Are You Having a Party? Rent a Celebrity!

Planning a party and want to impress your friends? Why not rent a celebrity to attend your bash? 

Outrageous as it sounds, renting a celebrity today might turn out to be well within your budget. Thanks to the explosion of cable programming, viral videos and reality TV shows such as “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “Survivor” and “Jersey Shore,” there are more “celebrities” than ever before.

“There is a celebrity for every budget,” says Mike Esterman, a celebrity booking agent based in Washington, D.C., who places stars at public and private events around the world. “Anybody can buy a celebrity host or appearance for anything.”

playboy bunnies 001 Are You Having a Party? Rent a Celebrity!As you might imagine, the going rate to rent a celebrity varies widely. A Playboy model might only set you back $1,000 to $1,500, but if you want to hire Lady Gaga, make sure to have a couple million in cash handy, Esterman says.

Let’s see who’s available to make your big event unforgettable.


Musicians are in constant demand for one simple reason: They rock the house.

  • Lady Gaga tops the list at $2 million
  • Metallica will blow down your walls for $1.5 million
  • Pitbull $300,000
  • Ne-Yo $200,000
In addition to their appearance fee, plan to pay for what Esterman calls the simple four: the flight, hotel, ground transportation and food. Some artists won’t fly commercial, so you may also have to spring for a private jet.Kims Birthday Cake 233x300 Are You Having a Party? Rent a Celebrity!TV and Movie stars

Who’s hot on the nonmusical celebrity circuit? You might be surprised.

Esterman says it’s hard to keep up with Kim Kardashian, even at $125,000 an appearance.

“Kim Kardashian is requested every week but not affordable to everyone,” he says. “She recently did a grand opening for the Millions of Milkshakes store at the Dubai Mall, and there was a mob scene.”

Other A-listers simply don’t do personal gigs for any amount of money.

“An Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Justin Timberlake, Josh Duhamel — they’re not the dog-and-pony type. That’s not their image, not what they do,” says Esterman. “It also could be branding; some people wouldn’t do that because they feel this ‘come meet me live’ is beneath them.”

But even celebrities who always say “no” might change their mind for the right offer.

“Now, for a private event, unadvertised, a lot of money? You never know what goes on behind closed doors in those cases. If a sheik in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) wants to have Tom Cruise come to a dinner party to meet the family and wants to pay $200,000 and send his Maybach to call for him, Tom might say, ‘I’ll consider that,'” Esterman says.