How to Meet a Celebrity
Many people dream of meeting their favorite celebrity. Some people have whole websites and social media accounts dedicated to their encounters with the rich and famous. Meeting a celebrity can be very enjoyable, but it often requires some advanced planning. Here's how to catch a glimpse, get an autograph, or say hello to someone famous.
Locating the Celebrity From Afar
Read tabloid magazines and websites.Gossip magazines and blogs regularly post paparazzi photos of celebrities out and about. Look in the background of the photo. If there is a hotel, it's likely that is where they are staying while they're in town. If it's a specific coffee shop or store, that might be a regular hang-out of theirs.
- Set a Google alert for your favorite celebrity's name. News articles will appear, but so will information about their whereabouts, based on recent paparazzi photos and fan updates.
- Celebrity sighting is a popular hobby. Many people maintain blogs they update regularly with information.
Follow Twitter.Many celebrities tweet regularly throughout their day. Following their twitter feed may lead to information on where they regularly go to the gym, go for dinner, or shop. Visiting these places will increase your chances of meeting them.
- Many fans post sightings of celebrities on their twitter feed. Setting an alert to the celebrity's handle may inundate your feed, but could let you know if someone is in your immediate area.
Follow Instagram.Uploaded photos from celebrities may produce clues as to where they spend their time. Look in the background of the photo for street signs, shop names, and other identifying characteristics of their location.
- Most celebrity Facebook accounts are run by their publicist, and not updated with information regarding their day-to-day life, but you may find information from comments left by fans.
Search through online databases.Many websites exist that provide information on when and where celebrities will be coming for film and television filmings, book signings, public appearances, and speaking arrangements.
Locating the Celebrity in Person
Visit Los Angeles, New York City, or London.Many celebrities live in these cities, and spending time there may increase your chances of meeting someone famous.
Network.Either make clear your hobby of taking photos with the stars, or casually mention your particular interest to one person. You never know who knows the guy who knows the guy who knows the guy who trains Brad Pitt.
Ask around.When you go for coffee or lunch in a popular area, ask the people working there who comes in. Some people can be very open, and may even tell you which day of the week, or time of day, certain people tend to get their groceries or pick up their takeout.
Read the Arts section of the newspaper.Theater performances, gallery openings, book signings, and other official appearances will be noted.
- Visit the theater or gallery where the celebrity is scheduled to appear. Talk with the people who work there. You never know who may tell you a bit of information regarding his or her whereabouts.
Meeting a Celebrity at an Event
Buy tickets to the celebrity’s concert, play, or appearance event.By paying to attend the official event, you won't need to wait outside, hoping for a glimpse.
- Get the best seats you can afford. The closer to the stage you are, the more likely they will see you. Some performers are very interactive with their audience and may take photos or chat with you.
- You can also pay for a VIP ticket that includes a Meet and Greet session. While very expensive, these opportunities usually come with great seats to the film, play, or concert, and a guaranteed photo of the two of you at the end. Most booking agents will explain exactly what is included with a VIP package.
Keep an eye out for book signings.Celebrities will often promote themselves at book signings, both for their own books and books that are related to a project they work on. (For example, in 2012 Jennifer Lawrence signed copies ofThe Hunger Gamesat a New York City Barnes & Noble to promote literacy.) Many of these events are free. There are websites that can alert you to what is going on when and where.
- Contact the bookstore in advance to find out if the line is likely to be very long, what the photograph and autograph policies are, etc. Large bookstores handle many signings a year and know exactly what to expect.
- It may be difficult to get a photograph with a celebrity at a book signing; the bookstores usually want the line to keep moving. Don’t make yourself a nuisance, or you will be unlikely to be allowed to return.
- Most book signings do not allow people to get an autograph, or to join the line to meet the celebrity, unless the person has bought the item.
- Consider buying more than one book. This may give you more time to speak to the celebrity while they sign.
Go to the stage door.If you have tickets to a play or show, find where the stage door or back entrance is. After the play, head straight there and wait for the person to exit. There will likely be many people waiting, but you may still get a photo or an autograph.
- Some performers may be very tired after performing a show and will not want to sign autographs or pose for photos. Always be polite and respectful and don’t hassle anyone.
Visit a talk show taping.Shows such as The Daily Show, morning talk shows, and late night talk shows all have many celebrity guests per week. You can find taping schedules online so that you know when your favorite celebrity will be a guest.
- Like theaters, talk shows also have stage doors. Often arriving and leaving a taping is a staged event, complete with paparazzi and fans, but you may be able to score a quick meeting, depending on the celebrity and their schedule.
Meeting a Celebrity Out and About
Visit places that celebrities also visit.While you may not be able to afford to shop at Prada or Louis Vuitton, you can still visit other places that celebrities also frequent. In L.A., locales like the Brentwood Farmers Market and Whole Foods are often frequented by celebrities doing their shopping.
- Stores usually don’t look kindly on people who loiter without making purchases. Buying something from the store, even if it’s small or inexpensive, will help ensure that you don’t make yourself unwelcome.
Wait outside the hotel where you know they are staying.Press conferences and premiers often run late, so if you arrive in the morning, you may see the celebrity leaving for work.
- Lingering in the hotel lobby may get you in trouble, so consider having a drink in the hotel bar. Sit so that you can see who comes in and out of the hotel.
- Don't be disappointed if you don't see the person coming into or leaving the hotel. Many large hotels with a celebrity clientele have back entrances to protect their privacy.
Wait near the tour vans for musicians.If you have attended a concert, ask where the tour vans are located, and try to get in that area. Many bands pack up quickly after the show, but some people may be hanging around and could introduce you.
Get a job near where celebrities spend their time.Become a waiter at their favorite restaurant, a bartender at their regular bar, or a personal trainer at their gym. Working an eight hour shift greatly increases the odds you will be there when they are there.
- Make sure to get a job that lets you interact with the patrons. Jobs like valet parking and coat check, while not particularly exciting, are likely to put you in contact with celebrities dining out or staying in hotels.
- Always be professional. Most employers at places that celebrities frequent will not look kindly at potential harassment of their famous clientele. It’s fine to start up a chat or even ask for a photograph under the right circumstances, but if you become a nuisance you’re not likely to keep your job.
Using Proper Etiquette When You Meet a Celebrity
Arrive early at events you attend.Depending on the event, some people may camp out overnight. Bring a book or some music to keep you entertained while you wait.
- Consider bringing a friend, particularly if you will be arriving several hours early, or waiting overnight. You can save each other's spot in the line, take turns going to the bathroom, and bring back food and drinks as you wait.
Decide what you want.An autograph? A photo? You may be able to get both, but if the person arrives late, is hurried past you by her publicist, or only spends a few minutes with fans, it's best to know exactly what you will ask.
- Ask for your autograph to be personalized. This decreases the likelihood you will sell the autographed item for money, and increases the chances that they will sign it, or maybe start a conversation with you.
- Be prepared. Have a pen or sharpie with you, as well as something for the celebrity to sign such as a photograph or playbill. If they're being generous and giving you an autograph, make it as easy for them as possible.
Prepare what you will say.The celebrity may not have a lot of time, so have a short introduction prepared. Tell them your name and a sentence or two that expresses your appreciation for their work. Clearly and politely state your request, and always phrase it as a question (“May I take a photo with you?”) rather than a statement (“I want to take a photo with you.”)
- If you have a lot of things to say to the person, consider writing a letter and handing it to them at the event. They may read it when they have more time at a later date.
Remain calm.This person's music may have changed your life. You may think the two of you are undiscovered soul mates, but they have never met you before. Be friendly and polite, but avoid gushing and hyperbole. Excessive fawning, screaming, or adoration may make them uncomfortable.
Smile and be friendly.Celebrities are very busy people and do many press and publicity events every month. Don’t be demanding or aggressive. Genuine friendliness and appreciation are more likely to be met with generosity.
- Always ask before taking a photograph. It may come across as presumptive or rude to just whip out your phone and start snapping without permission.
Step aside.If you are attending an event or waiting at the stage door, there will probably be many others waiting too. After getting your photo, handshake, or autograph, let others meet the celebrity. They are likely just as excited as you are.
- Don't be disappointed if you don't get a handshake, or if the meeting is very quick. There will always be more opportunities!
QuestionHow do I send a letter to Dove Cameron?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLook on websites like Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook and find out where she lives or where her fan mail needs sent. When you send her the letter, just write what you feel, but use etiquette. Ask questions you want her to answer. If Dove Cameron doesn't respond, it doesn't mean she dislikes you. She is a very famous celebrity, and she is busy. Just know that celebrities won't always answer. If you meet her in person, don't bomb her with questions either. Hand her the letter then. She'll most likely read it later.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I purchase VIP tickets? Whenever the tickets go on sale, I look for them, but there are never any there.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSome events won't have VIP tickets, or if they do, you have to get the ticket right when they come out because they will usually sell out instantly. If the event has a pre-sale, try to get the code! This can also help you get tickets.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I get tickets to meet a celebrity who has a girlfriend/boyfriend but I have a crush on them?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBe respectful of their privacy and their lives. They are simply people, no different than the people you meet everyday or go to school with. They just happen to be in the spotlight where millions of people they don't know, know them. It's really weird for many celebrities. When you meet them, just tell them how much you appreciate their work, whatever they do, and tell them how much it means to you. If you have a specific story to tell, tell that. They appreciate knowing that whatever they do affects people positively. Don't tell them you have a crush on them, just treat them like a normal human being.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have a better chance of meeting a celebrity in California or New York?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBoth states are known for having high numbers of celebrities, but Los Angeles in California may be your best bet.Thanks!
QuestionWhere do I find tickets for movie premieres?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCheck your local stores and ask friends. Maybe go on social media sites like Swip-Swap and search for tickets there.Thanks!
QuestionWhen is the best time to meet celebrities?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe best times would be when they aren't working, or if/when there are times they set aside for chatting with fans.Thanks!
QuestionIf my friend invited me to a party with that celebrity, how should I act to make the celebrity like me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAct casual, and introduce yourself in a calm manner. Don't jump around or act like a fan; otherwise, the celebrity likely won't want to be around you. Ease slowly into a conversation, and you should get along just fine.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if when I meet my favorite celebrity, I can't control my awkward anxiety?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBefore meeting your celebrity, plan out what you are going to say. Don't drink anything that has caffeine, because that will just make you more hyper. Have a friend with you to help calm you.Thanks!
QuestionI'm a special Olympian representing northwest in table tennis in Britain. Does this mean I'm a celebrity?Ninaki123Community AnswerOf course. You are showing and teaching people through TV what you can do, and how.Thanks!
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If you want to meet a celebrity, try reading tabloid magazines and celebrity websites that regularly post paparazzi photos of celebrities. When you see pictures of the celebrity you want to meet, look for details in the background of the photo that could tell you where the person is staying or where they hang out regularly. You might also find clues on their social media pages, or you could attend an event where the celebrity is scheduled to appear.
- Celebrities are human. You may meet them when they are sick, or have just been dumped, or are deeply regretting their decision to not go to veterinary school. Just as non-celebrities have bad days and can make a negative first impression, so can famous people. If you meet a celebrity who is less cordial than you have hoped or expected, cut them some slack. You may have just caught them at a bad time.
- Respect the celebrity’s privacy and use common sense. If you see your favorite celebrity is out for ice cream with her children, consider whether it would be polite to interrupt her family time. Remember, they’re people too.
- Never assume a celebrity will give you a photo or an autograph. Depending on their schedule, they may not have the time. If they decline, smile and let them go about their day.
- Strolling around airports near you are very helpful. Most celebs take private jets to public airports, and once they land there is a high possible chance he/she may be there.
- Remember that celebrities are normal people, just with a different lifestyle.
- Some people just don't understand that celebrities are people, too. People look up to celebs as if they are the centre of their lives. Celebs are humans and should be treated as such. Don't get too excited about meeting one. They are the same as you.
- Be yourself and be unique with a celebrity, it's always good to be different, but never so much, try to not make things awkward, never forget to be nice and polite, maybe funny.
- Loitering in public places such as hotels and stores is sometimes prohibited and often frowned upon by management. If you choose to hang out at hotels or stores, be a good patron and buy something at least occasionally or you may find yourself banned from the property.
- Stalking is a criminal offense. Never attempt to gain entrance to a celebrity's home, hotel room, or private space. Any correspondence should be sent to their official fan mail address or phone number, never to a private address.
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