Over the past few years, we've worked with a number of celebrities. Everyone ranging from Pop, Hip-Hop to R&B artists, to actors and athletes. Needless to say, we've learned some valuable tricks on the way.
First and foremost, BE CONFIDENT. Celebrities have this six senses, they can sniff who those who are lacking the confidence to do their job. Some, not all can and will take advantage of this and make your day a living hell. Some, chalk it up to learning experiences, but we know better. It is in your best interests to be confident in the services you are offering them. YOU are the pro, so just know that you've got this!
Get to know who their entourage is. Likely before you meet them, you will be emailed their riders , flight schedules and other lists of demands. Brief yourself on their needs, the best person to contact for specific issues and who they have rolling with them. This will keep you one step ahead and will make your life easier when things hits the fan.
Remember, they are humans too. Behind all the gilts, glamour and fame, they are just regular people. In our experience, we found that celebrities and their entourage respond better to us when we don't gawk over theme. When we keep things simple and easy, they make our lives simple and easy. Yes, we know it's easy to get star stuck, but remember you have a job to do and they are depending on you to do your half.
Be the solution, not the problem. Things will happen. Mistakes and issues will arise, don't freak out. Stop, think clearly and execute a crisis plan or solution. Don't stress the talent with issues if you have't tried every effort to fix it fists. The talent/celebrity shouldn't be bothered unless it's a serious, midlife, someone died, type of crisis. You will look like a rock star if you can fix problems before they escalate or defuse them without the talent even knowing.
Rules for taking pictures with celebrities. Always ask first. Most of the time, they will oblige, but always ask first. Try not to ask at such a pressing time. Get to know them a bit. Get some work done, be around their presence, feel them out. Then, when there is some downtime, ask for a photo or two. TRY NOT TO TAKE UP TO MUCH TIME AND ASK FOR THOUSANDS O PHOTOS. Be respectful and considerate of their time.
Overall, if you are 3 steps ahead of what needs to be done, your experience with your celebrity will be easy. Anticipate problems and questions and have solutions and answers for them.
Prep your team and make sure everyone is on their A-game. Ensure that you get a testimonial if you can from the talent and send a follow up email to their manager or publicist, Thank them for their time and ensure you look forward to working with them in the future. (Here is when you can ask for a testimonial for your site.)