What’s it like to work as a paparazzi?

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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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Edited and expanded from my answer on Quora.


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Where can you spot celebrities in Hollywood?

It’s exciting to see celebrities.  Here are some sites that have some suggestions.  Don’t be a stalker, but do have fun! 

Top 50 Places to see Celebrities in Los Angeles

Celebrity Spotting in West Hollywood

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Hollywood Unposed (Hollywood celebrities caught in the act of not acting Book 1) (from Amazon)

Keep in mind that not all celebrities are “in character” when on their own time.   Some are accommodating to fans, others guard their privacy and shun the spotlight.   So be respectful, and if asking for a selfie or autograph, move on so your idol can have his or her privacy.
May you be fortunate to have wonderful encounters with your heroes of film and stage.

The Guide to Spotting a Celebrity in L.A. | Discover Los Angeles …

Feb 13, 2018 … their favorite public haunts. If you’re eager for a celebrity sighting in Los Angeles, check out some of the best paparazzi star-stalking spots in the city. … 113 N Robertson Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048 · More Information →.
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What offends you most about Hollywood celebrities?

By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout
The one thing that both offends and intrigues me about celebrities is their hypocrisy and denial, sometimes shallow – sometimes calculated – that makes them so entertaining!
Figure that celebrities need a following, and do everything to get the paparazzi to “catch” them having pizza or making out in a park, and when they get a modicum of fame, denounce the paparazzi as a pack of wolves and predators stalking them 24/7. (can you have it both ways?).
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No matter what, celebrity watching and what they do for the fame and their fan base is astounding!
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Edited and expanded from my answer in Quora.


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Was Christian Slater’s initial success mainly due to his mother being a big casting agent?

I personally don’t know if Mr. Slater’s mother was key in his early (and some later) roles, but the internet has an opinion, and I submit some snippets of sites for your review, even if the evidence is circumstantial. I would be naive to believe that having your mother as a casting agent would not be influential in getting an acting gig.
Actor | True Romance
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He …  Daddy is Michael Hawkins, an actor and mama is Mary Jo Slater, casting director and producer for film, television and theater. From Thanks, Daddy/Mama/Family Member — Nepotism at it’s finest
Both Christian Slater’s and Meg Ryan’s mothers were powerful casting directors. – Surprise nepotism – Datalounge
“Christian Slater had a small role in the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Countrybecause his mother, Mary Jo Slater, was the casting director, and he’s a big Star Trekfan. He even got to wear the pants that William Shatner wore in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” –https://www.movieforums.com/comm…
After having recently revisited Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Christian Slater appears on screen as a Communications Officer on the USS Excelsior.
It’s been well documented that Slater is a tremendous Star Trek fan and got the role on the film because his mother was the casting director.
Internet finger pointing aside, Christian Slater (Link to Amazon movies) has done some good acting work, and I am confident he will be a credit to the acting community, regardless of how he entered the business.  We can only hope that our friends and connections would favor us in our own foray into the film industry.
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