oddly nodded yes as I stated this. There was one table which touted Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson and others, all asking for their signature money. $40 to $80 dollars was the going rate. I only wish they had not been so busy. I would love to see them all sitting there with their no photo signs behind them, pen in hand, stack of 8x10 glossies sitting undisturbed as fans walked by reminding them we made them popular. We made them in most cases genre stars. They should feel honored to give us their John Hancock. We should not pay. I remember when we didn't. I have, in fact, Marina Sirtis' autograph to prove it. I also have Patrick Stewart's signature which he also now charges for.
But then came the shock. While my son and I were on the autograph floor, we became separated. He found himself in front of one of the signing tables. The person sitting there was not recognized by my son. He explained he was the main voice for one of the Assassin Creed games. In other words, his claim to fame was that he was a voice actor on a video game. He wanted $30 for his autograph. Has the performance industry digressed to such a point that even the nonfamous now think they should make autograph money. Don't get me wrong, voice acting is difficult and important for modern games, but honestly, money for an autograph of a virtually unknown performer is the limit.
Thus ends the myth that this money goes to an actor's charity. It clearly goes into their pocket. Sorry, but we need to put an end for paying people we make famous more money not for their talent or, in many cases, their luck but for being famous or semi-famous or even...not famous at all. Time to remind them who made who a "star." Don't pay!