Nowadays, the internet makes it possible to interact with your favorite celebrities directly on social media, and they do respond occasionally. And if you play your cards right, it's possible to turn that interaction into an extended conversation that may even be taken offline.
Here are 10 ideas for how to meet your celebrity crush online. Admittedly, your chances of success aren't high—but if you fail, you can at least say you tried.
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1. Slide Into Their DMs
This approach is unlikely to earn a response, but you don't have much to lose. Shoot your celebrity crush a message on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and let them know what a fan you are.
Try to say something original about why you connect with their work, as they probably get hundreds of fan messages a day. The worst that can happen is that they don't see it. The best that can happen is that they write back!
You can increase your chances of getting a response by getting a verified account on Instagram or Twitter.
2. Look On Dating Apps
Celebrities use dating apps too. Among the many celebrities who have used dating apps are Zac Efron, Amy Schumer, Katy Perry, and Laverne Cox.
To optimize your chances of finding your celebrity crush on a dating app, set the search criteria for their location, gender, age range, and any other characteristics you can search for. Some apps will offer you more search criteria if you purchase a premium subscription. Just avoid these online dating mistakes. The last thing you'd want is to rub a celebrity the wrong way.
3. Get On Raya
Believe it or not, there's actually a dating app for celebrities to meet other celebrities. It's also open to influencers, which could be anyone with a significant social media following.
The app is called Raya, and it's been used by many celebrities, including Channing Tatum and Demi Lovato. To sign up, you need to fill out a brief application and get a referral (it'll tell you if anyone in your contacts is on the app and can refer you).
4. Interview Them
Find an excuse to interview your celebrity crush for an article, blog post, YouTube show, school assignment, Instagram post, or whatever you have to offer.
The best way to get in touch with them about something like this is to reach out to their PR representative, whose email might be listed on their website. The more popular the site you post the interview on, the greater your chances of actually getting the interview.
5. Find a Way to Collaborate
You can get your foot in the door through a professional collaboration. Capitalize on whatever skills you have to propose a way for you and your favorite celebrity to work together.
Can you take photographs? Write or produce music? Become their assistant? Get in touch with their management and put forth the offer.
6. Connect With Someone They Follow
Before going after your celebrity crush, it may be easier to befriend somebody lesser-known who they follow. Follow them yourself, like and comment on their posts, and then if you become friendly with that person, perhaps you can ask them about connecting you with your celebrity crush.
Connecting with your celebrity crush directly will be easier if you have mutual friends (even if they're just Facebook friends).
7. Announce to the World That You’re Looking To Meet Them
If you want to go all out, use all the channels you have available to convince the world that you need to meet this person. Create a blog post, Youtube video, or anything you can to explain in the most charming way possible why you and your celebrity crush should be together. Then, pray for enough people to share it so that it will actually reach them.
8. Post Something Nice About Them
Celebrities do occasionally respond to posts about them. The nicer you make it, the more impetus they'll have to do so.
Tag them in a still of their favorite movie, post about your favorite lyrics from their latest album, or write about how they've inspired you. They may be moved enough by your kindness to get in touch.
9. Create a Viral Post
You're more likely to be noticed by a celebrity if you can become famous yourself—even if only for a short amount of time.
The easiest way for an ordinary person to do this is probably to create a viral social media post. Think of something you have to say that nobody else could, spill your heart out, ask your followers to re-share it, and you might catch your celebrity crush's attention.
10. Go After Lesser-Known Celebrities
It may seem obvious, but you have a much better shot of catching the attention of a celebrity who has, say, hundreds of thousands of followers rather than millions.
Try going after an independent actor, a lesser-known model, an influencer, or someone whose inbox isn't as full as an A-list celebrity's. There are tons of beautiful and talented people out there who haven't had their big break yet.
What Do You Have to Lose?
These strategies aren't guaranteed to work, but if they do, you'll have the experience of a lifetime. Don't forget to treat your celebrity crush the way you would any other person, and try not to make your excitement too obvious.
If all else fails, there are plenty of ways to meet perfectly eligible partners online. You and your partner can always work on becoming celebrities together.