Anybody with a television set or a library could watch their beloved show every chance they could or read every spellbinding book they could find. They would want to meet their favorite actor, their favorite singer, their favorite director, or their favorite writer – sometimes all four, and some would rather not at all. This is still the case today, yet the very act of meeting someone you would love to meet is more tangible than ever, when meeting such people would be such a sweet rarity, and all too brief, with luck, back in the day. Today, whatever you would like to talk to them about could be sent to them with a simple click, and after a bit of waiting, if they are happy to, they could possibly reply back as quickly as you dreamt about it. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend, among many others, would love to (CheatSheet, 2018).
If you would like to take steps further, you could chat with them through livestreams besides all of the responses in texts. Through some social media platforms, like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and even Twitch, some actors, musicians, artists do livestream all the time, just to talk with fans, and not exclusively for obligatory question-and-answer sessions to promote a project. These include electro-house musician Steve Aoki, singer-producer T-Pain, actor and comedian Thomas Middleditch (Dot Esports, 2017), DC artist Jim Lee (Twitch, n.d.), and plenty more.
Sometimes they do commit to all of these sorts of interactions to promote themselves and their work, of course, though the interactions do not stay on the topic of the upcoming projects in question. A lot of these stem from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook’s Ask Me Anything promotional sessions (Adweek, 2015), especially in Reddit (The Atlantic, 2014), in fixed time limits. Regulars who engage with fans frequently for this purpose include Gotham actress Camren Bicondova with her Facebook live chats (Shareablee, 2016), and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, whenever a new project arises from his independent production company, Oats Studios, most recently for a crowdfunding campaign (Variety, 2018).
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