Fearing the Famous: Meeting the Wonderful

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.

Ice-T so very nice!

Ice-T so very nice!

12882372_m 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.

Jason Isaac on set of new show

Jason Isaac on set of new show

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.

Howard Gordon producer of 24 and Homeland

Howard Gordon producer of 24 and Homeland

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?

Oh My! It's the amazing George Takei!

Oh My! It’s the amazing George Takei!

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.

The lovely and sweet Lisa Kleypas

The lovely and sweet Lisa Kleypas

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.

Very talented and sweet Christine Feehan

Very talented and sweet Christine Feehan

The ever-charming Neil Patrick Harris

The ever-charming Neil Patrick Harris

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.

Amazing and Fun Stan Lee

Amazing and Fun Stan Lee

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

R.L. (call me Bob) Stine. Funny, charming and appreciates so much.

R.L. (call me Bob) Stine. Funny, charming and appreciates so much.

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?

Breakfast and great conversation with David Morrell and friends

Breakfast and great conversation with David Morrell and friends

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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7 Responses to Fearing the Famous: Meeting the Wonderful

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Sheila, I really enjoyed reading this! I sat next to Susan Elizabeth Phillips at Barbara Vey’s luncheon, and she’s wonderful. I met Charlaine Harris a long time ago at a mystery writers conference in Chicago, when she was only writing mysteries. I was already a fan of her books, and I told her how much I loved them. I can’t recall her exact words, but she was really nice and self-deprecating.

    I would love to meet Jon Stewart! I’m a huge fan. Oprah would be nice, too. :) I’m looking forward to seeing your picture with Nathan Fillion. :)

    • I totally forgot to mention Barbara Streisand who was absolutely wonderful. I’d heard she had a reputation of being rude or at least not acknowledging people and that was not my experience at all. I was so impressed with how humble she was!

      • Edie Ramer says:

        Sheila, I adore Barbara Streisand! I’m such a fan! But I have to say that all of these people are lucky to know you, too. I admire you so much for what you do, not only with your business – which is awesome – but with your foster dogs. You go way beyond what’s required. You make me want to be a better person.

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Nathan Fillion! Please take lots of pictures :) I adore his work. I talked with Simone Elkeles between conference sessions and was impressed with how real she was. And Jade Lee is so outgoing and friendly.

    Hope you have a great time at ComicCon!

  3. I would be SOOOO happy to get a pic with Nathan Fillion!!!
    Jade Lee was the first person at my first RT Booklovers convention to invite me to be part of a group. She hated to see me alone at the event. I knew no one. It was a kindness I always remember and appreciate.

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Sheila,

    Welcome! And my life is so boring compared to yours! I can’t think of very many I’ve met – the odd few at a conference like having coffee with Jack Whyte, Diane Gabaldon. But other than that…yeah, none. lol

    The pictures are awesome.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols is here!

  5. Sheila, it sounds as if you’ve had some really great experiences. Have a wonderful time at ComicCon.

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