Are Celebrities Out Of Touch? Or Why Politics And Hollywood Don’t Mix!

The months leading up to the last US Presidential Election were hard on most American citizens. We became, as rapper Pitbull said, the “Divided States of America”! Everybody had to weigh in and volunteer an opinion, no matter if you were a registered voter or not. People from all around the world took to Social Media to make their voices heard, especially foreign celebrities thought we needed their input!

Madonna even went so far as to ‘promise blow jobs for Hillary Clinton voters” as mentioned by Snopes. Very classy!
After the election the mostly liberal actors, writers, singers and other stars were outraged at the result! Celebs from Spain, the UK and other countries tweeted #NotMyPresident

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I was hoping things would eventually calm down after the election, and life could go back to normal. But the drama went on. Millennials required to have their ‘save space’, people tweeted about being in shock, the world as we knew it was surely going to end! ‘Unite For America’ posted a YouTube video called ‘Celebrities Urging Electoral College to Vote Against Trump’ featuring has been actors like Debra Messing or Martin Sheen.

Things went downhill from there. Many days I couldn’t look at my Twitter timeline without cringing over some celeb’s posts! The cast of ‘Hamilton’ called out VP Mike Pence from stage at the end of their performance.

Madonna casually mentioned on Inauguration Day, at a protest not far from the White House, that she had considered blowing it up!

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And Meryl Streep attacked President  Trump in her speech at the ‘Golden Globes’ awards as detailed by The Washington Post. But the resulting memes of Vince Vaughn‘s and Mel Gibson‘s faces during her tirade were priceless!
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I can respect different point of views, but why do some celebrities think their opinion matters more than those of regular people? Just because an actor might play a smart person, doesn’t mean he is intelligent in real life! You can’t even politely disagree with any of them without getting attacked by overzealous fan girls!

What does a Hollywood star have to gain from voicing his political opinion? We are all entitled to one, but chances are part of your fan base doesn’t share yours. So no matter what you say, somebody will be upset. Why divide your fans if you could unite them instead?

Why does J.K.Rowling, who lives in a 18 bedroom mansion, tell Americans to take in refugees? People got so upset that Change.org started a petition for her to take in refugees in all of her many bedrooms!

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Most celebs who criticize Americans that want a stronger border to be protected from illegal criminals, have body guards and live in mansions behind big walls! They are so disconnected from real life and what the average person has to deal with every day, that it is beyond hypocritical to tell us what to do while they are living safely in their dream world.

Actor Mark Wahlberg put it best as quoted in an article by MSFP News :

“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”

“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” he continued. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”

The past election was about the average American, the regular guy, and not about the Hollywood elite! If they don’t like it here, they certainly have the money to move or fly to some place else. Peace out!

To Outsource Or Not To Outsource Social Media For Busy Actors

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If you’re an up and coming actor you want to have all your social media sites in order to reach as many fans as possible and grow your base.

Nowadays social media for an actor is just as important as having a good agent getting them those awesome roles, which could eventually land them the part that will propel their career into stardom. But how can they find the time to do it all?

The simple answer is, it’s not easy. With barely enough hours in the day to do everything a busy actor has to do, who has time for checking Facebook or Twitter at the end of an exhausting day?

It’s one thing to run your page on any social media outlets when you are getting small parts, as your free time is more your own, but what happens when all of a sudden you’re working non-stop? That’s when we come in.

Of course there’s always a down side to having someone administering your social media pages for you, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In previous experiences managing now-successful actors’ pages, I learned that most want to stay involved in the administration of their social media, which is probably the best solution for both parties.

As a business we want to reach as many clients as possible and help them reach that audience, but this doesn’t preclude the actor from staying directly involved in their social media.

We all follow those accounts in which our favorite actor takes a few minutes to share what they’re up to and fans love them for it. You will never have more loyal fans than those you share bits of your life with, but you won’t have time to do that in all stages of your career.

A public Facebook page can be a great place to keep fans who use the social media platform up-to-date on your latest projects and public engagements. It’s the ideal place to hear what your fans think about this or that film or interview and it is also a great place to interact. Fans like to know their comments are being read by someone, even if it’s not the star itself.

Most level minded fans realize an actor’s life is hectic and social media is probably the last thing they want to do after filming all day and traveling the world. An administrator helps solve that problem, but actors can still share their own little selfies whenever they feel like it.

Social media outsourcing is not for everyone, but you should consider it if you want to stay engaged with your fans, even if your life is hectic and you don’t have time for Facebook and Twitter everyday.

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Can Social Media Hurt Prospects For Actors? It Depends On How They Use It

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Social media connects actors to the right people, but can it also have a down side? The simple answer is, it depends on how you use it. You can’t tweet a producer or casting director out of the blue and send them a reel of your work. You may get put in a black list of actors who don’t have a clue about social media. While being connected to all the right sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc.) is a good thing to put your name out there, it can have its downfall. If you are eager to get a part, play it cool and before contacting someone who can advance your career, build a relationship with them and let them know who you are first. This is one of Todd Wharton’s pet peeves when it comes to actors using social media. In an interview for Daily Actor Wharton — the CEO of Local Talent Connect, a global network that brings together artists from across the industry — talked about what not to do.

“You can’t just approach people like that. You’ve got to invest in yourself before anyone invests in you. If you wanna grow, you’ve got to hustle. You’ve gotta grind.” “The next thing is they expect people to look at everything that they post. It happens everyday. Sometimes people post things and they don’t even put any descriptions. They’ll just send you a link. They don’t even know you sometimes. They’ll just start sending you links and they don’t take that time to build the relationship. Your business should be like your personal life. You are not gonna throw someone the wedding ring on the first date.”

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Additionally, Wharton says that people are so busy connecting online that they’re forgetting about personal conversation. While it’s important to keep your social media accounts updated, because you can potentially reach millions, many young actors don’t know how to properly communicate with industry executives and interact with others. While many actors are active on social media and share really cool stuff about their careers with fans, some cross the line and studios are actively trying to keep that under control. Did you know that you could lose that awesome role if you share any details of the production without authorization? Well, you can. Most movie studios have strict guidelines for actors to follow when they get hired for a project and you don’t want to risk losing that much needed job. So there should be no sharing of that audition or behind-the-scenes details that should not be revealed, as tempting as it is. Marci Liroff, was in the middle casting for the Vampire Academy: BloodSisters, based on the best-selling series of six young-adult paranormal romance novels, when she noticed actors posting things they weren’t supposed to on social media.

“I noticed some really bad behavior by a few actors; they were tweeting about coming in for auditions, and how they did on said audition.” “I got an email from one of my producers who asked that all casting news come from the production and that what goes on behind the scenes (i.e. who’s auditioning) should be controlled by us. The producer added that any further “leaks” would compromise an actor’s potential for being hired.”

So there you go, if you don’t want to be a nuisance for the casting director that helped you land that coveted role, keep your fingers to yourself and don’t share any details of what is going on with a new production. However, do work on creating lasting personal relationships, they are just as important as being on social media for an actor. [Image via Robert Downey Jr./Instagram]

How Social Media Has Changed The Way In Which Actors Interact With Fans

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Social media has revolutionized the way in which actors and other members of the entertainment business interact with fans and each other.

We have never been more connected, but that doesn’t only apply to regular folks, it also extends to actors, directors, producers, and movie studios as everyone tries to make the most out of this free marketing tool. Fans naturally love it, because they have never had more access to their favorite stars.

It’s a double edge sword though. As with anything that has to do with Hollywood (and we use that term loosely, to encompass all of entertainment), once the public gets a hold of a celebrity on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram they want more and they’re seldom happy.

Any actor who uses social media will tell you there is a great side to it (interacting with fans who enjoy social media) and a bad side (getting harassed and propositioned on a regular basis). This is similar to what happens in the real world with paparazzi following the rich and famous’ every move and constantly breaking boundaries.

Not everyone who joins social media knows how to use it properly and that’s why many are reluctant to join. For actors, putting themselves out there leaves them exposed to trolls (which is never fun) and rude or inappropriate comments. So what  can you do if you’re in this position?

Ignoring and not taking it seriously is the best advice. In many cases other fans call out the trolls and they back away. The block or report keys are a good thing to use if you just can’t take it and don’t be shy. Nobody should be harassing you because they’re famous, but you have to have a thick skin and understand it comes with the territory. It can get personal.

In a perfect world, everyone is polite and respectful and social media is a fun experience for all, but unfortunately that’s now how things happen. You will see the best, in the people who want to see you succeed, but you will also run into some unsavory characters.

The best advise is to remember that it’s only social media and while it can further your career as never before and let you engage with you fans, social media has a dark side.