What’s it like to work as a paparazzi?

photographer hiding in bushes
By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout
Being a Paparazzi is hours of boredom, moments of action (when a celebrity may be sighted, and photographed), and negotiation for fees for pictures. It is surveillance work, and requires some detective work, knowing people who can give you information on a specific star’s whereabouts, (and sometimes paying for the info). You also can be detested, Scorned, punched/threatened/assaulted, and jailed, if you are too aggressive. You also may be carrying expensive lenses and cameras, which can be subject to damage. If you are good, the reward is cash for your photos. You also have to know publicists, who may compel you to photograph their clients so they can get exposure in the tabloids.
How Paparazzi Work – How Stuff works
Oops! I'm the Paparazzi.
Paparazzi exist to feed the hunger of the press and the famous for more exposure – While I am sure many are professional and have some respect for the subjects, many are invasive and push the limits to get their pictures.  This can mean anything from an argument with a celebrity (or their bodyguards) to a fight that ends with someone arrested, or even loss of life (in the case of Princess Diana).
Reddit discussion– “If stalking is a crime,why are paparazzi tolerated?”
And now, Paparazzi need to be savvy with operating Drones!
Up and coming stars seek out the attention of Paparazzi to get more exposure and celebrity status.  If they are fortunate and become famous, they frequently “turn” on the paparazzi and deny them access, abandoning the resource they needed to get their fame.
So if I have not freaked you out, please hire me to train you as a world-class drone piloting, risk-taking Paparazzi at my famous photographer school. (Just joking, although a kickstarter for this may be fun).  Take a look at my Photography blog: The Good Shots.
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What type of movie or role should Leonardo DiCaprio take on next?

Leonardo DiCaprio with Robert De Niro
By Alan Chenkin – Learned about celebrities reading tabloids in the checkout line.

 

I would like to see Leonardo DiCaprio to take on strong roles with causes he believes in, like Climate Change.  Not unlike Kevin Costner in “WaterWorld”. Bruce Dern also chooses roles to promote causes, like “Silent Running[1] [2].
Dicaprio heads this list: 7 A-List Celebrities Who Use Star Power For Climate Action– Daily Planet
As an aside, Adam West was in the “Swamp Thing” series[3], most likely more for a paycheck than saving the environment, at that point in his career.  His “swamp Thing” character was eclipsed by his Batman persona.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a wonderfully capable actor (yes, I am a fan) and will excel in almost any role he chooses, or even produces/directs.
While I am looking forward to his next role, my crystal ball is not good at casting actor’s future direction.
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MsMr Entrance Floor Mat Funny Doormat, available from Amazon

How do you relax your face muscles for acting?

Lawrence Fishburne famous actor

by Alan Chenkin, Learned all about actors from reading the tabloids in the checkout line…

Controlling your face muscles when you act is a necessary discipline that all actors need to master; Involuntary “tells” will give your audience cues that you are reading your parts, not delivering a solid performance.  Just as Poker players need to develop their “poker face”, actors need to be able to convincingly transmit the emotions and feelings of their characters with facial control.  

 

5 minute facial workout from Amazon Books

Drama Facial  Exercises – From Amazon Books
Many actors spend hours working on controlling their facial expressions, toning their muscles so they can  deliver expressive and “natural” faces.
I found a few items on the web that may be helpful:
and some books:
(Both available on Amazon Books)
Some actors use video and may work on their emotions with friends, as they work on their face muscles (remember, your face is a tool in acting) to broadcast emotions.  Happiness, Sadness, curiosity, worry, grimacing, and more are “must haves” in an actors toolkit.  Developing the muscle memory to emote faces on-demand will be a winning talent in interviews, performances, and more.
Break a leg – and control your emotions – it takes practice!
 
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John Malkovich, Showing off.
 

 

Financially speaking, which is best, to be a music star, a TV star, or a movie star?

 

Alan Chenkin, Videographer who enjoys the Arts.
 
 
 
As said best by Joni Mitchell, “That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.”[1]
Music artists have to constantly reinvent themselves, and the money in the music business flows to promoters, ticket vendors, and not to performers (unless you are consistently producing top selling albums).
Which leaves you with TV and Movies. WHY? because you get residual income, which can fund your life while you pursue new parts and roles you find personally rewarding; like Broadway shows (when the show closes, by the way, your paycheck ends, just sayin’).
It is important for an actor to monetize their career, and/or get a sponsor (or sponsors) to support them in their journey to master their craft.
Financial security will give an actor the ability to eat while evaluating roles and donating their skills to good causes.  Residuals, whether from album sales, sitcom appearances, or movie roles can be a key component of an performers ongoing income.
-Break a leg!
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How is it that Marisa Tomei looks like she stopped aging at 30?

Marisa Tomei

By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities by reading the tabloids at the supermarket checkout line…
 
Marisa Tomei is a serious actor with good genes, but don’t think that is a free pass to some “fountain of youth”.[1]
Ms. Tomei has a serious workout regimen and a diet to help her keep her physique in top shape.  Actors, and more often Actresses,  are pursued by paparazzi and tabloid reporters for any perception of weight gain, chubbiness, bad eating habits or badly timed bikini photos -usually photoshopped.  With her dedication to her routine, Marisa Tomei has fought off the scourge of aging, sagging, and weight that has many celebrities tormented.  Like I said, it is not a “free pass” – she works hard at looking good.
Here is her workout video:
“I’m always in awe of how healthy Marisa eats. It could be part of the reason her skin is always smooth and glowing. She drinks lots of natural, raw juices, eats lots of veggies, avocado and whole grains. I’ve noticed that clients who eat lots of avocado always have amazing skin!”-Tina Turnbow[2]
Edited and expanded from my answer on Quora.
As you can tell, I am a fan – ever since her role in My Cousin Vinny.
Thanks for reading my blog, and THANK YOU Marisa Tomei!
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Marisa Tomei in “My cousin vinny” – Available On Amazon

Do you think it’s good or bad that Daniel Craig is coming back for another James Bond film?

I am a fan of Daniel Craig and the James bond Movies. My is hope is that he moves on – he plays Bond with such a serious demeanor that it can detract from the film. He is also a transitional Bond – standing watch as the digital age overtakes the traditional trenchcoated spy.

Just my .02 cents.

Daniel Craig as agent 007 in the opening scene of Spectre – in Mexico City during the “Dia de Muertos” (day of the Dead) celebration.

Daniel Craig Movies on Amazon

Daniel Craig autographs and Memorabilia, on Amazon

James Bond Memorabilia, on Amazon

James Bond: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Spy, from Amazon Books

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James bond Movie Props on eBay (very cool for Bond fans)

What kind of glue can be used on skin? In this case, for fastening rhinestones.

Before you just use crazy glue, consider that it is hard to remove, and is stronger than the skin – so you may pull off some skin if you just tear the jewel off your face. (Crazy glue is removed with acetone).

Here is a “Straight Dope” discussion: Glueing something to skin [Archive]

From Yahoo answers: how do you glue rhinestones to your face? (My take-a-way: you can buy rhinestones that are adhesive backed)

From FAQ Monday – What glue can be used on my skin?

Sourced from Amazon (for convenience and reference):

Please be careful, and  Have a sparkling good time!

 

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Burning Man and Celebrity attendees

Burning Man, the annual festival in the Nevada desert, attracts many people – known as “Burners”.  In the past, Celebrities have made the pilgrimage to see the man burn.

This is burning man book

This is Burning Man, From Amazon Books

While some celebrities quietly attend the festival, others treat it as a media experience.  Movie star Susan Sarandon stayed in a celebrity camp at Burning Man in 2015.  Her visit was showcased in This Insider.

 

Susan Sarandon at Burning Man, 2015

Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg erect fancy luxury camps in advance, many others arrive to the playa with no plan and pitch their tents where they find space.

There is even a concierge service, to provide elite burners services and facilities above and beyond what mere attendees are offered.  See the website, Burners.me .

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Google maps as the unofficial 2018 map of Burning man.

Among attendees in the past, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry, an assortment of Victoria’s secret models (Sara Sampaio goes every year), Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.   Burning man requires some preparation,   and burners need to bring a weeks worth of food, bottled water, funky and practical clothes, Goggles, face masks (for dust storms), and items for giving and exchanging.  Diplo comes in a huge “Art Car”.   If you are not handy, you can buy Burning man outfits on Amazon and eBay.

 

Here is the wikipedia entry on Burning man.

Books and memorabilia from burning man, on eBay.

Getting around the Playa is done by foot, tricked out bicycle, and Art cars, which are the only vehicles allowed.  (RV’s  and cars are parked for the entire week).

Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend Imogen Anthony got the Burning Man memo. Picture: @imogen_anthony/Instagram

If you are a Burner or just fascinated with Burning Man, take note of who attends – This may be one of the coolest festivals on the Planet!

IF you are reading this after attending burning man, please attend a “decompression event”.  Note this article from the NY Post.

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For the movie Cake, how did Jennifer Aniston prepare to play a chronic pain sufferer?

To get into character for her new film Cake, Jennifer Aniston had to ditch her healthy lifestyle. Jennifer is known for her lean diet and trim figure. Jennifer’s character, Claire Simmons, suffers chronic pain after a car accident that left her scarred. Aniston quit exercising and eating as well as she usually does.

Us Magazine reported that Jennifer spoke about gaining weight for the movie at the American Cinematheque screening of Cake. Aniston and host Jason Bateman talked about the difficulties of her transformation. Not only did she gain weight, but Jennifer wore no makeup except for the character’s scars and dark under eye circles.

Manipulating your appearance is one of the most difficult things for an actor to do.  If successful, the actor can improve their role by molding themselves into character.  kudos to Jennifer Aniston for having the chops to do that!

Matthew  Mcconaughey lost weight for the Dallas Buyers club.  Here is my take on it:  How do actors get so lean for certain movies? 

This information is from inquisitr.com

Preparing for her Role in CAKE, above

Jennifer Aniston bio
Jennifer Aniston movies
Jennifer Aniston autographed photos

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15: Jennifer Aniston attends the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

I am a fan, Ms. Aniston is a good performer with a considerable body of work!

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What is Javier Bardem’s best role?

As the psychotic hit man in “No Country for Old Men”.
I am amazed at how Javier Bardem can re-invent himself in a persona completely different in each movie, as a Bond villain, or passionate artist.

The actor is a credit to his craft, whether you like the role or not.

No Country For Old Men, from Amazon Movies

Javier Bardem movies
Javier Bardem posters
Javier Bardem autographed items

In my opinion, a good actor can assumes a role that is believable to the audience, even if it is markedly different from previous roles.  As the hitman in “No country for old men”, I found Bardem to be psychotically creepy – intentionally so – because that is how the character is written.

Javier Bardem in “Pirates of the caribbean 5”

I confess that I am a fan, and did not realize some of the other roles I have seen him in; most recently in the James Bond Movie, Skyfall.  Bardem was also in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008).

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