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->''"My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because the BBC wanted someone else. Also, I was seven."''
-->-- '''Creator/StevenMoffat''', upon being named lead writer/producer for ''Series/DoctorWho''

Some fans have all the luck. Somehow they've managed to be a part of the very industry, or even the very work, that they're a fan of. This can range anywhere from the minor, such as a ContestWinnerCameo, or to the point where the fan has creative control and is RunningTheAsylum.

Compare AscendedFanboy (a fan InUniverse), AscendedFanfic, BigNameFan (the ones most likely to be promoted), OneOfUs, OfficialFanSubmittedContent. Contrast HireTheCritic.

''As noted below, many [[LongRunners franchises have been around for so long]] that it's only natural that fans would get to work on them.''
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* PromotedFanboy/AnimeAndManga
* PromotedFanboy/{{Music}}
* PromotedFanboy/VideoGames

!!Notable Franchises:

[[folder:Star Trek]]

[[folder: Multiple series ]]

* In his book ''Worlds of Wonder'', writer David Gerrold states he was one of these already during the show's original run, which led him to write "The Trouble with Tribbles" and the five failed episode pitches which preceded it. Though he was intended to cameo in "Trouble", his part was recast, and he ended up cameoing in ''The Animated Series'' and ''Deep Space Nine'' Tribble episodes instead.
* Creator/DwightSchultz is a big fan of ''Star Trek''. In fact, it was the first show he ever watched in color television as a child. He worked with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg on the movie ''The Long Walk Home'' and told her how big a fan he was of the show and her part in it. She had a word with the writers, resulting in Reg Barclay.
* Creator/PeterDavid was a longtime fan of the original ''Star Trek'' series. After starting a career as a comic-book writer, he began writing the official ''Star Trek'' comic for DC Comics, and later leveraged that into writing numerous best-selling ''Star Trek'' novels. And on top of that, he even wrote a few episodes of ''TNG''.


[[folder: Films ]]

* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' has a scene where a lot of fans were used as extras. The unions really complained about this one.
* Creator/ChristianSlater, a huge ''Star Trek'' fan, got his role as a serviceman in ''Film/StarTrekVI'' reportedly because he begged his mother, one of the film's casting directors, for the chance to appear in a minor role.
* Almost happened to Creator/TomHanks, yet another long-time Trekkie, who auditioned for the role of Zefram Cochrane in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. He was very disappointed when he was already committed to another project, and the role went to JamesCromwell.
* Creator/NealMcDonough, who played Lieutenant Hawk in ''First Contact'', is a huge ''Star Trek'' fan.
* Although he died eight years before the release of ''First Contact'', [[https://www.facebook.com/royorbison/posts/10153060226188607 Roy Orbison]] was a big fan of ''Star Trek'', and his song "Ooby Dooby" is featured in the film.
* Creator/BryanSinger revealed to Creator/PatrickStewart that he was a ''Star Trek'' fan, and therefore Stewart arranged for him a quick cameo in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* This is how Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who plays Sylar on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', got the part of young Spock in the reboot movies.
* Creator/KarlUrban was a hardcore Trekkie growing up. He was cast as [=Dr. McCoy=] in ''Film/StarTrek''. He also does the most faithful impression of the original character out of the entire cast.
* Creator/SimonPegg is also a major fan of Trek, and he has said that he was placed in ''Film/StarTrek'' (canonically the eleventh) to disprove comments his character made on the sitcom ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "Sure as every odd-numbered Star Trek film is shit."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch Randy Pausch]], who listed being captain of the ''Enterprise'' as one of his dreams in "The Last Lecture" appears as a bridge member of the ''Kelvin'' in ''Film/StarTrek''. He walks past the captain's chair, says, "Captain, we have visual", and is not seen again.


[[folder: The Next Generation ]]

* Ronald Moore arranged a tour of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' set through his girlfriend and managed to pass a script to one of Creator/GeneRoddenberry's assistants while there. By the show's final season, he was head writer.
* The entire role of Guinan was created because Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fan (specifically, Creator/NichelleNichols was her inspiration to ''start acting'') and wanted on the show.
* When Creator/StephenHawking played himself in the episode "Descent," he said "I'm working on that" in regards to the warp core mockup on the Engineering set and asked to be seated in the captain's chair on the bridge set.


[[folder: Voyager ]]

* Creator/JasonAlexander has credited Creator/WilliamShatner for him wanting to be an actor and watched the original series growing up. He guest starred in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and played a comedic version of Kirk in ''The Ultimate Trek'' special.
* Tim Russ, most famous for his role as Lieutenant Tuvok in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', was a devoted Trekkie long before that and had already had several small roles in other Star Trek series.
* King Abdullah II of Jordan is a ''giant Star Trek'' nerd. In 1996, when he was still Crown Prince, he appeared in a non-speaking role on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.


[[folder: Enterprise ]]

* Scott Bakula (who played Captain Archer) became a Trekkie in the 1970s when the ''Original Series'' first went into syndication.
* Jolene Blalock (who played T'Pol) was ''also'' a Trekkie growing up.
* Anthony Montgomery (who played Travis Mayweather) was a fan of the ''Original Series'' and had previously auditioned for several roles on ''Voyager''.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane is another admitted fan, and he guest starred in two episodes of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. And then got to have ''the entire Bridge cast'' of ''The Next Generation'' be guest stars on ''Family Guy''. ''Twice''!
* [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Gabriel_Koerner Gabriel Koerner]], amateur 3D artist and ''huge'' Trek fan was interviewed for the documentary ''Trekkies'' in 1997. Fast forward eight years, and he was working on the CGI team for the fourth season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', as well as the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' (created and produced by the above-mentioned Ron Moore).


[[folder: Star Trek Online ]]

* The 90% of the development staff of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' are this. Al Rivera, Daniel Stahl, Thomas Marrone and Jeremy Randall being the most prominent (the last two being promoted fanboys of ''STO'' proper) and are notable for getting the game released after Perpetual didn't do anything with the license and didn't want to see it [[VaporWare die]]. Also ''Enterprise''-F designer Adam Ihle, who has since gone on to be put along side other ship artists like [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Andrew Probert]], [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Matt Jeffries]] and [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Mark Rademaker]].

[[folder:Star Wars]]
* Creator/SamuelLJackson, a.k.a. Mace Windu, was a huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan before getting the part. He's even on record saying he would've played a generic Stormtrooper if it meant being part of the franchise at all.
* Ryan Weiber, one of the creators of the popular ''Star Wars'' fan film ''Film/RyanVsDorkman''. While he doesn't work for George Lucas or ILM, he ''did'' work for Creator/LucasArts for a time; currently he is doing special effects work in Hollywood, notably on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. His partner, Michael Scott, is also a budding filmmaker. Ryan did finally get to work on special effects for ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/RogueOne'', cementing his status in the franchise.
* Matt Sloan, the voice of WebVideo/ChadVader on the [=YouTube=] series by the same name, was eventually noticed for his uncanny impression of Darth Vader and eventually landed a role as Darth Vader himself in various video game spinoffs of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, specifically ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', the ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar'' expansion, Vader's GuestFighter appearance in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur IV]]'', and ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'', along with portraying Vader as the Banker (albeit staying visible) in a ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' special.
* After making ''Film/{{Troops}}'', Kevin Rubio went on to write ''Star Wars'' comics and work on episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* Steve Sansweet, who has the largest personal collection of ''Star Wars'' related material in the world, was eventually hired by Lucasfilm itself to be their Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations, a position he held from 1996 until 2011.
* Creator/HaydenChristensen always was interested in Darth Vader in his childhood. In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', the original intention was to have a large stuntman in the Vader suit, but Christensen convinced them to build the suit for him and use various camera tricks to make him appear to be the 6'8" Creator/DavidProwse size. When he strolled onto the set clad in Vader armor, the crew cheered.
* In 2005-2008, ''Star Wars'' fan club members competed to write databank entries for obscure characters that weren't covered previously, or covered very slightly. The winning writers of the entries were then rewarded with having their ideas be a part of Star Wars canon. And it got even better for some. As of June 2009, three of those authors were later hired by the company to write short fiction stories for the website.
* As Creator/EwanMcGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels) put it:
-->'''[=McGregor=]:''' I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own lightsaber. Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight.
** The fact that Ewan's uncle, Denis Lawson, played Wedge Antillies in the classic trilogy surely added to the fanboy fire.
* Creator/SamWitwer, most well known for his role as Starkiller from ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', has been a long time Star Wars fan. He later got to voice The Son and Darth Maul in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars.'' Apparently, when he was told he'd be voicing Darth Maul, he nearly crashed his car. He currently voices Palpatine.
* In 2003 a fan named Ara Roselani [[http://public.fotki.com/Kait/star_wars/tim_zahn_booksigning/thrawntim.html met]] Creator/TimothyZahn at a convention. She was cosplaying as the Chiss Admiral Thrawn in his white uniform, and they became friends. When Zahn wrote ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', he included the character [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ar%27alani Ar'alani]], a female Chiss admiral in a white uniform.
* It's no secret that Creator/SethGreen is a big fan (prime evidence: ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''). He voiced a one-off character in season two of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', who reappeared twice in season three (despite being killed in his original appearance) due to the non-linear nature of many of season three's episodes, and his character being the sidekick to EnsembleDarkhorse Cad Bane.
* Most, if not all, of the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' voice cast have admitted to be long time ''Star Wars'' fans, most notable Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor, Creator/DeeBradleyBaker and Creator/TomKane. So is supervising director, Dave Filoni.
** Creator/DavidTennant also counts, being a fan of both ''Series/DoctorWho'' (for which he has a long entry further down) ''and'' Star Wars, getting a guest role in the fifth season.
* Cartoonist Creator/GenndyTartakovsky grew up with ''Star Wars'' and eventually made ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' for George Lucas in 2003 to 2005. The race of the character Durge was known as the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gen%27Dai Gen'Dai]].
* Curtis Saxton, physics [=PhD=] and writer of the infamous ''Star Wars'' Technical Commentaries, a ''very'' extensive site meant to figure out how the physics of the universe worked, was hired as a technical advisor for the prequels and eventually wrote some of the various ''Incredible Cross-Sections'' books, giving the ''Star Wars'' fans a '''massive''' edge in the [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Star Wars vs. Star Trek debates]] in the process.
** They have come under fire, however. Particularly when Gary Sarli, ''Franchise/StarWars'' RPG writer and fellow scientist and ''Star Wars'' aficionado, pointed out the huge inconsistencies that went into making the books, specifically how Saxton's calculations for the Base Delta Zero command underestimated the number of ships involved by at least an order of magnitude, the amount of time required by at least an order of magnitude, and overestimated the thoroughness of the attack by about 3 orders of magnitude. Then he used these massively inflated numbers for the basis for almost everything else.
* Modi is the pseudonym for a Hungarian fan who had been making unofficial maps of the Star Wars galaxy for years. When Lucasfilm decided to publish ''The Essential Atlas'', they hired him to make some draft maps that professional artists would finish. His work ended up being such high quality that they scrapped the "professional artists" plan and just used his maps as is.
* [[Series/MythBusters Grant Imahara]] was but a wee child when he first saw [[RobotBuddy R2-D2]] on the silver screen. Almost thirty years and one electrical engineering degree later, he became Artoo (or rather its pilot and main technician).
* ILM visual effects supervisor Ben Snow remembers reading an article in a special effects magazine about Dennis Muren's work on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and wanting to work with Muren--he got his wish when the prequels came around.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' was [[http://theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/fanboys/index.asp a short fan film]] before it got turned into an actual Hollywood picture (with typical Hollywoodifacation, of course).
* Creator/WarwickDavis, who played Wicket the Ewok, was a ''Star Wars'' fan when his grandma heard that ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was looking for actors under 4 feet. He had a big set of Star Wars action figures, which Creator/MarkHamill completed for him.
* Creator/JJAbrams, who has always been open about being much more of a ''Star Wars'' fan growing up than a ''Star Trek'' one, is directing ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and Episode IX.
* Ansel Hsiao, known online as "fractalsponge," made [[http://fractalsponge.net/gallery/ Star Wars art]] for many years. Eventually, his work caught the attention of Creator/LucasArts, and several of his works [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ansel_Hsiao became canon]]. His contributions stretch to another franchise--''{{Franchise/Halo}}'', where Hsiao modeled the [[http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?Itemid=68&id=2503&option=com_content&task=view UNSC flagship Infinity]].
* Leland Chee, a longtime fan, was first the main tester of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' video game. He was hired by Lucas to manage the Holocron, which was THE definitive, top-secret collection of past, present, and future projects. He was also the czar of the EU, with his word being almost equivalent to that of Lucas. He received another promotion after the ContinuityReboot, being tapped for the Story Team now in charge of managing the new continuity. Oh, and he's also the manager of the Franchise/IndianaJones continuity.
* Two British members of the R2-D2 Builders Club were [[http://www.starwars.com/news/r2-d2-is-in-star-wars-episode-7-and-hes-fan-made hired to build and maintain the R2-D2]] used in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', on Kathleen Kennedy's recommendation after she saw a demonstration of the club's work. The club's R2-KT droid, which memorializes a young fan, [[http://io9.com/the-heartwarming-story-behind-r2-kt-and-how-she-joined-1744986951 will also appear in the film]].
* The 501st Legion, a group of Stormtooper and Bounty Hunter cosplayers who make publicity appearances for Star Wars-related events.
* Just about the entire of the cast and the director of ''Film/RogueOne'', really. Possible special mentions to Creator/BenMendelsohn (who described himself as a "Star Wars Tragic", reminiscing about Star Wars collectable cards back in the 70s and proclaiming he had 2 of the rarest card) and Creator/DiegoLuna (positively giddy as he told interviewers "I ''still'' can't believe I'm in a Star Wars film!").

[[folder:Doctor Who]]
Since ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been running since 1963 (hiatus not withstanding), there's an entire ''generation'' of people who loved the show enough to work their way into the industry and onto the staff. Some of the more recent fans were born after the show had started running. Though some of them also ended up RunningTheAsylum.
* Creator/MatthewWaterhouse had been a ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan before he got the role of [[TheScrappy Adric]] and had a letter published in an early issue of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' (before getting the part).
* Creator/DavidTennant. He has said that it was because of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and particularly, Creator/PeterDavison's performance as the Fifth Doctor that he wanted to ''be'' the Doctor. He even got into acting specifically to play the Doctor.
** In 2007, Tennant appeared as the Tenth Doctor and in the special episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]", Creator/PeterDavison guest-starred as the Fifth Doctor, while the Tenth Doctor met his earlier self. At one point, the 5th Doctor takes a close look at the 10th and laments "Oh no. You're a ''fan''!" Near the end, the 10th tells the 5th that he "was [his] Doctor." The whole episode is David Tennant and Steven Moffat gushing in-character about the earlier doctor.
** And now that Tennant has married Creator/GeorgiaMoffett -- Creator/PeterDavison's daughter, who also had a role as the Tenth Doctor's "daughter" in one episode -- he's gone rocketing past mere "Promoted Fanboy" and it's possible a new Trope needs to be invented just for him.
*** And before the two even met, Georgia's son said that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHiXO7sQwgs David Tennant was his favorite Doctor.]] David adopted him when he and Georgia married, so now Tyler's favorite Doctor is also his father. They're a whole Promoted Family.
** Tennant, like everyone else, loved Sarah Jane Smith. Not only did he get to work with Creator/ElisabethSladen during "School Reunion," but he got to be the one to give her the heart-melting "Goodbye, my Sarah Jane," that Sarah Jane waited decades for.
* Building off of Tennant's promotion? The Fifth Doctor, Creator/PeterDavison himself, was ''also'' this - having been a massive fan of the Second Doctor's run on the series. That's right, the Second Doctor crafted the Fifth Doctor, who in turn crafted the Tenth Doctor. Expect another Doctor in about 20 to 30 years based on Tennant...
* Sixth Doctor Creator/ColinBaker is ''also'' a big fan of ''Doctor Who'' before and after his run -- having been a regular viewer ever since the First Doctor's tenure and ''still watches the show'' to this day. He's gone on record saying that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] are the best episodes of the series.
* Inverted with Creator/MattSmith, who became a hardcore fan '''while''' playing the role. Watching the Second Doctor influenced his costume choice (particularly the bowtie), and he apparently wrote a fanfic where the Doctor meets UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein. He also apparently called up Steven Moffat in the middle of the night to rave about [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Tomb of the Cybermen"]] after watching it.
* Creator/PeterCapaldi was also a lifelong fan of the series before getting the role of the Twelfth Doctor; his fan exploits during the 70's included writing a fan letter concerning the Daleks to the Radio Times, founding an official fan club and sending many letters to the production team during the 70's, which led to him meeting Creator/JonPertwee. In his first interview after his casting was announced, he said that he hadn't played the Doctor since he was nine (although he was in a 2008 episode of the program). What's more, not only was he a fanboy, he was ''FanDumb'' - his constant begging of the BBC to allow him to run the fan club, which already had a runner, annoyed the ''Doctor Who'' producer's secretary so much that she [[http://io9.com/check-out-the-doctor-who-fan-art-created-by-teenage-pet-1047918927 wrote a letter to the fan club president]] in which she said: "I wish the daleks [sic] or someone would exterminate [Peter C.] or something to that effect".
* Creator/NicholasBriggs was fascinated with the Daleks and other aliens growing up, and later got into both TV writing and voice acting, including several Doctor Who radio plays. When the TV series was revived in 2005, he was asked to be the voice of the Daleks (and the Cybermen and several other alien races).
* Creator/JohnBarrowman was also a big fan and also describes himself as an {{Otaku}}.
* Creator/RussellTDavies, the ex-lead writer and ex-producer of the new series, was also a tremendous fan and had actually sent in scripts during the show's original run, and in the mid-1990s actually wrote an officially licensed ''Doctor Who'' novel for Virgin Publishing's ''New Adventures'' line. For years he'd stated that the only reason he would return to working for Creator/TheBBC was if they were to start up ''Doctor Who'' again and let him run it (this is debatable as before signing on to do Doctor Who he was committed to produce a production of ''Casanova'' for the BBC). As early as 2000 there had been talk of him doing a revival, too. He also had a knack for pulling in other fans to work on the revived series.
* Creator/DouglasAdams was a huge ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan. He wrote three ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories in the late Seventies ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]" and the uncompleted "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]") and was the show's script editor for the 1979 season. He had written the AffectionateParody play ''Doctor Which'' while at school. The Krikkit storyline of ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' had also originated as a proposed ''Series/DoctorWho'' television script or movie screenplay.
* There's a reason there's a Creator/StevenMoffat quote at the top of this page. In fact, Moffat appeared on TV once to discuss the show's failings at the time from a fanboy perspective. He later wrote short stories for the officially licensed Doctor Who Virgin Publishing line, and in 1999 wrote the Comic Relief spoof ''The Curse of Fatal Death''.
* Many of the people writing for the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' and the revival television series had an involvement with the [=AudioVisuals=] fan audios series starring Nicholas Briggs as his version of the Doctor. One of the more prominent [=AudioVisuals=] creators, Gary Russell (who had auditioned for the part of Adric), has script edited for the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} shows and Briggs has voiced the Daleks, Cybermen and sundry other monsters (in both the new series and ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', the latter of which he is also the executive producer of) and appeared in person in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]''.
* Creator/NeilGaiman described writing "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]" as the closest thing to being God he will ever experience (and gushed over both Moffat and RTD in a blog post after the episode aired).
* Creator/MarkGatiss is the only person to have the distinction of having written for every "New Who" Doctor ''and'' having appeared on the show as an actor twice. If you count Big Finish audios and the Virgin Publishing novels, he has written for seven Doctors, and he's also the only person to play both the Doctor and the Master.
* Creator/DerekJacobi, who, when he played the Master in the episode "Utopia", announced being in ''Doctor Who'' was one of his two unfulfilled ambitions. (The other was being in ''Series/CoronationStreet'', which he fulfilled with a background cameo appearance in 2012.)
* When Jamie was introduced, a young actor called Hamish Wilson was watching the episode, and thought: "I could do that." Two years later, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber he did.]]
* When [[Series/TheApprentice Lord Sugar]] got a cameo in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]], he said in an [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Lord-Sugar-and-Brian-Cox-Who-Knew interview]] that he'd been watching the show for more than forty years.
* A rather different example than most: Bill "Pfutz" Pfutzenreuter and Barry Oursler, designers of [[Pinball/DoctorWho a pinball machine based off the series]], were big fans of the series proper.
* ''Doctor Who'' has only produced two spec scripts from writers with no professional experience: Andrew Smith (''seventeen'' at the time) with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle]]", and Marc Platt with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight Ghost Light]]".
* Jon Culshaw, an impressionist and ''Doctor Who'' fanboy who openly admits that his noted taste for velvet jackets is swiped from the Third Doctor, and who played the Fourth Doctor in several PrankCall segments on ''Series/DeadRingers''. He got to play the Fourth Doctor for real in the Big Finish story "The Kingmaker" as well as in ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot''.
* The extreme amounts of these in the revival of ''Doctor Who'' was spoofed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HdmNVXAiLc this]] sketch from ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' which follows the career path of a child whose dream is 'to be the man who makes the noise of the TARDIS'. As an ''excruciatingly'' brutal BrickJoke.
* The Twelfth Doctor's title sequence was created by Billy Hanshaw, who put up a fan-made sequence on the Internet to show his graphic skills... and got a call from Creator/StevenMoffat, who was so impressed, he offered him the job!
* Creator/ChrisChibnall was a fan in the eighties. He was the showrunner for the first two seasons of the spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and will become the showrunner of the main show in 2018. He can be seen on YouTube haranguing Creator/JohnNathanTurner and Pip and Jane Baker on a TV discussion show about the failings of Seasons 22-23.
* Corey Taylor of the band {{Music/Slipknot}} was a fan of the series, and when the production team learnt the band was touring Cardiff in 2015, they invited Taylor to not only visit the set, but to voice the Fisher King's roar in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood Before the Flood]]".
* Playwright Rona Munro started watching the series as a little girl in 1963, and grew up to write "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E10TheEatersOfLight The Eaters of Light]]", making her both the last person to write for the original series and the first person to write for both the original and revival series. Discovering that her first (and as far as she knew, only) story for the series was the last one for a dead show walking was painful for Rona to say the least, on top of the personal difficulties she was having at the time. Returning to find the revival a massive success, made by people who loved and cared about the show, was a wonderful contrast for her.

[[folder:Lord of the Rings]]
* Creator/ChristopherLee re-read ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' once a year and was the only one on [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the film set]] who actually met its author, Creator/JRRTolkien.
* Creator/EvangelineLilly was a Tolkien fangirl since the age of 13. For bonus points, she is a purist and initially refused to watch ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' for the fear of AdaptationDecay. Lilly has also said that she refuses to read the last 25 pages of ''Return of the King'' because "the story must go on." She appeared in ''Film/TheHobbit'' as a CanonForeigner character.
* Ditto Creator/StephenColbert, who has vocally expressed his Tolkien fanboyism for ''years'' before getting a brief, silent cameo (alongside his wife and two sons) in ''[[Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug The Desolation of Smaug]]''. Colbert also moderated the San Diego Comic-Con panel for ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'' in full costume no less.

* Creator/BradSwaile, who voiced Kicker in ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', is a fan and was eager to get a role on the series. [[CreatorsPet Tough luck, Brad]].
* In something between this and RunningTheAsylum: Derrick J. Wyatt, the lead ''character designer'' of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', is also a huge fan.
* Random sector locations in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' were named after fans from the forums.
* There's also Hirofumi Ichikawa, who started off writing [[FanFic doujinshi]] and was influential in introducing Japanese fans to the original portrayals of the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', as opposed to the [[CutAndPasteTranslation less than faithful Japanese dub]]. He has since been hired by Takara to write a fair number of toy bios, comics, and guidebooks. He even got to design toys for the ''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Super Link]]'' and ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Galaxy Force]]'' lines.
* David Willis, author of the ''Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}'' {{webcomic}}s, is another fan. He has been hired by Hasbro to produce convention art. He also got to create [[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]] Ravage, who has become a canon character. He's also become something of a BigNameFan in general what with being one of the lead administrators for the Transformers wiki.
* Matt Tieger, the director of the ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' series, is a big Transformers fan, in particular of the Dinobot Grimlock. So strong is his admiration for the character that [[http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/4/24/2962458/grimlock-high-moon-dinobots-transformers-cybertron-activision he convinced Hasbro to not scrap the Grimlock so he could include him in the upcoming ''Fall of Cybertron'']].
* Josh Nizzi produced a [[Film/{{Transformers}} movie-inspired]] design for the Constructicon Dump Truck Long Haul. He was not only brought on to Hasbro, but Long Haul was the first new design for the ''Revenge of the Fallen'' toyline and he went on to design several more for the movie.
* [[http://www.bwtf.com/ Benson Yee]], a BigNameFan in the community, was approached on usenet by the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' writers for his expertise in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. He received a consultant credit for key mythology-heavy episodes, and was shot by ''Beast Wars'' Megatron at a convention.
** He was also name-dropped (by his internet handle) in at least one episode.
--->'''Waspinator:''' Not wacko -- wonko! Wonko the Sane!
* Shane [=McCarthy=], a [[SmallNameBigEgo small name writer]] and another asylum runner was hired by IDW publishing to take over the ''Transformers'' comic series from veteran Simon Furman. However, he did not have Wyatt's popularity, mostly due to his writing and the attitude he shows when someone critiques his work. Though especially if you have a NostalgiaFilter or you like DarkerAndEdgier stuff since his story is essentially a grimmer, DecompressedComic version of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1 cartoon series]].
* Nick Roche and James Roberts are a pair of UK ''Transformers'' fans who became co-writers (with Roche also doing art) for IDW's ''Transformers'' comics. Their first collaboration, ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', was very well received, especially since they have much more fan-friendly [[RunningTheAsylum asylum-running]] tendencies than [=McCarthy=]. And Roberts' current work ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' has also been garnering a lot of positive buzz both in and outside the fandom.
* Brazilian voice actor Guilherme Briggs was a ''Transformers'' fan in his childhood, and later dubbed Optimus Primal in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' and all subsequent incarnations of Optimus Prime except ''Animated''.
* During the Dreamwave Comics period, a lot of Transformers fan-artists were hired to work on the comics, apparently [[MadeASlave out of love]] for the series. That didn't go [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&col=1&old=1&column=litg&article=2102 quite well]]. Most [[DoingItForTheArt still remain working]] for IDW and/or Hasbro.
* Joe Hahn, turntablist and music video director for Music/LinkinPark, is well known to be a fan of the series - Transformers can be found Hahn's DJ booths on stage and even some of the band's cover art. [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee So when Linkin Park end up doing the main themes for the first three movies...]]
* Music/ImagineDragons had this threefold when making music for ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''. Not only did they get to contribute to a franchise they loved since childhood, but they also managed to collaborate with two of their favorite composers, Music/HansZimmer and Music/SteveJablonsky.
* Creator/EricBauza has stated he's a fan of the character of Drift and wanted to play him since ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]''[='=]s sequel series ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]'' sees him get that wish.
* Jon Bailey (a.k.a. the {{WebVideo/Honest Trailers}} voice) is a lifelong {{Franchise/Transformers}} fan. In fact, it was {{Creator/Peter Cullen}}’s work in the [[{{WesternAnimation/TheTransformers}} original cartoon]] that inspired him to pursue a carreer as a voice actor. In 2016, he finally got the chance of working for Hasbro, and voiced none other than Optimus Prime himself in the [[{{WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombiner Wars}} Combiner Wars]] web series.
* Creator/PlatinumGames seemed to have a lot of G1 fans, which they reflected in their work for ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation.''

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* Masahiro Inoue, the lead actor in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', is a long-time ''Franchise/KamenRider'' fan, especially ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlack Black]]'' and ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Black RX]]'' (Hell, he's even part of the franchise's PeripheryDemographic both before and after ''Decade''). When Decade's journey took him to Black RX's World, Inoue made a blog post in which he effectively geeked out over the entire situation.
** Inoue's co-star Ryouta Murai got this quite literally. As a child he was a huge fan of ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''; jump ahead nine years, and he gets to '''be''' Kuuga (well, an AlternateUniverse incarnation of the character) in ''Decade''.
*** ''Decade'' promoted another long-time fan, pop musician Music/{{Gackt}}, by giving him the role of BadassNormal [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Joji Yuki, AKA Riderman]] in ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker''; he even appears in-character in the music video for the film's theme song, "The Next Decade".
* Creator/YokoHonna, better known as the HardDrinkingPartyGirl [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Sumeragi]], had a recurring role in ''Black'' and ''Black RX'' as a child. Years later, ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' aired and she has adopted many ''Franchise/KamenRider'' concepts to her character Nagisa, aka Cure ''Black'' (or it may be just a cross-reference to the Toei Company producing both ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' and ''Kamen Rider'').
* Steve Wang and his brother Mike Wang are avid ''Franchise/KamenRider'' fans, particularly of the Showa era television series. Then in 2009 they became the co-executive producers, writers, and directors of ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''. Steve himself stated in an interview that producing ''Kamen Rider Dragon Knight'' was a dream come true for him.
* Renn Kiriyama, who plays Shotaro in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', is like his predecessors a huge ''Franchise/KamenRider'' fan. Specifically, he's a fan of ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlack Black]]'', [[spoiler:which might explain why Kamen Rider Joker, his character's solo Rider form, performs poses and finishing moves just like Black.]] He's also stated that ''[[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Kamen Rider Ryuki]]'' was his favorite Heisei Rider series growing up, and that he was particularly fond of Kamen Rider Ouja. Unfortunately, Masaki Suda, who plays Shotaro's HeterosexualLifePartner Philip, has of late taken to actively trying to distance himself from the series, which leads to awkwardness in more recent crossovers when Kiriyama reprises his role but no mention is made of Philip.
* Keisuke Kato was also this; he is a big Kamen Rider fan and landed the role of Kamen Rider IXA in Series/KamenRiderKiva as [[TheDanza Keisuke Nago]].
* Gaku Sano, the lead actor in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', has stated that he was a huge fan of ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' growing up, and that he hopes to inspire children just as Joe Odagiri did before him.
** Yutaka Kobayashi, the actor of the rival Baron, was a fan of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' growing up. Fitting as Gaim is tonally similar to Ryuki.
** Mahiro Takasugi, Mitsuzane/Kamen Rider Ryugen's actor, is also a fan of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' with a particular fondness for Kamen Rider Knight.
** And to cap it all off, series writer Gen Urobuchi has admitted to drawing influence from ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' and, you guessed it, ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. Seems a fondness for Ryuki is a common trait in the cast and crew of Kamen Rider Gaim.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' star Ryoma Takeuchi is another name for the list, this time being a fan of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' and [[SixthRanger Kamen Rider Accel]] in specific. In fact, this paid off in the character focus movie ''Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Chaser'': Takeuchi asked the staff if there was any way they could get Accel to cameo; thankfully actor Minehito Kinomoto was game, leading to the two Riders meeting thanks to JurisdictionFriction and eventually teaming up.
* Atsuhiro Inukai, the lead actor of ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' is ''[[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto]]'' fan. Sento Kiryu is slightly childish InsufferableGenius to Tendou's [[AGodAmI god]] one.

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* Creator/NicolasCage is a ''huge'' ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' fan, who's always wanted to portray the character (he even has him tattooed on his arm). [[Film/GhostRider He got his wish]], even though that meant he had to cover the tattoo to portray the character.
** {{Squick}}tacularly, he's also a huge Music/ElvisPresley fan who ended up marrying the daughter of the King. He also got to impersonate Elvis himself in ''Film/WildAtHeart'', and jumped off a plane dressed up as Elvis in ''Film/HoneymoonInVegas''.
* Creator/KevinSmith is probably the best known promoted fanboy on the planet. The sheer amount of knowledge he has about comics (and in turn how many he's written) is evidence enough.
* Ian "Potto" Flynn. Current writer for the [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie Sonic comic series]], was once a fanboy with his own fan comic. Other notables from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fandom who went into doing stuff for the line are J. Axer and Dawn Best. The future Freedom Fighters from ''Sonic Universe'' #25-28 might look awfully familiar to anyone who read that fancomic.
* Mark Gruenwald. He was a lifetime ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'' fanboy who spent his whole career at Marvel. Though he didn't create the Justice League [[CaptainErsatz analogue]] ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'', he did write their highly-acclaimed limited series.
* Creator/JimShooter started writing ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' when he was 13. He's been in the industry ever since, including becoming Marvel's editor-in-chief.
* Crator/DonRosa. Like so many people of his age he was a big fan of "[[Creator/CarlBarks The Good Duck Artist]]". While he didn't get any education in art or narration, he wrote and painted DonaldDuck series for various fanzines, as well as several LTE:s. He even corresponded to Carl Barks himself from time to time. After a new publishing company got the license to make Donald Duck comics, Don Rosa applied for the job as an artist by sending in a mail. He wrote that he was born to make new Donald Duck stories in the spirit of the old Carl Barks comics. He got the job, added some massive ContinuityPorn to the series (against Barks' wishes) and dedicated all his stories to Carl Barks.
* E. Nelson Bridwell of pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Comicbook/{{Superman}} comics got the job of his dreams and loved every minute of it.
* Creator/MarkWaid. [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=9076 This is his studio.]]
** Gruenwald, Bridwell and Shooter are some of Waid's major influences.
* Creator/GeoffJohns first suggested to DC that Comicbook/{{Superboy}} should be a clone of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor [[http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/3055/geoffjohnslu2.png in a fan letter as a kid]]. Now he's basically DC's #1 writer and the man behind some of their most successful books and events as well as the company's Chief Creative Officer. And in his breakthrough first arc for his Teen Titans run, he did indeed reveal that-- contrary to what we all believed all these years-- Superboy is in fact cloned from Superman and Lex Luthor.
* Tristan Huw Jones was a huge fan of the original ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' comics as a kid in the 1980s; when Mirage relaunched the series in the 2000s, he became one of the main writers (and frequently hailed as one of the best of that crop).
* Dave Gibbons was a fan of ''ComicStrip/DanDare'' as a child. When ''Dan Dare'' was [[{{Revival}} revived]] by ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'', he was one of the artists who got to draw it, much to his delight.
* And of course, the fathers of the superhero genre, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were reportedly huge, stereotypical nerds in love with science fiction, and with their creation, they ushered in that subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy.
* Creator/JossWhedon was a fan of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' long before he got to write his own arc, and was rather vocally upset at the idea of it ending at 18 issues: the letter he sent was included in the first TPB.
--> "Last issue? What do you mean, LAST ISSUE? What the hell does that mean? Did you type it wrong? Were you thinking of something else, like maybe the Sub-mariner or the Smurfs? How can there be a last issue when the story is obviously going to continue for years? You're some kind of wrong person. Have it looked into."
** Nick Lowe, who served as an editor for most of the series' run, was a huge fan of Creator/BrianKVaughan. He's also a huge fan of Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/OrsonScottCard, and played a role in luring both of them to write for Marvel.
* Gerard Way (of Music/MyChemicalRomance and ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'') interned at DC before he was in a band, and used to see Creator/GrantMorrison come into the offices on occasion (and [[WordOfGod marveled at how he dressed like]] [[Comicbook/TheInvisibles King Mob]]). Several years later, Morrison is name-dropping "The Black Parade" in his superhero-history-cum-memoir Supergods, and playing the villain in the band's music videos.
* Matt Frank, an artist who was known for his popular ''Godzilla Neo'' fanart, is now doing writing and artwork for offical ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' comics.
* The ''ComicBook/OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse'' didn't cover everything. Enter the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe, a completely unofficial website that tried to chronicle every single thing that the official books either didn't cover at all, or didn't cover to a full extent. The senior staff has since been hired by Creator/MarvelComics to write the newest versions of the ''OHOTMU.''
* As a child, Creator/SteveBlum read comic books at a store his uncle owned. These days, he does voice work for a great number of Creator/MarvelComics characters, most famous of which being {{Wolverine}}.
* Creator/JoshKeaton grew up reading ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comics before being cast in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan The Spectacular Spider-Man]]''. He's described himself as a big comics fan in general too (with Spider-Man in particular).
** Creator/AndrewGarfield is a lifelong Spider-Man fan and credits the character with being his inspiration. His co-star in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Creator/RhysIfans also describes himself as an "Obsessive fan".
** Creator/PaulGiamatti was a comic book fan as a child, and claims getting to play the Rhino in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' is [[AwesomeDearBoy a dream come true for him]]. In fact, he'd actually talked about how much he wanted to play the Rhino during an interview with Creator/ConanOBrien way back in ''2011''.
* Unlike the previous actors who played the role, [[Film/SupermanReturns Brandon Routh]] is a huge fan of Superman. He even dressed as Superman for halloween a year before and had Superman bed sheets as a child.
* Several people involved in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse qualify, but Creator/SamuelLJackson stands out for the way he got the part of ComicBook/NickFury. Marvel approached him to ask for his likeness rights for the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel reimagining of Fury, and Jackson said yes - on the condition that he got first chance to play Fury in a movie.
** Creator/AnthonyMackie is such a huge fan of the Falcon that he was actually disappointed when he found out his costume wasn't going to be the character's classic red spandex.
** Despite his departure from the directorial role but still given a story, screenplay and executive producer credit for the [[Film/AntMan film adaptation]], Creator/EdgarWright is a fan of ComicBook/AntMan, as he read comics about him during childhood, plus he owns a copy of ''Tales of Astonish'' #27 (Hank Pym's first appearance) and ''Marvel Premiere'' #47 (Scott Lang's first appearance). Also his replacement Peyton Reed is a Marvel fan too since he was considered to direct ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic Four]]'' before Tim Story signed on and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' before James Gunn signed on.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': Both Andy Price and Katie Cook had plenty of G4 fanart on their Website/DeviantArt pages before the series was announced, and Katie has said she was a fan of the original G1 series. This leads to such things as Derpy being featured prominently and being fond of muffins, “flank” being used as a synonym for “butt,” etc.
** Amy Mebberson, Heather Nuhfer, and Heather Breckel were also all big fans before working on the comic. Pretty much everyone involved is a brony/pegasister!
* Creator/MarkHamill was a comics and sci-fi fan before becoming a voice actor for characters like ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Japanese voice actress Music/MegumiHayashibara is a big fan of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' and she got the chance of voicing Marcie in the dub of some animated specials.
* Annette O'Toole loved reading ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics. Eventually, she landed a role in ''Film/SupermanIII'', as one of her favorite characters-ComicBook/LanaLang. Some time after that, she played Martha Kent in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. Reportedly, she knew even more about Superman than the writers did. (They didn't even know that Annette O'Toole had a major part in an older ''Superman'' adaptation until she told them.)
* Similarly, Creator/AmyAdams was a big Superman fan as well, and fought '''hard''' to play Lois Lane. After several near misses and a part as a MonsterOfTheWeek on ''Series/{{Smallville}},'' her hard work paid off and she was given the part in ''Film/ManOfSteel.'' She even at one point said that her dogged determination was a very Lois Lane way of going about it.
* Creator/SergioAragones was an avid reader of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Magazine while he was still a student in Mexico. Not only did Sergio later became published in MAD after moving to USA, he is one of the most prolific contributors to the magazine, having been published non-stop for over 50 years and counting!
* Stephen De Stefano was originally just a mega-fan from Queens who would send lots of long letters and drawings to Creator/DCComics. All the mail attracted the eye of Bob "The Answer Man" Rozakis and the two struck up a friendship. Before long, Stephen was a summer intern at DC and some of his characters started showing up in comics. A few years later, he and Bob co-created 'Mazing Man. Since then, he's done comics and tv storyboards for several companies.
* Comic book writer Creator/EdBrubaker loved reading ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' as a kid. His favorite character was Cap's KidSidekick [[{{ComicBook/BuckyBarnes}} Bucky]]. In 2005, he was brought over to Marvel in order to take over writing for ''Captain America''. The first thing he did? Bring back Bucky as the Winter Soldier.
* Voice actress Creator/KariWahlgren has stated that she's a fan of ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' and writer Creator/GailSimone. She'd voice ComicBook/BlackCanary, one of the heroines of ''Birds of Prey'', in the ''WesternAnimation/DCNation Green Arrow'' shorts and voiced Wonder Woman in ''Franchise/{{LEGO}} DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League''.
* [[http://www.docshaner.com Evan "Doc" Shaner]] has been a ComicBook/{{Shazam}} fanboy for years, and frequently puts Captain Marvel fan art up on his website. He was selected to do the Shazam artwork for ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', drawing what's intended to be the final appearance of the original Fawcett Comics version of Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel Family.
* In 2011 Sophie Campbell made some modern redesign ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' fanart and said she would love to make a comic if Hasbro asked her. Come 2015 and she's one of the main artists for the IDW ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' comics, along with being the person who redesigned the characters.
* Actor Creator/PhilMorris is a comic book fan and was already familiar with ComicBook/VandalSavage's origin before voicing him in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* Some Marvel comics from the 1970s and early 1980s have fan letters written by the likes of Creator/KurtBusiek and Fabian Nicienza, who would later become acclaimed comic writers themselves.
* Sterling Gates was a comic fan from a very young age, and a huge Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fan since he read ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. In 2008 he got to write [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 her solo book]], penning a critically acclaimed and comercially successful run. Since then he has written a good number of comics, often featuring Supergirl, and even one episode of ''[[Series/{{Supergirl 2015}} her show]]''.

* Creator/PeterJackson started to experiment with special effects as a teenager, inspired by such artists as Willis O'Brien, got all the way to making his own high-budget version of ''[[Film/KingKong2005 King Kong]]''.
* Tracie Thoms was a ''Theatre/{{RENT}}''[[FanCommunityNickname head]] in her younger years, and ended up cast as Joanne in the feature film.
* ''Film/TheATeam'': Creator/SharltoCopley was an ''A-Team'' fan [[http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/1886/babysharlto.jpg from a young age]]. He stated in an interview that he got to show his audition tape ("Things Murdock Would Do in a Hotel Room") to Creator/DwightSchultz, the original Murdock, who both laughed ''and'' cried when he saw it. Sharlto must have had a {{nerdgasm}} of epic proportions.
* Famed aviator and industrialist UsefulNotes/HowardHughes was a big fan of movies. So big, in fact, that he bought the film studio RKO Radio Pictures in 1948. Unfortunately for RKO, [[RunningTheAsylum love for cinema doesn't necessarily equal being a good studio head]]. Hughes ran RKO into the ground during his seven-year run, firing 75% of the staff in his first few weeks and shutting down production for six months in 1949 in order to [[RedScare investigate the politics]] of the remaining 25%. Hughes left RKO in 1955, and the studio went out of business two years later.
* As a child, Creator/BrianBlessed used to play ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' with his brother, and used to actually pretend to be Vultan. Then he got to play Vultan in [[Film/FlashGordon1980 the movie]]. He later said that it was one of the most embarassing moments of his life when he shot his first action scene and ''"I had this big bazooka, and I flew in, shouting "Follow me, Flash!" *boom* *boom* *boom* *kaboom*. And the director shouted "Cut! Brian, '''we''' will put in the special effects".''
* Creator/JimCarrey was a Franchise/{{Batman}} fanboy as a child. In TheNineties, he got to play The Riddler in ''Film/BatmanForever''.
** Creator/BillyDeeWilliams appeared as Harvey Dent in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}''. He was a fan of the comics who signed on hoping to play Two Face in a sequel. Unfortunately, when the time came for Two Face to appear in ''Film/BatmanForever'', he was replaced with Tommy Lee Jones. Fortunately, he had a pay-or-play contract, so he got a big check for it anyway. Then he voiced Two Face in 2017's ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''.
** United States Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is an avowed fan of Batman, and has since had [[TheCameo cameos]] in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': the former as an extra, and the latter as a guest at Bruce Wayne's party who stands up to the Joker. Since he could have been playing himself or an {{Expy}} thereof in ''The Dark Knight'', also counts as PoliticianGuestStar. He also appeared in "The Dark Knight Rises." Most recently, he played an actual Senator in ''Batman v. Superman''!
** Even executive producer Michael Uslan is a fan of Batman as well. In fact, he collected both Batman and {{Superman}} comics ever since he was a child.
* The primary reason Rosie O'Donnell played Betty Rubble in the live action movie of ''Film/TheFlintstones'' is because she was a lifelong fan of the original cartoons.
* Creator/NoomiRapace is an admitted fan of the films of Creator/RidleyScott and credited him as an inspiration for her acting career. She would then get the lead role in his film ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''.
* AJ [=LoCascio=] has been a huge fan of the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films from when he was a kid. He now gets to voice Marty [=McFly=] in [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture the Telltale games]] -- and has also gotten to meet Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, and even Claudia Wells. He has yet to make contact with Creator/MichaelJFox, though.
* Creator/EvannaLynch grew up as one of the biggest fans of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book series, even going so far as to name her cats after characters in the books. When she was selected to play Luna Lovegood in the ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' [[Film/HarryPotter movie]], her resemblance to the character went a long way toward hyping the movie for fans. Her performance, lauded as one of the best in the film series, led to even more praise for her and the movie. She was such a huge fan (and aware of her resemblance to Luna) that she made herself a custom Luna Lovegood outfit for Halloween, complete with homemade radish earrings. Then she wore the earrings to the audition. Then she wore the earrings -- which, again, she made because she was that big a fan of Luna -- ''in the movie, as Luna''. Ms. Lynch is the ultimate Promoted Fangirl.
** Creator/JKRowling herself has admitted that Evanna Lynch was such a perfect Luna that she made her way into her writing as the only actor from the films ever to do so. She even says to have heard Evanna's voice in her head while writing.
* Creator/JJAbrams had grown up making his own movies and being a huge fan of Creator/StevenSpielberg's early work. After being featured in a newspaper article about a Super 8 film festival, Abrams was contacted by Spielberg's assistant and was given the job of editing and restoring his idol's own 8 mm movies. Abrams got to work directly with Spielberg on ''Film/{{Super 8}}'', which was the former's [[{{homage}} love letter]] to the latter and which was produced by Spielberg himself.
* Creator/AndrewGarfield has wanted to play Spider-Man since he was three, and gets his chance in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Garfield invoked the trope when he appeared at Comic Con to promote the film dressed in a [[StylisticSuck poorly-made costume and mask]], and only revealed himself as the actor who would play Spider-Man when he removed his mask to join the panel onstage.
* Van Ling was a nerdy film school graduate who loved sci-fi, especially the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. Around the time that ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was released, he and two film school buddies built a working power loader costume that could be operated by one person, and was completely mobile. Creator/JamesCameron's then-wife, Gale Anne Hurd, heard about Ling's project, and had him demonstrate it in the 20th Century Fox parking lot, and eventually referred him to Cameron himself, who hired Ling as a creative liaison and researcher for ''Film/TheAbyss''. He would go on to play a large part in many of Cameron's projects, including design and visual effects work for ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter has stated one his early film influences was Creator/HowardHawks' ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld''. In 1982, he directed his own version, ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''.
* Creator/MikeMyers said that the first book he read was ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' and was a huge fan of it. In the LiveActionAdaptation, he would wind up playing the Cat himself.
* Creator/SamMendes is a confirmed Bond fan who got to direct ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' and ''Film/{{Spectre}}''.
* Creator/TonyCurtis grew up being a fan of both Creator/CaryGrant and submarine movies, and finally got to work with Grant in the film ''Film/OperationPetticoat''.
* Marlon Wayans is an admitted fan of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' and ended up playing Ripcord in the '[[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra film adaptation]].
* Director Danny Cannon was a big fan of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' and had actually won a poster design contest for a planned Judge Dredd film at age 19 with [[http://www.strangekidsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Danny-Cannon-Dredd-poster.gif this design]], proposing Creator/HarrisonFord in the leading role of Judge Dredd and Creator/RidleyScott as director. Cannon eventually directed the 1995 film ''Film/JudgeDredd'', though the end product was very different from what he had conceived due to Creator/SylvesterStallone's [[ExecutiveMeddling input on the project]].
* Music/ChristinaPerri is a big {{Twilight}} fan, so she was absolutely thrilled when the filmmakers asked her to write a song for the movie (which included a free early showing)
* Creator/RobBottin was a big fan of horror and monster movies growing up and he admired the work of Creator/RickBaker, one day he sent him a letter along with some monster drawings, Baker was impressed and trained him in and he became one of the most famous special effects artists of all time starting at age 14.
* Creator/GarethEdwards first became a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' fan watching ''Series/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' as a kid in TheSeventies and TheEighties before going on to watch the films themselves. He then went on to direct [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the 2014 reboot]] of the franchise and has frequently talked about how blindsided he was that only his second film foray, following ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'', is an old dream come true.
* Creator/BenicioDelToro himself had been a long-time fan of Creator/LonChaney , especially of his performance as Lawrence Talbot. He reveals in an interview that he always wanted to portray him, and wouldn't you know it, [[Film/TheWolfman2010 he got his wish]].
* Creator/JamesMcAvoy is an avid sci-fi/fantasy geek, and he has become a very lucky fanboy in his acting career.
** He was a huge fan of the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels prior to starring as Leto Atreides II in the ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'' miniseries.
** He also adored ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', and considers it an honour to have been able to play Mr. Tumnus, who was his second favourite character in the books (Aslan being his ultimate favourite).
** He loved ''Series/TheXFiles'' as a teen and fancied Agent Dana Scully, so he found it intimidating to work with Creator/GillianAnderson, whom he kissed in ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.
** He had stated that one of the reasons he wanted to play [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] was so that he can embody a young [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]]. He frequently expressed to interviewers how much it delighted him to share a scene with Creator/PatrickStewart in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and the standard Blu-Ray release includes a featurette called "Double Take: Xavier & Magneto" where [=McAvoy=] can't stop fanboy-ing over his idol. He was also fond of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series when he was younger, and can [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUezp2d6vks hum the theme song]] from memory.
* Creator/DanielRadcliffe [[http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/daniel-radcliffe-says-scots-actor-4063950 had idolized]] Creator/JamesMcAvoy when he was a teen, so he considers it a great privilege to act alongside the man who inspired his acting career in ''Film/VictorFrankenstein''. Daniel mentions in the Nov. 2015 issue of ''Empire'' that he was star-struck when they first met on set.
-->'''Radcliffe''': I was nine when I met Creator/MaggieSmith. I didn't know who Maggie Smith was, so there was no fear of being awestruck or anything. But when I met James... I had grown up watching ''Film/InsideImDancing'', ''Film/{{Atonement}}'', ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''... He was somebody I always really looked up to, so I think easily the first week or two it was just a lot of me being like, "Oh my god, he's so good."
* Creator/TyeSheridan was exhilarated that he got to work with with Creator/JamesMcAvoy, [[http://www.indiewire.com/article/tye-sheridan-on-getting-locked-up-in-stanford-prison-experiement-and-joining-the-x-men?utm_campaign=Indiewire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1437752323 his idol]], in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
-->'''Sheridan''': I came back from having a week off and it's my first scene to shoot with James [=McAvoy=], and let me tell you something--James [=McAvoy=] is my idol! We get along great, and I've told him how big of a fan I am, but just to even be working with him--just to meet him and talk to him is amazing. But having a scene where I'm one on one with him--my god, it's insane!
* Will.i.am was a fan of the X-Men franchise who identified Nightcrawler as his favorite character and was subsequently cast in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' to play a mutant with similar teleporting powers.
* Pat Regan became a fan of ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' at five and is now a celebrated expert on diving suits and building replicas of the submarine. He also wrote and published a prequel to the film, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Vulcanium Vulcanium]].
* Creator/HughBonneville, Creator/NicoleKidman and director Paul King all had fond memories of [[Literature/PaddingtonBear Paddington]] as kids, hence why they all agreed to work on [[Film/{{Paddington}} the film adaptation]].
* Most of the cast and crew of ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' signed on because they enjoyed [[Theatre/IntoTheWoods the musical]] the film was based on. Creator/JamesCorden has stated that he always wanted to play the Baker in a West End version.
* Creator/MaraWilson mentioned in an essay on her website (and in many interviews) about how [[Creator/RoaldDahl Roald Dahl's]] book ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' was a favorite of hers and her family's, and how she and her brothers used to play ''Matilda'' games and recite lines from the book. When her mother mentioned in passing that one of the scripts she was reviewing for her daughter to audition for was called ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', she leapt at the chance and intended to do as best a job as she could at playing the title role, as the book had meant so much to her. Later, she got to review ''Matilda The Musical'' and gave it and its star her approval and enthusiasm.
* Creator/TomHardy has been a diehard Creator/GaryOldman fan dating back to his drama school days in the 1990s, repeatedly referring to him as his "all-time hero" and similar terms. As of 2015, they've starred in four films together (''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ''{{Film/Lawless}}'' and ''{{Film/Child44}}'')
* Creator/ChrisPratt was a big ''Film/JurassicPark'' fan growing up. In 2015, he starred as the protagonist ([[DecoyProtagonist sort of]]) of [[Film/JurassicWorld the fourth movie]].
* Creator/MichaelSheen was apparently such a big fan of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' that his agent actually hid that fact while negotiating Sheen's deal to be in ''Film/TronLegacy'', fearing Sheen would accept any lowball offer just to be in it.
** Unsurprisingly, so were Music/DaftPunk (who cite the 1982 film's composer Music/WendyCarlos as an influence). Allegedly, they spent their meeting with Disney executives regarding the film's score asking, in effect, "is this gonna be done right?"
* Creator/DonaldSutherland and Creator/ElizabethBanks both approached the creators asking for their roles in ''Film/TheHungerGames'' because they were huge fans of the books. Additionally, they both requested major expansions for their chosen characters (President Snow and Effie Trinket, respectively) based on their own ideas - and [[AscendedFanon got]] [[AscendedFanfic them]]!
* Octavia Spencer who plays Johanna in the ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' films describes herself as "a huge fangirl of the books" and saw the first film twice in one weekend.
* Creator/LilyCollins was a big fan of ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' books and made several calls as soon as she heard [[Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones a movie]] was being made to get an audition for Clary.
* Cable mogul/RenaissanceMan Ted Turner's favorite movie is ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''- in 1986, he purchased Creator/{{MGM}} for 74 days, then sold it back, but kept the library, hence making him ''[[UpToEleven the owner]]'' of the movie, and he launched both Creator/{{TNT}} and Creator/TurnerClassicMovies with a broadcast of the film (indeed for the former, it was the first time the movie had aired on cable at all).
* Creator/PierceBrosnan was a fan of the Film/JamesBond films from an early age, after seeing ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' in theaters. His first wife Cassandra Harris played Countess Lisl von Schlaf in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and noted then that he'd be perfect as Bond one day. Sadly, she passed away before it happened.

* Famous author Creator/IsaacAsimov became interested in the ScienceFiction pulp magazines sold in his family's candy stores when he was a child. He began writing when he was eleven, and managed to get published when he was nineteen ("Marooned Off Vesta", 1939).
** In 1977, he became editorial director of a [[http://www.asimovs.com science fiction magazine]] ''which was named after him''.
** And then in 2000, Honda named a really real, real robot after him as a nod to his near universally accepted 3 laws of robotics, which he invented.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock became editor of the small UK-based pulp magazine Tarzan Adventures when he was just 16
* Creator/BrandonSanderson was a huge fanboy of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', and was picked to finish the series after Robert Jordan's death.
* Creator/RobertBloch, author of ''Literature/{{Psycho}},'' started his career with Creator/HPLovecraft pastiches; Lovecraft eventually dedicated a story to him.
* Creator/AbigailBreslin, fan of the Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection, played the main role in the movie about Kit Kittredge.
* A fair number of Sherlock Holmes fans have gone on to write canonical (or as close to as is possible when the guy who owns the fandom is dead) material that have been published, performed on TV or radio or had some other decent stamp of approval. Working out who was a fan and wasn't is tough since there's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_authors_of_new_Sherlock_Holmes_stories LOT]] of latter day writers. However, at the very least Creator/StephenKing and the above mentioned Creator/IsaacAsimov have written published Holmes stories and were fans.
* Kingsley Amis was a noted fan of James Bond, writing a number of books on the subject, and finally was asked to write a canon novel for the series. Similarly, Raymond Benson had been fond enough of the series to write unofficial works before approached to write in canon, and eventually contributed six original novels. Notably, Benson ignored much of the earlier continuity.
* ''Creator/SpiderRobinson'' had always been a vocal fan of Robert Heinlein to the point that many of his own works included references to Heinlein and his works. As his career advanced, he met and became colleagues and friends with Heinlein himself. ''Callahan's Key'' even included a scene where the characters meet Virginia Heinlein (Robert's wife) and "adopt" Pixel, the cat who walks through walls. In 2006, he published ''Variable Star'' which was based on an outline written by Heinlein and Heinlein was given "top-billing" as the author on the cover.
* PromotedFanboy: Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett took ''Film/BlairWitch due to being such huge fans of the original ''[[Film/TheBlairWitchProject The Blair Witch Project]]'' to the point where they didn't want any other film maker to "mess with it". While Ed Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, original creators of ''The Blair Witch Project'', were originally trying to pitch their own Blair Witch 3 to Lionsgate, they saw ''Blair Witch'' and gave Wingard and Barrett their blessing, which Wingard and Barrett were grateful for. Wingard and Barrett had previously worked with Sánchez and the producer of ''The Blair Witch Project'', Gregg Hale, on ''Film/VHS2''.
** Jason Constantine, a bigwig up at Lionsgate, got the ball rolling on getting ''Blair Witch'' started because he was a fan of the original, having seen it at its premiere.
* Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a massive Literature/SherlockHolmes fan and coauthored the novel ''Mycroft Holmes'' with Anna Waterhouse.

[[folder:LiveAction Musical and Opera]]
* The general tendency/chance for this to happen is pointed out in many a Tony Opening Ceremony.
* Andy Mientus was known for being the creator and maintainer of the first ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' group on Facebook, which had been granted official status. Several years later he was cast in the touring production of the show as Hanschen.
* In a documentary on [[Series/LittleBritain Matt Lucas]], he mentioned how he had been a lifelong fan of musicals and of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' in particular, and had always wanted to have a part. He was cast as Thenardier for the 25th anniversary concert.
* Tom Chambers, known mostly as Sam Strachan from ''Series/HolbyCity'', has a history in musical theatre and his adoration of Creator/FredAstaire's drum dance number in ''A Damsel In Distress'' led him to record his version of the number and send it out to various casting directors (which landed him his ''Holby City'' role). In 2011, he got the lead in the stage adaptation of ''Film/TopHat'', aka. Fred Astaire's character.
--> "I watched his films constantly from the age of ten upwards. I love his dancing style, his imagination and choreographic creativity. He is the reason I have fought for so long to work in this industry. He has kept me going and he is responsible for me getting my first big break."
* A sixteen-year-old Music/RichardWagner attended a performance of Beethoven's ''Fidelio'' in April 1829 starring the actress and singer Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804-1860). He was so impressed that he sent a note to her afterwards saying that because of her he would now devote his life to creating opera. As it turned out, Schröder-Devrient would play leading parts in the first performances of ''Rienzi'' (1842), ''The Flying Dutchman'' (1843) and ''Tannhäuser'' (1845). In the latter two cases Wagner got to conduct her himself.
* Music/TimMinchin has stated that the part of Judas in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' was the only theatre role he had any interest in growing up, and his dream came true during the 2012 UK arena tour of the show.
* Derrick Davis was only 11 when his parents took him to see ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' after much begging on his part. He wrote a letter to then-star Davis Gaines and received an autographed picture-—which he carried with him while on tour as the third African-American to play the Phantom.
--> "After seeing the show 14 times between then and now, it's definitely a dream come true."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Michelle Trachtenberg guest starred in the the episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', "Safe". She revealed on the December 22, 2006, episode of ''Late Night With Creator/ConanOBrien'' that ''House'' is her favorite show, she is friends with one of the producers and she asked to be a guest star. Trachtenberg also said she has a crush on Creator/HughLaurie, and during the scene in the elevator in which House searches her genital area for a tick, Trachtenberg said she played a joke on Laurie by putting a note between her legs that read "I Love You."
** She also claims to have been a huge fan of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' before joining the cast as Dawn Summers, and was even quoted gushing to Creator/JossWhedon: "There was never a ''Buffy'' episode that sucked. I love you!" Joss's response: "So, next season, more Michelle, less Nick..."
* In the 2008 ''Series/AmericanGladiators'', promotion to Gladiator in the second season was one of the grand prizes.
* Kristen Bell (of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' fame) was a big ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fan and friends with co-stars Zachary Quinto (Sylar) and Creator/HaydenPanettiere (Claire) before appearing as [[PsychoElectro Elle Bishop]] in season two.
* Speaking of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', both Creator/KevinSmith and Creator/JossWhedon had raved about the show (Smith on his website, Whedon on his website as well; he also wrote a rave review of the first season DVD set for ''Entertainment Weekly''), and made guest appearances in Season 2. Also, fellow [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] alums Creator/AlysonHannigan and Creator/CharismaCarpenter were fans of the show before playing recurring roles.
* Actor/comedian/author ''Creator/JohnHodgman'', a ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' fan who wrote a ''New York Times Magazine'' article about the franchise in 2005, got a cameo as a neurosurgeon on the show's final season.
* Almost half of the Muppeters from ''Series/SesameStreet'': Or their interest of puppetry starts with ''Sesame Street'' (Kevin Clash, Steve Whitmire), or they have interest in ''Sesame Street'' as a show (Joey Mazzarino) or they liked puppetry for other reason, '''but''' their puppeter hero is Creator/JimHenson (Caroll Spinney).
** Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, who guest starred an episode, is also a big [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] fan.
** Creator/JasonSegel, a huge Muppet fan (and NPH's co-star on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'') was selected to write and star in [[Film/TheMuppets the movie relaunch of the franchise]].
* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, once a science fiction fanboy extraordinaire, became a major science-fiction pioneer with ''Series/BabylonFive'', which arguably changed the genre (on television, at any rate) permanently.
* Graphic artist and ''Series/MadMen'' fan Dyna Moe illustrated a Christmas card for her friend Rich Sommer, a member of the show's cast. In advance of the third season, AMC hired Dyna to create promotions for the show including a online avatar-generator.
* This worked both ways with Amy Ryan's recurring role on ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''. Ryan was a big fan of the show and the people behind the show were all big fans of ''Series/TheWire'', even throwing a ShoutOut to it a few episodes before she showed up.
** And then we get [[Creator/IdrisElba Stringer Bell]] showing up.
* Hamish Blake and Andy Lee were fans of ''Rove Live'' in high school. Today they are [[EnsembleDarkhorse probably the best reason to watch the show]].
* Creator/JohnnyDepp got to be in his favourite ''Series/TheFastShow'' sketch.
* Richard Hammond was a devoted follower of the original ''Series/TopGear'' when he went to audition for the revival with Jeremy Clarkson. He claims that he finished the audition thinking what a great job it would be and fiercely envying whatever lucky sod finally got it (he did).
* Creator/ElizabethTaylor was a fan of ''Series/GeneralHospital'', so in 1981, she called the executive producer and asked for a cameo role. She got the role of Helena Cassadine.
* Music/DemiLovato guest-starred on ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', her favorite show.
** Music/TaylorSwift, another big fan of ''Grey's'', had her song "White Horse" featured in one of the episodes.
* Junya Ikeda, who portrays Gai Ikari[=/GokaiSilver=] in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', [[http://forums.henshinjustice.com/showpost.php?p=1367490&postcount=395 is]] a lifelong ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' fan... [[AscendedFanboy just like his character]]. For bonus promotion points, he mentionned that in kindergarten, he wanted to be [=KibaRanger=] from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' --- ''Gokaiger'''s PowerCopying aspect allows for that.
** Inverted with Nao Nagasawa (Nanami/Hurricane Blue in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''), who became a devoted fan of the ''Super Sentai'' franchise '''[[http://diversejapan.com/2012/02/05/exclusive-interview-nao-nagasawa-actress-singer-and-idol-super-sentai-and-kamen-rider-heroine/ while]]''' playing the role.
* Creator/DebbyRyan was for the most part an average American teenage girl who had a few acting credits under her belt and a huge fan of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody.'' When she heard that they were holding auditions for a successor show, ''The Suite Life on Deck,'' she jumped at the chance and ended up landing the role of Bailey, one of the show's main characters. She's now one of [[Franchise/DisneyChannelLiveActionUniverse Disney Channel's]] [[MsFanservice main]] [[IncrediblyLamePun attractions]] with [[Series/{{Jessie}} a show of her own]].
* Rich Koz, the current Series/{{Svengoolie}}, who applied for a writing position and became the show's star in both [[TheRevival revivals]] when the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop, decided he didn't want the job back and gave Koz his blessing.
* Creator/KevinSmith spent the early '90s watching ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' on Creator/{{PBS}} at work, and is a huge fan of the franchise, giving it several {{Shout Out}}s in his films and even naming a character in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' after his favorite ''Degrassi'' character. So when the series [[Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration was revived]], Smith jumped at the chance to direct the last three episodes of the fourth season -- and he wrote himself into a brief romance with Caitlin Ryan, the character he grew up infatuated with.
* The [[BigCreepyCrawlies Megaoptera]] from ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' were designed by a 16-year old fan of the show called Carim Nahaboo, who'd won a competition to design the most interesting creature.
* Melissa Good aka "Merwolf" is a ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' fan known for her popular fan fic and uberfic. She wrote a short story in an ExpandedUniverse collection and two episodes of the actual series (season six's "Coming Home" and "Legacy").
* Rod Roddy, the announcer on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' from 1986 to 2003, had previously attended a taping of the show in its early years to seek advice from original announcer Johnny Olson on how to find work as a television announcer.
** The same thing happened with Rod's successor, Rich Fields, who took over in 2004. Rich attended a taping when he was 18, and during a commercial break, he asked Johnny how he could get an announcing job.
** Drew Carey has spent decades hero-worshipping Bob Barker, and leapt at the chance to succeed him.
* Mandel Ilagan was the founder of the newsgroup alt.tv.game-shows and a contestant on the 1998 revival of ''Series/MatchGame''. By 2000, he'd become a writer for ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and later worked as a producer for Creator/FremantleMedia (while there, he created one of ''Price'''s pricing games) and then Fox Reality Channel.
* Creator/JossWhedon is a fan of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', and is particularly fond of the character Brittany. When he finally got to direct an episode, he couldn't help but gush about how much he loved the character to actress Heather Morris.
** This is the entire purpose of ''The Glee Project'': to find a brand new actor and character (and maybe more than one) for at least a guest arc on Season 3.
* As a kid, John Kassir read and collected ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheCrypt'' comics, which became one of his all-time favorites. Years later after becoming a professional actor, Kassir was called in to audition for and then cast to voice the Crypt Keeper himself in the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' TV series.
* Creator/DaniellaMonet grew up a ''huge'' Nickelodeon fan and said in an interview that getting to work on the hit Nick show ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' is like a dream come true for her and she sometimes has to pinch herself just to make sure she's not dreaming.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0120658/bio Victor Buono]] was a '''''huge''''' fan of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, and agreed to play King Tut in the old Series/{{Batman}} TV series because of it. Buono enjoyed playing the villainous Tut so much that, aside from the actors playing the primary four villains (Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, and Cesar Romero as The Joker), he made more appearances than any other guest-star. He was once asked why he did the show so often and said, "Batman lets me get away with doing the one thing that we're taught not to do in drama school... ''overacting''!"
* Quentin Merabet, who plays Ulrich in ''Series/CodeLyokoEvolution'', claims to have been a ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' fan and that his favorite character was Yumi.
* Creator/HaydenPanettiere told ''Nylon'' magazine that she's "[[http://www.nylonmag.com/?section=article&parid=7015 a big country music fan]]", and this was a year ''before'' she began playing a country singer on ''{{Series/Nashville}}''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' writer Amit Bhaumik was a long-time fan of the franchise before he got hired. During the season he gave various shoutouts to his fellow fans (mainly via naming places after them). However, he ended up causing a BrokenBase when he attempted to insert elements from his fan-fiction as canon.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' actor Creator/EkaDarville (who played Red Ranger Scott) was a fan of ''Power Rangers'' as a child.
** Yoshi and Peter Sudarso are huge fans of ''Power Rangers'' and the ''Super Sentai'' shows, to the point of cosplaying as Rangers and auditioning for parts on the show for several years. Eventually they were both cast on subsequent seasons of the show, Yoshi in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' and Peter in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''. Yoshi's co-star Brennan Mejia is also a fan, and has mentioned attending the fan convention Power Morphicon a couple years before he was cast.
*** Yoshi's even inserted an in-joke for ''Sentai'' fans, with his character in one scene humming the theme from ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', upon which his series is based. He also has the ''[[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2014/08/28/kyoryu-blues-actor-wishes-dino-charge-blue-ranger-good-luck/ approval]]'' of Yamato Kinjo, Kyoryu Blue, his counterpart from Kyoryuger.
*** Yoshi visited Japan and finally had the chance to meet not only Yamato, but also Robert Baldwin (Kyoryu Cyan) and Masayuki Deai (Kyoryu Grey). Also as a bonus, he met the 2015 Super Sentai team, ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''...because he had a cameo on the 34th episode on the show! Yoshi is the first ''Power Ranger'' actor to make an appearance on ''Super Sentai''. (And for bonus points, ''Ninninger'' was the season that would later be adapted as ''Ninja Steel'' with Peter as part of the cast.) At this point, he's pretty much this trope defined.
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' is such a long-runner that many of the live actors and voice actors from the series' later installments were fans and avid viewers of previous installments when they were kids and often have a favorite Ultra hero or monster.
* Radio shock jock Creator/HowardStern was a fan of ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' and claims to have watched every season of the talent show before he joined the judges' panel in Season 7 (replacing Piers Morgan).
* Danielle Campbell was a huge fan of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' before being cast on ''Series/TheOriginals''.
* ''Theatre/TheWiz'' featured several celebrity fans of the musical and/or [[Film/TheWiz the movie]], including Music/QueenLatifah (The Wiz) and Music/MaryJBlige (Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West), in the 2015 Creator/{{NBC}} telecast.
* Singer Shawn Mendes was a big fan of ''Series/{{The 100}}'', and got a bit part in the Season 3 premiere where he sings a song before being tackled by a drunken Jasper.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and ''Series/BigBrother'' respectively have many examples of this since super fans have been cast in many seasons.
* ''Series/TheTalk'' has an example of this which is very rare for a talk show. Rapper Eve who was one of the many ladies auditioning on air to be Aisha Tyler's replacement got the job. She admitted it to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2kdtRrJNmg her hometown's CBS news station]] that she is a fan of the show. Another big fan of the show that did audition... [[spoiler:Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child who notably [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHYNSaW6Ttw disclosed her battle with depression on the show]] which made her suicidal during her time with Destiny's Child. Permanent co-host Sheryl Underwood gave Williams advice on dealing with depression since her husband committed suicide from it. Underwood and the permanent co-hosts of The Talk gave Williams full support sharing her battle with depression and wanting to normalize mental health as a discussion. Although Williams did not get the job, she replied to many fans on social media supporting her desire to be a permanent co-host on the show. Williams was extremely grateful to have been given to the opportunity to audition for one of her favorite shows.]]
** Eve also had another one of those moments on the show. On February 9, 2018; Gina Rodriguez made a guest appearance on The Talk to promote her series [[Series/JaneTheVirgin Jane the Virgin]] which the ladies of The Talk made a guest appearance on that night's episode "Chapter Seventy-Four" in which Eve admitted to Rodriguez she is a huge fan of Jane the Virgin and was honored to be in that episode with her fellow co-hosts.
** Co-host Julie Chen (who also hosts ''Series/BigBrother'') has some few notable ''Series/BigBrother'' fans that currently (and have) sit at the table with her; Eve (which Sheryl Underwood revealed during the show) and Sara Gilbert (who admitted it walking into the Big Brother house when The Talk [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqqzXii-O9U got to play ''Big Brother'' for the day]]). Former "Mother On the Street" Marissa Jaret Winokur is a huge ''Big Brother'' fan (who still communicates regularly with Chen about ''Big Brother'') and is currently participating in the first ''[[Characters/CelebrityBigBrother1US Celebrity Big Brother]]'' in the US.
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'': Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen was inspired to do drag from watching the show. It premiered in 2009, and the later seasons have seen contestants who've been watching since they were children. There is something of a generation gap among the contestants, between the older queens who started their careers in the 80's, 90's, and 2000's when drag was still an underground niche, and the younger queens who grew up with the show and were able to use it as a "cheat sheet".

* Lyman F. Sheats, Jr. was one of the best pinball players during his time. After a stint of programming games at Creator/DataEast Pinball, he went to Creator/WilliamsElectronics[=/=]Midway to program Creator/BrianEddy's ''Pinball/AttackFromMars'' and ''Pinball/MedievalMadness''. Currently, he works as a programmer at Creator/SternPinball.
* Creator/JohnPopadiuk, who went from designing his own pinball tables at the age of six, to producing several hit PhysicalPinballTables, to running his own studio creating hand-made pinball machines for die-hard collectors.
* Creator/JonNorris, who created his own pinball game, distributed flyers for it, then secured a job as a designer at Creator/{{Premier}}.
* Creator/RogerSharpe was simply a top-rated pinball player, then got called to appear in court and make the SkillShot that saved pinball. And that was ''before'' he become a pinball author and designer.
* Slash of ''Music/GunsNRoses'' was already a pinball player and collector (he owned over twenty tables at one point) before he took his idea for a ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' pinball game to Creator/DataEast.
* ''Pinball/BlackHole'' was originally conceived by Joe Cicak, a pinball player from Pennsylvania, who gathered up some friends to build the prototype and present it to Creator/{{Gottlieb}}.
* Creator/SteveRitchie was promoted to pinball designer after creating ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' in his off-hours for a year, then showing his design to Creator/{{Atari}} president Nolan Bushnell.
* Before doing the artwork on Creator/{{Stern}}'s ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' pinball, "Dirty" Donny Gillies, a freelance artist, had previously customized an ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' pinball game into a ''Metallica'' game for the band.
** Similarly, designer Creator/JohnBorg was a longtime Metallica fan long before he got to develop the pinball game.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Count 'em, just count 'em. Wrestling/MickFoley watching Wrestling/JimmySnuka jump off the top of the cage, Wrestling/{{Edge}} being in the crowd to watch Wrestling/HulkHogan and [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] battle at [[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania VI]], Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and his "boyhood dream", every single thing Wrestling/JohnCena says these days. It might be easier to count the wrestlers who ''aren't'' promoted fanboys.
** Special mention to Edge for winning the tag title with Hogan.
* Rob Naylor was a fairly well known name in the Internet wrestling community for quite a while before getting gigs doing commentary for various indy promotions. At one point, he was namedropped during an episode of ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' by Wrestling/CMPunk and not long afterwards was officially hired by Wrestling/{{WWE}}. He even worked as the ring announcer for their developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling.
* Wrestling/AJLee went from an anime, video game and pro wrestling fangirl living out of motels with her family as a kid; there's a video from a WWE produced piece (back in 2001) of Wrestling/{{Lita}} at a signing for a just released video of hers and a teenage AJ shows up very visibly emotional at getting to meet who was presumably her idol. Now she's arguably the centerpiece of the entire Divas division, having multiple storylines involving her on-screen dating multiple superstars to becoming Raw GM to becoming Divas Champion.
* Current WWE referee Charles Robinson idolized Wrestling/RicFlair all his life (notably coloring and styling his hair to resemble Flair's), and after several years in the business got to work for Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1997; in 1999 they finally acknowledged this on TV and made him a biased ref in favor of Flair. Many years after they both started working for WWE, Robinson received the honor of refereeing Ric's retirement match at [=WrestleMania=] 24.
* Fans of MTV's ''Series/TheRealWorld'' were introduced to young [[Wrestling/TheMiz Mike "The Miz" Mizanin]], who wanted to go into professional wrestling and would cut wrestling promos on the show for the hell of it. [[AsYouKnow As we all know what happened next]], young Mizanin got a crack in the WWE, paid his dues, and eventually ascended to becoming WWE Champion, including headlining [=WrestleMania=].
* When Scott Garland a.k.a. Scott Taylor[=/=]Scotty 2 Hotty was 14 or 15 years old, wrote to the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] asking what professional wrestling school the WWF recruited their wrestlers from and attempted to call [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince McMahon]] himself. He would go on to have his first match with the company as a high school junior.
* Occasionally, a fan reaction goes viral, and WWE takes notice of it. The most famous examples are the young girl who was angry at The Miz's WWE championship victory and the African-American who witnessed the Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak come to an end.
* This happened in the worst possible way for Creator/DavidArquette. A longtime wrestling fan, he was thrilled to work with Wrestling/{{WCW}} to make and promote the movie Film/ReadyToRumble -- and horrified when he learned that, as part of said promotion, he was going to be given the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and headline a pay-per-view despite the minor detail of ''not being a wrestler''. He knew the fans would hate the idea, and him by extension, and only went through with it out of contractual obligation; he ended up donating every cent he made from WCW to the families of injured and deceased wrestlers.
* Before Wrestling/TheMoondogs became 16 time USWA {{tag team}} champions, Fifi was a fan in the audience. She'd not only get to join the Moondogs as they became more successful but help contribute by beating [[Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} Miss Texas]] for the women's title belt in 1992.
* Wrestling/TommyDreamer grew up as a fan of Carlos Colon and Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher during their CSP feud. In 1994 he got to go to Puerto Rico himself for IWA, though it would not be until 2010 that he got to wrestle in the same promotion they did, now called WWC.
* Wrestling/MarkHenry grew up as a fan of Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. As a boy he fell over the fan barricade and was picked up and placed on the other side by Andre himself.
* Sumie Sakai was already a Joshi but was a fan of USA pro wrestling. Since she got into the business at a time when there wasn't much work for women in the fifty states, facing Wrestling/LunaVachon at an IWA Puerto Rico show seemed the closest she'd come but after four years of perseverance she stepped into New England Championship Wrestling and kicked off a feud with Wrestling/MercedesMartinez.
* Rather than try to take the Buffalo Bills back to the Super bowl, outside linebacker Monty Brown signed with the New England Patriots in order to get closer to the headquarters of Wrestling/{{WWE}}. When that didn't workout he instead debuted for All World Wrestling League in Michigan after training with [[Wrestling/DanSevern Dan "The Beast" Severn]] and Wrestling/{{Sabu}}. He'd eventually follow Sabu into WWE's ill fated {{revival}} of ECW.
* Wrestling/LowKi was not shy about expressing his desire to go to Japan early in his career. Low Ki made it to Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 in four years, where he lashed out at the perceived disrespect the Japanese wrestler had [[TheNapoleon for his lack of size]]. He eventually became a {{face}} by default to the crowd though.
* While working for Wrestling/{{New Japan|Pro Wrestling}}, Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura would admit to growing up being a puroresu Geek. He would win four different IWGP title belts on numerous occasions during his stay in New Japan alone.
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Nikita]] wasn't a fan of her local product but took to Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA UK and NAWA in Germany anyway, eventually meeting her goal of wrestling in the USA after six years when she debuted for Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}.
* As a rookie pro wrestler, Nikki Matthews took an interest in SHIMMER and eventually got added to the roster as a last minute addition after a year, where she met Portia Perez and formed The Canadian Ninjas, staples of the {{tag team}} division. Eventually {{fireball|s}}ed her way to the singles title too.
* Though Sweet N Sour Wrestling/LarrySweeney debuted in 2000, he had shown up long before that as a fan at the International Wrestling Cartel's Super Indy Championship Tournament. He'd go on to win the sixth super indy.
* Simply D'Vyne used to be a fan of Wrestling/{{WSU}} before becoming a wrestler. She got to wrestle a match on the second anniversary of WSU's transition to a women's promotion.
* Rory Gulak was first seen at Wrestling/{{CZW}} events as a little boy dressed up as "Sick" Nick Mondo. In 2008, he'd debut for the promotion, still patterning himself the same way and calling himself Rory Mondo.
* When Sami Callihan came to the WWN shows such as Full Impact Pro and EVOLVE in 2010 he made it clear that he was sick of the independent circuit and was mainly there to get the attention of a major promotion like Wrestling/DragonGate. He eventually mellowed out...a little.
* Michael Elgin may have already been a professional wrestler but he was still a fan boy of Wrestling/RingOfHonor. He not only got to wrestle for the promotion after eight years but eventually went on to become a world champion. He's also a fan of Japanese 'strong style', eventually getting on shore for Wrestling/{{N|ewJapanProWrestling}}JPW after twelve years, in the [[TournamentArc G1 Climax]] no less.
* Paige Turner was first seen as a fan at an NWA Southwest show. She'd eventually show up as a competitor in NWA Houston in 2013.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho revealed [[https://youtu.be/Izx7TEePODU in a Highlight Reel segment]] that Wrestling/KevinOwens had been a fan of his since he was 16, and was able to team with Jericho for the better part of a year after coming to the WWE.
* The team at WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling consists primarily of long time wrestling fans who've had various degrees of involvement in the industry from the journalism side of things, but as of 2016, they've formed their own independent wrestling promotion, WCPW, where they act as managers, authority figures, interviewers, and commentators.
* Watch an 80s ''Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling'' match featuring the Crush Gals, and note how the audience is filled with screaming schoolgirls generating heat on the same level as HulkHogan at the same time. Now, consider the incredible depth of talent found in AJW's roster during the 90s. Surely you can see that this is not a coincidence.

* Just about every pro athlete (unless they were raised/groomed from birth by a pr -athlete parent) fits this trope, particularly the "big four" team sports in the United States.
* ESPN held the "Dream Job" contest, where the winner would become a ''Series/SportsCenter'' talent. Mike Hall, who won the first contest, now works for the Big Ten Network.
* Bill James, baseball statistician, got his start developing his Sabermetrics system of baseball statistics while a night watchman in a pork products factory. In 2002, he was hired by the Boston Red Sox and helped them pick up two World Series trophies in 2004 and 2007.
** He's not even the biggest example ''on the Red Sox''. Theo Epstein grew up less then a mile from Fenway Park and dreamed of working for the team his whole life. Then he was hired on as the General Manager (the youngest in history) and assembled those same Championship squads.
** Interestingly, a Bill James fan started doing statistical analysis on the 2008 Presidential election, putting his Sabermetrics expertise to work analyzing voter polls. Nate Silver is now the head of the enormously well-regarded [=FiveThirtyEight=] blog on the New York Times website, making him a promoted fanboy in a completely different field from his original interests.
* Dave Flemming grew up listening to Jon Miller when he did broadcasting for the Baltimore Orioles. He is currently one of the play-by-play announcers for the San Francisco Giants and his usual partner when broadcasting is none other than Jon Miller himself.
** Jon Miller grew up idolizing announcers like Russ Hodges and Vin Scully and pretending to "call" the simulated baseball games he played on Strat-o-matic as a kid.
* Many of the people involved in running the Scripps National Spelling Bee were winners when they were kids.
* In a rather odd example, Chilean economist and politician Jaime Estevez was a big fan of the Universidad Catolica soccer club. Guess who is the current executive president of the club?
* Brandon Crawford was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and was a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants. His family had season tickets to Giants games and even purchased a commemorative brick outside the Giants' stadium, AT&T Park. He now plays as shortstop for the Giants and has won two World Series with the club, not to mention a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove to boot.
* Creator/KeithOlbermann has one of the largest collections of baseball cards in the world (over 35,000) and had his first baseball book published when he was 14. He's now a consultant for Topps and writes an official blog for MLB (oh, and does [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann that other thing]]).
* ''UsefulNotes/FormulaOne'' champ Lewis Hamilton started angling for his hero Ayrton Senna's seat at by age 9, copying the Brazilian's helmet design and approaching team owner Ron Dennis. And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQCXE7DDuc this video.]]
** Another ''UsefulNotes/FormulaOne'' champion Sebastian Vettel grew up idolizing the legendary fellow German F1 driver Michael Schumacher. There is [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130406042950/f1_/images/7/77/Michael-Schumacher-Sebastian-Vettel_%281%29.jpg this photograph]] of a young Vettel receiving his karting trophy from his hero whom he would later race against (and beat) in F1.
* UsefulNotes/IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti adores Jim Clark. Many people have a piece or two of memorabilia. Franchitti has an entire ''room'' full of it. And when offered an opportunity to drive Clark's Indy 500 winning car, he made sure he dressed in a replica of Clark's own overalls and period appropriate gear.
* Suk Hyun-Jun of AFC Ajax. He essentially showed up at Ajax's practice fields with a pair cleats and repeatedly asked to join the team. After being allowed to practice with the teams reserve squad the trainers were impressed enough to offer him a 1 year contract.
* Chad le Clos was a huge fan of Michael Phelps while growing up and his biggest dream was to race against him one day. Not only did he get the chance to do that at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he ''beat'' him for gold! Afterwards, he went up to Phelps and told him, "You're my hero."
* These [[http://www.rugbydump.com/media/posts/JDV-goosen.jpg two photos]] are of Johan Goosen standing next to Jean de Villiers, a member of the Springboks (South Africa's national rugby team) - in the first one, he's just a boy; in the second, he's a Springbok himself.
* Derek Jeter didn't just want to be a professional baseball player. He specifically wanted to be a shortstop for the Yankees, his favorite team growing up. Now he's considered one of the best players to ever wear the pinstripes.
* David Freese grew up in the St. Louis area and was a big fan of the Cardinals. In 2011, he became both the NLCS Most Valuable Player and the World Series MVP playing third base for...the St. Louis Cardinals.
* A substantial portion of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}'s current crop of younger drivers in the field like Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano grew up as fans of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, or Darrell Waltrip, among others. Denny Hamlin is still a card-carrying member of Gordon's fan club.
* In 2002, Joe Silva was a UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts superfan working at an arcade parlor when he called up an executive at the Ultimate Fighting Championship with some unsolicited suggestions. He made an impression and spun this opportunity into becoming the UFC's long-time chief matchmaker, exercising an incredible amount of control over the company's events and the sport's direction.
* Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi was 5 years old when she watched Dorothy Hamill win gold at the 1976 Olympics. 16 years later in Albertville, Hamill wished Kristi luck just before she took the ice and delivered a gold-medal performance of her own, becoming the next American woman to win the ladies event.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/VinDiesel is a huge ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' fan, who got to write the introduction to Wizard of the Coast's D&D 30th anniversary book.
* The 3rd Edition version of D&D's TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting, produced by Arthaus under license from [=WotC=], was crafted almost entirely by PromotedFanboy writers. Arthaus recruited them from the "Kargatane", a web-based group of fanzine writers. (TSR's original Ravenloft design team took its name from an in-game secret police force, the Kargat, and the Kargatane are their [[TakeThatUs brainwashed mook underlings]], so....)
* The best ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' freelance writers come from the forums; by 2011 it'd got to the point that the majority of the writing team and at least one of the developers had started on the forums.
* Aurora Nikolaeva made a complete ''TabletopGame/AgeOfAquarius'' career from a fan to a leading developer.
* A good number of folks now working in R&D of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' come from the ranks of former players, up to and including the head of R&D, Mark Rosewater.

* Kelly [=McKiernan=], once an administrator/webmaster for the Toys/{{Bionicle}} fansite and forum Website/BZPower, was temporarily hired by {{Lego}} (the makers of Bionicle) in 2007 to serve as webmaster for the official Bionicle while the then-current webmaster was on maternity leave. Even after the main webmaster returned to work in 2009, he stayed on at {{Lego}} as the toy line's co-webmaster.
* Joseph Kyde grew up a giant fan of {{Transformers}} through adulthood, and ended up on the Hasbro Design Team for the franchise.

* When the original artist for ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'', Jamie Noguchi, left after the end of ''Book 1'', then fan Xin Ye was hired as the new artist after she sent in [[http://www.erfworld.com/summer-update-2009-archive/?px=/E022_elddonnemar_ZhopaBasket.png fanart]] for one of the intermission updates.
* Andrew Hussie of Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures wrassled up a sound team consisting of the best composers from the MSPA forum for ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who compose music for the flash animations. They now have their own indie record label under [[http://whatpumpkin.com/index.html "What Pumpkin"]]. Later, to widen the variety of art found in flash animations, Hussie gathered an art team to draw various pieces found in animations and sometimes static pages, and they also sell [[http://whatpumpkin.com/prints.html art prints]] (Ascended Fanart, basically.) of stuff the art team has done. All in all, Hussie's team almost entirely consists of fans with the exception of himself and Lexxie.
** Also, for each official song that is released a piece of specialized album art accompanies it. Originally all the songs just had the main album artwork, and then there were pictures from the comic itself, but now most of the artwork is drawn by fans.
* Jeffrey Wells wrote an extremely long and surprisingly good fanfic for the ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' comic. It was so good that author Shaenon Garrity not only featured it as filler during most of Narbonic's run but also wound up working with Jeff to write her later comic ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. Neither of them are exactly sure how, tho.
* One fan of ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}'' cosplayed one of the characters at an anime convention, ran into the creator of the comic, and was [[http://www.enjuhneer.com/archives/484-seeing-double put into the comic]] for being the first cosplayer that the creator had heard of.
* For the first ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' comic, Peter Paltridge enlisted a fan of [[Website/PlatypusComix some of his older series]], Jesse Barboza, to provide drawings. One of Jesse's solo webcomics, ''Forever 16'', also became a regular feature in Peter's periodical, ''BANG! Magazine''.
* ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' features a meta example where series writer/artist Zoe Robinson originally made ''The Life Of Nob T Mouse'' as a fanfiction comic for ''The Blobland Band'', before meeting the franchise's creator, Hubert Schlongson, and winning ownership off him in a game of poker.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'' artist Toc made [[http://ghostfruits.com/post/132817871820 several]] [[http://ghostfruits.com/post/132820537700 pieces]] [[http://ghostfruits.com/post/132861734435 of fanart]] for the comic before becoming one of its official creators.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Its Just Some Random Guy is known on Website/YouTube for his ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' videos that use Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} and Creator/{{DC|Comics}} action figures to parody spots comparing Marvel and DC movies in the style of the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. While not hired by Marvel or DC, he was hired by New York Comic Con to do bits in the style of his videos, which were approved by Marvel.
* The case of the almighty union of Music/TheyMightBeGiants and the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' creators is an odd one. They're fanboys of ''each other'' and came together out of a mutual excitement for the other's work, with the result of the H* R creators doing music videos for TMBG, and TMBG writing and performing music for H* R.
* Many of the contributors on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses started out as fans of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. Almost all of them had been featured as Transmission Awesome's Awesome Blog of the Week before being picked up.
* Many fashion bloggers, ie: Tavi Gevinson, Brian Boy.
* Creator/JamesRolfe is a huge film geek, particularly B and horror movies. He became an amateur filmmaker himself, and after [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd one of his movies involving bashing video games]] turned him into an internet hit, most of his productions are available on his website, and he does film reviews and countdowns on both his site ''and'' Spike TV!
** He's also making a short appearance in the upcoming remake of Plan Nine From Outer Space.
* Creator/DougWalker was a huge fan of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' growing up, and credits the show as a comedic influence. He has since gone on to create essentially an [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/27440-animaniacs-tribute hour-long documentary/tribute to the show]] featuring interviews with creator Tom Ruegger and several writers.
** WebOriginal/DiamandaHagan was a fan of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses since its inception. She has since gone to join the website, and even cross over with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic on the movie she wanted him to review the most - ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
** Beth Elderkin was also a fan of Doug's, and pitched a clipless review of ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'' to him, the crossover taking six months to complete.
* Arglefumph, famous for his ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' walkthroughs, entered a photo contest to have a cameo in the remake of "Secrets Can Kill." The results of said contest? Well, check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViTLKEHGdRI this video]]. Also qualifies as a funny moment.
* Website/YouTube personality Creator/{{Tobuscus}} wrote the immensely popular ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' [[WithLyrics Literal Trailer]], which got more views than the original and attracted the attention of Ubisoft, which paid for him to go to E3 2011 and interview the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' development team. As a result of this, he is now a featured performer at gaming conventions, and his fame has also landed him a voice acting gig.
* Most people working for Creator/RoosterTeeth after the first few years fall into this to some degree or another. Most notably among them are Barbara Dunkelman, who organised fan events for the group before being officially hired, and Creator/GavinFree, who, as a fan turned forum moderator turned intern turned ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' director turned Creator/AchievementHunter turned ''Rooster Teeth Creative Director'', might just be one of the biggest examples in the entire history of this trope.
* WebVideo/JonTron was a fan of Creator/{{Egoraptor}}'s work long before they collaborated on WebVideo/GameGrumps.
* Most of the current authors for the Literature/WhateleyUniverse started out by writing fanfic for the universe and then being asked to join the 'canon cabal'.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Interlude 19, focusing on a web forum within the story made up of thinly disguised versions of regular posters in the serial's comments section.
* Actor Doug Jones (''Hellboy'', ''Pan's Labyrinth'') expressed his fondness for ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' on Twitter. Years later, he would be cast as the Operator in the official ''Marble Hornets'' movie.
* Many famous video game countdown artists (such as Speedyman157 and MaverickHunterZero75) started out as fans from works of other famous countdown artists (Speedyman157 said that the reason he made countdowns was because he was a fan of peanut3423 and MaverickHunterZero75 made countdowns because he was a big admirer of Itionobo2).
* LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}:
** On Valentine's Day 2015, [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] tweeted Chuggaaconroy a picture of {{Franchise/Kirby}} giving his trademark smile with the caption "I've absorbed your friendship!".
** Chuggaaconroy himself cites LetsPlay/ProtonJon as having been one of his primary inspirations to get into doing [=LPs=] in the first place. Now, not only is he one of the more notable modern [=LPers=] in his own right, he and Jon are friends and, alongside LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun, make videos and attend conventions together under the group name LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys.
* Paolo emailed Harvey Morenstein asking for advice on how to do his own epic meal. The cast and crew of ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime'' road-tripped to his location and cooked with him.
* On the video game music podcast ''Podcast/NitroGameInjection'', Suraida, the newest co-host, was originally a dedicated listener. She ended up being invited onto the show for episode #142 to fill in for one of the other hosts, returning for a few more episodes before popular demand from fans led her to becoming a semi-regular co-host.
* Loafy Molasses of food review group [=CultMoo=] started out as a mutual friend of Guerro and Herr Pink [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPtE-7wzxEI who brought them Wienerschnitzel one day for a "Deep Fried Whaaaaat" episode.]] He would end up joining the group. He lampshades it in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR33LrCEP58 the second McDonald's DFW episode.]]
-->'''Loafy:''' Back when I was just a fan, and I was watching these videos, and I got ''so'' uber-jealous... That's how you should be feeling right now.
* "Mojojoj" is a very popular ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fan artist, noted for his insanely-fast-yet-very-well-drawn art work. He ended up becoming part of the crew to help out with the spin-off series, ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi''.
* ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' fan Ashley "Starexorcist" Swaby went from a fanartist of the show to a concept artist on Ross O'Donovan's upcoming series Gameoverse.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' BigNameFan Johanne Matte a.k.a. Rufftoon became a storyboard artist for the show.
** Supposedly Creator/MNightShyamalan approached the people behind ''Avatar'' to create a live action movie because he was such a huge fan of the show. [[AdaptationDecay Based on the outcome]], however, you could be forgiven for thinking the opposite.
** Janet Varney, who plays the voice of [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]], was a big fan of ''Avatar'' before even hearing about the auditions for the lead role in the sequel. She said in an interview that after she auditioned for the part, she couldn't even watch the original show anymore because it would make her nervous about whether or not she'd land the role of Korra.
** Seychelle Gabriel was also a fan of the cartoon before playing princess Yue in the live action movie then voicing Asami in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
** Superstar women's tennis player Serena Williams is a huge fan of the show; she ended up voicing Iroh's kind prison guard in Book 3's ''The Day of Black Sun'' and one of the sages that finds [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] stranded on a beach with no memory in Book 2's ''Beginnings''.
** What about the guy who makes the Puppetbender shorts? On the ''Korra'' DVD, a special feature is an interview with the series' characters in puppet form.
** A possible reverse case with ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', as both Michael Dante [=DiMartino=] and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the franchise, are big fans of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. And then they cast Creator/SteveBlum to voice the main antagonist of the first season, Amon.
* NBA player Chris Bosch, a fan of ''WesternAnimation/XMen: The Animated Series'' as a child, got to join the MarvelUniverse when he voiced Heimdall in a ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' episode.
* Raven Molisee's fanarts for ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' got the attention of AKA Cartoons and landed her a job as [[http://ed.wikia.com/wiki/Raven_Molisee storyboard animator for the show]].
** WordOfGod says this is [[http://twitter.com/Raveneesimo/status/314625838811332608 "almost right".]]
** Molissee is actually on the other end of this herself, as of late. Creator/RebeccaSugar was a massive fangirl of ''Ed, Edd & Eddy,'' and now has Molissee writing and storyboarding for ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.''
* Fanartist Nina Matsumoto a.k.a. Spacecoyote drew a [[http://spacecoyote.deviantart.com/art/The-Simpsonzu-46036660 manga-styled picture]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' cast. The pic quickly became an internet sensation, to the point where it caught the eyes of someone at Bongo Comics (publishers of TheSimpsons' comic books), leading to her drawing an entire story ("Bartomu") for Bongo's 2008 Free Comic Book Day special (and promises of more work to come).
** Including a ''Manga/DeathNote'' parody for the recent Treehouse Of Horror, which managed to win an Eisner Award.
** She is currently writing ''Yokaidan'', a comic published through Del Ray Manga.
** And as for individuals who have gone into a ''Simpsons'' sound booth, Creator/MichaelMoore, UsefulNotes/TonyBlair and Creator/DanielRadcliffe, to name just three big-name guest stars, are known to appreciate the program.
* As [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2006/03/28/godzilla-the-series/ this article]] revealed, a lot of the people working behind ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' grew up with ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' and were huge fans of the character. This is one of the big reasons why the cartoon turned out to be a lot more faithful to the original Japanese franchise compared to the American movie it was spun off from.
* Anika Noni Rose has stated that working for Disney, in any capacity at all, was her big dream. Then she is given the part of Tiana, main character of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' and also an official Franchise/DisneyPrincess, which means that Tiana will forever be in the line up with Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], Disney/{{Mulan}}, Disney/{{Pocahontas}}, [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] and Disney/{{Cinderella}}. Magnificent.
** Similarly, Creator/ZacharyLevi stated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ia4UL2N8o this]] making-of video for ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' that getting to play the hero in a Disney film is like a dream he's still scared he'll wake up from.
*** Also from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' is Mandy Moore. She has said in interviews that she grew up loving the [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney Princesses]] and is thrilled about getting to play one. She has stated that [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] was in fact her inspiration to start singing in the first place.
*** And Kristen Bell, who played Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. She was a huge fan of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', saying that she "had one of them on a loop in my house at all times".
** Also, Creator/JonCryer has stated that he has always wanted to play a role in a Disney movie, and was ecstatic when he landed the role of Dusty in ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. Unfortunately for him, he has since been replaced by Creator/DaneCook.
* Animator Katie Rice was a big fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' growing up, she eventually got to animate for the ''Adult Party Cartoon'' version.
* The majority of the new voice actors for the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' characters are big fans of the original theatrical shorts. Bob Bergen in particular went as far as to track down Creator/MelBlanc himself for voice acting lessons.
* Creator/JasonMarsden is a big fan of Disney; he even named his pets after Disney characters, and he got to play Kovu in ''Lion King 2''. At the end of Behind the Microphone, he was really jazzed about how he can't believe he gets to be in a Disney movie.
** He also got to be Max Goof in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', a role that he continued in for years.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", was written by Renee Carter, Sarah Creef, and Amy Crosby, who at the time were only 13. [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,313220,00.html As this article from the time reveals]], they had sent the script to the show on a lark and by sheer blind luck, the script was actually read and sent along to Steven Spielberg, who decided to run with it. The show called attention to it both within the script (including a gag where Buster argues with the girls about his fear of planes) and in the promotion leading up to it.
** The episode's CreditsGag: "[[OneEpisodeWonder Please Mail Your Unsolicited Manuscripts Along With A Self-Addressed Envelope To: Some Other Show!]]"
* Creator/LaurenFaust, who was a fan of ''MyLittlePony'' toys as a child, was eventually hired to create a cartoon based on the toys, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's even been said that [[PatchworkFic the characters personalities are the ones she gave them while playing with the toys]]. [[http://io9.com/lauren-faust-shares-her-childhood-my-little-pony-collec-1473997423 Here's her collection.]]
** This may explain the sheer number of {{Ascended Meme}}s in the show and [[MamaBear Faust being so protective of the fandom.]]
** Before that, Lauren Faust was a big fan of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' that she begged to be on the production team, she eventually produced, wrote, and directed several episodes, and ultimately wedded Powerpuff Girls creator Creator/CraigMcCracken.
** In 2011, Teddy Antonio submitted premises to Hasbro and was called by current showrunner Meghan [=McCarthy=] to work on an idea for an episode where [[spoiler:[[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] and [[MadGod Discord]] become roommates]]. He was ultimately credited for the episode's story, which eventually became "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]". Not only is Antonio a [[PeripheryDemographic brony]], but he was only 15 years old.
** Established fandubbers Creator/KiraBuckland and Brittany Lauda got to voice match the characters they often fan-voiced in the [[https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/my-little-pony-power-ponies/id893619699 Power Ponies]] app.
** An OC of fan musician Andrew Stein AKA [=MandoPony=] appears in Issue #7 of the comics and the ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'' episode.
** Broadway actress Lena Hall is a "proud pegasister", and guest starred as Countess Coloratura in the Season 5 episode ''The Main Attraction'', singing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qAUIZERjxM "The Magic Inside"]].
** The third soundtrack album, ''Songs of Harmony'', includes a mashup of "Winter Wrap-Up" and "A True True Friend" featuring brony musician [=BlackGryph0n=] (Gabriel Brown).
** Creator/PattonOswalt became a fan of the show after watching it with his daughter and later landed the role of Quibble Pants in the episode "Stranger Than Fan Fiction".
** Alexis Heule, a beneficiary of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, had her original character [[EnsembleDarkhorse Angel Wings]] featured in ''Top Bolt''.
* Controversy arose around the Hungarian dub of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', when the fans noticed that the dubbing script for one of Season 9's episodes matched the translations of a FanSub created (way earlier) by a fan called "vito" word-for-word. Unfortunately, as copyright laws don't quite tend to favor unofficial fan works, the dubbers got away with the deal. But ''something'' still happened, as beginning from Season 13, vito has been working on the ''real'' scripts for the show as its official translator. And he's also credited under that name.
* At various times on the bonus features of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' [=DVDs=], the various crew members admit to being "hardcore comic book geeks" who appreciated the old comics. One could say that the fact that they tried to make the series more like the comics they so loved was the main reason that the series is so well-done and fondly remembered.
** To add to this, in one of the books about SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, Creator/MarkHamill was asked to do the foreward. He mentions that the primary reason (in his mind) he was asked to play his most iconic role was due to showing off such ''enthusiasm'' for the project when he came in to voice the CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Heart of Ice".
* Keith Scott was an enthusiast of Creator/JayWard cartoons and wrote a book about the history of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. The same year, he became the voice of Bullwinkle in [[Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle the 2000 film version]].
** Creator/RobertDeNiro was a fan of the show and not only did he get to play Fearless Leader in that same film, but he also co-produced it.
* Two die-hard childhood fans of Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Courtney Reed and James Monroe Iglehart, were cast as Jasmine and the Genie respectively in the premiere of the ScreenToStageAdaptation.
** Similarly, ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' fangirl Diana Huey got to play Ariel in the 2016-17 touring production of its stage musical. Her co-star Matthew Kacergis (Prince Eric) was also a Disney fanboy.
* Creator/PendletonWard was a huge fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' growing up. He even had his mom drive him to Matt Groening's house to get advice on how to create a great animated TV show. Lo and behold, he got a job storyboarding on ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' after graduating from Cal Arts, and from there, created ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Ciro Neili was a huge fan of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' growing up; he even collected the comics before the 1987 cartoon premiered. He is now the show runner for the 2012 version on Nickelodeon, and he is even using original characters he designed when he was a kid.
* When Creator/ChristopherLee read for his part as King Haggard for ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', he arrived carrying a copy of the book with notes on what parts he'd like to see kept in.
* Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire are Marvel fans and were happy to include Marvel characters in ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel a crossover episode]]'' of ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb their cartoon]]''.
** Speaking of ''Phineas and Ferb'', the Season 4 episode "Act Your Age" was inspired by drawings of the characters as teenagers created by fan Ashley Michelle Simpson. Dan and Swampy brought on Simpson to help storyboard the episode, and hired her as a storyboard artist for their next show, ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw''.
* Creator/LinManuelMiranda, who grew up enthralled with Disney musical films, was hired to compose songs for ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' as well as the forthcoming LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* Tony Anselmo was always a fan of ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck''. He eventually became an animator at Disney. While working at Disney, he befriended Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald, who hand picked him to be his successor as the Duck's voice.

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* Simon Pegg is a big fan of the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' comics, and got to voice Johnny in the CD adaptations.

* The user Avan on the [[http://forums.furtopia.org Furtopia forums]] - who is also mentioned under the video game folder in the ''VideoGame/{{Transcendence}}'' entry - is the likely, and only mentioned, candidate to join the staff in the proposition of taking over the free web-hosting services with his own server, with the only other option being to shut down the web-hosting services.
* Jakayrta/Zarrelion became Cornova's beta/co-writer after he left a deep review on the first chapter of ''Fanfic/PokeWars: The Incipience''.
* The Internet is full of this: if you're a fan of a long-standing website, you might be surprised at how many of the administrators and/or writers were once commenters on the same site.
* Creator/{{garfieldodie}} was initially a big fan of Creator/{{Swing 123}}'s fanfic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', and he contributed a few ideas for [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS1E18ConfessionsOfAPrankLovingTiger "Confessions of a Prank-Loving Tiger".]] Starting with [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS1E19CampingOnADesertedRockIsFun the next episode]], he became the fic's cowriter.
* Creator/{{Voltalia}} started off as a big fan of ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1319848 Kidfic]]'' before being brought on as the fanfic's co-author.
* From the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}:
** LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood is supposedly this to the Yogscast after being noticed for his musical [[ChekhovsSkill parody creation skills]].
** LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} initially got to know LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/SimonLane through community games, and eventually applied to do volunteer work for the site. Later, a paid position opened and he applied for the job, getting it because Lewis was pleased with his prior work. Eventually, he appeared on the Christmas livestreams with Martyn and [[Music/{{Area 11}} Sparkles*]], asking at that point if he could try making his own channel, getting the go-ahead. The rest is history.
** LetsPlay/WilliamStrife was supposedly a Yognaut before he joined.
* It is ''very'' common for administrators and moderators on many forums to be promoted ordinary members.
* The [[http://industry.shortyawards.com/category/facebook_brand/v/fans-first-coca-cola-on-facebook Coca-Cola fan page on Facebook]].
* LetsPlay/CaptainSparklez was a huge fan of LetsPlay/SeaNanners when the former was doing his old channel. With the latter's help, he ended up becoming one of the more popular channels on [=YouTube=] and now plays games with the latter quite regularly, also knowing him in real life.
* Anthony "Master" Le was a fitness consultant who started building his own ''Franchise/IronMan'' suits and releasing videos of the suit builds online in the lead-up to the release of ''Film/IronMan2''. His suits gained so much popularity that Creator/JonFavreau took notice and hired him to do promotional events during the publicity tour for ''Film/IronMan3''.
* ''LetsPlay/JackSepticEye'' started out as a big fan of the likes of ''LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}}'' and ''LetsPlay/PewDiePie''. Eventually, as he started growing his own channel, his subscriber count soon hit the millions and he found himself befriending and often collaborating with the two, among others.

* Ryan O'Connell used to drink lots of wine and read books about wine and, despite a total lack of formal training, he now operates [[http://ovineyards.com/english/ascended-fanboy-tvtropes-winemaker/ O'Vineyards]] in the south of France and runs a wine blog that allows him to hang out with all the famous winemakers and wine writers he admired from afar.
* In 2005, Steve Wade, a Tasmanian-based Saab fan, launched a blog about his favourite car. Six years, 5400 articles and 50,000 comments later, Saab formally credited [[http://www.saabsunited.com SaabsUnited]] with helping to save the company, and employed him in their newly-formed global social media marketing team (based in Melbourne, Australia).
** Unfortunately it didn't seem to last long or save the company.
* A list of them appear in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19836_5-celebrities-who-got-famous-by-being-obsessed-fanboys.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article.
* Gossip journalist David "Spec" Mc Clure was fascinated by Creator/AudieMurphy's [[CrazyAwesome military career]] and arranged to meet him when Murphy was filming his first supporting role in a film. The two became good friends, with Mc Clure co-writing ''To Hell and Back'', both the book and the movie script, and acting as an informal press agent for Murphy. Murphy's second wife, Pamela, was also something of an Promoted Fangirl. She had been trying to meet him ever since she saw him on the cover of Life magazine in the mid-forties, and finally succeeded in the early fifties. They dated steadily while the divorce from his first wife was finalized, married shortly thereafter, and despite some rough periods remained married until his death.
* When the Japanese casting director for ''Film/{{Unbroken}}'' met with Music/{{Miyavi}}, he had little knowledge of the film, its story, or anything about it. When she asked him who his favorite actor was, he immediately answered with Creator/AngelinaJolie...having absolutely no idea that she was the director behind the project, or that she was a fan of his and had sought him out personally for the role of Watanabe. He later jokingly said on an episode of ''[[Creator/EllenDeGeneres Ellen]]'' that this was why he got the part.
* [[TheScrappy Matt Ward]] is an infamous example. Every [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Codex]] he's touched has had its [[CanonDefilement fluff tortured,]] turned into Mary Sues, turned into a [[GameBreaker tabletop sweeper]] or any combination of the three. The only codex that he wrote that isn't universally despised is the Necron codex, and that's because there were two editors to keep him from breaking the game and the fluff. Despite that the Necrons still had their ancient Egyptian influence heavily {{Flanderized}}.
** The Sisters of Battle codex that he wrote had the opposite of the usual problems. Though Games Workshop prevented him from having all the sisters get [[CurbStompBattle massacred all the time]] in order to fuel his obsession with sexist snuff-fics he still whacked the sisters with the [[{{Nerf}} nerf bat]] until they were a fine paste.
** Ironically, he seems to not go quite so overboard with Fantasy armies. With the exception of his 7th Edition Daemons update (a book so broken that it, and the resulting attempts at Power Creep, ultimately necessitated a massive rules shift to fix), most of his Fantasy books aren't badly written fluff wise and are mostly mechanically stable.
* Creator/EddieIzzard got to be this for a time, when Creator/MontyPython gathered for a television interview, post-Chapman, and he sat among them. When he started answering their questions, they looked at him like some party-crashing stranger and shooed him offstage. But Creator/JohnCleese refers to him as 'the Lost Python'.
* ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce'', artist Paulina Ganucheau is a huge fan of the magical girl genre, especially ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. [[https://twitter.com/PlinaGanucheau Just check out her Twitter feed...]]
* Technically, every priest, pope or equivalent in any given religion can be considered a promoted fanboy.
* The Make A Wish Foundation often grants their beneficiaries minor roles in movies and TV shows.
** Miranda Ram-Nolte got to appear in two films in 2011 - ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePrincessCharmSchool'' and ''WesternAnimation/TwinkleToes'' (both times as [[TheDanza characters named Miranda]] who [[InkSuitActor resemble her]] and [[RecurringExtra don't do much except hang around and comment on the action]]) [[BittersweetEnding before dying at the age of 19]].
** A girl named Katelin who was a fan of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' appeared in the episode "Clean Slate", in which she asked the title character for an autograph.
** William Walter Thompson was another one of these, appearing in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Wally T".
** The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Root Beer Guy" had a minor background character who was voiced by another Make A Wish benificary.
** ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' did this for an 11-year-old Make A Wish recipient named [[http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/tributes/kristina.shtml Kristina Donnelly]]. She played a sheep in the opening breakfast scene.
** A fan of Disney Channel named Amy [[http://wish.org/wishes/wish-stories/i-wish-to-be/amy-cartoon#sm.0001qhjmdfewmcqeu511hc2pvxam5 voiced a character]] in the ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' episode "Night Of The Living Plush".
** A young girl named Esme [[http://wish.org/wishes/wish-stories/i-wish-to-meet/esme-word-girl got to write an episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' where Becky met a character based off her. Unfortunately, due to PBS dropping the show along with other ''[[Creator/PBSKids PBS Kids Go!]]'' programming a year later, the episode never made it past script form.