* Always include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
When writing celebrities, be sure to always enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). To do this, simply fold an 8 x 10 manila envelope, pre-addressed back to you with the proper postage (usually 2-3 stamps). Use your address as the return address. Enclose all of this along with your letter and photos (more on photos to come) in a 9 x 12 manilla envelope. Make sure you weigh the total package at the post office to ensure correct postage!
Insider Tip: Use an online service like Stamps.com to calculate and print the exact postage from your computer!
* Include an unsigned photo of the celebrity you’re writing.
Celebrities will often send you back an autographed photo of themselves, but to make it easier for them, it's always a good idea to include one of your own. This can be any type of photo, even one torn out of a magazine will do.
Insider Tip: Visit http://www.AmazingCelebrityPhotos.com for the source we use to get great unsigned celebrity photos. They probably have some great ones of your favorite star!
* Send packages at your own risk.
If you choose to send a package or gift to a celebrity, do so at your own risk. Unless you are a small business or a legitimate company, celebrities and their representatives do not like receiving packages from people they don't know.
* Include index cards for extra autographs.
A good way to get some extra autographs for friends and family is to enclose up to three 3 x 5 unlined index cards. Only enclose a maximum of three – more is asking a little too much. Celebrities will often return these to you, and they're a great addition to your collection.
* Acknowledge the star’s accomplishments.
Always include a letter of acknowledging the celebrity’s accomplishments. Constructive criticism is okay, but be assured that non-constructive criticism will result in your letter ending up in the trash!
* Research, research, research.
Be sure to research the celebrity’s biography and works. A great place to do this is on the Internet with Google and IMDB.com (the Internet Movie Database). Including personal information about the star in your letter will make the person reading it all the more willing to reply.
* Remember this KISS Formula.
When writing your celebrity, remember the KISS Formula:
“Keep It Simple, Stupid!”
Keep your letter short, and get to the point quickly. If you're writing to request an autograph, kindly ask but don't beg. Be neat and complete. Type your letter, or at least write neatly. Double-space, and remember to include your name and address on the letter – and check your spelling!
* Patience pays.
The hardest part about writing a celebrity is waiting for a reply. The key is to be patient. Some celebrities will respond immediately, but remember the average time it takes to get a response is approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Hopefully your celebrity will respond faster!
Jordan McAuley is the CEO of Contact Any Celebrity. Located in Los Angeles, his firm helps put fans, businesses and nonprofits in contact with celebrities and other notable VIPs. Their exclusive online database contains the agent, manager, publicist, production company, attorney, business manager, and charitable cause for over 55,000 celebrities worldwide. Visit http://www.ContactAnyCelebrity.com for more information on their products and services.
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