Some people’s predictions, even if passed in a joke, can turn out to be wholly true. Jay’s teacher once sent a note to his parents stating that if he spent his time studying as much as he did cracking jokes in class he would one day be a big star — and so he did become one! His knack for tickling the funny bone got noticed very early in life.
Jay Leno was born in New York to a Scottish mum and Italian father. He owes his comic timing to his growing up years where he witnessed odd but funny conversations between his parents who were diametrically apart from each other.
Jay later moved to Los Angeles and started appearing on TV shows in the 1980s. The early years didn’t bring in much money, but they gave him the relevant exposure and experience to spin things around a decade later when he achieved stupendous success with NBC’s iconic “Tonight Show” in 1992. He endeared his audience straight for 22 years with his fantastic sense of humor as the host of the “The Tonight Show”, interviewing the rich and the famous. From a comedian to a talk show host, actor, producer, and author — Leno’s journey has been eventful and full of interesting takes!
Today Leno’s net worth stands at $450 million. Leno is not your regular rich and famous guy — he is modest and extremely grounded about his success story. If you are thinking to connect with Leno, here’s what to do —
Find the PR Manager and Publicist
Unfortunately, celebrities do not directly handle their appointments and commercial dealings. They have a team who run them and keep them free from such obligations. Their diaries are full with scores of lineup events and interviews, and fortunately for them, they do not have to ‘remember’ to keep dates.
You may be a reporter, a businessman, or an event booker — and your frustration is totally understandable, but this is how things pan out in the show industry. If you have plans to enlist Jay’s help to take your brand to the next level in a snap, or your boss is driving you up the wall for that interview with Jay, you clearly do not have time on your side. But you can still accomplish your goal if you play your cards right.
Get looking for Jay’s current agent/publicist/manager who handles his dealings. They are the go-to guys for any business dealings that involve money. You cannot hope to walk up to Jay directly and talk business upfront. In fact, you will be dealing and negotiating with his PR agent through and through.
Next, ensure that Jay is well within your price range to avoid all miscommunications later. The manager/agent will keep you posted with everything and call you for the final sign-off on the deal if things fall in place.
Connect Through Social Media Platforms
Social media is an effective marketing and image management tool that celebrities use extensively to promote their projects and expand their image. Social media also makes it more convenient for them to interact with their fans at a more personal level. Celebrities can be brand ambassadors for many products and it is not uncommon to see them share and flex their endorsements on their social media pages.
Send a Fan Mail
Snail mails are still considered the best and most charming, traditional way of expressing your support and love for your favorite star. Fan mails are for fans and admirers only, not for business purposes. You can write a letter expressing deep admiration for Jay’s talent as a comedian, show host, or actor, and keep it short and sweet. Make a clear request, if you have one (like for an autograph or picture). It is best to type the letter, if you do not have a legible handwriting. Most importantly, verify the postal address, and send out your letter in a self-addressed envelope that must not contain anything other than the letter itself.
They may discard your letter if they suspect it to be unusually heavy and/or if it contains objectionable content (written). In most cases, people hear back from Jay’s team in three months or less. They are good at obliging fan requests.
Jay Leno’s Fan Mail Address is:
P.O. Box 7458
Burbank, CA 91510
You can also try writing a mail to [email protected].