lack of privacy would be something I’d hate to give up. But, you have a job dependent on the love of fans. If you think that’s not true take a look at Lindsey Lohan, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, OJ Simpson, the list goes on. If you don’t think your fans matter, then stay away from them. Please?
Often you can get a sense of a celebrity from their social media. The drummer for Motely Crue, Tommy Lee ranted about fans who want pictures with him and how he owes nothing to his fans. Nope. I really don’t ever want to meet that guy since, as a fan, I don’t know what might set him off. But I’d go see Motley Crue because of Nikki Sixx who is an amazing person. No, I’ve not met him (I wish!) but his work on This is Gonna Hurt profoundly affected me.
People I was afraid to meet, but ended up being amazing? Cory Doctorow, Lisa Kleypas, Christine Feehan, Jon Stewart, Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Charlain Harris, Chandler Riggs, Howard Gordon, Stan Lee, George Takei, Christopher Judge, Marjorie M. Liu, Jason Isaacs, Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, Ice-T, Karen Kingsbury, Neil Patrick Harris and, well, I guess it’s safe to say I’ve met more wonderful, amazing, charming and kind celebrities than not.
Of those, the most exciting moments for me as a fan included Jon Stewart, Christine Feehan, R.L. Stine, Chandler Riggs, Stan Lee, Neil Patrick Harris and George Takei. I was probably a little nervous meeting each of those I named, but these had a special place in my heart for a multitude of reasons.
I am going to San Diego ComicCon this year and my dream list has Nathian Fillion, the guys from Supernatural, Norman Reedus, Stephen Amell and a list of others. It’s NOT easy to get to meet any celebrities at SDCC, but I’m ready if I get the chance!! LOL
Have you ever met a celebrity and loved them even more than before? Have a bad experience with a celebrity? Who are you top 3 celebrities you wish you could meet?