No fan will ever wish to not see their favorite celebrities with their own eyes. That’s like the biggest dream and goal of every avid fan. It’s the same for you, right? As a fan of the celebrities you truly admire, you definitely want to see them in person in the future. Whenever, wherever and however, you want that dream fulfilled. It would be exceptionally memorable once that day comes. It’s going to be more precious than gold to you.
While all fans want to see and come face to face with their dearest icons, some are wondering how they would react or what they would say when that happens. You know what I mean? You certainly want to see them already, but you are quite unsure how you will act in front of them as their fans who are also so active, loud and supportive from afar. Some think they would be shy and speechless, freezing right there and then. It’s a star-struck moment for you, yes, but that would be somehow a waste if you fail to at least tell them that you are happy to finally meet them.
Some fans are afraid that they might zone out because of unbelief once they get the chance to see and/or speak with their beloved artists. On the other hand, some fans get uncontrollable and overwhelmed to the point that they over-display their emotions and excitement. It isn’t so good. Actually, it becomes bad in some cases too.
To avoid becoming the latter kind of fans, and to also get an idea about the do’s and don’ts as fans, here are 5 things you should avoid doing when you meet your favorite celebrities.
1 – Invading their privacy
Celebrities are public figures, but just like any human being, they need privacy. They have private lives too. Many fans fail to remember this when they see their favorite artists in events and especially in public places.
Do not invade the privacy of celebrities. When you suddenly see them in the same restaurant or in the same beach resort, do not just take photos or film them without consent, particularly if it seems like they are in a family occasion or any personal affair. Do not barge into their gathering just to ask for a photo with them. They are on a vacation or having some personal time alone. It’s very improper and disrespectful to discourteously come to them and request for fan service.
Meanwhile, even in official fan events where fans can get a bit close to celebrities, you should maintain discipline and good manners. When you see them resting or taking a break from the stage, don’t you ever try to intrude into their resting areas to get autographs or take selfies with them. Again, these are very untoward.
2 – Shouting out inappropriately loud
We know how fans cannot help but shout and scream for joy and excitement in concerts and fan meetings. It’s not only because of extreme bliss but also because they want to personally convey to the artists how glad they are to see them in person.
Nonetheless, too much reckless shouting is not really good. Avoid shouting out inappropriately loud. When you are standing a bit near the artist, shouting loud can surprise them or hurt their ears. In a concert, if it’s not a perfect time to shout out your bias’ name or a short message to them, do not shout. It could cause distraction to the event, and it could also make celebrities uncomfortable.
3 – Pulling or touching them without consent
This is very wrong. The artists themselves and their celebrity management company can file suits against perpetrators of this misconduct. Pulling or touching the celebs without consent is a huge no-no! You might physically scratch or hurt them, while in the middle of crowds. You might be tagged a harasser too.
You are not their close friend or their family member who can touch them anytime. You are fans. There are clear boundaries. With consent, you might be able to shake hands, make high-fives and hug them at most. Yet even with consent from the artists, be very respectful and careful not to make them feel unpleasant.
4 – Uploading unsightly photos of them
It has been mentioned earlier that fans should not take photos of artists without consent, particularly in personal and non-celeb events. However, if it so happens that you didn’t know about that or that you were not too wise to know that earlier than today, the least you can do is to avoid uploading unsightly photos of them.
Just as how you want all your photos posted online are beautiful and cool, artists want the same as well. Whether it’s a concert that you’re attending or a sudden fan meeting in a public place, photos of them which you take must be proper; be mindful when taking or posting them online. Also, know that you don’t have to post all of them; it would also be nice to keep some for yourself.
5 – Asking sensitive or controversial questions
Last but not the least is something that happens when fans get a chance to talk with their favorite celebrities. This happens during fan sign events to be particular. To make the short time precious, shower them with good words, and be wise in everything you say.
Do not ask sensitive or controversial questions to them. It might ruin their mood or might put them on a hot seat.
NICE TO MEET YOU
It would be beyond nice to meet your favorite artists in real life! It’s going to be one of the best days ever in your life as a fan, and that’s for sure. Just see to it that when that day comes, you will convey your love and admiration towards them with all respect and gentleness. Be professional yourself when you meet them. Let it be a wonderful, beautiful, successful fangirl/fanboy experience!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for The Fordham Company, one of Australia’s leading celebrity talent management agencies located in Sydney. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.