Tuesday, August 17, 2010
entertainment industry coach question 531: What is the appropriate way to address a well known industry person, Sir, Mr.?
I am going to tell you how I personally do it and why. You have to do what feels comfortable for you.
I always address someone by their first name and introduce myself by my first name. The way I see it is, the only difference between me and Sandra Bullock are the opportunities she's had. We are both sweet gals who would get along famously, as long as I don't refer to her as "Miss Bullock." Why? because that would make her feel like I was putting her up on a pedestal. Perhaps, "Sir" Elton John, needs to be addressed as "Sir," I don't know, I've never met him, but for the most part, Steven, Marty, and Tom are people just like you and me. They put their pants on one leg at a time. Treat them respectfully as people and you're sure to get a positive reaction. If not, you're dealing with an egomaniac, and who needs that?
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