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The Short Version: If you’s looking for a memorable gift that will wow your significant other, consider reaching out to a favorite actor, singer, athlete, or entertainer for an autograph. Many celebs are happy to help their fans create a special moment or gift, but you have to know how to get in touch. Fortunately, Contact Any Celebrity has a directory of mailing addresses, phone numbers, and emails for over 59,000 celebrities and public figures to get you started on the right foot with the right contact information.
Asking someone for an autograph is like asking someone for a date. You can’t jump out of the bushes at someone and demand they go out with you. That would be crazy. There’s an accepted process and etiquette to follow when trying to get on a person’s good side. You just have to know what the rules are.
Jordan McAuley has spent years learning the rules and creating an online celebrity black book. His childhood passion for getting autographs led him to create an information-rich website where people can find the most up-to-date contact information for thousands of well-known figures.
Today, Contact Any Celebrity is a go-to resource for nonprofits looking for celebrity memorabilia, authors looking for a celebrity endorsement, and fans looking for a signed gift. This private online database has the mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for 59,391 celebrities as well as more than 15,000 representatives.
The list directs its members through public and verified channels to the agent, manager, publicist, and other professionals with direct access to the celeb.
For over two decades, Jordan has built a vast network of contacts in the entertainment industry. Now he shares those resources with everyday individuals, professional marketers, and nonprofit organizations. Couples can take advantage of this list to create a special gift for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.
“I’ve been at this a long time, and I’ve heard so many cool stories,” Jordan said. “It does work. You just can’t get disappointed if you don’t hear back. Try again. Reach out to multiple people because you never know.”
When my brother married his college sweetheart, my mom decided to go full proud parent and send the university president, football coach, and basketball coach a photo of the couple with a note explaining that they’d met in the dorms and tied the knot on campus.
The president and two coaches wrote back to say congratulations, and the football coach even signed the picture, which my mom promptly framed and presented to my brother (along with the letters) on Christmas Day. Talk about a memorable present.
You can create a similarly special moment by contacting your favorite celebrities and asking if they could send a personalized message to your loved one. Once you get the proper contact details on Contact Any Celebrity, you can follow these six steps to ensure you get an enthusiastic and prompt response.
Celebrities lead busy lives, and their teams see hundreds, if not thousands, of these kinds of requests. Everyone wants a piece of the fame and a shout-out from a star, so you’ve got to make sure your request doesn’t get tossed in the junk pile.
Your letter should be clear and concise. It should state who you are and why you’re reaching out right up front. The celeb doesn’t need to know your life story or how you first met your spouse or why this autograph would be the biggest deal ever in your life.
If you would like a particular message (“Happy anniversary,” “Happy 30th birthday,” “May the Force be with you,” etc.), then say that. But just know that celebs may or may not heed your request.
You basically want your letter to be a reasonable, polite, and clear-cut request. The celeb should be able to glance at it and know what to do.
You need to include a self-addressed and stamped envelope to go with your letter if you want the celeb to send something back to you. You can use Stamps.com to help you with the postage. If you want the celeb to sign a photo of you and your significant other, include it with the letter and self-addressed envelope. Jordan suggested also putting in blank index cards for them to sign. All that goes into a larger envelope.
Jordan emphasized that a letter to a celebrity needs to look professional. That means no crayon, no cute drawings, and no colored markers. The envelope should look like it was put together by a serious person, not a crazy fan. Anything that looks suspicious is going to go in the trash.
If you want to really look legit, you can order a FedEx package (but skip the overnight delivery) and make your request really stand out in the best way. “They don’t want to throw out something that looks important,” Jordan said.
So now that you’ve got your letter all nicely packaged, stamped, and ready to go, you have to know where to send it. Jordan told us the publicist is the best option for fans. Publicists want to make their clients (the celebrity) look good, so they have an incentive to be nice and give fans what they want. They can send out a signed photo relatively easily, and they can also pass along more personalized requests if need be.
The manager is another good person to reach out to if, for whatever reason, the publicist doesn’t answer. The manager is often someone who’s close to the celebrity, and they can handle the request fairly quickly.
“Don’t worry about the agent,” Jordan advised. “They’re only interested if you’re going to pay them. It’s not their job to deal with fans.”
Why put all your eggs in one basket? You can send out multiple messages to multiple celebrities to increase your likelihood of getting an answer. Jordan told us some fans can get fixated on that one person and forget that there’s a world of famous folks willing to provide an autograph.
Jordan also encourages fans to go after big names and A-List celebs — word is the The Rock is actually a big sweetheart — because you’d be surprised how many of them will answer. You can even put together a scrapbook of names, perhaps themed to a favorite series or music genre. Contact Any Celebrity has thousands upon thousands of options available, so you can have fun with it.
Even if you do everything right, your request may go unanswered. Fans should wait a couple months and then try sending another letter. Maybe the first one just got lost in the pile. It can’t hurt to try again with a follow-up letter. You could try using different contact information on your second try. Or you could reword the letter to be more flattering.
Last of all, you have to be persistent, and don’t take it personally if you don’t get that autograph. You don’t know what’s going on in that person’s life and with that person’s team. Sometimes publicists get overwhelmed and requests slip through the cracks. Sometimes a celeb is going through personal issues and can’t field fan letters.
Jordan said fans should try again within a year after getting a rejection because the publicity team and celeb’s outlook could be totally different by then.
Jordan began collecting autographs as a hobby when he was young. He would hunt for addresses and write letters, and then mark down which ones worked and which ones didn’t. He eventually put together a scrapbook of autographs that was the envy of his classmates on show-and-tell day.
When he was in college, Jordan got the idea of launching a website where he could post all the contact information he’d gathered over the years. He thought that could be something of interest to people, and it could help him get some pocket change to get through school. So, in 1998, he designed and launched ContactAnyCelebrity.com.
He was essentially the only game in town back then, and his website quickly blew up and became a full-fledged business. Eventually, Jordan had enough revenue from the website to be able to quit his job in the entertainment industry and focus on growing and updating the directory full time.
Jordan is currently writing a memoir about his unusual journey from star-struck kid to bona fide celebrity expert. He has already published several instructive guides on how to navigate the celebrity world as a fan or entrepreneur. “Celebrity Leverage” details the insider’s secrets he learned while sending thousands of autograph requests, working with publicists and talent agencies, and partnering with nonprofits to help charitable events become viral sensations.
“It’s a really cool job,” he said. “It started with me just thinking how I could get autographs and became this thing where I can help nonprofits, fans, and all these people.”
Thanks to Jordan’s diligent record-keeping, contacting a celebrity is no sweat. You can easily find the relevant mailing address or email address to get the attention of your favorite celeb — which means you can stop tweeting at Jennifer Lawrence on the slim chance she’ll see it and reply.
Couples can use Contact Any Celebrity to find the resources they need to get that signed photo or memorabilia. It’s never a sure thing, of course, but Jordan’s tips can help you have the best possible chance to get the celeb’s attention and make it easy for them to say yes to your request. Jordan said you’d be surprised how many celebs will answer back to their devoted fans.
“A lot of celebrities realize that without their fans, they wouldn’t have their money, fame, and career,” Jordan said. “They really do care about the fans.”