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When you think of the word famous, you think of celebrities. When you think of the word famous, you think of great recognition. When you think of the word famous, you think of all the loyal fans. When you think of the word famous, you think of wealth. When you think of the word famous, you think of all the glitz and glamour. When you think of the word famous, you think everything is all right. Do you really think being famous is as great as it seems? I used to think that.
I wanted so much to be famous and well known around the world, but as I pursued my dreams of being an actress and a fashion designer, I’m not so sure if I want to be famous. Yes, I want to be wealthy, but the fame I could take it or leave it. People don’t understand that there’s more to being famous than just signing autographs or getting picked up for an endorsement.
There’s the scrutiny, the overwhelming public spotlight, the lack of privacy, the fashion critics, and the pressure to maintain a squeaky clean image. The moment you falter, the quickly the media will be on you like a tiger on its prey.
I think Chris Brown can totally agree with me on that one! “Being famous has it perks,” proclaims many average Americans. Everyday I ask my self the question of “Could I handle the pressure of trying to maintain this perfect image if I were famous”? The answer that I came up with was that I couldn’t.
The longer it takes me to reach my goals, the more I questioned is becoming famous really something that I want to deal with. As I read and hear about other famous people going through their issues or feeling a significant amount of pressure to be that golden person to their fans, customers, or the media, I can’t help but think how much of a toll that can take on them. As I am getting older and becoming even more mature, my talks of walking the red carpet or being at a premiere has gone away. I’m not saying that it won’t happen because the possibility is always their, but what I am saying is that I am looking at the reality of my pursuit of becoming an actress and fashion designer. When a person is famous, we feel that everything in their life should be top of the line.
For example, we think that any famous person should always fly first class and not economy. We think that a famous person should always shop at Norman Marcus and not Targets. We think that a famous person should be driving a Mercedes and not a PT Cruiser. We think that a famous person should live in a million dollar mansion and not a three hundred thousand dollar house. We think that a famous person should sport a Chanel handbag and not a Jaclyn Smith handbag from K-mart. We think that famous people are supposed to go to high priced nail salons and not the small Asian owned nail place which is less expensive but does a great job. These are some of the things that people in general expect from people who are famous. I look at my life now and I enjoy shopping at targets, I enjoy buying everything for a better price, and I enjoy driving my Chevy Corvette. If I were to become famous, could I stop shopping at Targets because that’s what people expect me to do?
Could I give up getting a five or ten dollar manicure because my fans think I should be paying fifty bucks or more for the same thing? I’m not sure if I could. What I feel is the biggest problem for famous people is the media. The media can either make you or break you. They definitely can break you in a heartbeat. Just ask Hillary Clinton. I do want to be an actress and a fashion designer, but I don’t want to be so out there that the media will just do everything they can to hold me to a certain standard and when I make a mistake, they come after me. I know if you get a little status that the media every now and then may say something bad about you whether it was a bad movie you played in or what you wore that they felt was a fashion disaster.
I don’t want to be at a high status that I’m always concerned about the outfits that I’m wearing day to day and if someone snaps a photo of me, I’ll be the fashion don’t on the front page cover! Michelle Obama has now been made into a fashion icon and the moment she is seen in an outfit that’s not so stylish, what type of scrutiny from the media will she has to endure? I’m quite sure that everyday she has to live with the pressure of making sure she looks good to keep the media at bay. So, is being famous really a great thing? Some of you may say yes and some may think no after reading this. As for me, I will work diligently to pursue my goals, but the thought of fame will not overwhelm me the way it used to.
I would love to see people wearing my clothes, watching one of my films, or even having a loyal fan base. But at the end of the day, I still want to feel like me which may be hard to do if I was really famous. I feel like this, if you are not actively pursing fame but it happens to come, you can better control your life and how much of that fame you want to swim in. But if you are actively pursing fame, when you get it, be prepared to not only deal with the glitz, but the not so glitz of it as well. I’m going to focus on just being financially well off and if fame decides to come my way, I’ll determine how much of it I want to have.
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