Posted by fak, 2012-01-23 12:56 GMT
I'm not convinced that much has changed in terms of the accessibility of "name" jugglers over the years other than their own schedules and abilities or desires to hang around at juggling conventions. I don't really buy into celebrity hype in the juggling world (and the Dietz-WJF stuff didn't even register as a blip on my radar). I haven't voted in the top 40 poll in years and don't follow the results.
Professional jugglers, the ones who tend to be those who get the attention, make their living through their skill. Sometimes they can afford to take some time out and attend a convention, but often they are working other gigs to pay their bills so only get to turn up for their booked slot then have to leave again for the next gig. Perhaps it is the trend towards greater professionalism and a more corporate eye that is preventing people from being on first name terms. Some of them (since they're all individuals) won't be interested in attending a convention at all.
That said, there are also those who do hang out and are on first name terms (the Gandinis - to include all various members, Luke Burrage, Luke Wilson, JJ, Donald Grant, Norbi, Wes Peden). I can't think of a juggler that I have been interested in chatting to that hasn't been approachable (and I'm not a great chatter to people I don't know).
There will always be fanboys in any area (and I use that term for the more obsessive fans who elevate thier idols to the level where they can do no wrong), even if there isn't anyone specifically promoting themselves. People can be inspired just as much by people practising in the gym (regular hobbyists) as well as by the pros. In fact you've probably insipred someone even if you didn't know it with a combination, a style, an attitude.
Remember also that not everyone has the funds or ability to attend as many conventions as some of us here do. Those people might have limited access and so have to make tough decisions about which conventions to attend (particularly in the US with its large distances and relatively expensive conventions compared to the UK). Those decisions may be informed by who the other attendees are going to be and who is going to be in the show. I admit that if the gandinis are performing within a reasonable distance I will go and see them. I like their stuff.
In conclusions on the subject if celebs in the juggling community: meh.