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Celebrity and Being-in-the-World: The Phenomenology of Fame
Unformatted Document Text:  5 tape record, description of confidentiality, the time commitment involved, the ability to withdraw at any time, as well as granting permission for future publications, was discussed with participants before it was signed. Names of celebrity participants have been changed for the purpose of maintaining confidentiality for all interviewees involved in this research. Additionally, any identifying information has been changed and the replacement text is in brackets. The list of five guiding questions for research participants illustrates the open-ended nature of, and the importance of minimizing researcher interference in the collection of data. Guiding Questions for Research Participants: 1. When considering celebrity and your being-in-the-world, what is the experience of being famous? 2. Have you lost or gained anything as a result of being famous? 3. What was your life like before you became famous, and then after you became famous? 4. What is your first memory of being famous? 5. Do you have anything else you would like to add? Since there is an acute awareness on the part of the celebrity to his or her persona, a heightened state of self-scrutiny due to being well-known in society, it made many celebrities whom I approached for this study reticent to participate. Calls made and faxes sent to several of the celebrity’s agents and managers went unanswered. Sensitivity toward the possibility of saying something negative about being famous that might tarnish his or her image stood in the way of obtaining willing celebrity participants. Securing people for this study was made possible because I was able to take advantage of personal connections that I have with famous members of the media. Some of these celebrities acknowledged that they agreed to be in my study only because they knew me, and therefore, could establish trust. I also accessed celebrities through my husband’s professional sports connections, and networked with other contacts to discern availability of some targeted participants. For example, in an attempt to secure a former child star who could

Authors: Rockwell, Donna. and Giles, David.
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tape record, description of confidentiality, the time commitment involved, the ability to
withdraw at any time, as well as granting permission for future publications, was discussed
with participants before it was signed. Names of celebrity participants have been changed for
the purpose of maintaining confidentiality for all interviewees involved in this research.
Additionally, any identifying information has been changed and the replacement text is in
brackets.
The list of five guiding questions for research participants illustrates the open-ended
nature of, and the importance of minimizing researcher interference in the collection of data.
Guiding Questions for Research Participants:
1. When considering celebrity and your being-in-the-world, what is the experience of
being famous?
2. Have you lost or gained anything as a result of being famous?
3. What was your life like before you became famous, and then after you became
famous?
4. What is your first memory of being famous?
5. Do you have anything else you would like to add?
Since there is an acute awareness on the part of the celebrity to his or her persona, a
heightened state of self-scrutiny due to being well-known in society, it made many celebrities
whom I approached for this study reticent to participate. Calls made and faxes sent to several
of the celebrity’s agents and managers went unanswered. Sensitivity toward the possibility of
saying something negative about being famous that might tarnish his or her image stood in
the way of obtaining willing celebrity participants.
Securing people for this study was made possible because I was able to take
advantage of personal connections that I have with famous members of the media. Some of
these celebrities acknowledged that they agreed to be in my study only because they knew
me, and therefore, could establish trust. I also accessed celebrities through my husband’s
professional sports connections, and networked with other contacts to discern availability of
some targeted participants. For example, in an attempt to secure a former child star who could


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