When you see a celebrity and want to approach, it is important to treat them in a manner that is respectable. Remember that you are a stranger to them and, even though you are familiar with their television or film character, do not know them on a personal level. Keeping this truth in mind, here are a few things you should do upon coming into contact with your favorite celebrity.
1. Always address them by their last name.
This is most proper when you do not know someone personally. For example, if you see Jennifer Aniston you would say, "Hello Miss Aniston." If you see Sylvester Stallone you would say, "Hello Mr. Stallone." Before you actually approach them, it's important to pay attention to their body language as that will tell you whether or not they are approachable at the particular moment. Sometimes celebrities are with family, close friends, or in the middle of a business meeting and, hence, not available for pictures and autographs.
2. Ask permission before proceeding.
If you want a photo, ask them, "May I take a photo with you?" If you want an autograph, ask them, "May I have your autograph?" If you want a selfie, be very specific and tell them that's what you want. Some celebrities have stated that they feel selfies are very intrusive because they require space invasion for a good picture. If the celebrity declines a photo or autograph, simply place the occurrence in your memory book. Do not be mean or say anything inappropriate under your breath. Remember that these are individuals and they have lives.
3. Be ready.
If you are asking for an autograph, make sure you have pen and paper in hand so that you can make it swift. The same things applies with a photo. If you're doing a selfie, have the camera turned and ready to go. If it is photo where someone is taking the picture, make sure your designated photographer is standing, poised and ready with the camera. Preparation keeps you from taking up a tremendous amount of a celebrity's time.
4. Thank them.
Make sure you give them a heartfelt, "Thank you." Look them in the eye when you speak. There is nothing more rude than taking a picture with someone and, as soon as the picture is done, walking away with your head buried in your camera without acknowledging the camera. Even if a celebrity is surrounded by other people and someone else has come for an autograph or photo, it's still important for you to acknowledge and thank them. If they do have a moment, then say something nice to them. Perhaps you can say, "I really enjoy your work," or, "I really enjoyed your last film."