Me? I’m just in it for the celebrities.
Yes, I admit it, I’m a celebrity stalker. Not in the “wackadoodle, go through their garbage, imagine we’re married,” kind of way. But in the, “I want to have my picture taken with you and pretend we’re best friends,” kind of way.
Since normally it’s hard to get close to a celebrity, I’m quick to make the most of the opportunity to meet top celebs when they appear as spokespeople for brands at these conferences. Although I know we will never be best buds, I’m grateful for the chance to meet these stars, have a moment with them, and pose for a pic together. Although it can be tough to be patient when hundreds of other like-minded bloggers are vying for face time with these celebs, I am willing to wait it out so I can have a moment with celebrity greatness that I can cherish for the rest of my life.
Such was the case when I went to the Blogher Conference recently in New York City. Blogher is the mother of all blog conferences, attracting upwards of 4500 bloggers and hundreds of brands. With so many sponsors, I knew this would be a my best opportunity to meet celeb spokespeople and maybe even say something witty and entertaining that would leave a lasting impression on them.
Blogher did not fail me.
Before I even made it in the door to the expo,I met my first celeb. I thought he was slightly furrier and more orange than he appears on film, but we bonded over facial hair.
Once I got inside, I was almost blinded by the greatness that was my next celeb encounter. This guy literally outshines everyone else on TV and I have to admit, his warmth and sunny disposition were a welcome change from some of the other stars I have met in the past.
Even though there was a huge line of people to meet him, I was honored that he took the time to remind me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day..
Just around the corner, I ran into someone who was honestly, a little saucy and somewhat spicier in real life than I had expected. I admired her desire to go more mainstream, but I suspect that she might still be an acquired taste for some people.
We had actually met briefly once before at the opening of an Asian Fusian restaurant in Hollywood, and I was thrilled that she actually remembered me… although, now that I think about it, I may have had her confused with another condiment.
Although this was an amazing venue for celeb sightings, I have to admit, the past Blogher in 2011, was just a wee bit better for A-list celebrities.
There was this one guy I met who was just as dapper in real life as he is on TV, and had no qualms about showing that a real gentleman can rock a bow tie and hanbdlebar mustache without compromising his hipness.
Of course, the daggers came out when another celeb appeared rocking the same look, but I think there is room enough in this world for two debonair dudes at an expo.
Of course, of all the stars I met, I must say, my best photo op of all time was with two celebrities hanging out on a stoop.
This might have been the only celeb encounter that actually made my kids jealous and I totally get it, because these guys were just as funny and wacky as they are on TV. Still, I have to admit, I’m not sure if that little red dude was checking out my badge or something else.
But whatever it takes to get a pic with a celeb, you know?
Whatever it takes.