Hello again philographers (name of those who collect autographs). Last week I talked about the adventures in collecting via venue (VV)- and wouldn’t ya know it, I had a VV success from one of my favorite comedy actors- Tracey Ullman. She was filming a new series in Canada so I gave it a shot and I am glad I did!
This week I want to talk about letter writing. There are many discussions about whether it’s better to hand write or type a letter. There’s even more debate about what to put into said letter. I’m going to share my personal preference because it’s what I know and it’s worked very well for me.
Handwritten letters: I spend (way too much) time writing request letters by hand. I think it gives off a more personal vibe as well as authenticity.
Speak from the heart: I always try to include what the person’s work has meant to me, or how it has affected me.
Give personal examples: If at all possible, I include a personal connection to their work. As an example, I wrote to SNL alum Rachel Dratch thanking her for her gift of comedy and how it helped me through the loss of my father. She not only signed my photo- she also sent back a handwritten note talking about how comedy helped her through the loss of her own father.
One page or less: Celebrities get a ton of fan mail- try to make your letter concise and under one page. I usually do one to two paragraphs.
Ask for the autograph: You’d be surprised how many people forget to ask for what they want. I usually say something along the lines of, “Would it be possible for you to sign the enclosed photo?, or, “It would mean the world to me if you could sign the enclosed photo To Jeremy”. Remember that for some celebs, they will only sign if it is personalized.
Thank them for their time: Make sure to end your letter with a thank you- good etiquette will get you farther.
Ready to try your luck? Get out your pen and paper kids- this week the stars are aligned:
c/o Jennifer Lawrence Foundation
4350 Brownsboro Road # 110
Louisville, KY 40207
*There is a debate on whether or not her autographs from this address are real or not. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think*
10398 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
She was an ‘angel’ but the kmart collection was pure hell.
c/o So What Management
890 West End Ave. #1A
New York, NY 10025
She’s excellent with fanmail. Must be all that bopping.
PO Box 10927
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-3927
She’s a legend and SO good to her fans. Please remember- she only signs one item per person and it must be personalized.
13334 Ralston Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
He created Star Wagons- the #1 most used company for celebrity on set trailers. Finally Lyle can say he had a #1 hit.
Camp Firefly And The Firefly Foundation
5737 Kanan Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
He’ll sign after he prays for a comeback
Heroes for Hire
11054 Ventura Blvd, Suite #243
Studio City, CA 91604
She was awesome in Buck Rogers and Silver Spoons but it’s her scene stealing performance in Jason Goes to Hell that cements her legend status.
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