But, seriously people, what's up with the fan pages?
I have a strong opinion on this, and I'm going to share it with you, but please don't get offended. It is just my little opinion and I'm not looking for a brawl or to hurt anyone's feelings. I think the reason it effects me perhaps more then others is because I have so many actor friends.
I totally understand having a fan page for a project you are involved in. This means if you are in a play, on a TV show, have a webseries, performance group, a contest you are in, charity you are raising money for, etc, I want to be your fan! I want to know what my friends are up to and how I can support them, so I love fan pages for this reason!
On the flip side, if you are in a group that performs only in a state that I do not live in (or country for that matter,) there's not much point of me becoming a fan of your page. I'm sorry, maybe that makes me a jerk, but then I get messages and updates everyday about buying tickets for your show or invitations to functions that I can't attend. And frankly, I hate hitting the "no" button for events I can't attend. I'm Catholic, so I feel guilty. I always feel obligated to write a comment on the event page like, "Sorry! I live in Singapore so I can't make it to see your post apolcalyptic rendition of 'Our Town' in Las Vegas!" I also don't get the fan pages for people's private businesses. I've had requests to become a fan of real estate agents, law firms and electronics repair companies. It just confuses me.
On another note, I don't understand the concept of inviting your real life friends to be a fan of just "you." There are a lot of fan pages that are just for a person and not a project they are involved in. So that when they are on a TV show or have a play you get updates and invites from your friend AND from the fan page. Listen, if we are friends on facebook, just assume I am already your fan. If you have so many out of control fans and you'd like a private page for your "real life friends" and a fan page to keep the crazies out of your personal life, I understand that as well. But then don't ask your "real life friends" to be a fan. We already are! (Hopefully.)
Whew! I'm glad I got that off of my chest. If you promise me you won't send me a request of, "John Smith wants you to become a fan of John Smith," I won't send you a request of, "Erin Muroski wants you to become a fan of Erin Muroski!" Thanks!