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Pros & Cons of Being Famous + Be Prepared for Fame!

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There are good, bad & ugly sides to every business. Just like show business.

Being Famous

You'll always have to pay the price, and the more famous you are, the higher the price you'll have to pay, especially for privacy and security.

Once an overnight sensation, thrust into the limelight, you're basically in a huge fish-bowl — everyone scrutinising everything you say and do. This can be quite daunting especially without the advice and guidance of a professional.

Being a successful star, you'll need to handle lots of pressure. People will start looking up to you. You'll rub shoulders and work with the rich and famous. Enjoy VIP red carpet events, designer clothes, flashy cars, jewellery — and affording any and everything you desire. Power beyond your wildest dreams.

Fans want to be you, look like you. Many will have your image or name tattooed on their body. Statues, waxworks and portraits will be made of you. Websites and fan bases dedicated in your honour.

Everything you own or have worked with will become memorabilia. Even your autograph will have value. More importantly, you have the opportunity to create a long-lasting legacy, so being a good role model is key.

These are two examples of how much power and influence famous people have: 1, two tweets that Trump sent, wiped over $13bn of stock-shares. 2, A tweet posted by American media personality Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn off Snapchat shares when she said that she no longer used their messaging app!


Not so glitzy and glamorous!

Not so glitzy and glamorous!

Daniel Craig: "Everything you do in public will be photographed"

Being famous: Spit out your gum, and watch how fast it's retrieved


Selena Gomez: "There's nothing but constant pressure".

Once a success, you'll have dozens of people working for you including security, an agent, manager, financial adviser and media expert, while hoping they're all trustworthy and acting in your best interests. So, be cautious about who you trust. Employing your family members as staff can very well for many stars, but not so well for others.

Being famous, you will work alongside your childhood heroes and favourite celebrities at some of the best locations around the world, and being paid millions for the privilege. Earnings (wages) are the equivalent of winning the lottery multiple times a year.

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Being Famous: Not always so glamorous

Most famous people would throw away their celebrity/famous lifestyle purely for a peaceful and private life. While being famous can allow you to fulfil your dreams, there will be times when you're unable to leave your home. Your cars, homes and phones bugged. Drones and helicopters following your every move.

You will be followed and spied on 24/7 by the paps, the public and obsessive fans (fanatics) who will constantly pester you for autographs and selfies until the day you die. The intrusion has taken its toll on many famous people. Many famous people have chosen to leave the limelight — others are forced to travel abroad for privacy.

Famous people cannot use public spaces in fear of unwanted attention. Instead of using public facilities, they need an enormous home to accommodate a cinema, gym, basketball courts and swimming pool for them and their family and friends to enjoy without being harassed in public places.

The more famous you became, the bigger the homes get, and the higher walls become, and the more reclusive some have to be. If you're unlucky and cannot sustain your fame, homes become smaller due to the inability to finance a large property.

Justin Bieber: "People kick you when you're down".

Video: Justin Bieber and the paparazzi

Your every move is scrutinised by the media - The Paparazzi

The Paparazzi, aka, 'paps' will always be there to follow your rise and sometimes fall from grace. Catch 22. You will need them, just as much as they need you to fill magazines and newspapers

It's all very exciting at first being followed and photographed then seeing your face in every newspaper and magazine. Then the endless radio and television interviews. Being a celebrity guest on all the top talk shows — everyone wanting a piece of you could eventually take its toll.

Some paps will deliberately 'aggravate and annoy' you to make you snap. This would make a better story and of course, give them the opportunity to earn hundreds and thousands of pounds for an exclusive story and picture (the money shot). Unfortunately, some celebs take the bait and fight back as shown in some videos on this page and trust me, when they take your picture, they're not always looking for the most flattering picture.

What they say about the press, "when you dance with the devil, prepare to pay the price."

You may have to relocate with all your family to a more secure location to avoid the photographers and other strangers who'll be right up in your face, hiding behind bushes following and documenting your every move. Very scary for anyone especially young stars to have dozens of grown men loitering outside their home day and night to the early hours of the morning, all eager and desperate to take your picture and you'll just have to smile, be polite, because you don't want to get on the wrong side of the paps, or the obsessed crazy fans also on your tail.

Lady Gaga: You belong to everyone else".

Britney Spears shows her true feelings to the paps.

Britney Spears shows her true feelings to the paps.

Princess Diana was one of the most famous and photographed women in the World

Princess Diana was continually and relentlessly harassed by the paps. She once held a press conference to vent her frustration by saying, "I was not aware of how overwhelming that attention would become, nor the extent to which it would affect both my public duties and my personal life, in a manner that's been hard to bear."

In a candid interview, Prince William told how they "chased her, called her names, and spat at her to get a reaction." He said they were like "a pack of dogs." The paps pursued her to her death in a Paris tunnel crash. They were still taking photos of her while she lay dying in the crumpled wreck of the crashed Mercedes.

Her brother Earl Spencer accused the press of being "directly responsible for her death", saying, "I always believe the press would kill her in the end. "Every proprietor and editor of every publication that has paid for intrusive and exploited photographs of her have blood on their hands." He also said, "They killed the golden Goose which laid their golden eggs."

Two decades after Diana's death, her son Prince Harry said of the press. “there's been a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout Meghan's pregnancy and while raising our newborn son, and I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum."

Former Pussy Cat Dolls Melody Thornton said; "when I started out, I was young and inexperienced. The industry is full of Sharks and Wolves in Sheep's clothing".

Princess Diana


Video: Britney Spears numerous problems with the paparazzi. They drove her to a nervous breakdown

People may hate you for a character you may have played or portrayed

While many fans love and adore you, some will hate you, social media haters trolling you. They will despise you for whatever reason.

The paps, fans and even refuge collectors will secretly rifle through your rubbish bins, hoping to find anything which has information or anything valuable like TV scripts or hand-written notes. Some are looking for far more personal items, including anything which holds DNA or hair on it. These could be very valuable on auction sites. In the beginning, it's fun and exciting but as the years go by, it becomes a never-ending security nightmare.

Food for thought. When eating in restaurants, staying in hotels or ordering a take-out, would you ever think about what the chef might do to your food because of something you may have said or done!

As an example, British comedian, Mel Giedroyc revealed a disgusting story on a TV Show about her time as a waitress. She told the host that her icon, 'David Bowie' and his entourage entered her place of work and ordered some cappuccinos and a big cake. Mel then said, "what can I do to feel like I have entered him in some way"? she then shockingly revealed she "licked the cake". And on the 'Graham Norton Show' she said,, "some of my saliva will have gone into him".

Some people will love you for your work, or a character you played, or just don't like you, so always be mindful when eating out, because some additives in food are not recommended.

Idris Elba: "Fame makes you paranoid".

Video: Beyonce talks candidly to Piers Morgan about her pros and cons of being famous

Finding people to trust will be difficult

You'll soon know who your genuine friends are. Finding true love will get harder. Will they love you for whom you are or your celebrity and financial status? Family and associates can be jealous/envious of your wealth and/or success.

Once you're famous, your celebrity status will rise and fall. Take a look at those who've achieved the 'A' List before they dropped to the 'Z' List. They're always trying to get back on the A-list again. Some Z-Listers get invited to appear on celebrity reality shows. Others get there via sex and drug scandals — sex tapes leaked on the Internet — fighting with other celebs or the paparazzi. Or the easy way is to appear on a reality show. Anything for attention and press exposure to become publicly well-known again.

Once you're famous, all the secrets you thought were hidden in the closet will be revealed by those who know you, because everyone has a price and the paps/press/media will pay for the truth. The culprits can be family and associates who are jealous/envious of your wealth and/or success.

It's a fantastic feeling to be featured in magazines, but not with the titles, "Celebrities In Therapy" or "Celebrity Secrets revealed", so be cautious who you trust. You want to be rich and famous, not rich and shameless!

Gigi Hadid: "You lose a lot of friends".

Celebrities Who Fell from Grace

Continued: Finding people to trust will be difficult

Any tweets or Facebook posts you've made in the past that are racist or homophobic could ruin your career so delete them. Be cautious of what you say and do in front of friends and "frenemies" who may be secretly recording every conversation you make which could come back to bite and haunt you when you're famous. Note: Blackmail still exists.

It's getting much harder for famous people to have any privacy these days. Practically everyone carries a video recorder (mobile phone) which can capture your every move. Either on holiday or staying at a hotel, people will even invade your home space you think is private.

Your activities and location are always revealed and posted on social network sites by anyone that sees you or even streamed live via various video streaming apps and websites.

Video: 10 Celebrities Who Hate Being Famous

Final thoughts

Most famous people will have other skills, jobs or a business. They know that fame can last for just 15 minutes. When someone famous turns bad, no one will want to work with them. Many well-known actors have been 'killed off' because of their 'off-screen' bad behaviour, and they've never heard from again.

Radio stations won't play their songs. The TV networks stop airing anything they've been in and when all income and royalties they receive cease. How will they keep up that expensive lifestyle?

When you're famous, you never know what's around the corner. Drug and alcohol problems have ruined many a profession. Falling out with band-mates, your manager or work colleagues. An injury could ruin your acting and sports career. You could lose your voice, your marbles.

Many famous people have chosen to remain out of the spotlight due to plastic surgery complications or severe over-or-underweight issues due to work or life stress. Others have turned into reclusiveness. Never knowing who to trust. Some get fed up with the fans and paparazzi attention, or tire from the whole 'show' business completely for other health and personal reasons.

These are some reasons why fame, does not last or pay for everyone. Think about what you want to do because you can still be very rich and successful without fame.

Good luck.


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© 2011 Tony Sky

So, you still want to become famous? Comment below.

Sylvia Sky from USA on December 29, 2016:

Don't forget all the lawyers famous people must hire to protect their interests, to sue those who cheat them or pirate their work, fight slander and libel, and so on.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on June 03, 2015:

I think you could've made a bit more of this, Tony. There's probably a lot of mileage in it.

When I first came down to Lunnon town I was amazed at the number of 'faces' I came across (some aren't around any more, like John Peel, Reggie Bosanquet and Alan Freeman), the character who used to advertise Barbican alcohol-free lager - and appeared in Zulu with Ivor Emmanuel - used to shop at a local supermarket in Camberwell. I saw Malcolm McDowell once in Soho... and so on. Where I live in East London now there aren't any 'faces'. I don't even miss them.

I've 'penned' five books in my saga series (see profile) and gave talks at Battle Abbey last year, will again this year. In a way that makes me a minor 'celeb', and my mugshot is on here, but I don't court attention (haven't much time these days, what with working on book six, trawling daily through e-mails from Hub-pages, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. Is that a complaint you hear? Tosh! In a way it puts me in a sort of circle of associates. Super-stardom is just around the corner! (If I believed that I might as well be put in a padded room).

I-Spy on January 16, 2015:

Don't worry about photographers hiding in bushes, worry about the drones that hover above private properties.!

CraftytotheCore on April 30, 2014:

There are certainly cons to being famous. I am a behind-the-scenes type of person because I really don't like a lot of attention. That would bother me more than anything I think.

jackx on December 18, 2013:

i don't want fame at all. just give me all the money and im outa here lol

gsurvivor on July 23, 2013:

Interesting article you wrote here, love how you used Nickelback tune as somewhat of an example. :)

Katrina on January 10, 2013:

I still want to be famous as I want to make a difference. And help others.would do anything to make a chang.

Sinclair Miller III from Florida on January 08, 2013:

The two ultimate things to be aware of when famous is be careful who you do business with as far as agents & other things are concerned and family. Because some family members can bring you down and pop up out of nowhere and want money from you.

Adrienne on July 06, 2012:

Fame is a great thing for people who can handle it and like to be adored. But if you think you can't handle it don't go down that road

Bailey on April 10, 2012:

Im dying to be become famous i wrote a song and might put it on youtube i take theater and choir in school meaning i would love if i was a singer\actress it was be amazing and now that i read this i totally unstand you wont have that much privacy but it's a price to pay and well i still wanna be famous!

jahnai on April 10, 2012:

i wanna still be famous and i will make it in life to by singing

Madalyn on April 02, 2012:

Sign me up...I have the fame bug

stephhicks68 on December 26, 2011:

I would never want to be famous because I would hate feeling like I would somehow be punished for being myself. Steph

William F. Torpey on December 26, 2011:

I, too, would never want to be famous, but that is as a "celebrity." I would not object to being well known for something worthwhile.

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