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So You Want to Interview a Celebrity?

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While landing a celebrity interview may be hard, the interview itself may prove even more of a challenge. You’ll likely be working under a limited time frame, provided a list of blackballed question and topics, and, chances are, the celebrity won’t be the only person joining you for the interview.

If you can come up with an original hook, are tenacious about getting through to a publicist, do your research and prep well, that first successful celebrity interview might not be your last. Just remember to keep your idolization in check, as did Kristen Fischer when she interviewed Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey:

I never told Dempsey that I all but wore out the VHS tape of his ’80s flick Can’t Buy Me Love because I watched it so much… and I never called him McDreamy or told him I had seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Although I was nervous to interview one of my favorite actors, keeping a professional tone helped foster a better dialog.

For more advice on acing your celebrity interview, read: The Keys to Landing a Celebrity Interview.

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Grammar Mistakes Almost Every Writer Makes

As writers, we strive for perfection: that pristine copy free of grammatical errors. But it doesn’t always come easy. So, we’ve rounded up the most common pitfalls that cause an editor to take a red pen to your piece — and possibly skip you for assignments.

Mistake No. 4? Overusing em dashes. “Too many in one article (or worse, paragraph) can have the opposite effect and actually cause the reader to disengage. It’s the equivalent of extra exclamation points or writing in all caps,” writes mediabistro.com contributor Kristen Fischer.

Find out six more egregious errors and how to avoid them in 7 Grammar and Copy Mistakes Almost Every Writer Makes. [subscription required]

 

Grammar Mistakes Almost Every Writer Makes

As writers, we strive for perfection: that pristine copy free of grammatical errors. But it doesn’t always come easy. So, we’ve rounded up the most common pitfalls that cause an editor to take a red pen to your piece — and possibly skip you for assignments.

Mistake No. 4? Overusing em dashes. “Too many in one article (or worse, paragraph) can have the opposite effect and actually cause the reader to disengage. It’s the equivalent of extra exclamation points or writing in all caps,” writes mediabistro.com contributor Kristen Fischer.

Find out six more egregious errors and how to avoid them in 7 Grammar and Copy Mistakes Almost Every Writer Makes. [subscription required]

Reporters Share Tips on Celebrity Interviewing

A German correspondent once stood up in a Beverly Hills hotel conference room and asked Sean Connery, on satellite from Marbella, Spain, for an assistant job. A freelancer kicked off a roundtable discussion with actor Peter Sarsgaard by tying his name to the SARS epidemic.

There are just two examples of poor celebrity interviewing FBLA has witnessed first-hand over the years. Another line that is often crossed by entertainment journalists is the one involving personal autograph requests. But freelance Las Vegas journalist Vincent Schilling, one of a number of experts interviewed by Kristen Fischer for her January 3rd mediabistro.com piece Under Pressure: Nailing the Celebrity Interview, thinks it’s OK to tactfully express admiration for an interview subject.

“Why not?” asks Schilling. When he interviewed Wayne Newton, he let the singer know that he was a fan of Mr. Las Vegas. “Sure, there is a gray line between idol worship and professional, but my job is fun. Being a stick in the mud stinks.” He says saying something pleasant or joking a bit in a lighthearted manner helps break down some walls, which can lead to a great discussion.

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