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Old May 25 2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

I'll be at a con where she's appearing this weekend and thought I'd go say hi. I'm not very familiar with the celeb/convention/autograph scene but I started to go to cons somewhat regularly lately and kind of accidentally started getting sigs from the ENT cast (long story) and I thought I'd start doing the same with the TNG cast.

Anyhoo, has anyone had any experience with Marina and what she charges? Ideally I'd like to get a cast picture for her to sign and then try and get the rest of the cast to sign it over time.

Any thoughts?
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Old May 26 2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

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Old May 26 2011, 03:32 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

When I met Marina Sirtis at Realms Con in Corpus Christi back in '05, she was chargin' $20 per signature, on your item or one of her's. She also had NEM 8x10s pre-signed by Jonathan Frakes that she would add her signature to for $50.

It was a smaller con, and not much of a crowd, and she was very nice to talk to. Drop dead beautiful, too. A very good experience all around.

And she would up joinin' the folks I had lunch with very briefly, but that was more to talk to Margot Kidder (who was sittin' across from me) than anything.

As for gettin' a cast photo signed, my suggestion would be third season on. Denise Crosby can't be counted on when she's scheduled to appear at cons (it happened in Dallas a few years ago, and I've heard others say she's done the same thing elsewhere). Wil Wheaton still does the occasional appearance, but mostly book signings (I consider myself lucky that I got TNG action figures signed when I met him). Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden would be hard to get, but the rest of the regular cast still do convention appearances.
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Old May 26 2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

At FedCon, an autograph from Marina was 30 euros.
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Old May 26 2011, 12:52 PM   #5
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I think the conventions often sets the signature price, rather than the person appearing (who, if I recall, are given a flat fee for appearing - this is how it works in the UK at least)
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Old May 26 2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

Maybe it's just me but I find it rather pathetic that some actors charge for their autographs.
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Old May 26 2011, 04:00 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

Josan wrote: View Post
Maybe it's just me but I find it rather pathetic that some actors charge for their autographs.
I guess it's become standard practice, and they have to make a living, right?

However, I'm shocked to read what the going rates are. Back when I went to cons in the 1980s, they initially didn't charge anything, then toward the end of my tenure, the actors started selling their own pics for $3-$5, hoping you'd buy them and have them signed, rather than bring your own pic. But, you weren't required to buy their pics for a signature.

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Old May 26 2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

od0_ital wrote: View Post

As for gettin' a cast photo signed, my suggestion would be third season on.
Yeah I was thinking along those lines. I was hoping to get a cast pic with the most amount of people but you still gotta play the odds. Wonder if I can get one with Whoopi. Now getting her sig is a real longshot.

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Maybe it's just me but I find it rather pathetic that some actors charge for their autographs.
To be honest I used to have a really negative view about both the actors charging and the people waiting in line and paying. I kind of look at it differently now as just something fun to do.
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Old May 26 2011, 05:41 PM   #9
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I guess it's become standard practice, and they have to make a living, right?


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Old May 26 2011, 05:48 PM   #10
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

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Maybe it's just me but I find it rather pathetic that some actors charge for their autographs.
I guess it's become standard practice, and they have to make a living, right?
They should try to make a living acting or getting a real job. They had jobs for seven TV seasons and four movies because the fans liked them and they repay them by gouging them for every last dime they can.
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Old May 26 2011, 06:10 PM   #11
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

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Maybe it's just me but I find it rather pathetic that some actors charge for their autographs.
I agree. Considering that actors make more in a week than most of us will see in our entire lifetimes, it's also criminal.
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Old May 26 2011, 06:43 PM   #12
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

I've never understood why anyone would pay for an autograph, but if people choose to, more power to them. And I'm not knocking autograph-seekers; I have several prized signed books. I recall reading somewhere that Rene Auberjonois donates proceeds of his signed/auctioned items to various charities or causes, which seems an honorable thing to do...
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Old May 26 2011, 07:59 PM   #13
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If you get them 'in line' at a convention event or such, they'll demand payment just to keep the line under control (I've seen more than one convention get insane for celebrity lines, so the fee helps mitigate that a lot). Often times it's not to make a quick buck, but to make the 'freebie' people to leave them the hell alone.
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Old May 26 2011, 08:04 PM   #14
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

Because obviously the 'freebie' people aren't fans.
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Old May 26 2011, 08:19 PM   #15
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Re: Anyone know what Marina charges for a pic/autograph?

The way I see it, the charge should be the same across the board. And it's something that goes towards the convention overhead. The actors are paid to come, and that's all they should walk away with. Stock photos for signing would be provided by the convention management, agreed upon before hand.
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