Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Almost Famous

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about chasing celebrities. We’ve all done it. Remember going to a concert when you were really young and getting a kick of being in the same room as Duran Duran or the New Kids on the Block? It didn’t matter that you were in a hockey arena the size of a small country. You had proximity. It starts there. Some of us out grow it, while some of us continue to chase our idols.

Gawker posted an interesting story about a memo that went out to employees of Warner Brother Records. It basically told them to stop asking the artists for autographs or hanging around them while they are visiting the offices. Here it is:

"TO: All Employees in the Pinnacle Building
One of the perks of being together in this new building is that we often get to see our artists in person. For some of us, this is a new experience. We have already been treated to some great live performances and look forward to more in the future. However, with this privilege, comes some responsibility on the part of all of us. If the artists are here for the purpose of meeting with, or performing for, us that will be announced so that all of us will know that this occasion is one at which it is appropriate to come see the artists and ask for autographs. However, often times the artists are here for other work (i.e. interviews, photo shoots, videotaping, etc.) When that is the case, they are entitled to their privacy and they need to spend their time here doing the work that they came to do. Therefore, it is not appropriate to congregate in the areas where they are or to ask for autographs or photos.”


I find this letter hilarious. First off, give the kids a break. Isn’t the reason they work for nothing at a music label is so they can meet their rock stars? You take away those perks and now they have nothing, especially since everyone can get music for free these days.

Next is the horrendous article the New York Times decided to publish about interning as a “Hipster.” When did the New York Times start using the word Hipster? I wonder if it set off their spell check. The article features kids who intern for The Strokes and VICE (note: this is the second NY Times piece mentioning VICE). As if getting a cool internship was hard enough, now everyone is going to want one.

The next cool thing will be interning at banks. Pass it on. I hear they actually still make money.