Celebrities are an important part of cinema.
This is for a multitude of reasons, esoteric & exoteric, which I'll get into later.
So it's important to get at least one celebrity in your movie (anybody from A-list to D-list).
Luckily, celebrities are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, as many large corporations basically adopt the naturally charismatic / talented among us in order to hawk their products.
So if you simply can not get that exclusive celebrity interview which likely will catapult your movie into some kind of superficial success - remember: there's plenty of celebrities out there.
Just try again.
(My suggestion? Go for somebody bigger.)
But how do you go about getting a celebrity in your movie if you're lacking status, money, or power?
Well, I don't really know.
But I've been in this situation before, and was successful on multiple occasions.
So here's how I did it:
- Figure out which celebrities live near you.
- Research these people extensively.
- Reach out to them using all available means. Offer to buy them to lunch.
- Sketch a back-up plan, in case they don't respond.
- Set-up a meeting with those that respond.
- Find a place convenient to them in terms of location & taste.
- Psychologically prepare yourself to be easygoing, powerful, effective, and someone people love listening to. It's as simple as telling yourself that you are repeatedly.
- Pack your camera & sound equipment in the car, and keep it on stand-by.
- Meet them for lunch. Keep it casual. Talk about their hobbies outside of their primary work, ask for advice, talk about the food, etc. Bond with this person.
- At the end of the conversation, if you feel the opportunity is authentic, ask the following, "Is it possible to do a short five minute interview for my documentary?"
- Be up-front about your intentions. Get an appearance release (on paper or on camera).
- Be persistent. If you didn't get the interview the first time around, keep trying.
- Follow-up with a thank you.
- Optional: Maintain the friendship.
You just nabbed your first original, exclusive celebrity interview.
Now your movie has cultural significance, commercial value, and esteem in the eyes of the media elite.
The rest is gravy.