Is Fame All It's Set out to Be?
Everyone thinks that being famous is awesome, but when I think about it, I just don’t get it.
Sure, you might get rich and might not have to worry about paying your bills anymore, but like P Diddy used to say in the Puff Daddy days, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” No amount of money in the world would make me want to give up my privacy.
Of course there are many other perks to being a celebrity, but are any of them really worth it? Here's why I think it sucks being a celebrity…
You can’t get a break, ever. I can’t imagine wanting to go shopping or grab a coffee and having to worry about people running after me to take pictures.
I have a friend who works in Manhattan at a high-end fashion retail store where famous people go all the time. Rihanna went recently, and she was wearing a skirt and a short shirt. She told the sales associates she felt suddenly uncomfortable in what she was wearing because there was a guy outside trying to snap pictures of her, so they gave her a sweater to put on. She thanked them, and she was very nice, but doesn’t that suck? She could buy whatever she wants, but I’d rather have my privacy.
What about all these magazines we see with photos of famous women getting out of a car and their crotches are showing? I WOULD DIE if someone put a picture like that of me so everyone could see. This type of situation could easily happen to anyone, if you're wearing a skirt and the wind blows or whatever.
2. No Private Life
Your life is not only yours anymore. It’s everybody’s, apparently.
Look at happened with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Funny because I’m not one to read up on celebs, but I see it everywhere. It’s actually annoying, and frankly, I could give a rat’s ass if they stayed together or got divorced, but it seems like everyone in the world is infatuated with this news. And their poor daughter, who is young and doesn’t understand why the whole world is talking about her mommy and daddy separating.That’s sad to me. I wouldn’t want to bring a child into this world for everyone to see.
3. Celebrity Can Make You or Break You
Some famous people do very well with the attention, and even use it for good by helping out the disadvantaged or drawing attention to causes and charities or adopting a child from a 3rd world country.
Others, though, fall into drugs, make stupid decisions with their money, pull self-destructive antics, and do all kinds of dumb stuff that only prove that they don't deserve any attention.
People love to start rumors about celebrities. Sometimes it is not a big deal, but sometimes people can say some really nasty things about you and it can have a negative affect on your life, your future, and your family.
5. Public Fights with Other Famous People
Look at Drake and Chris Brown supposedly fighting over Rihanna. I’m not sure what happened and frankly I don’t care, but it seemed to be over a woman. Imagine being famous and having to be around people you don’t want to be around, but you have to be there. That sucks. I wouldn’t want to deal with that.
6. Traveling All the Time
Celebrities tend to have to be away from friends and family for long periods of time. I would think it’s a lonely world for a celebrity.
Most of us know about Whitney Houston’s stalkers— one of them was harassing her, calling her offices, sending her flowers, claiming to be her brother—who ended up getting arrested for possession of weapons. Imagine what could have happened if her team hadn’t noticed he was suspicious. Also Selena, one of the best-selling Latin stars of the 90s, was murdered at the young age of 23 by the president of her fan club who was also her so-called “friend.”
Being famous means you have to watch your back.
8. You're Always Playing a Part
I don’t think I have to name names here, but I will: Kim Kardashian = retarded, Kanye West = moron, Tara Reid = trashy, Lyndsay Lohan = screw up. You get my drift.
9. Trust Issues: People Use You
You don’t know who your real friends are. You don’t know who to trust, or who’s going to be the next one to reach out to the gossip magazines and spill your beans. You don’t even know who your real lover is.
10. You Can't Mess Up
Fame is fickle. If you mess up, your fans may lose respect for you in a heartbeat, you may not get the roles you want anymore, and others can replace you. Don't make the mistake of believing your fame is the result of some unique quality only you possess: You are always replaceable.
So that's about it. I'm not ranking on famous people, just telling it like it is. I'm not famous myself, so I really don't know what it's like, but I'd rather not find out. I don't like people in my business already, hell, I don't even like the way I look in pictures most of the time. Imagine what it would be like if I was famous?!
Alexa on September 04, 2020:
I WANT TO FOCUS ON SCHOOL FIRST, I ALREADY KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE AND HOW I'M GOING TO GET THERE BUT I FOUND THIS VERY HELPFUL, although I think I found a SPAG mistake in your article, @ 2.You have no private life: you put 'look at happened with Tom Cruise' when it's mean't to be 'look at what happened with Tom Cruise!'
JUST SO YOU KNOW!
mai on July 13, 2020:
i'm 13 and in entertainment indrusty [by my choice]and know I know what's to come....well a better understanding anyway
evewes on May 15, 2020:
Ofcourse i want to be famouse its so cool!!!!!
somebody on May 06, 2020:
I said Hell Yeah!!! because I would tots be famousoh yeah. it also helped me with my work in school but I would totds be famous HELL NYEAH!!!
kidaa on May 06, 2020:
U know what,i come to this web because i really want to be famous and if i can't to tell my self like "u would not like this man so there is no problem of not bieng fame for u after u read all this"u know i really don't agree because in my opinion a person must live just for him self.i migth not be corret or totaly wronge,but i am living for me and only myself.i would never give a shit about what other say about me or my family becaus i am living for my self only.rude yaaa but this is my ...thing
iamaunicornnlover on April 26, 2020:
i love to be famous at age of 29 or 40s :)
James D. Stone on April 25, 2020:
Nice Nerd on April 20, 2020:
omg same here, Annoymous! xD lol
N/A on April 16, 2020:
nice helped with my hw about the poem "Fame is a bee" (it's true)
Hiiii on April 01, 2020:
Person on March 29, 2020:
I want to be famous but then i just need to be reminded of what the downsides are. I want to be an actress but y'know that'll never happen anyway. Also I think the last comment was for a prob different website
Rando on March 26, 2020:
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Annoymous on March 24, 2020:
helped with my essay
Sane Kiir on March 15, 2020:
I would love to be famous but not as an actor or singer but as a soccer player and become one of the iconic of soccer.
Brian Thames on March 03, 2020:
I’d love to be a famous celebrity on the red carpet with the other celebrities
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Blue on December 26, 2019:
No i dont wanna be famous! Tye money yes but fame NOOO. I am not a social creature. Everybody in my shit will not only piss me off but turn to rage! Clingy ass poparazzi's and fans would definitely bring me to be an a****** so no!
Edmond Doh on December 18, 2019:
I want to be famous for the good reasons, right reasons. Dont' like the infringement of privacy part. Otherwise, everything is fine.
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Nobody in particular on December 13, 2019:
I just answered yes because there was no "just interested in reading the article" choice.
And besides, famous people could always choose to defame themselves in an instant, and give away all their money, but they don't, do they? So all they complain about must be worth it.
They best choice seems to be famous, but not a celebrity. Like Famous Dave. He can take his kids on a peaceful walk.
child on November 17, 2019:
im a child
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Spice on September 11, 2019:
If u are a football star or a actor I think that's what matters or in what kind of movies you're in.
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Andreas on February 19, 2019:
I’m not famous (semi-famous you could say) but I do have a YouTube channel with quite a lot of subscribers and even on youtube I constantly get a ton of requests and questions which is normal and I don’t mind it. However it can get a bit irritating for me :/
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Angela B. on December 06, 2018:
I don't think being famous would be all that hard. There are many famous people who simply live their lives free from the madness.
Gman on September 29, 2018:
I actually moved to L.A. several years ago thinking I wanted to perform stand up and become famous. Interestingly enough... I ran into someone, a casual acquaintance who moved here atound the same time, but had no set intentions on working in comedy, tv, etc. Well, long story short, he is everywhere now, has a tv show, is selling out large stand up venues. Am I jealous? sometimes... But, I see everything he has to go thru, keeping up w Instagram, interviews, shows, etc.. Then I think to myself. I just want to sit at home and read LOL. He's meeting all kinds of famous people, but people are people and celebrities generally don't let their guard down especially around other celebs. I'd much rather get to know someone on a "real" level. That being said, I think the world is a bit lonlier with social media. But, this is just an opinion, because I can only speak from my point of view.
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DDE on August 25, 2018:
I don't think being famous is good or bad. It all depends on the individual. If they want to be that. Interesting points made here
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Dwayne on July 15, 2018:
Well as with all things in life, fame is not for everyone. Some manage their fame well others do things in private life and get found out. It’s about balance and control of yourself, being professional and being respectful. You have to know how to carry yourself more then you do in private life.
You’ve got to be in control. The ones who do poorly get into the underside, drinking, drugs, partying or just plain losing control of themselves in public.
Money is great, fame is great but you have to live accordingly to survive and do well.
Fame says: in the end it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it how good you looked.
Fame isn’t for everyone.
Felix Kjellberg on June 07, 2018:
I'm PewDiePie, I can really relate on not making a mistake.
Esther on June 01, 2018:
being famous is everybody's dream so do not tuck us down but this is for people who want to be famous.
Rachel on May 27, 2018:
When you're famous and you fall, you fall hard! Look at oh,.......
Do on May 22, 2018:
No. 10 reason was a very strong reason why being famous wouldn't be the best thing in the world.
Yo on May 07, 2018:
LOL being rich and famous is great. this is just trying to make unfamous people feel good about themselves. What's next? Being attractive isn't that great?
unknown on May 02, 2018:
@steve is right but if u like being famous go for it
FAITH AJOKEADE on April 26, 2018:
I DON'T WANT TO BE. NEVER. IT SEEMS INEVITABLE, BUT I'LL AVOID FAME ALL MY LIFE. AWESOME POST.
Leah on April 24, 2018:
to be honest I think being famous is not a good thing and I agree to this statement. My uncle and I saw this page so we clicked on it and found it interesting. We agreed to some of the statements but one of them was my favourite which was 'always watch out for your back' and I agree to that but I think it's better to trust your family, yourself of course, someone trustworthy, a doctor or a police officer, it's better believe them instead of a celebrity because you wouldn't know about them I men you might search it up but the interne doesn't know everything in the world.
steve e on April 13, 2018:
Money is overrated because there's only so much you can buy in this world before you're bored to death. This isn't the Jetsons.
Kenzie on January 19, 2018:
Hi, I'm kenzie I'm 12 years old and I really want to be a YouTube but my moom says no, because you're giving you're soul to saintin, and that Hollywood brainwashes you completely, but I'm just said because I dont want to be poor, help!
Foefoe Baebe on January 15, 2018:
I'm famous right now for my music and I love it..
saleh on December 16, 2017:
can people be happy if there became famous
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Abigail on December 08, 2017:
I totally agree although I'm not famous I think celebrity's should have a chance in being able to do what they want to do. And its not fair that they can't have friends that they can trust. My step dad dated a girl who was cousins with Peter Facinelli and she told him stories about her cousin. People should get of celebs backs and just leave them alone.
Clare on November 13, 2017:
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Tatenda on November 08, 2017:
I don't think its worth it to become famous because it's just as if your giving up your soul for the whole world I wanted to be famous but not anymore because had to think what i'm putting on the line My family, friends, and people who associate with me. For me personal I just can't but believe it or not we not famous people or else the world would be even more crazier.
Emilia on October 18, 2017:
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lunar on August 22, 2017:
this helped me on my essay thanks so much
Joseph on August 03, 2017:
The saddest aspect is how the famous people's children get dragged into something they never asked for. If only we could have the joyful adventurous aspects without the drama and other bullshit.
William on July 20, 2017:
I would gladly sell my immoral soul to become super famous. Like Michael Jackson can't go anywhere without being mobbed by thousands of people famous. I can't comprehend where a lack of personal life is a downside. If anything I'd be thrilled that millions of people even think about my personal life. Quite frankly, I'd actually rather be super famous than super wealthy. I would gladly spend all of eternity push a boulder up a hill in Hell in exchange for superstardom and fame.
Ryan Bull on May 31, 2017:
God I do not want to be famous
Qdog31048 on May 28, 2017:
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Ariana Grande on May 05, 2017:
Omg soooo true
elvis brown on April 09, 2017:
life is not one sided if u wanna become richer and more famous u deal with the risks
btw nice article bro
ben dover on April 04, 2017:
this helped with me an essay i thought it would be amazing but after hearing this i dont want to be famous no more
Alexis on March 08, 2017:
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Anthony Davis on January 25, 2017:
Playing for the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, I haven't even been able to go to Bourbon Street very much because I am going to be the center of attention and I'm not that kind of guy. However, I'm committed to staying in New Orleans for my whole career and I'll eventually be able to make public appearances after I retire maybe.
Daug on January 01, 2017:
I would end up probably snaching some of the presses cameras and breaking it into tiny pices if someone ever invaded my privacy.
Jane Scott on August 30, 2016:
Oh Boo hoo! I feel bad for some of the ones who grew up in the spotlight and have never lived a normal life but that's it. I'm 29 I've come to the realization that I'll never be moving to New York and getting famous, those dreams are gone, but if I had the chance I'd be there in a second. It is what you make it, imagine all the special treatment these people get, the perks they have?! If you don't want to deal with people stay home, I'm not famous but if I don't feel like getting fixed up I get takeout. I worked at a Hooters 3 times when I was younger some weirdo stole my photo off the wall and told people I was his girlfriend oh well. I get that is just one time and these people have to deal it with constantly but hey people actually care enough about what's going on in your life to follow you anywhere; and it's obvious that there are ways to keep things private. Had I actually gotten some of those modeling opportunies I was told about by the manager that I found out were non existent I wouldn't have kept quitting. The managers just baited girls in with modeling opportunities to get you in that horrible uniform, had it been true I would have loved it; I will say in their defense I did keep quitting when I didn't get my way. I grew up in Leeds Al where Charles Barkely is from he would come give speeches at our school it's a nice thing to do, people didn't flock to school trying to get in. If you live in one place long enough people will realize that you're life as a celebrity is not that majestic and care less when they see you out. I would love to be famous, I wold jump on that band wagon in a heart beat. It would be awesome to be able to do things we can't afford as a military family.
Peppi Pea on August 20, 2016:
I used to want to be famous, but I changed my mind FAST! because I prefer my privacy for I am a VERY private person. Celebrities like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have gone to court to protect their kids' privacy, but you accept all that come with being a celebrity, your privacy is confiscated and you put all, your life and entire immediate family out there in public for viewing. This why I thought twice about fame.
c.c.s on July 20, 2016:
I think being famous is great but after I read these reasons and thought about it I suddenly realised that it wasn't for me.
c.c on July 20, 2016:
I think being famous is great but after I read these reasons and thought about it I suddenly realised that it wasn't for me.
J.L.H on June 19, 2016:
J.G.M. on May 30, 2016:
Here's two more reasons not to be famous--even with tax shelters, you STILL have to pay taxes. Also celebrity takes you away from religion and pulls you away from god and Jesus, turning you into an agnostic--or worse.
Sivaraj on February 17, 2016:
fame make us egoistic. so it is better to led a life without fame.
hhh on March 09, 2015:
my nameb is mum
Serenity Hoeft on February 09, 2015:
I don't care what this says but I will always have a liking to the spottlight and I really don't care about lack of privisy or the rumours,
I would do what I love to do and if people start rumours then who cares
not me it's really just someone who wants to be mean and I wouldn't care
and I love popperotzzi I think it would be cool it's like having a photo shoot wherever you go.
And I know there is gonna be someone who didagrees with what I am saying but I really don't care I would not do it for the money the fame I would do it because it's what I want to do.
And I know I am going to do it someday
caca on December 27, 2014:
April on June 23, 2014:
I use to want to be an famous rapper. But then I had to think, on what are the conquences of being an famous rapper. This information is right! I don't really need no more stress on my plate. I just want to live an normal life now. I'm Glad I gave up on this famous life. I wether be an detective are a lawyer.
Dills on Wheels on April 21, 2014:
Impossible. Fame is the best thing in the world. All of the above is only a small price to pay. Who cares about privacy when you have fame? I mean privacy shmivacy, I say film me all you like. I have 30 poses for you already as I'm speaking. I'd take it as a compliment that anyone would want to photograph me. Celebrities are sooks, if they don't like paparazzi photographing them, why are they even there at the same time and same place as them. Celebrities should stop whinging, I mean come on personal space is for babies, your famous tough it out. Just let it all hang out! Film me in the bathroom while changing, go for gold I say. It makes me more rich and more loved, so go ahead. As for rumors who gives, say whatever, I am on top of the world and living it up. Celebrities have an affluent lifestyle, designer clothes, luxury car, jewelry, private jets, get to travel a lot, have personal trainers, beautician, party invites, fans and a mansion, what more could you want?? That itself sums the key to happiness. Isn't that all mans ever dreamed of, material wealth beyond imagination, wearing designer labels, blowing money away whenever, letting loose when you can, endless party, numerous partners, loose matrimonial ties and on top of that no 9 to 5 job. I say pfft to rumors, If I want to rock my caboose, I'll do it because I can afford to. I'll never have to work again, ever. Money and fame will keep flowing to me like a splattering fountain of youth just for being a celebrity.
Beef with other celebrities!! Who cares. When your affluent opinions of others don't matter, even bad opinions from other celebrity. When your rich, friends, family and love must go, your to elegant and glamorous to care. You can't afford to twitch a fingernail on anything, fame is a godly status.
As for drugs. Argh celebrities just have it all don't they. Who doesn't aspire to being drugged up, wasted and dizzy. I would like to see double vision, party myself stupid and not remember what I did a few minutes ago. If I'm lucky my double visions see's women with four tits. That's the life! Being a celebrity is all I could ever want above happiness, love and health which mean nothing to me. I can't buy anything with happiness, I can't pay for my fendi with my smile. Give me instant gratification over spiritual enlightenment any day!
How can anyone not see that being a celebrity is the best thing in the world. Just look at all of Megan Fox perks. What a lucky women she got them all before 30. See how stable, blissful and over joyed Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, Bjork and Chris Brown are. It's obvious they've done something right. See Simon Cowell ? he's as merry as lamb chops. As well as Justin Biebers, king you tube, home video pro and master of impeccable timing for everything. Smelt his perfume the one in a purple bottle pink flower with a marked down price tag, that's the smell of success people aspire to wear. When your a celebrity you own the world and blow kisses to all those who dream of you.
dan c harmon on April 10, 2014:
a year and a half ago I was brought out into the line light over the internet and with in weeks I had become an internationally known martial artist all because a cyber bully. with in a year I was rubbing shoulders with big name martial artist from around the world and people calling me at all of hours of the night and day just to have the chance to say they talked to me over the phone to their friends. people started asking me to make guest appearances at their dojos. people around the world were asking me to teach them so I had to start an on line training program and create a staff to help me with every little aspect of it. I now have a internet security team that decides who I can friend on my facebook and who I can not. I have p.r. rep that tells me how to live my life over the internet and in public. yea I get to travel a lot on other peoples dime but when I get there I have all of these people that wont to hang out with me. sign autographs and taking pictures of me. over the internet there are hundreds of people that I have to communicate with all day so I now have a staff that talks for me most of the time just so I can have some me time. but then there are about 15 people over the internet that talk trash about me and make up lies about me which then just brings in more fans every time that I have to deal with. people around the world think that I make a lot of money but I really don't. because of that they many times expect me to do events for them for free or expect that I can travel anywhere I want at a drop of a hat to just come and visit them just so they can say they met me in person but I don't have the money for that. heck I don't even have the time for it. two or more times a year I am traveling to up to 15 locations all for work and doing it with in one or two months just so I can be back to teach the students waiting on me in my own home state. then constantly getting phone calls from my staff asking me who would you like us to respond to this person or that person. some people ask me why don't you just walk away from it. I wish it was that easy. I like the recognition I am getting for the decades of hard work I have put into martial arts but if I was to try to walk away from it, it would just follow me for the rest of my life. my face is everywhere on the internet and will be for ever now. I could sit it out and hide for 20 years and as soon as I go out side after that 20 years of hiding my face. at some point someone somewhere is going to say hay aren't you Grand Master Dan C Harmon. when you become a celebrity in any shape or form it stays with you even after death. I read the list of 10 on here and it fits my life anywhere to 60% to 80%. I can't go out and buy what ever I wont because I am not rich even if people think I am. I have more bills now then I did before so that make money go quicker. keeping a relationship with anyone, even some family members have become impossible. I have some family members that will kiss butt up to my face but then talk trash about me behind my back. it did not used to be that way. I used to be the member of the family that would be treated like ever other family member but now that I am well known they kiss my but, go around say we are related, yea him, isn't it so cool that guy is my family member but then even though all of them do that now some of them will talk trash be hind my back buy posting things about me of my child hood that I don't want people to know about just so these family members can make a buck or two off of my name and legally there is nothing I can do about it. the bottom line is yea you get a lot of respect from 100's of people around the world but you have know life of your own because you end up with a team of people telling you where to be and what to do.
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on January 20, 2014:
Wonderful hub, and I agree with all of your points. I wouldn't mind the money part so there would never be any worries about bills, etc. But I think I would like my fortune earned without the fame. Of course, you still have to deal with insincere people.
Two years ago, my husband was injured at work, and when we started the proceedings for the workers compensation benefits, it was amazing how many "friends" we suddenly had. As soon as they found out we weren't going to be wealthy (or even comfortable) by any stretch of the imagination, they vanished again. So, I can just imagine what it would be like with a million+ dollars!
I think I will just take a nice middle ground and enjoy not having cameras in my face whenever I want to check the mailbox. :)
Fotinoula Gypsyy (author) from NYC BABY on January 02, 2014:
And you will be famous if you really want it! I think it's all about doing it for the right reasons with confidence and you'll have nothing to worry about!
Nahom on January 02, 2014:
I want to be famous no matter what but thank you for this article because now I know what I'm going to have to deal with.
Fotinoula Gypsyy (author) from NYC BABY on November 30, 2013:
Thank you for reading vibe sites!!! :)
Fotinoula Gypsyy (author) from NYC BABY on November 30, 2013:
Thanks for reading peach purple!!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 25, 2013:
great hub. I pity those actors/actress. No privacy to date at all.
vibesites from United States on November 25, 2013:
That's really a nice article. It hurts when a rumor about you as a celebrity isn't at all true yet many people persist on it and still spreading it.