There are some people who go to conferences to network. Others go for the informational sessions. Some go to reunite with old friends and make new ones.

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.

I think they were kind of fighting for my attention, but I’m a married lady so I politely let them know I’m spoken for.

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.

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  • By Word Of Mouth Musings

    Ahem did you see my pic of my ‘encounter’ with the absolutely gorgeous Christian Borle of SMASH in my Blogher recap? … just saying 😉

    (and then of course, there was you)

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      And then there was our rendezvous with Chris Mann, right? Although I try now to only pose with celebs who are my age or older.

  • Michele Wojo

    OMG, Tracy! I loved this one!!! And I’m jealous that you got to meet the Jimmy Dean Sausage Sunshine guy!!!


    • lostinsuburbiablog

      If I wasn’t married, he could be Mr. Right. He’s so bright and cheery, you know.

  • Desiree Miller (@StressFreeBaby)

    You are a rock star! They should have been asking for your autograph missy! In all seriousness, you get that you’re the celeb among this crowd, right? 🙂

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      I don’t know Desiree… I don’t have a monocle or blue fur. I think I’m D-list in this crowd.

  • Anne (@notasupermom)

    I was sad to have missed a photo op with the hot milkmen. And I heard they were giving out jugs.

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Too… many… jokes. Brain shut down!!

  • justkeepinitrealfolks

    GAWD, I’m SO jealous because my life time goal is to wear a cool costume like those in your pics and parade around. Oh to be in that Pringles costume!!!!!!!

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      You and me both, sista. Although I did have a brief career many years ago delivering singing telegrams in a gorilla suit.

  • Carol Baron

    I love it. Send the Ernie &Elmo pic 2 Sidney and Jordan and 2 David’s 2 girls. They should frame it. Mom

    Sent from my iPad

  • Aliza @ The Worthington Post

    Oh, oh, I am sooooo very jealous of that Sesame Street pic… what I wouldn’t GIVE to have a furry red guy staring at my “badge.”

    • Tracy Baron Beckerman

      HAHA! I’ll give him your address!

      • Aliza @ The Worthington Post

        You know…he lived in my hometown until a few years ago. (Kevin Clash/Elmo, that is.)

      • Tracy Baron Beckerman

        Brush with greatness!

  • Astra

    Adorable 🙂

  • Good Day, Reg People (@GDRPempress)

    Fun photos, fun time.

    My fave was the Jimmy Dean Sunshine Guy: he was always in such a good mood.

    I love people like that. Also makes me think he must love his job.

    I know I’d see it as a sweet gig.

    • Tracy Baron Beckerman

      He really DOES seem happy doing what he does. Must be the perks. I’d wear a sun costume for fee sausage sandwiches every morning!

  • avitable

    And why didn’t WE get a picture together, hm?

    • Tracy Baron Beckerman

      Yeah, what’s with that? Were you wearing a costume?

      • Avitable

        I had a cheesburger hat on for a while . . .

  • Leslie Marinelli (@TheBeardedIris)

    Wow – you really get around! Remind me to spend more time with you at the next conference…you’re clearly a celebrity magnet.

    • Tracy Baron Beckerman

      Yup. All the A-list celebs baby!!

  • JennyFromTheBlog

    You are HILARIOUS!!! and that is why I love you. You may have here confused for another condiment – dying!!!

    • Tracy Baron Beckerman

      Aw. shucks! You are my funny sista from another mother! (and hopefully another father ,too).

      • JennyFromTheBlog

        Ya never know!

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