Chasing Celebrities: A Paparazza Confession


If there were a list of most hated professions, paparazzi might earn the top spot. Few people besides telemarketers earn wrath like these professionals. But Julie Smith doesn't have the cold heart you'd expect.

The freelance photographer and sometimes paparazzi fell into the job on accident. She was working for a now defunct entertainment magazine when she suggested they start covering more movie premieres and celebrity parties. Suddenly she was fighting for a spot with the rest of the paparazzi..

"It was just a few years ago when celebrities were just starting to be hunted," she said..

It's the sort of profession where you truly are baptized by fire. She said you're forced to yell at the celebs to get their attention.