Celebrities need their privacy, too - how to avoid the possible stalker

Jun 6, 2012 11:53:33Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Celebrities need their privacy, too - how to avoid the possible stalker

People who strive to be an actor, actress, singer or television host are well aware of the limelight and fame that will ensue if they make it big. Even though some celebrities are excited about their status when it first arrives, they may be dismayed by the paparazzi and possible stalkers that can come with being in the public eye.

Even some of the biggest stars have a limit - and sometimes lose their temper. For instance, Justin Bieber may be facing charges after having a scuffle with a photographer, TMZ reports. Or in other situations, a stalker can become quite scary. According to the New York Daily News, Madonna's alleged stalker Robert Linhart has a new court date after he was found outside the pop icon's home with a pocket knife in his fanny pack while he professed his love.

However, in some cases the alleged stalkers are not violent at all. In fact, some simply just want to get a picture with their favorite A-list celebrity - or several pictures. According to Entertainment Weekly, 16-year-old "Stalker Sarah" got her name after successfully snapping shots alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Brad Pitt to Justin Bieber.

Sarah M., who refuses to reveal her last name, has been featured in the Daily Mail and on "Good Morning America" after people got wind of the 4,800 photos she has on her Flickr account - all of which feature her alongside a big shot celebrity. How does she do it? Sarah is homeschooled and able to sneak out with her father to any event during the day to get another shot. According to the news source, Sarah claims her father is not in the entertainment business, but he has some close connections, which give her the heads up to where these various celebrities will be.

Fortunately, there are ways celebrities can maintain their privacy while going about their daily business. Entertainers should strive to keep their personal and professional lives as separate as possible. When heading out in public, avoid dressing flamboyantly so as not to draw attention. Performers should never give out personal information to fans, and may want to have a second phone number that they use for networking. Finally, set aside some time for press to snap photos of you, so that they won't be hunting you down during your private life to get candid shots.