Work Is a Scream for L.A.'s Lissa Negrin and Mindy Greenfield, Who Are Experts in Fan-Flare
updated 07/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Clients include both the not-so and already famous. Cher hired them for daughter Chastity's 12th birthday, and Burt Bacharach was once mobbed, courtesy of an anonymous pal. Businesses use them too. "We were fans for Monsanto," says Cindy of a convention gig. "We'd go, 'Oh, that fabric' and shriek." And of course they are employed by struggling actors who want a little attention at places like the star-studded Beverly Hills Hotel.
The two fans became friends four years ago when Los Angeles-born Mindy caught New York-born Cindy's act at the Comedy Store in L.A. Cindy, who had studied drama for four years in England, was reliving her days as a Beatlemaniac onstage, a passion shared by Mindy. She introduced herself to Cindy afterward, and a friendship blossomed. "I was a born fan," says Mindy. "Rather than wanting to be a star I was more interested in pursuing them." Rent-a-Fan got started a year later when the pair decided to "do something wild" while meeting a friend at the airport. They caused such a stir that by the time their pal Marilyn Wilson arrived, everybody in the waiting area was asking, "Who is that?"
Rent-a-Fan's adorational style dates back to the '50s. "Fans were so incredible back then," says Mindy. As for Cindy and Mindy themselves, their biggest fans are ordinary people. "You're making them stars and showing them that they're loved and adored," says Mindy. Next could come Rent-a-Fan franchises. "We'd been fans all our lives," says Mindy. "Suddenly we're getting paid for it." Oh, wow!