The last few days have been interesting to me because I have been trying to decide on what to write about and why. I have several ideas that have been in the forefront of my thoughts that I think would be interesting to people. My problem is how to approach some of these subjects. As I am not looking to add to any controversy, my intention is not to post experiences that would bring more viewers, but to explain some of my experiences in a historical context. I don’t want to be become a name dropping tabloid, but it’s hard to explain many situations without being specific. I guess it’s just best to say that what I write has no intention of harming anyone. I like to think out loud as I write and I guess I will try to just use a first name when I can. The first name in this story is a dead giveaway but then again it’s not a sensitive subject. So I have some interesting reads coming soon, so stay tuned.
I thought I would just briefly touch on a topic that I find interesting because at one time, I loved getting autographs from stars when I was young. I started to collect them at a young age, We all know, many of us, when we meet a star it feels almost instinctual to get an autograph (A photo as well). Well as I explained before that I worked amongst stars at a young age and it was considered off limits to do photographs or ask for autographs while working. It makes complete sense, even though at one time I enjoyed the signature, it feels very awkward when you are their security detail, so I tried to always honor that code. I will admit that there were times when I was off duty but still with the star that someone would take a picture of me with them and at some point later they would give me a copy. I found that when I had clicked with a star they would on occasion pose with me and I would play along in fun.
Slowly over the years I began to work with stars on multiple occasions and had free access to anywhere I wanted, that I began to look at stars as just regular people. Which obviously what they really are…that is until everyone attacks them. Anyway at some point the star honeymoon lost it’s luster and I did not care who someone was, I just treated them as I did everyone else. I even had the backing of my management because they knew I was kind to people, cared about their welfare, and some celebrities I had to work with were pains in the arse (To put it lightly). My team knew if I had a problem with someone, they really had to be jerks because I would always put up with a lot of bull.
So with that all said it’s interesting that there was a time when I drew a solid line in the sand after working with a star musician who is highly respected in by her fans and peers. At the time I met her she was not famous yet but she was well on her way, and soon after her fame would explode her into the stratosphere.
In the summer I would stay in a resort town that had musicians and other big artists come and play nearly every night at the local venue on the strip. Not the strip you’re thinking of. Anyway there was an acoustic artist coming that night, who was on the rise, and because I knew the security there I said I wanted to come down and check out the show and I would help work her security detail. So basically I just went down and got my credentials and just stood around her dressing room area to make sure that nobody wandered in. At some point she left her room to head toward the stage, and she put on a fabulous acoustic set. Sometimes solo and sometimes with a small band depending on the song the band would come and go. It may have been half acoustic and half with a band, either way,
So everything was going well, I got to see the show and I walked her back to her room backstage and I asked her if I could get her anything, she slams the dressing room door in my face. I thought ok…let’s all chill out. I actually smirked because I got the strange feeling the beginning of a diva fit was swirling right in front of my eyes and I’d never experienced that even with well known divas.
Soon the time came when someone from her team came by her room to get her to sign autographs and do the “Meet and greet” with several fans. She came out of the room looking as if she was ready to rip someone a new, you know what. She sat in a chair and listened to the fans as they asked for autographs. There was one person at the end of the line who seemed intimidated by meeting her…I could tell, but this was common. So this person gets to her and says something to the effect of ‘I don’t want to bother you for your autograph…I just want to tell you how much your music helps me to cope with life’, and also about how great the show was. So Jewel fires back “thanks” (with a sarcastic look on her face) and looks to her handler and says ‘is that all for tonight’…barely even acknowledging the person. This person leaves looking seriously bummed out. The handler says she has to take one picture with a family that I think won a photo with her from a radio contest. They were asked to hold the station call letters in the photo as someone takes a photo. Again Jewel looked as if she was put out.
Listen, I know everyone has a bad day or string of days, but suck it up for the fans at least for a ten minute “meet and greet” after the show. She did not even try to fake it for that ten minutes it was so obvious. That situation with Jewel happened nearly twenty years ago and I never purchased any of her merch even though I liked her music. When a song of hers used to come on the radio or whatever…I would change the channel. Jewel Kilcher is the only star that I ever met that I loathed. I forgive her now…whatever right, I don’t know what was going on in her world and I don’t hold grudges. I can actually say that I thank her because of her I never thought of stars the same way, they are just human beings that go through troubles like the rest of us. Every other star I have ever worked with was kind to me, so that moment is chalked up as a learning experience.
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