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Context is king. I don't think there's such a thing as an Always Yes or Always No. If you ever bump into a famous person somewhere public, and they are alone and don't look like they are in a hurry, I recommend a friendly greeting that incorporates what you admire about them into it. Below, there was an example of saying hi to Nathan Fillion by nodding and saying "Captain." This is a good method because it lets the person in question know you want to interact, but doesn't put any pressure on them. The key is to have a greeting that easily segues into a conversation, but doesn't demand a response. Like, if I met Wil outside of a convention, I might say "Hey, it's Wil Wheaton, noted blogger, gamer, actor, geek!" and he could just smile and wave, or "Hey, it's... what's your name and what do you do?" if he is feeling particularly social. (Believe it or not, a class on interacting with famous people was part of my training when I worked at Metreon!)
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm so sorry that happened to you. I've loved meeting people at conventions ever since I had the epiphany that it's just as awkward and awesome for the celebrity as it is for the fan. We're both nervous (for different reasons), but we're both hoping to have a positive and satisfying (if brief) experience. The famous person get a little piece of fan love, and the fan gets a little piece of attention from someone they admire. Everybody wins. I honestly don't understand how people can't tell the difference between Wil Wheaton the Writer/Blogger/Gamer/Actor and Some Guy Trying to Hang Out With His Friends. Being famous is a job like any other, and nobody is their job 24/7. I used to live and work in San Francisco, and I would frequently hear stories about what a douche [random celebrity] is, and I always took those with a grain of salt. Here's a real world example of how these typically go: Customer: Robin Williams is a total dick. Me: Really? How did you meet him? Customer: Bumped into him in a restaurant. He wouldn't even sign my napkin. Me: What was he doing at that restaurant? Customer: Eating dinner with his family. Me: Get the hell out of my store.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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"Tangled Up In Blue"
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You know those Disney song numbers where the princess twirls in a vortex of birds and chipmunks, and maybe they do chores or fix up her hair? This is the dude version of that.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on good morning at WWdN: In Exile
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The only question I have left is.... What happened to the chocolate? Did everybody get some?
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Wil, you are absolutely worthy of something this awesome. I'm not putting you on a pedestal or anything. I'd say the majority of the people I met at PAX are worthy of something this awesome. You are a great guy, and the universe is starting to notice. Embrace it.
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