Friday, January 18, 2008

ANNETTE AND VANESSA but most importantly people

Wednesday, I wrote an entry about a autograph seeker Annette who recently passed away. I wrote from the heart about who she was, and what she did, and how others treated her. One of the comments left on my blog stated that I disrespected her, but that wasn't the case at all, it takes a lotta chutzpah, a thick skin and intuition to be a successful autograph dealer (I don't have any of those attributes). You have to be aggressive, ruthless, and assertive because you need the 'graph more than the other guy. I respected them, I got to know them, and they were great business women and they provided a service to the fans all over the world by selling the stuff on Ebay. They didn't care if people like them or not. They didn't pander to anyone, if you respected them, they respected you. When Annette died I wanted to pay tribute in the most honest way I knew how and that was to give a little insight to the job they did, but also share the craziness that is this business. A lot people who do what we do are a bit crazy, and sometimes it's like high school, and there's fighting, and bickering and crap and lines drawn in the sand about who you should or shouldn't talk to. The one thing that got me in more trouble with these people is that I didn't want to follow those rules. I wanted to talk to everyone, and I did. (The TMZ does a great job and showcasing the insanity) I didn't mean any disrespect, and even though I stand by my entry I have removed it out of the remote, the very remote chance Vanessa ever saw my blog. God Bless Annette, I'll miss ya girl. P.S. while discussing this issue with friends, I came to realize I could never really write my book about my 18 month experience in the NYC "fan" "autograzzi" life, as I would probably piss off a lot of people about the truth I saw. Interestingly enough one of the most email questions I get is "how do I find these celebrity events", and to tell you the truth, my "friends" (including the guy who made this comment), my "friends" that are still in the business wouldn't appreciate it, and I really don't want to take any food out of their mouths. Plus instinctual I don't want you to know all my secrets, I have to maintain that poker face as to protect my future "exclusive" shots. OK now back to the "confessions" I will share.


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