Celebs Get Paid To Party

Not sure why this news bothers me so much, but it does. Perhaps because it's so amazingly shallow. And maybe because I can think of so many better ways to spend thousands of dollars. On a much smaller scale, it reminds me of when I learned beautiful people from a local modeling agency were being paid to hang out in one of the new AC casino lounges. I don't know why I should be surprised. Beautiful young women are bound to attract men with money to burn. "Buy you a drink or three before I return to the tables?"

Being paid to be, well, beautiful, and party. Huh.

Although, when I think about it, I guess I've done something similar. In the past I was hired, along with a male dance partner, to attend high roller special event parties masquerading as regular casino patrons. The objective was to blend in, but to also be the first ones on the dance floor, thereby encouraging others to follow. You know the old saying, no one wants to be the first one on the dance floor. So my partner and I were hired to 'get the party started'. Party Motivators was our official title.

Except we didn't get to partake in the dinner or the alcohol. Promoting fun was a contracted gig. Still, officially, I got paid to party. Although we're talking a couple of hundred dollars as opposed to ten thousand (and up). Then again, I'm not a celebrity. Britney Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, got $30,000 to show up in some club. He didn't have to do anything special, just be. I'm not too envious as I wouldn't want to be Britney Spears' husband.

Maybe that's why I'm bothered by that article. Because I'm envious that celebs are being paid a ridiculous price to do what I do.

Pure, just so you know, I am an excellent emcee and I will gladly host your next New Year's Eve party and for a heck of a lot less than the $75,000 you paid Nicky Hilton and her boyfriend.

Someone clue me in. What exactly is she famous for?


Jennifer Elbaum said…
I saw an article on this today too and it annoyed me and then I wondered: what kind of people would go to a club just because the husband of Britney Spears is showing up?

On another note -- your post the other day about simple writing got me thinking (ouch! that hurts!) and I addressed it in my blog today. If you get a chance hop over and tell me whatchya think!
Tori Lennox said…
From everything I've heard, Nicki & Paris Hilton are famous for, well, being famous. Which has to be one of the most stupid reasons for being a celebrity.
Mary Stella said…
Like Tori said, the Hilton sisters are famous for being famous. So was their father or uncle or whomever it was that married Liz Taylor.

B, the 'paying celebs to come to a trendy place and party' is another form of 'viral marketing'. The fact that they partied at Le Hot Spot hopefully gets Le Hot Spot mentioned in the papers, other people see it, then they want to check out Le Hot Spot, etc. The word spreads like a virus.

It's another way to build the buzz.
Beth Ciotta said…
Jen, I'm thinking maybe I don't get the 'hang at the club so you can gawk at the stars' thing because I sometimes had to deal with celebs during my stint as an entertainment coordinator and then a PR coordinator at two different casinos. The 'awe' factor wore off pretty quickly. Although I admit there are a few famous people (not all in entertainment) who would strike me speechless or a babbling idiot (one of the two) if I met them in person. And though I didn't stand in a long line to get into a club, I did risk being crushed at a movie premiere in London so that I could get a look at Al Pacino climbing out of a limo. But that was PACINO, an actor I greatly admire. I KNOW what he's famous for. And, okay, I'll admit that was kind of star-gawker of me, because I did see Pacino in a play on Broadway. I was in the second row. So it's not like I hadn't seen him up close and sorta personal like.

I think I had a point to this but long forgot it. LOL Oh, I think it was something about perspective. Anyway, Jen, I'm hopping over to check out your thoughts on straight forward writing.
Beth Ciotta said…
Ah, the old famous for being famous angle. Thanks, Tori. :)

M, I understand the viral marketing thing, I do. It just struck me as a bit obscene to except that kind of money to hang, drink and party with friends. Maybe it was just the slant of the article.
Bethany said…
Damn, I want to know when I can get one of these gigs. Really. $30K for nothing but showing up? I could pay off debts and live a happy life. ha!

The wonder called celbrity.

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