One of the best parts of the San Diego Comic-Con is all the celebrity sightings. There is so much star gazing that it would make Galileo jealous (see what I did there). If you have never been before, the celebrity encounters can get pretty surreal at times and they happen at the most unexpected moments. Crazy thing is that no one has the same experience twice. I have gone some years and ran into big names every day and other years I hardly saw anyone. That’s the beautiful unpredictable nature of Comic-Con. But a bad encounter can lead to a lifetime of regret. So to prepare you for when you have that chance, here are some tips:
- Don’t gawk. This is your one chance to meet someone you have admired for a long time. Don’t let the opportunity pass and seize the moment. If not, then just leave. Hanging around and gawking is super annoying for a celeb.
- Respect their situation. If a celeb is engaged in business or in a serious conversation then patiently wait. Don’t stare or take pics just chill nearby.
- Remember, that celebrities are people too. Treating them like such will go a long way. Most of them are just as awkward and uncomfortable as you are- so the best thing to do it to talk to them like a respected friend. Overly gushing may be instinctual but it just wastes your short moment with them and creates embarrassment. They are not expecting you to kiss their ring, just to be natural and normal.
- Speak to them not at them. Which means asking them normal questions: “How are you enjoying Comic-Con, what it what you expected?” “Would you ever dress up in costume, if so what?” “What is the craziest thing you have seen so far?” As soon as they see that you are are not afraid or freaked out by them, they will most likely interact with you.
- If the actor is older, I call them by their last name. In business you wouldn’t call someone older by their first name if you didn’t know them so I don’t think it’s ok to do that with celebs. This is my personal preference. For instance, If I saw Sir Gandalf the Grey, I would not be saying “Ian, wassup?!”
- Keep it brief. Nothing like crossing that line when the target of your affections is slowly walking away backwards.
- No weird request. No kissing, no inviting yourself to their party, no asking for the shirt off their back. Don’t be weird.
- ALWAYS ask to take a picture. These guys are daily hounded by paparazzi so politely asking will be appreciated. Just do one pic too- multiple pics are a whip.
- I would not initiate a handshake unless they do. Whether it’s because of germs or personal preference, some celebs do not like the physical contact.
- If autographs is important to you, then always have a Sharpie with you and know what you would have signed- like your Comic-Con badge.
- Finally, keep it ‘breezy’ (Friends reference)
Well I hoped that helped. I know there are a TON of stories out there of your celebrity encounter from past Comic-Cons. Share your story below and give us your tips!
Here was my favorite celebrity moment!