“STAR” APPEARANCE FEES – OUTRAGEOUS OR WORTH IT?
Whether you’re hosting a charity event, planning a concert or rally, or opening up a milkshake store in Dubai, there’s a celeb for that.
Yahoo released a list of several “stars” and the seemingly exorbitant amount of money they think their time is worth.
A B-lister for your A-list event? You’ve been carrying on a one-sided romance with celebrities for years, watching them on big screens and small, dancing to their chart-topping singles and tweeting at every twist and turn of their private lives.
Isn’t it time you brought one home?
Thanks to the explosion of cable programming, viral videos and reality TV shows such as “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “Survivor” and “Jersey Shore,” there are more “celebrities” than ever before — all anxious to schmooze at your fundraiser, croon at your wedding or shout “Mazel tov!” at your bar or bat mitzvah.
“There is a celebrity for every budget,” says Mike Esterman, a celebrity booking agent based in Washington, D.C., who places stars at public and private events around the world. “Anybody can buy a celebrity host or appearance for anything.”
Here’s some of the prices:
Lady Gaga – $2 million
Metallica – $1.5 million
Pitbull – $300,000
Charlie Sheen – $250,000
Ne-Yo – $200,000
Kim Kardashian – $125,000
Deena Nicole (Jersey Shore) – $8,000
Mike “The Situation” – $25,000
Playboy models – $1,000 to $1,500
AND! In addition to their appearance fee, plan to pay for what Esterman calls the simple four: the flight, hotel, ground transportation and food. Some artists won’t fly commercial, so you may also have to spring for a private jet.
“Kim Kardashian is requested every week but not affordable to everyone,” he says. “She recently did a grand opening for the Millions of Milkshakes store at the Dubai Mall, and there was a mob scene.” (To put that in perspective guys that like 6.5 million a year..)
Other A-listers simply don’t do personal gigs for any amount of money.
“An Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Justin Timberlake, Josh Duhamel — they’re not the dog-and-pony type. That’s not their image, not what they do,” says Esterman. “It also could be branding; some people wouldn’t do that because they feel this ‘come meet me live’ is beneath them.”
The guy who created Punk’d thinks appearances are beneath him?
But even celebrities who always say “no” might change their mind for the right offer… what do you think of this? Outrageous or totally worth the price?
I wish I could buy celebs for what they are worth, then sell them for what they think they are. haha. I’d be a billionaire.