Meeting your favorite singer, actor, actress, or athlete can be one of the greatest memories in your life if all goes well. Do you want to meet the big star coming to your city? Here are some essential rules and tips for meeting your favorite star in-person.
1. Do Your Homework
The Internet is a powerful tool. If you do your research, you should have no problems finding information on flights, hotels, signing habits, public signings, appearances, schedules, etc.
Example: If you are looking to meet a certain rock star for a chance at an autograph or picture and let’s say this certain rock star had a show yesterday in Vancouver, BC and you’re located in Fargo, North Dakota, you would need to search flights originating from the Vancouver area. A lot of musical acts will have at least one day of travel as most travel by tour bus. If this should happen you will need to be on the lookout for tour buses.
What hotels do sports teams, politicians, movie stars, musicians stay at? This is something you can find out by joining Startiger: The Autograph Community or by a little bit of luck Google.
2. Be Patient
On most occasions, you can expect to wait hours on end for the opportunity to meet the celeb. Patience is key! If you don’t have patience or if you are of the opinion that time is money, the better option for you may be buying the autograph. There is a handful of reputable Autograph Dealers who would gladly help you out.
3. Manners – Etiquette
Remember, stars and athletes are people too. They have good days and bad days just like everyone else. It is not your right as a fan that they have to stop and sign an autograph or take a picture with you. If they choose to oblige your autograph request, be courteous! This means using your manners. “Please, Thank-you, Mr., Mrs.”
Stay calm! Stars and celebs can sense your anxiety. Call it a sixth sense that all athletes and stars have. If you are freaking out and being pushy, 9 out of 10 times they won’t stop to sign for you. 9 out of 10 times if this happens, you will have other fans and collectors ready to make sure that this never happens again. There are a lot of “regulars” out there who will make your collecting experience a horrible one if you ruin their chance of an autograph.
4. Be Ready
Have your marker ready! If you’re waiting on a huge star, chances are they will grab the first marker they see and use it to sign everyone’s items. Make sure you have a bold marker that works.
5. Have Fun
There’s no guarantee that you will meet the athlete, musician, star/celeb. Make friends with the people who are sharing the experience with you. Networking is essential as a collector. Share information, share stories, share a good time. Sometimes the autograph is secondary to the actual experience itself.
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