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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 long-running franchises]] have been around for so long that it's only natural that fans would get to work on them.''
%% Please include real life examples only. In-universe examples belong in AscendedFanboy.
!!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 Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'' had 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 ''Star Trek VI'' 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 the ''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''. 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 GeneRoddenberry's assistants while there. By the show's final season, [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome he was head writer]].
* The entire role of Guinan was created because Whoopi Goldberg was a ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fan (specifically, Creator/NichelleNichols was her inspiration to ''start acting'') and wanted on the show.


[[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 [[StarTrekNovelVerse Mark Rademaker]].

[[folder:Star Wars]]
* Creator/SamuelLJackson, a.k.a. Mace Windu, was a huge ''Star Wars'' 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfilms ''Film/RyanVsDorkman''. While he doesn't work for George Lucas or ILM, he ''did'' work for [=LucasGames=] 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.
* 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, and Vader's GuestFighter appearance in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV]]''. And later having Vader act as the Banker (albeit staying visible) in a ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' special.
* After making ''Troops'', Kevin Rubio went on to write ''Star Wars'' comics, and now is working 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.
* Hayden Christensen 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" David Prowse 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:
-->"I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own light saber. 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.
* Main/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.
* In 2003 a fan named Ara Roselani [[http://public.fotki.com/Kait/star_wars/tim_zahn_booksigning/thrawntim.html met]] TimothyZahn at a convention. She was cosplaying as the Chiss Admiral Thrawn in his white uniform, and they became friends. When Zahn wrote 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 recently voiced a one-off character in season two of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
** His character has 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.
* 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 R2D2]] 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 ''Empire Strikes Back'', 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 ReturnOfTheJedi are looking for actors under 4 feet. He had a big set of Star Wars action figures, which 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, will be directing ''Episode VII''.
* Ansel Hsiao, known online as 'fractalsponge', made [[http://fractalsponge.net/gallery/ Star Wars art]] for many years. Eventually, his work caught the attention of 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 the Phantom Menace 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.

[[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 -- 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 the Virgin Books ''New Doctor Who 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 Books 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 Books 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 Series 8 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 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 wrote a few episodes of the main show. 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.

[[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 [[http://www.hobbitmovienews.com/2011/09/19/new-interview-with-evangeline-lilly-tauriel/ 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 ''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 ''[[TransformersEnergon Super Link]]'' and ''[[TransformersCybertron Galaxy Force]]'' lines.
* David Willis, author of the ''{{Walkyverse}}'' {{web comic}}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.
* Matt Tieger, the director of the ''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 ''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/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', 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.

[[folder:Kamen Rider]]
* 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 reocurring role in ''Black'' and ''Black RX'' as a child. Years later, ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' aired and she has adopted many ''Kamen Rider'' concepts to her character Nagisa (or it may be just a cross-reference to the Toei Company producing both ''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.

!!Other Works:
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* Many, possibly the majority, of well-known mangaka got their start writing doujinshi; typically starting with fan fic before moving on to original work. Notable examples below.
* CLAMP, creators of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'', and many other successful manga, started out as a doujinshi circle back in the '80s.
* Azuma Koyohiko, creator of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' and ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' started out doing doujinshi based on various shows, including ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and ''Anime/BattleAthletesVictory'', and ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. He even wrote erotic doujinshi under the pseudonym Joji Jonokuchi.
* Eiichiro Oda, author of ''Franchise/OnePiece'', was a massive ''Manga/DragonBall'' fan; heck, he loved all of Creator/AkiraToriyama's works, and that's what inspired him to become a manga artist. Eventually, he ended up working at ''Shonen Jump'', the same magazine that ''Dragon Ball'' was published in, and even collaborated with Toriyama on a ''DBZ/One Piece'' [[Manga/CrossEpoch crossover manga]].
* Shiori Teshirogi, the author who writes the ''Manga/SaintSeiya: The Lost Canvas'' manga, is actually a {{shoujo}} author who once met Creator/MasamiKurumada. ''Saint Seiya'' was always her favorite series and she jumped at the chance of making a new story when Kurumada pitched the idea to her, and what was originally thought to end up being a rather brief series has exploded in popularity. To put it simply, she is writing a non-canon doujin, getting ''paid'' for it, ''and'' getting an OVA deal for it. Not bad for someone's first {{shonen}} story.
* Creator/ShojiKawamori was an aeronautical engineer who had a family member on ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' production crew. Apparently he has an addiction to those little wooden Mensa puzzles that are all about compressing multiple components into objects with much smaller external surface areas. When toy companies realized he "had a gift" most designers still can't do elegantly today (IE: transformations tuck limbs against the body and end up looking blocky), he was making more selling transforming robot designs than he was in the very dry aerospace business. Needless to say, he works as a HumongousMecha designer now.
* Some actors in anime dubbing were {{anime}} fans before getting work as VoiceActors, including Creator/GregAyres, Creator/CaitlinGlass, and Creator/CrispinFreeman.
** Creator/ADVFilms was ''founded'' by anime fans who promoted ''themselves''. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-06-29/crimson-star-acquires-looking-up-at-the-half-moon-anime The same goes for a newly founded company called Crimson Star.]]
** These days, fandub [[BigNameFan BNFs]] like Creator/CristinaValenzuela are part of anime dubbing casts - sometimes [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha reprising roles]].
** And talking about fan-dubs, it also has happened in [[LatinLand Latin America]], most especially in Chile.
*** ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' anyone? Dubbed by fandubbers-gone-pro!
*** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''? Hey, that one too!
*** ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''? The same girl fan-dubbed the opening (and of course [[NoExportForYou it hasn't been broadcasted officially]], but...)
** Rather subverted by good ol' Creator/VicMignogna (alias the number-one fan of [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Ed Elric]]). [[IncrediblyLamePun Don't ever dare call him "shorty"]].
*** Though he plays the trope straight in a different area -- he recently directed an episode of ''Star Trek Phase 2''.
** Famous voice actor TakehitoKoyasu is a long-time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' fanboy. In the early '90s, he had a minor supporting character role in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]''... and few years later, he voiced [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Gym Ghingham]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Mu La]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Flaga]].
*** Likewise, Creator/KeiShindou was a CosplayOtakuGirl before she became pro.
** When Creator/VIZMedia acquired the rights to the [[DuelingDubs redub]] of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Creator/AmandaCelineMiller, a longtime fan of the series, auditioned for every female character for a chance to be a part of the show. She was ecstatic when she was chosen to play Sailor Jupiter, her favorite character in the series. Same goes to Creator/CristinaValenzuela (Sailor Mars), Creator/CheramiLeigh (Sailor Venus), and Creator/LaurenLanda (Sailor Neptune) who were also fans of the series and were overjoyed when they became cast as part of the show.
* After holding panels at some conventions and posting some essays on the Internet, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanboy Sean [=McCoy=] was invited by Creator/ADVFilms to record some of the commentaries for the Platinum release of the series, giving him three full episodes and two special feature segments to share his [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory incredibly elaborate theories]] (some might say [[FanWank ridiculously]] [[EpilepticTrees elaborate]]) about the meaning behind the show's abstract symbolism alongside ADV honcho and English dub director Matt Greenfield. Strangely, after this "promotion", he has barely been heard from again.
** Along similar lines, self-proclaimed "Eva Monkey" Taliesin Jaffe co-recorded commentaries for ''Death & Rebirth'' and ''The End of Evangelion'' alongside dub director, writer and voice actress Creator/AmandaWinnLee and her husband Jason. Jaffe's situation differed from [=McCoy=]'s in that Jaffe had actually worked in the anime industry already and voiced extras in the movies, and in that he spent his time on the commentaries offering various suggestions as to what the symbols in the movies ''could'' mean, as opposed to detailing his own theories as to what they "do" mean.
** Creator/MikeMcFarland, ADR director for the English dubs of the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' films, was a fan of the series for the better part of a decade before he had a chance to actually work on it.
* Voice actress and biker enthusiast Creator/YukoGoto is a big fan of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', particularly of the character Souther. She is also one of the editors of the ''Hokuto Musou'' series of games based off of the anime/manga series.
** She even got the chance to voice [[Anime/QueensBlade Menace]], who is basically [[DistaffCounterpart Souther as a girl]].
* The [=HeartGold/SoulSilver=] miniarc in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Lyra's friend Khoury voiced in the dub by Chris "[[WebAnimation/{{TOME}} Kirbopher]]" Niosi. Though she was already a promoted fangirl by the time she made her mark, Creator/CristinaValenzuela as Layla also counts.
** In ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'', we have ChristineMarieCabanos (Reina), Creator/KyleHebert (Prof. Oak), and to an extent BrycePapenbrook (Red). Cristina also makes an appearance in this special, voicing Cubone.
* Creator/MatthewMercer is a longtime fan of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. In 2014, he landed the leading role of ''Stardust Crusaders'', Jotaro Kujo. This is also the case for Jotaro's Japanese voice actor, Creator/DaisukeOno.
* Mark Simmons and Keith Rhee, two [[BigNameFan Big Name Fans]] of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', were hired by Bandai, Simmons working on the localization of several series and Rhee on the official website. Furthermore, the Federation male custom pilots in the Encounters In Space game are named after the two of them.
* Creator/StudioGainax, who got their start by producing a well-known pair of independent anime shorts (the DAICON III and IV Opening Animations) for a Japanese science fiction convention in 1981 and 1983.
* Lianne Sentar had been writing over 3,000 stories of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' {{fanfiction}} since she was 13. She was hired to write the Creator/{{Tokyopop}} novel adaptations distributed in North America for only this reason.
* Creator/JasonGriffith managed to accomplish this by accident. According to him, he was a big fan of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and auditioned for the role of Chris Thorndyke in ''Anime/SonicX'' so that he could "know what it's like to be Sonic's human friend". Imagine his surprise when he got the role of Sonic himself.
* Music/{{Gackt}} (already mentioned under ''Franchise/KamenRider'' above) is also a huge ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fan, having contributed the theme song to the long-dead theme park attraction "Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu", recording a remix of "Ai Senshi" from the original series, and even [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome getting a concert audience to chant "Sieg Zeon!" by delivering Garma Zabi's funeral speech from memory]]. In 2010 he finally got to join the ''Gundam'' universe proper by voicing ex-, the OriginalGeneration FinalBoss of ''[[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs.]]''
* As children, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known today as Music/DaftPunk, were fans of the anime series ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''. After recording their breakout album ''Discovery'', they would work with ''Captain Harlock'''s creator Creator/LeijiMatsumoto in making it's visualization, the rock-opera anime movie ''Anime/{{Interstella5555}}''.
* Creator/NanaMizuki, better known for her role as the DarkMagicalGirl [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Tessarossa]], is a humongous ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' fan. When she got the role of InnocentFlowerGirl [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi Hanasaki]], she was ''elated''. Even when she was asked to come back for a few short lines in ''PrettyCureAllStars New Stage'', she expressed on her blog joy at being able to voice her again.
** Creator/HitomiNabatame was a huge Precure fangirl too and actually attended the auditions [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure for the first series]], but wasn't chosen. Years later she was selected as [[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure Mana "Cure Heart" Aida]], and apparently broke in TearsOfJoy when she was told about it.
** Creator/MegumiNakajima is also a Pretty Cure fangirl and is now getting her chance to play as [[TheDanza Megumi Aino]] in ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure''.
* Creator/BrycePapenbrook is a hardcore fan of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and even wanted to be a cast member of it. When Creator/FUNimation acquired the license, many fans thought that Creator/JoshGrelle, Creator/GregAyres, or Creator/MicahSolusod would voice Eren since they are their usual voice actors of choice for leading protagonists. In 2014, it was announced that Papenbrook would provide his voice.
** Creator/JoshGrelle (Armin), Creator/JessicaCalvello (Hange), and Creator/PatrickSeitz (Shardis) had also watched the simulcast before auditions and became big fans of the series.
* Shoko Nakagawa was a huge fan of series such as ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' and ''Manga/DragonBall'' growing up, and has had a prominent role as a host on ''Series/PokemonSunday'' and its successors and roles in several of the animated films, along with a minor role in ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' as the Oracle Fish.
* Creator/KyleHebert was a fan of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' before landing the roles of Gohan and the Narrator which started his career as a voice actor for animation.
* French singer/songwriter Cécile Corbel became known to Ghibli filmmakers after she sent them a fan letter showing her love for their films along with a copy of ''Songbook, Vol 2'', at the time, her most recent album. After Toshio Suzuki, the head producer of ''{{Anime/Arrietty}}'' listened to the CD, she received an e-mail asking her if she could write a song for the movie. She ended up composing the entire score.
* Creator/MegumiHan, who voices Takeru "T.K." Takaishi in the 2013 video game adaptation of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (replacing Creator/HirokoKonishi, who retired from voice acting), has been a big fan of the franchise since childhood.
* Kanetake Ebikawa won a design contest for ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam''; now he's become famous for his work on ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. It even came full circle when he got to work on ''Crossbone Gundam Ghost'', a sequel to the story that helped launch his career.
* Kohei Horikoshi, author of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was a fan of ''Shonen Jump'' as a boy. In fact, he submitted fanart that got featured in the 23rd volume of ''Manga/OnePiece'', which ''My Hero Academia'' runs alongside. Oda himself opened the Question and Answer section of volume 77 by pointing this out, and explains he was ecstatic when he learned of it.
* Toyotarō, better known under the pen name Toyable, might be the resident king of this trope in regards to anime and manga. He originally started making the fan-series ''Dragon Ball AF'' in the year 2000. He was later hired on by Shueisha, works as one of Akira Toriyama's own assistants, and is now working on ''official material'' for the ''Dragon Ball'' series, such as ''Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission'', and a resurrection 'F' tie-in manga. His ''Dragon Ball AF'' is now being officially sold in tankobon format, and to cap it all off, Toyable is doing the art for the new ''Dragon Ball Super'' manga.

* 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 ''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]] ''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 "[[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 PreCrisis 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 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."
* 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 villian 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 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 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/AndrewGarfield is a lifelong ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' 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 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 SelfDemonstrating/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 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 ''Francihse/{{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 planned on being the final appearance of the original Fawcett Comics version of Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel Family.

* 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 {{RENT}}[[FanCommunityNickname head]] in her younger years, and ended up cast as Joanne in the feature film.
* ''Film/TheATeam'': Sharlto Copley 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 Dwight Schultz, 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 Howard Hughes 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, 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/FlashGordon 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''.
** Billy Dee Williams 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.
** 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."
** 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.
* Noomi Rapace is an admitted fan of the films of Ridley Scott 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 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.
** J. K. Rowling 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.
* Andrew Garfield 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 was 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 ''Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter has stated one his early film influences was Creator/HowardHawks' ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld''. In 1982, he directed his own version, ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]''.
* Mike Myers 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}}''.
* 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 Rick Baker, 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.
* Benicio Del Toro himself had been a long-time fan of Lon Chaney, 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 has stated that one of the reasons he wanted to play Professor Charles Xavier was so that he can embody a young [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]], and he was also fond of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series when he was younger. He can [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUezp2d6vks hum the theme song]] from memory.
* 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]].
* Hugh Bonneville, 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. James Corden 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.
* TomHardy has been a diehard GaryOldman fan dating back to his drama school days in the 1990s, repeatedly referring to him as his "all-time hero" and similar. As of 2015, they've starred in four films together (''TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', ''TheDarkKnightRises'', ''{{Film/Lawless}}'' and ''{{Film/Child44}}'')

* 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 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.

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* Andy Mientus was known for being the creator and maintainer of the first ''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 recent documentary on [[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 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.
* 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.

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* 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 ZacharyQuinto (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 ''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 ''TheOffice''. 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.
* DemiLovato guest-starred on ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', her favorite show.
** 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 [[{{DCLAU}} Disney Channel's]] [[MsFanservice main]] [[IncrediblyLamePun attractions]] with [[Series/{{Jessie}} a show of her own]].
* Rich Koz, the current {{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 ''{{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.
* Missie Good was a ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' fan. She wrote some ExpandedUniverse novels 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 ''[[ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]'' 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 [[TalesFromTheCrypt the Crypt Keeper himself]].
* 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. 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) was a fan of Power Rangers as a child.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' actor Yoshi Sudarso was a huge fan of Power Rangers and Super Sentai shows, to the point of cosplaying as rangers and auditioning for parts on the show for several years before he got the part in ''Dino Charge''. So far on the show, he's inserted one in-joke for Sentai fans, with his character in one scene humming the theme from ''Series/Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger'', upon which his series is based.
* 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''.

* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of indie rock music and his journals were filled with lists of his favorite bands and albums. After he became famous, made sure to never go an interview without gushing over some obscure twee pop or punk band that he adored. In fact, his love of bands like The Raincoats, BeatHappening, The Meat Puppets, ShonenKnife, Young Marble Giants, Music/{{Melvins}}, Scratch Acid, Gang of Four and Millions of Dead Cops gained these bands (many of them long broken up) [[ColbertBump a major resurgence and increased album sales]]. His favorite band of all time, Scottish twee pop act the Vaselines, were signed to Sub Pop several years after they broke up for the release of a greatest hits album that was created solely from consumer interest spurred by Cobain's constant praise of the band. He even named his daughter after their guitarist Frances Mckee.
** Cobain also ''averted'' this trope by auditioning to play bass for the Melvins before Nirvana was formed. He was so nervous that he forgot all their songs and ended up settling for being a sometimes roadie for them until his own success. Cobain later co-produced the Melvins' only major label album, ''Houdini'', in 1993.
** Apparently, Music/CourtneyLove managed to convince [[Music/SonicYouth Kim Gordon]] to produce the first Music/{{Hole}} album by sending her a letter about how much they admired her work and in particular "the SST album" [[note]]Which one of Sonic Youth's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EVOL two]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_(Sonic_Youth_album) albums]] for SST was never specified[[/note]].
** Music/DaveGrohl. And he still somehow manages to convey a "Gee! How lucky am I?" rock geek persona after winning numerous Grammy awards and playing to sold out stadiums (including Wembley!) with Music/FooFighters, occasionally with his musical heroes from bands like Music/LedZeppelin, Music/{{Queen}} and Music/{{Motorhead}} joining him on stage. Yeah, Mr Grohl has this trope down pat.
*** The whole concept of Grohl's Probot project was working with the metal vocalists he idolized as a teenager (such as [[Music/{{Sepultura}} Max Cavalera]], Music/KingDiamond, and again, Lemmy). He also got to play on Killing Joke's 2003 SelfTitledAlbum after being a longtime fan [[note]] Yes, the same Killing Joke who once sued Music/{{Nirvana}} due to "Come As You Are" sounding too similar to their own "Eighties"[[/note]], and apparently declined to be paid for it.
*** And now, having said that Music/TheBeatles were responsible for him wanting to be a musician in the first place, he has recorded jam sessions and performed concerts with Music/PaulMcCartney!
* Russian keyboard player and Music/{{Yes}} fan Igor Khoroshev got to do session work, and then became a full-time member of {{Yes}} (1997 - 2002) as a result of sending them a demo tape. Come to that, the Buggles (vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes) were both Yes fans (they also shared a manager), were both pleased when they were asked to contribute to the group, and both stunned to find out that they were to replace the departed Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
** Benoît David. He became the lead vocalist of a Yes tribute band called Close To The Edge in 1994. In 2008, he was selected by members of the group Yes to stand in for an ailing Jon Anderson
** Inverted by Trevor Rabin he was putting together a band called Cinema which gradually had more and more members of Yes join. He never wanted the band to be called Yes and did not want to be seen as Steve Howe's replacement.
* Dan Whitesides, current drummer of the Alternative/Punk rock band The Used, was reportedly a big fan of the band since its debut album and was thrilled to be let in as the drummer.
* John Frusciante, a devoted follower of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers during their early career, became the band's guitarist in 1988.
* Also the case for Steve Mazur, who became Our Lady Peace's guitarist in 2002.
* So is the case of former Music/{{Metallica}} bassist Music/JasonNewsted. Unfortunately, his reception had been rather lukewarm, especially considering his replacement of the late great Cliff Burton, and he eventually left the band due to, among other things, never completely fitting in with them.
* And then there's Zak Starkey, who was a childhood pupil of Keith Moon, and grew up to take his place in TheWho for their tours in the '90s and 2000s.
** Keith Moon is almost an example himself: he was in the audience at one of the Who's early gigs, marched up onto the stage after their set finished, and announced that he could drum better than their (soon to be fired, as it turned out) drummer could. He was invited to prove it, and did.
*** And then he collapsed at a concert and The Who got a fan from the audience to be the drummer for the rest of the show.
* Mark Webber, the secretary for the fan club of British alternative rock band Music/{{Pulp}} became the band's guitarist in 1995.
* The ultimate promoted fanboy in music is probably Tim "Ripper" Owens (AKA, [[FanNickname The Man of a Thousand Bands]]) of Music/JudasPriest, Music/IcedEarth, Music/YngwieMalmsteen's Rising Force, and Music/BeyondFear. He was a singer in a Judas Priest tribute band, and took over as lead singer after Rob Halford left the band.
** Later, after being fired from Judas Priest to make room for Halford, he joined Iced Earth, another band he is apparently a fan of. He was then fired from Iced Earth to make room for the returning Matt Barlow. Later, he lampshaded his tendencies to get fired from bands in an interview with ''Series/ThatMetalShow'' by joking that he started his solo project so he could have a band he couldn't get fired from.
*** Which was then further lampshaded by another member of the band, who said "Actually, we were gonna fire him after the festival".
* Quite possibly surpassing Ripper Owens is HenryRollins. Rollins was a BlackFlag fan who, while watching a show, was invited to go up onstage (or simply jumped onstage and the band just went with it, depending on who you ask) and sing "Clocked In." Eventually, he was offered an opportunity to be the band's fourth singer and he accepted. Rollins was the longest-serving and the most well known BlackFlag vocalist.
** Rollins had a standup bit about desperately trying not to fanboy out upon learning that he'd be working in the studio with [[KingCrimson Adrian Belew]] (as part of the WilliamShatner song "I Can't Get Behind That").
* Arnel Pineda was asked to join the hard rock band Music/{{Journey}} after Neal Schon (guitarist) saw some of his vocal covers on Youtube.
* Travis Warren of Blind Melon has a similar story. Originally brought into the studio to record a solo album with two of the founding members of Blind Melon, Warren was heavily influenced by original frontman Shannon Hoon (so much so that he has Hoon's likeness tattooed on his back). As a way of breaking the ice, Warren suggested singing a few Blind Melon songs he knew by heart. He did such a good job that they reunited the band and went back on tour.
* A lot of modern pop-rock bands stem from this. A major example is the group PanicAtTheDisco, who stalked Pete Wentz of FallOutBoy on the internet before Wentz signed them to his label.
* Wisconsin musician Sean Carey joined Justin Vernon's solo project BonIver after approaching Vernon during Bon Iver's first show. Carey had "learned all of the drum parts and all of the harmonies," and ended up touring with Vernon for over two years.
* One can only imagine how awesome Lim Jeong-hyun, a.k.a. Funtwo (of "Canon Rock" fame, the dude in the Youtube video simply titled "guitar" and arguably the first Youtube celebrity) must have felt when he got to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBHfb2sVWV4 play a live concert]] with '''Music/JoeSatriani'''.
* The members of Music/{{Disturbed}} are all massive fans of Music/{{Pantera}}. Imagine their suprise when the Abbot brothers joined them on-stage to perform a cover of ''Walk'' for the first time (this became a semi-tradition whenever the Abbots were nearby).
* Not exactly a literal example, but it still fits: Music/TheBeatles were working on the song "Across the Universe", but Music/JohnLennon wasn't satisfied with how it was turning out. Music/PaulMcCartney suggested they bring in two female fans loitering around Abbey Road Studios, Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease, to do backing vocals. While their backing vocals did end up on the original version of "Across the Universe", Lennon wasn't satisfied with this development. Phil Spector later erased the backing vocals for the version that ended up on ''Let It Be'', replacing them with a choir.
** A slightly better, though still-not-quite-right example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Nicol Jimmy Nicol]] got to be a Beatle for about two weeks when, during a tour, Ringo Starr had to be hospitalized with tonsilitis.
** Music/RingoStarr joining the band in the first place was both an example and an inversion of this. Starr was a fan of the Beatles in their prefame days and sometimes filled in for PeteBest (their original drummer); but at the same time, Paul and George saw Ringo--then drummer for a more popular band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes--as cool older kid (by a couple of years, anyway) coming down from on high to help them out. When he finally joined, everyone was happy... for a few years, anyway.
** Mark Lewisohn went from winning a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] trivia contest, to writing the officially-sanctioned book ''The Beatles Recording Sessions'', to writing liner notes for Beatles [=CDs=], to working directly for Paul [=McCartney=].
* Creator/DanAykroyd was a ''huge'' fan of Chicago blues music, and ended up introducing his friend Creator/JohnBelushi to the genre (Belushi's previous musical interest tended toward heavy metal and southern rock). The two ended up forming the ''BluesBrothers'' band as a sideline, and as a result revitalized interest in the blues as a musical form when TheMovie was released.
** Later he helped found the HouseOfBlues. A chain of restaurants that featured live blues concerts.
* Brian Nelson became a fan of Music/AliceCooper in the early '70s and owned a huge collection of Alice related stuff before even meeting the man. He eventually got hired as Alice's personal assistant in the early '80s and kept the job until he passed away in 2009. He never stopped collecting and was generally considered to be the biggest Alice Cooper fan in the world.
* Jon Stewart is a huge Music/BruceSpringsteen fan, was overjoyed to have the chance to interview him on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in 2009. Later that year, Stewart gave the presentation speech for Springsteen at the Kennedy Center Honors.
* Carlos "Indio" Solari, better known in Argentina as the lead singer of the band Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota, is a self confessed fan of AndresCalamaro, to the point of even recording a CoverVersion of one of his songs in a CoverAlbum. Also Calamaro himself also loves Solari's work on both his solo career and with his former band. He was invited by Solari to sing on his own album, and then to sing said song, the CoverVersion and other songs in a pair of gigs.
* Zakk Wylde was an enormous Music/OzzyOsbourne and Music/BlackSabbath fan who got hired to Ozzy's band partly for knowing practically every Ozzy and Sabbath song released at that point. He often cites former Ozzy guitarist Randy Rhoads as his hero and the reason he plays the way he does and he is so devoted in his worship that he played the same model and color guitar as Rhoads (which he had his now trademark black bullseye painted on so the imitation wouldn't be so obvious to Ozzy fans), spent every hour he could mastering Rhoads' songs until he could hit them note by note, [[CrazyAwesome even built a shrine to Rhoads in his closet and eventually named his kid after him!]] To this day he still enthusiastically expresses his love for Rhoads and has a few custom built replicas of Rhoads' other guitars. As for the gig with Ozzy, it lasted for 20 years (with a few breaks) and Ozzy is the godfather of his kids.
* [[Music/DyingFetus Trey Williams]] was a drummer for a couple lowly Baltimore-area death metal bands, and the high points of his career at that point were a brief Canadian tour and opening for Fetus a few times. That all changed when he received a call from Sean Beasley shortly after Duane Timlin left asking him if he wanted to join and become their new drummer. Trey even acknowledged that he was flabbergasted by how much of a leap it was.
* Helen Love is a bubblegum pop-punk band that writes about almost nothing but the lead singer's crush on [[TheRamones Joey Ramone]]. Joey Ramone did guest vocals on their song Punk Boy.
* Ron Wood has stated that when he first saw Music/TheRollingStones, he said to himself that he wanted to be in that band someday. Years later, he became their lead guitarist.
* Rob Sheridan, current art director for NineInchNails, was lucky enough to be spotted and hired by Trent Reznor [[http://web.archive.org/web/20010625023248/members.nbci.com/ninatt/main.htm/ thanks to his fansite dedicated to the band.]]
** Speaking of Reznor, he's a big fan of DavidBowie, and was influenced by the album ''Low'' when recording ''The Downward Spiral''. NIN would later tour with Bowie in 1995, and Reznor himself would feature in the video for "I'm Afraid of Americans", which was based around one of his remixes.
* Ed Crawford was a fan of Music/TheMinutemen who heard a false rumor that the band were looking for a new guitarist and vocalist after D. Boon's death, found Mike Watt's phone number, and called to express his interest in trying out. In fact surviving members Watt and George Hurley were still too despondent over Boon's death to even consider continuing to make music. However, Crawford and Mike Watt kept in contact with each other through mail, and Crawford's persistence in wanting the two to keep making music eventually paid off in a big way: He made an unannounced trip from Ohio to California and convinced Watt to let him "audition". He then became the guitarist and vocalist of fIREHOSE, Watt and Hurley's next project.
* Goth chanteuse Jarboe first heard the band Swans on an Atlanta-area college radio station in the early '80s and liked them so much that she went to the radio station and stole their copy of the record. She later joined the band herself. Swans disbanded in 1997, but reformed in 2010. She was not included in the 2010 lineup, so does that make her a Demoted Fangirl as well?
* AFI guitarist Jade Puget was originally a fan of the band.
* Frank Iero of Music/MyChemicalRomance. When MCR started, he was in his own band (Pencey Prep), but was such a fan of MCR that he sold merch for them, shared a practice space with them, helped book their first shows, shared his band's van...and eventually he became their second guitarist (and he still claims to be MCR's biggest fan).
* DaYoopers, a Michigan-based comedy band, frequently lets local musicians get guest parts on their albums. One of them, "Cowboy" Dan Collins, was promoted to an official member for a few years.
* [[{{Stalkerwithacrush}} Yuri Chinen]] of [[JapanesePopMusic Johnny's Entertainment's]] Hey! Say! Jump! auditioned for the jimusho because he was a huge fan of [[{{Arashi}} Satoshi Ohno]] and wanted to be leader of a Johnny's group like his hero. The two have had photo shoots together in which Ohno looks decidedly uncomfortable with Chinen's [[PsychoSupporter way too]] [[{{creepychild}} happy]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YX958lWO-mg/S696hlKytPI/AAAAAAAAAWY/z4oaTVl4oV4/s1600/1_942399469l.jpg smile]]
* NRBQ fan and hobby drummer Tom Ardolino sent a fan letter to the band, which led to a lengthy correspondence with keyboardist/singer/songwriter Terry Adams. When the band's then-drummer Tom Staley elected to sit out the encore at a show that Ardolino attended, [[TheShowMustGoOn Adams invited Ardolino to fill in]]. When Staley quit in 1974, the others invited Ardolino to replace him full-time, and Ardolino stuck with them for the next three decades.
* Current Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato and drummer Billy Rymer were both originally fans of the band before being invited to join.
* Derek Boyer and Bill Robinson were both founding members of Music/DecrepitBirth, who were heavily influenced by Music/{{Suffocation}} and whose early work was highly reminiscent of said band. When Suffocation reformed in 2004, Boyer wound up being the man who they chose to fill the bass position; eight years later, Frank Mullen was unable to make the European tour, and guess who got to fill in for him on vocals? Bill, that's who.
* Jane Wiedlin was a fan of Music/{{Sparks}} as a teenager, and supposedly was even president of an unofficial Sparks fan club. Once she became well-known in her own right as part of Music/TheGoGos, she also got to duet with Russell Mael for two songs on Sparks' ''In Outer Space'' - "Cool Places" and "Lucky Me, Lucky You".
* Jeremy Deller collaborated with the Williams Fairey Brass Band to create the album ''Acid Brass'', consisting of brass band covers of classic acid house and techno songs. One of the songs they covered was Music/TheKLF's "What Time Is Love". When Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of the KLF heard the acid brass version of their song at a live performance, they liked it so much that they contacted Jeremy Deller so they could incorporate it into their satirical comeback performance "Fuck the Millennium". Then when they released the "***k the Millennium" CD single, the acid brass version of "What Time Is Love" was included as a b-side.
* Neil Finn was a huge fan of his older brother's band SplitEnz, and when Phil Judd left he was invited to join.
* Leon Russell was a major influence on Music/EltonJohn's piano playing, singing and songwriting, and Leon was an early supporter of Elton's career. Elton returned the favor in 2010 by collaborating with Leon (then frail and struggling to make it in the club circuit) on ''TheUnion'' (featuring Leon originals and songs co-written by Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin), an album that essentially revitalized the careers of both Elton and Leon.
** Before, Elton, a childhood fan of the football club Watford F.C., used his riches from the 1970s to buy the club. His work as honorary chairman led to Watford becoming a first-division team by the mid-1980s.
* Rappers Kid Cudi and Big Sean, as well as singer Estelle, all first came on industry radars by bumping into KanyeWest and handing him their demos. Within 5 years, the former 2 are members of West's collective GOOD Music, and Estelle is a close friend.
* The members of Music/AvengedSevenfold are all fans of Music/DreamTheater. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater had offer to fill in for the recently deceased Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan for the rest of Avenged Sevenfold's ''Nightmare'' tour.
** Arin Ilejay, in turn, has been a long-time fan of Avenged Sevenfold -- and The Rev, in particular. He was the second replacement for The Rev -- and is still performing with the band.
* TheBeastieBoys' Adam Yauch was a long time fan of BadBrains - when the self-titled Bad Brains album was reissued on CD, the packaging included a quote from Yauch calling it "the best [[HardcorePunk punk/hardcore]] album of all time". Yauch ended up becoming a friend of the band and produced their 2007 album ''Build A Nation'' (as well as playing percussion on some tracks). After Yauch's death, Bad Brains paid tribute with a song called "MCA Dub".
* Mike Doughty needed a vocalist to do harmony on his song "Holiday (What Do You Want?)". He called up Rosanne Cash (daughter of [[Music/JohnnyCash Johnny]]), and to his surprise, she said yes without hesitation. Turns out, they're fans of each other. Rosanne has since worked with Mike again, on his cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
* Actress Tilda Swinton is an avowed Music/DavidBowie fan, dating back to her first viewing of his acting breakthrough ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth''. In 2013, she got to play his wife in the music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", which came complete with references to the movie!
* In 1968, Tim Staffell and a friend formed the band ''Smile''. Another friend of his (and fellow Ealing Art College student), Farrokh ("Freddie") Bulsara, became one of the band's greatest fans, soon pestering the band with suggestions for their shows and repeatedly stating his wish to become a rock star himself. When Staffell left the band, ''Smile'' was about to disband. Bulsara stepped in and, changing his name to Mercury, persuaded the remaining ''Smile'' members to 1) continue, 2) allow him to join as lead singer, and 3) change the band's name to {{Queen}}.
* Jason Martin of {{Music/Starflyer 59}} has long been a fan of Music/DanielAmos, citing their album ''Vox Humana'' as one of his all-time favorites. Eventually, he got to work with DA's frontman Terry Scott Taylor. First, Taylor produced Sf59's 2001 album ''Leave Here a Stranger''. Then, Martin conducted an interview of Taylor which appeared on DA's collection ''When Everyone Wore Hats''.
* Record producer Stuart Price cited the Music/PetShopBoys as an inspiration for getting into the music industry. PSB turned to him to produce their 2013 album ''Electric''.
* Music/DukeEllington has been on both sides of this.
** Duke greatly respected Music/LouisArmstrong and wrote a song, "Azalea", in hopes that Louis could someday sing it. Several times, Duke and Louis crossed paths, but events conspired to prevent them from recording together each time. Duke despaired of working with Louis and tried to record "Azalea" with other jazz singers, but none of them could do the song justice. Finally in 1961, Duke and Louis got a two-day recording session together and recorded "Azalea", as well as enough other material for two [=LPs=].
** Duke Ellington and Music/CountBasie were both fans of each other--but Basie practically ''revered'' Ellington. They and their big bands recorded an album together in 1962. On the first take of "Take the 'A' Train" (the Ellington band's SignatureSong), Duke suggested that Basie play the piano intro. Basie panicked and fled from the studio.
* Yolanda Saldivar was such a huge fan of the Tejano pop singer {{Music/Selena}} that she pestered the singer's family to start a fan club; she then worked her way up from fan club president to manager of Selena's boutiques and paid personal assistant to the singer. She was considered a close friend of the family by the time [[LoonyFan all hell broke loose]].
* Niall Horan from Music/OneDirection went from being a fan of Music/JustinBieber to being a friend of his, to ''destroying'' his career.
* After Bernard Butler was kicked out of Music/{{Suede}}, the band recruited Richard Oakes, a teenage fan who'd sent them a tape of him playing their songs on guitar.

* 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.

* 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.
* One half of The San Francisco Giants play by play announcers, Dave Flemming, grew up listening to Jon Miller when he did broadcasting for the Baltimore Orioles. If that not enough The other half of the Giants Play by play is Jon Miller Himself.
* 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?
* 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 [[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.
* Jon Miller, radio announcer for the San Francisco Giants and former longtime voice of ESPN's ''Sunday Night Baseball'', 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.
* 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, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "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 jut want to be a professional baseball player. He specifically wanted to be a shortstop for the Yankees, his favorite team growing up.
* 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.

[[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.

* Kelly [=McKiernan=], once an administrator/webmaster for the {{Bionicle}} fansite and forum 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Evan Stanley, the creator of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' web comic ''[[WebComic/GhostsOfTheFuture Ghosts of the Future]]'', was eventually hired on to draw parts of [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog the Archie comic series]] and a ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' spinoff comic.
* Dean "Rocket" Hall was an ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} 2'' modder hired on by the developer Bohemia Interactive to work on ''ARMA 3'' multiplayer, but on the side was working on an "persistent open-world" project called DayZ -- when its hype (and ''ARMA 2''/''Operation Arrowhead'' sales) took off, he became the "celebrity" of the devs and by far the most famous, and is rumored to have been removed from the dev team to work on the mod full-time.
** "Smookie" is another modder -- most known for his "SMK Animations" mod -- who was hired on for ''ARMA 3'' development, and is the inspiration for (if not personally implementing) the revamped animations systems.
** Many people may have been introduced to the ARMA series from the YouTube videos put out by Andrew 'Dslyecxi' Gluck, founder of the ARMA group ''Creator/{{ShackTactical}}''. He is now making several video guides for ARMA 3 as well as creating a [[http://ttp3.dslyecxi.com/ Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures guide]] for the game which is available free online or as a paid PDF or physical book (both of which have extra content the free version lacks).
* Tigole and Furor, or Kaplan and Alex Afrasiabi respectively, were famous as elite ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' guild leaders. Both were hired by Blizzard to work on ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as game designers.
* Dave "Fargo" Kosak, artist of a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' FanWebcomic, ''Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth'', was hired to become ''World of Warcraft'''s lead quest designer.
* Creator/{{Valve|Software}} likes to hire the makers of successful fan-made mods. Both the makers of ''Team Fortress'' and ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'' have been hired in this fashion. Also hired was Adam Foster, who single-handedly created the ''Minerva: Metastasis'' single-player map.
** Another Creator/{{Valve|Software}} example. ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' was developed in its earliest guise by a team of game design students as part of their course. Valve liked it so much, they reportedly hired the students to make a full version for the company. You no doubt know the rest... They did this again, hiring another team from the same game design school for implementation of new gameplay elements in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' (more precisely, the gels)!
** Yet Another Creator/{{Valve|Software}} example: BigNameFan Makani designed her own version of the (then unseen) [[http://fav.me/d1pbaup Administrator]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Valve bought the design off her and made it canon, and then hired her to do the LooseCanon comic for the Engineer update.
** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' fan and mapmaker Matthew Lourdelet impressed Valve so much with his map pack "Evil Eyes" that they officially hired him to create the "Cold Stream" campaign, and added it to their official rotation of online maps.
** [=IceFrog=], a developer on ''DefenseOfTheAncients'', a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' mod, was hired by Valve as lead designer on ''Dota 2'', which will now be a game in its own right.
** Valve has actually gotten so famous for this that many fans have begun to speculate if and when they'll hire the creators of the ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'' mod.
** Hell, Valve doesn't even restrict this to only modders. Once upon a time in the nineties, there was a cyberpunk sci-fi writer who fell in love with ''Myst'' and ''Thief'', deciding that he wants to try his hand at making a video game himself. So in 1997, he joined Valve. Who was he, you ask? Marc Laidlaw, head writer of ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life 2'', as well as co-writer of the Episodes and ''Portal''.
* Steve "Guinsoo" Feak, creator of ''DefenseOfTheAncients'', a very popular ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' mod, became a designer for Riot Games' ''LeagueOfLegends''. Steve "Pendragon" Mescon, creator of the [=DotA=] fansite www.dota-allstars.com, became the Director of Community Relations at Riot Games. As mentioned in the section on Creator/{{Valve|Software}}, ''[=Dota=]'' developer [=IceFrog=], who keeps his real name private, was hired to work on Valve's ''Dota 2''.
* Creator/IdSoftware's ranks consist of many developers who started out modding for ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' such as Tim Willits, lead designer of ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom 3]]'' and creative director of the company, who started off his career making custom levels for the original ''Doom'' and getting noticed by id.
* Before joining Konami and making a name for himself as the character and mechanical designer for the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, Yoji Shinkawa was a big fan of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}''. When working on mechanical designs for the second ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' game, he went on to include ''Gradius'''s flagship, the Vic Viper, as a TransformingMecha, having always imagined the two protruding front sections of the ship as a mech's legs.
* Creator/EpicGames, which is still one of the biggest examples about hiring people from their own community. Look at the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' page for the details. Another example would be Lusted, long time ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' modder and author of one of ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval 2]]'''s largest mods, who was hired by Creative Assembly to work on their next TW game.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' is all about its custom editor. BioWare regularly skims the community for their most famous works and offers them jobs. Some groups formed around mod-making may also develop into studios, such as Ossian Studios.
* Dominic Armato was a fan of the first two ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games, which may have given him his edge over the other guy when they were casting Guybrush Threepwood's voice actor.
* Russian cosplayer Anna "Ormeli" Moleva did such a convincing job at recreating Elizabeth from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' that Irrational hired her to do promotional material. They even made modifications to the character so as to match up with Moleva's appearance.
* Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast held a contest in 2006 where the winner got a job designing for ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. More notably, the three finalists (Ken Nagle, Graeme Hopkins, and Alexis Janson) impressed Mark Rosewater so much that all three are now working at [=WotC=]. So are at least three more participants.[[note]]Though Janson "officially" won, [[TheRunnerUpTakesItAll Nagle is the most prominent name of all the contestants.]][[/note]]
** Earlier, and even more remarkable: A Magic player named Gregory Marques showed up at the sidelines of a major tournament in 2003 with his own custom-designed expansion set of Magic cards, cheerfully inviting fellow players to try his cards out and give him feedback. Rosewater was impressed with Marques' design ambitions, and he had Wizards of the Coast hire him to join the design team of an actual set (which ended up becoming ''Fifth Dawn'').
** Heck, Mark Rosewater himself was once a mere fanboy. Also, many other members of Wizards R&D are former [[TournamentPlay Pro Tour players]].
* Creator/SamRiegel was a big fan of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, even before being cast as Phoenix Wright for ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' (and reprising the role for the English releases of the ''Ace Attorney'' games that followed).
* Creator/MatthewMercer got a double dose of fanboy promotion! First: he was a big fan of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' who got to voice Leon S. Kennedy in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. Second: he created the web series ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', based on ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', then reprised his role as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Chrom]] for the character's appearance in ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS''.
* Xander Mobus, the announcer of ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS'', grew up on the series since the first release on the Nintendo 64 and describes getting the role as "one of the greatest moments of [his] career".
* Anthony Burch of WebVideo/HeyAshWhatchaPlayin fame now works for Gearbox, and has served as the head writer of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. His sister and co-star, Ashly, worked on the same game as the voice of Tiny Tina. The entire Burch family, including EnsembleDarkhorse Papa Burch, would later appear as DLC in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV.''
** Ashly has continued to work as a voice actress for games and anime: her debut dubbing role was of Sasha Blouse from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. She has also provided the voices of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Miss Pauling]], [[VideoGame/{{Awesomenauts}} Ayla]], [[VisualNovel/SteinsGate Mayuri Shiina]], and [[VideoGame/MortalKombatX Cassie Cage]].
* A few modders that worked on the Xtended Mod for ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Reunion]]'' were picked up by Egosoft to develop the mod's "official" release in ''X3: Terran Conflict''.
** And then some modders who worked on ''Xtended for Terran Conflict'' were picked up for ''X3: Albion Prelude''.
* Creator/VinDiesel was such a fan of video gaming that he started up his own video game production company, Tigon. Their first game? The critically acclaimed ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick: VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', based on Diesel's ''The Chronicles of Riddick'' series and a huge aversion of TheProblemWithLicensedGames.
* Of all the voice actress who auditioned for the role of Chun-Li in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', Creator/LauraBailey was the only one who was familiar with the character beforehand.
** She was also an avid ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' player before being cast as Serana in the ''Dawnguard'' {{DLC}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** The Unwashed Villagers, a group of Interplay's original ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' forum goers who dealt with spammers and trolls, were included in a special encounter in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' where they battle a notorious troll of the forums.
** Roshambo, a then-moderator of No Mutants Allowed who was vocal of his criticisms of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' during production, was included in said game as a crazy old man and Brotherhood of Steel paladin who warned the Brotherhood of Steel elders that the storms would bring down the airships, which they did. His appearance in the game might as well be more of a TakeThat at his {{Fan Dumb}}ness though.
** Actor Matthew Perry has stated in interviews that he was a very big fan of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and played the game fanatically to the point his hands started aching. This led to him getting a role in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' as Benny, a major antagonist.
*** The main creator of the Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' was also promoted to the ''FNV'' development team.
* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' writer Steven Grimm gave ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing[=:=] Wild World'' an amazing 9.5 review and mentioned that he loved the game. Nearly three years later, you can spot his name in the credits of ''Animal Crossing[=:=] City Folk''.
* Falcoon used to draw fan art for fighting game series like ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. He ended up drawing official art for the latter. Falcoon also became the producer and main artist for the AlternateContinuity of the main ''KOF'' series, the ''Maximum Impact'' series.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' Japanese-only novelizations have been stated by [[WordOfGod Tetsuya Nomura]] to be non-canonical and simply, like the manga, an adaptation authorized by Square. However, the novel writer, Tomoco Kanamaki, became a promoted fangirl when she was brought on to write the scenario for ''Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days'' (however, in fears of any RunningTheAsylum happening, Nomura did actually edit and rewrite the whole thing himself after she was through).
* Katsuhiro Harada, the chief producer of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series since ''Tekken 3'', is also a fanboy of ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster''. One of the cards in ''Million Live'' for Iori Minase, his favorite character, [[http://images.sgcafe.net/2015/05/dgjdtyjhshsrtbzsdr-gc.jpg has him photobombing]] as Iori and Yukiho Hagiwara cosplay as Tekken characters Lili and Asuka, respectively.
* Several FanTranslation translators have moved onto actual game or anime translations, including Clyde Mandelin, a.k.a. Tomato (''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', ''VideoGame/BahamutLagoon'', ''VideoGame/StarOcean''), who now works for Creator/FUNimation, and Nora Stevens Heath (''VideoGame/LiveALive'') who is a freelancer and has done work on ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''FinalFantasyTactics: War of the Lions''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has Dr. Aeon, the new developer in charge of the Mission Architect system, who was a longtime player and prolific author on that system.
** Before that, the developer Castle was just a normal player that managed to get into the development team and became a popular presence in the forum community. A few years after he joined the staff, the Castle character was created and appeared in one of the comics as well as being permanently added to the game as a trainer in Peregrine Island.
** The player Ascendant became popular in the community for appearing at tram stations at random times and doing elaborate sketches in which Ascendant dealt with cell phone calls to people such as his mother, his agent/uncle, and other people that vexed him. After some time, the devs acknowledged the popularity of the sketches with random NPC dialog that suggested people seeking Ascendant were calling the wrong number. In Issue 19 of the comic, Ascendant appeared (along with fellow PromotedFanboy Castle) in a short scene with Positron.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} enlisting the entire OCReMix community for the soundtrack of ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Super]] VideoGame/StreetFighterII [[CapcomSequelStagnation Turbo HD Remix]]''.
** Lee Brotherton, who now goes by the stage name Bentley Jones, did video game music remixes on OCReMix and would later sing "Dreams of an Absolution" for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
** Same game: Actress Lacey Chabert had been a huge ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fan for some time before landing a role in the English version: Princess Elise.
** Several other OCReMix musicians have done music for professional games including Jimmy "Big Giant Circles" Hinson (''VideoGame/MassEffect2''), Andrew "zircon" Aversa (''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland 2 Special Edition: [=LeChuck=]'s Revenge''), Jillian "pixietricks" Goldin (''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV: Beyond the Sword''), Dain "Beatdrop" Olsen (''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' series), Daniel Baranowsky (''VideoGame/MeatBoy'', ''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}'', ''Super Meat Boy''), Will "bustatunez" Roget, II (''Franchise/StarWars'' series with Creator/LucasArts), Jake "virt" Kaufman (''VideoGame/{{Contra}} 4'')
* Successful entrepreneurs sometimes succeed in the very themes they wanted to be in since childhood or work on what they've wanted since joining the workforce. Tycho and Gabe of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' are gamers who now host an exposition for gamers and make games with Hothead Games.
* Sean "Day[9]" Plott, a once-progamer and strategy analyst for ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' and a long-time fan of the game, is now promoting the expansion ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' through "Battle Reports" - replays from the expansion casted along with Rob Simpson, a Blizzard-employed caster.
* Creator/JackBlack loved ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', which helped him land the main role in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''.
* Creator/BenCroshaw a.k.a. Yahtzee made, considered and ranted about games for years, and begged the industry at large for a job before coming up with WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation. One month later he's in ''The Escapist'' and at some point he ended up writing for ''PC Gamer'' as well.
* Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of popular anime and manga such as ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' and ''Gun Blaze West'', mentioned early in ''Rurouni Kenshin'' that he was hooked on the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series and bought a Neo Geo CD just to play it. In 2003, SNK hired him to design new characters for ''Samurai Shodown V''.
* Reportedly, this is how Neversoft took over development of the ''GuitarHero'' series: when {{Activision}} bought [=RedOctane=] but MTV bought Harmonix (the series' original developers), Activision was apparently wondering what to do with the ''Guitar Hero'' license, at which point Neversoft stood up and said "Hey, we're such big fans of ''Guitar Hero'' that we played it on breaks while we were working on ''[[TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk]]''! We can totally do it!" Reactions to their treatment of the series has been, well, mixed but [[CashCowFranchise it worked out in Activision's favor big time]]... for a short term duration.
** They'd already done one big shoutout - Judy Nails (the indie chick from the first two games, not the [[JigglePhysics bouncy bosomed thing Neversoft turned her into]]) was an unlockable character in one of the ''VideoGame/TonyHawkProSkater'' games.
* Video game designer Warren Spector is a long-time Disney geek; by his own admission though, he kept that a secret, mainly because of the AnimationAgeGhetto. The fact that Disney managed to get a big fan like him on board [[EpicMickey a project that aims to make Mickey Mouse relevant in this present era]] was coincidental; they sought him for his resume alone (after all, he was responsible for ''VideoGame/DeusEx''), being unaware of his fanboy aspect at first. Either way, [[ShownTheirWork he put his geekiness to extremely good use there]].
* Much like the ''Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix'' example above, a couple of old school ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' players have gone on to bigger things:
** Joey Cuellar, a.k.a. Mr. Wizard, runs Shoryuken.com as well as the EVO Championship Series. The latter has gone on to become one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world.
** Tony Cannon, a.k.a. Ponder, developed the GGPO netcode to allow fans to play emulated fighting games online without lag time. The system was so successful that Capcom has licensed it and even had Ponder as a consultant for some of their games.
** David Sirlin was the lead designer for the aforementioned ''HD Remix''.
** Probably the biggest success is Seth "S-Kill" Killian who once worked for Capcom as their Community Manager and ran their official blog/forum site, Capcom-Unity. The ({{SNK|Boss}}) boss of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', Killian, was named after him as well. He was also the "Special Fighting/Combat Adviser" for Capcom's fighting games from ''Street Fighter IV'' to his departure. He would later join Sony Santa Monica in an actual game design position.
** In a similar (non-Capcom) vein, arcade stick fanatic Mark Julio, a.k.a. Markman, was hired by controller manufacturer [=MadCatz=] to work on their ''Street Fighter IV''-branded controllers. Julio's knowledge of arcade sticks and guidance made the company's [=FightSticks=] ''the'' premier American-manufactured arcade stick for fighting games.
** 1UP.com's Neidel Crisan used to simply post his own articles on fighting games on sites like Shoryuken.com and iPlayWinner before being hired to do fighting game reviews for the aforementioned site. His reviews on 1UP.com are now considered to be the only ones worth reading when it comes to fighting games. He was eventually, alongside fellow player Peter "[=ComboFiend=]" Rosas, hired by Capcom to act as community managers after Killian's departure.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'':
** A man currently living the fighting game fan's dream is Mike "[=MikeZ=]" Zaimont. Originally known for his expert play of [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Iron Tager]] and doing '''[[MemeticMutation REAL SOVIET DAMAGE]]''' (yes, he is the meme starter), he is now the director and lead programmer of his own game -- a ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''-inspired fighting game known as ''Skullgirls''.
** ''Skullgirls'' features vocal talent from many a BigNameFan, such as Creator/CristinaValenzuela (previously mentioned in the "Anime and Manga" section of this page) and Creator/KiraBuckland, who got her start on fandubs and web animations such as the ''Metal Gear Awesome'' series.
** ZONE, a well-known Rule34 flash animator, was hired by Lab Zero after they saw an animation she did of the game's hero Filia that emulated the art style very closely; she was then contracted to work on animation for the DLC characters.
** For Beowulf, the 4th DLC character, Lab Zero ended up selecting Kai Kennedy, a [[PromotedFanboy fan/player of the game itself]]. He was not a trained voice actor, but rather, was known by the team for a fan video he had produced over a year prior.
* ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'': Does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKWxRtn5-Yg&feature=youtu.be&t=17m45s this voice for male created characters]] sound familiar? It should, for that's Curtis Arnott, aka [=Takahata101=], aka [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nappa]] from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DM_Ashura DM Ashura]] originally started out making fan remixes and original stepcharts for ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' simulators, then one of his songs [[ContestWinnerCameo won a contest to get into an official DDR home version.]] He's had several more songs in DDR since then (including a collaboration with IIDX regular kors k), plus one in an arcade version of ''{{beatmania}} IIDX''.
** Although ''IIDX'' has still never seen an arcade release stateside, one of the most prominent composers who works on the series visited the Tokyo Game Action arcade and bowling alley in Rhode Island (back when it was still in business) on several occasions to put on a concert for the western fans who were lucky enough to be present. It has recently been discovered that this composer sampled some of the background chatter during this event, and inserted some distorted voice samples into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSmL4Po29V4 a track called ICARUS]] in a subsequent release. If you know what to listen for you can actually hear several U.S. east coast community members get namedropped in the game itself. Which is, you know, ''pretty damn cool''.
** Likewise for Sanxion7, who produced many songs and fan remixes for Stepmania, before contributing the song "Eternus" to ''DDR Supernova 2''. He has since appeared more on U.S.-developed ''PumpItUp'' games (i.e. Pro 2 and Infinity; ironically, said song also appeared there)
* The ''{{Mechwarrior}}'' series is being rebooted by Jordan Weiseman, who started the (critically acclaimed) series '''himself''' and has bought back the license from Microsoft themselves.
* Creator/HikaruMidorikawa himself loves the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series and he even voices his characters for free! And he gets to voice the ''first'' OriginalCharacter of Banpresto.
** Creator/ShizukaIto followed suit, working really damn hard to get herself a role in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', doing several roles in the {{Mecha}} genre before getting a role as an OriginalCharacter in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNeo''. Now if she wants a role in Gundam Generation, she will have to be voicing at least one role in Gundam (Only one voice actor of the original cast didn't have a ''Gundam'' related role. Everyone else did at least one major Gundam role in their careers.)
** Creator/AkenoWatanabe also got similar treatment, landing the role of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ibis Douglas]].
* For ''GliderPro'', John Calhoun recruited three of the best ''Glider 4.0'' level designers (one of them on the strength of having built [[AutomaticLevel a house that played itself]]).
* After the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' IP was given to 343 Industries, the writers of the ''Halo''-related blog ''Ascendant Justice'' got hired to work on several articles on ''Halo Waypoint'' concerning ''Halo'' canon.
** Frank O'Connor, head of 343 Industries, is a specific example - he started off as a ''Halo'' fan, and is now practically in charge of the ''Halo'' canon, and was the general director for ''Anime/HaloLegends''.
** Creator/KanaUeda is a big fan of ''Halo'' and other Western FPS. She later got the chance to voice Saydy in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' (as well as being the dub voice of Alena Vorshevsky in ''Call of Duty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'').
* Some of the people who are working with Sumo Digital on VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 3 are some of the most amazing creators from the community like Steve_Big_Guns.
* Nate Bihldorff quickly climbed the ranks from studying creative writing in college, to being a playtester for Creator/{{Nintendo}}, to writing for ''Magazine/NintendoPower'', to working on localizing games for Nintendo, and today he is the head honcho of Nintendo of America's acclaimed localization department.
* Ever since he first started working at Creator/{{Konami}}, Koji Igarashi was a big fan of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. He got his first opportunity to actually work on one of the games with ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', and he produced most of the games starting with ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles''.
* After ''The Guild 2'' Venice stand alone pack was made, several German members of the Guild 2 Modding Forum (Jowood is a German Company) who worked on the major mods of the Guild 2 on The Guild 2 Renaissance which became an official addon approved by Jowood.
* ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'' done by Gearbox Software. This walkthrough has Randy Pitchford mention how they're a bunch of big ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' nerds (as well as noting how many stole from it, as ASpaceMarineIsYou mentions).
* Jon Shafer grew up playing SidMeier's ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', became a well-known modder for the later installments, was hired by Firaxis to work on an expansion pack for Civ IV, and is now the lead designer of Civ V. At age 25.
* PhilCollins is a [[WordOfGod huge]] [[OneOfUs fan]] of video games, and actually appeared as himself as a non-playable character in GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories. He provided his voice, and his music was used throughout the game. At the end, his character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8q2mIRpeg performs a concert]].
* The Creator/GasPoweredGames forum staff were selected from their community, as opposed to being hired to manage the forums as they originally were. One member, who was really only there because he loved the off-topic board was promoted to a moderator for that very board.
** Gas Powered Games have also hired a modder known in the community widely for his highly improved VideoGame/SupremeCommander skirmish AI's. He was also one of a pair of modders who created the first uploaded mod, at least as far as is known on the official forums. The other modder he was working with? See the next example.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Transcendence}}'' community's websites are run in pretty much the same manner, where the developer promotes members of the community to help out as staff on the sites, ranging from moderators to administrators.
** The aforementioned ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' modder became one of the administrators of the forums for his work on an unofficial expansion and has helped develop the backstory, balance, and planned content for various factions in the canon universe based off of his own {{Fanon}} work. This same person nearly had his ship graphics created for his unofficial expansion licensed for use in an in-development commercial game, though the talks fell through when it was discovered there was an incompatibility between the game's engine and the format his models had been made in, as they were designed simply to be rendered into sprites that ''VideoGame/{{Transcendence}}'' could use. He then went on to begin development on his own game, while still actively fulfilling his duties in the ''VideoGame/{{Transcendence}}'' community.
* Arenanet often use the names of GuildWars wiki contributors for newly-introduced non-player characters.
* Creator/TsubasaYonaga was a huge fan of the TalesSeries. He was eventually cast as Jude Mathis, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* Christian "The Taxman" Whitehead, a well-known member of Sonic Retro, created an physics engine that was faithful to the Genesis games, and once even created a tech demo of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' on the iPhone that proved it was possible to do an iPhone port that was faithful to the original. This got noticed by Sega, who hired him to remake the game for everything except Nintendo consoles with said engine. He then went on to remake ''VideoGame/{{Sonic The Hedgehog|1}} and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 2]]'' to the style of the Sonic CD remake, and may be (re)making the 3rd one!
* Stephan "Lordus" Dittrich created a homebrew Sega Genesis emulator for the Nintendo DS. However, after years of no new releases of said emulator or contact with Lordus on the Internet, the ''Sonic Classic Collection'' was announced for the DS, a port of the first 3 ''Sonic'' games to the platform. It is believed that Dittrich's emulator was used as the base of the collection, with him being credited as the lead developer.
* IGN's Jessica Chobot has been a huge fan of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series from the beginning and she was cast in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' as Diana Allers, a reporter embedded with the Normandy.
** This was also the case for Freddie Prinze, Jr. as James Vega for ''Mass Effect 3''. This led to him becoming a Promoted Fanboy again as he is also a ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fan and got cast as The Iron Bull for ''Inquisition''.
* Former cosplayer and actress Allegra Clark is a dedicated fan of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, once medalling in a costume contest at San Diego Comic Con for her cosplay of Isabela from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Creator/BioWare has now announced that she will voice Josephine Montilyet in the upcoming ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''
* UberHaxorNova's long running ''HappyWheels'' series got the creator's attention and had him voice a new character.
* Randall "Frigidman" Shaw, who produced several network maps for ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2'', as well as later contributing to the total conversion ''EVIL'', was hired to do the [[BrutalBonusLevel Vidmaster's Challenge]] levels for ''Infinity'', along with some of its multiplayer maps. Ditto for Randy "Ydnar" Reddig, who created the M1 map ''Pfhactory'' and others before joining Double Aught and turning that into "Aye Mak Sicur", the final stage.
** Craig Mullins came to Bungie's attention through ''Marathon'' [[http://marathon.bungie.org/temp/cmullins.html?image=compiler fan art]] he posted online. His digital paintings subsequently featured in ''Marathon 2'' and many other games.
* [[http://sara.wingdreams.net/profile.html Sara Jessica Leen]] is a fan of [[DoujinSoft Japanese indie games]], as well as a fan of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}, ''{{Lunar}}'', and among other things. She originally started making FanTranslation patches for doujin games such as the ''{{SUGURI}}'' series, and now she works as Rockin' Android's translator and programmer.
* Creator/TomokazuSugita is the voice of Ragna the Bloodedge from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. He's also responsible for giving us [[CampGay Amane Nishiki]] after he proposed it to Creator/ArcSystemWorks.
* ''LetsPlay/HatFilms'', a trio of British fans that make videos, edit them to great effect, and risen to popularity with their videos of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' had gotten the attention of Mojang, the developers of ''Minecraft''. Hat Films are now usually asked by Mojang to produce trailers for the next major update for ''Minecraft''.
** DrZhark, creator of the Mo' Creatures mod, is helping Mojang add horses to the game for patch 1.6.
* Erik West, known as Immok the Slayer online, is an example of this with a strong dose of TearJerker. After discovering Erik's extensive knowledge of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', Creator/{{Bethesda}} had invited him for a tour of their studio during the making of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. Sadly, Erik died of cancer prior to the release of Skyrim. There are people who would adventure with Erik the Slayer, and ensure to make him "essential" as well.
** Interestingly enough, his character fits [[AscendedFanboy this as well]]. Erik was just a farmer's son who loved adventuring but didn't have the means to do so. You have the option to help him become an adventurer, and then hire him to be your companion.
* OldManMurray started out as a personal game-review site run entirely by two game fanboys, Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw. Today, both work for {{Valve}}, with Chet Falszek working heavily on the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' series, and Erik Wolpaw writing for the VideoGame/{{Portal}} series.
* Everyone who donated at least 1 USD to Nyu Media's ''VideoGame/TheTaleOfALLTYNEX'' Kickstarter for the series had their name displayed on the [[http://alltynex.com/#roll-of-honor-2 Roll of Honor]] on the official website. In addition, everyone who donated at least $15 had their names in the international release of ''VideoGame/ALLTYNEXSecond''. Finally, anyone who donated at least $1,000 would've been eligable to appear in the ending sequence of ''ALLTYNEX Second'' under the War Record section of the ending sequence, but no one donated that much.
* TroyBaker considered getting to voice SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' a dream come true, stating that he was a huge fan of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' as a child.
* Stuart Campbell, the ''Magazine/AmigaPower'' reviewer who praised ''VideoGame/SensibleSoccer'' as "damn near perfect," went to Creator/SensibleSoftware to work on the sequel.
* Music/{{Malukah}} was a fan of Franchise/TheElderScrolls whose cover of "The Dragonborn Comes" from [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] went viral. She was commissioned to compose the tunes and perform several songs for VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline.
* [[Music/{{MiracleOfSound}} Gavin Dunne]], the mind behind Miracle of Sound, has been making gaming music for several years, but one of his songs [[VideoGame/{{Wasteland2}} Cries of The Dead World]] made it into the game it was made for as the ending credits. He had also been previously asked by Bioware and Ubisoft to make songs for [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Mass Effect 3]] and [[VideoGame/{{WatchDogs}} Watch_Dogs]], though both were promotional material only.
* [[TheOnlineWarrior Maximilian Dood]] is an avid fighting game fanatic who covers popular video games on his channel and frequently gets exclusive stuff by talking to the developers, promoting their games. Creator/IronGalaxyStudios actually hired Max as a writer and story consultant for the Season 2 of [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Killer Instinct (2013)]].
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' modder [=IdolNinja=], famed as creator of the popular "Gentlemen of the Row" mod, got hired by Volition.
* There's a game called [=Y2K=] coming out in 2015, and the character named Rory is voiced by Andrew Fayette. Other people may know him as Youtuber and Let's Player Creator/{{Yuriofwind}}.
* ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'', a total conversion GameMod for ''Videogame/{{Crysis}} Warhead'', hired the creators of popular maps (such as ''Dustbowl'' or ''Altay'') and subsequently [[AscendedFanon incorporated them into the base game]]. The lead developers were hired by Crytek for their expertise on ''their own'' ''GameEngine''.
* During ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'s'' development Masahiro Anbe, creator of the (also squid centered) manga ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', drew and uploaded several pieces of fanart for the game to his twitter account, with comments saying he'd love to see his manga and the game cross over in some form. Later, shortly before ''Splatoon's'' release, [[http://i.imgur.com/09g5i1b.png an official crossover between both works]] was announced, illustrated by Masahiro and promoted [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGDffr6VAAA00cm.jpg:large with crossover artwork]] [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGDiQFRUoAIL5Dx.jpg:large from both sides]].
* Creator/JaneJensen was inspired to go into the video game industry after playing ''KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella''. She ended-up co-designing ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' and created the ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' series.

* 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 suprisingly 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 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! The Entertainment Paper''.
* ''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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ItsJustSomeRandomGuy is known on Website/YouTube for his ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'' videos that use {{Marvel|Comics}} and {{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 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''.
* 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 {{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, 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 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 have absorved 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.

[[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".]]
* 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, 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, [[Series/{{Chuck}} Zachary Levi]] 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 ''RenAndStimpy'' 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 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 ''AGoofyMovie'', a role that he continued in for years.
* An episode of ''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!]]"
* 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 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ultimately wedded Powerpuff Girls 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 Kira Buckland 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 will be guest-starring in a Season 5 episode, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qAUIZERjxM complete with a song]].
** 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).
* 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 Jay Ward cartoons and wrote a book about the history of ''RockyAndBullwinkle''. He eventually became the voice of Bullwinkle in the LiveActionAdaptation.
** RobertDeNiro was a fan of the show and not only did he get to play Fearless Leader, but he also co-produced the film.
* 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.
* 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 ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' after graduating from Cal Arts and from there, creating ''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 ''TheLastUnicorn'', he arrived carrying a copy of the book with notes on what parts he'd like to see kept in.

[[folder:Audio Dramas]]
* Simon Pegg is a big fan of the ''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 ''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.
* 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''.

* 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.
* [[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.
* EddieIzzard got to be this for a time, when 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 John Cleese refers to him as 'the Lost Python'.