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Pros & Cons of Being Famous + Be Prepared for Fame

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

Glitzy and glamorous or an intrusion

Glitzy and glamorous or an intrusion

Being Famous...

You will always pay the price for being famous, 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 fishbowl with everyone scrutinising and criticising everything you say and do can be very daunting, especially without the advice and guidance of a professional.

Being a successful star, you'll rub shoulders and work with the rich while wearing the most expensive designer clothes and jewellery - flashy cars and homes for you and your family, and affording any and everything you desire - power beyond your wildest dreams.

Fans want to be you and look like you. Many will have your image or name tattooed on their body. Your body will be immortalised by statues, waxworks, and portraits. Websites and fan bases are dedicated in your honour.

Everything you own or have worked with will become expensive 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 vital.

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 she no longer used their messaging app.


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 are all trustworthy and acting in your best interests. So, be cautious about who you employ and trust. Employing your family members as staff works 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 and be paid millions for the privilege. Earnings (wages) are the equivalent of winning the lottery multiple times a year.

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

10 Insane Celebrity Homes

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 can't leave your home. Your cars, homes and phones may be 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 you die. The intrusion has taken its toll on many famous people. Some have chosen to leave the limelight — others travel abroad for privacy.

Famous people cannot use public spaces for 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 their family and friends to enjoy without being harassed in public places.

The more famous you became, the bigger the homes, the higher the walls 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 and pay your employee's wages.

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

Video: Justin Bieber and the paparazzi

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Your every move is scrutinised by the media / journalists and photographers (the Paparazzi, aka, 'paps')

The 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 newspaper pages.

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

Because some paps deliberately 'aggravate and annoy' you to make you snap to make a better story and the opportunity for the paps to earn hundreds and thousands of pounds for an exclusive 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.

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 and following and documenting your every move.

For anyone, especially young female celebrities, it can be very daunting to have lots of men (paps) loitering outside their homes day and night. All eager and desperate to take their picture, and guess what, you'll have to smile and 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.

"Everything you do in public will be photographed."—Daniel Craig

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


Princess Diana was 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."

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

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

While many fans will love and adore you, some will hate you for a character you may have played or portrayed. They will despise you for whatever reason and troll and threaten you on social media.

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 handwritten notes. Some are looking for more personal items, including anything with DNA or hair. These could be valuable on auction sites or for some overly obsessed fans.

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 takeaway meal, would you ever think about what the chef or delivery driver might do to your food because of something you may have said or done.

An example, British comedian Mel Giedroyc revealed a disgusting story on a TV Show about her time as a waitress. She said that 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". If that's what someone does who loves you, what would they do if they hated you?

So always be mindful when eating out, or ordering a takeaway, because some "additives" in foods might not be food, but bodily functions.

"Fame makes you paranoid.—"Idris Elba

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

Finding people to trust will be difficult, and finding true love will get hard. Will they love you for whom you are or for your celebrity and financial status? Your family and friends may also be jealous/envious of your wealth and success. Some might feel you owe them because of your connection with them.

Once you're famous, your celebrity status will rise and fall. Look at those who've achieved the A-List before being dropped to the Z List. They are always trying to get back on the A-list again. Some Z-Listers get invited or apply 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. The easiest way is for them to appear on a reality show for the attention and press exposure to get back in the limelight.

When famous, the secrets you thought you had with close friends may be revealed by those who know you because everyone has a price, and the press/media will pay anyone to reveal their secrets. The culprits could be a family member, new or former friend, neighbour or work colleague who is jealous/envious of your wealth and success.

Most celebs would love to appear in periodicals, but not with the title "Celebrity Secrets revealed", so be cautious about who you trust. You want to be rich and famous, not rich and shameless.

"You lose a lot of friends.—"American model, Gigi Hadid

Celebrities Who Fell from Grace

Any tweets or Facebook posts you've made in the past that are racist, offensive or homophobic could ruin your career before it even began, so delete them. Be cautious of what you say and do in front of friends (frenemies) who may be recording your conversations, which could come back to bite and haunt you when you're famous. Note: Blackmail and bribery still exist.

It's getting much harder for famous people to have privacy because practically everyone carries a video recorder (smartphone) which can capture your every move - not forgetting hidden cameras spying on you. Either on holiday, staying at a hotel, or placed in your home by workers you employ.

Your activities and whereabouts are always revealed and posted on social networks and media sites by the public — or even streamed live to their friends or online via various smartphone apps.

"You belong to everyone else."—Lady Gaga

Video: 10 Celebrities Who Hate Being Famous

Final thoughts

Most famous people will have other jobs or a business while still in show business. Some have their clothing or perfume brands. Others do after-dinner speeches and public appearances because they know that fame can last for just 15 minutes and just being famous doesn't always pay the bills, especially when someone famous turns bad, no one will want to work with them. Many well-known actors have been 'killed off' on-screen because of their 'off-screen' bad behaviour, and they are never heard of again.

Like radio stations who stop playing singers' songs (such as Gary Glitter). TV networks stop airing anything they've appeared in, (Jimmy Saville). And when all the income and royalties they receive cease, they will have to work to keep up with their expensive lifestyle.

When you're famous, you never know what's around the corner. Drug and alcohol problems have ruined many celebrities' careers. Falling out with bandmates, 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 now chosen the company of security and house staff, over their family and friends they could not trust or fell out with.

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. Some have become reclusive and never know who to trust.

Others get fed up with the attention of the fans and the paparazzi. 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 wealthy 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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