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Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Celebrity

Updated on June 23, 2015

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The red carpet scene from the 1988 Emmys. One of the most glamorous parts of being a celebrity, for sure.
The red carpet scene from the 1988 Emmys. One of the most glamorous parts of being a celebrity, for sure. | Source

Being a Celebrity Has its Ups and Downs

Being a celebrity or simply being famous has its own advantages and disadvantages. The common perception is that celebrities and famous personalities have everything in life. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it?

The truth is that there are as many downsides and disadvantages of being a celebrity as there are the number of benefits. Who said being famous was always fun? Decide for yourself—read on in this article for for five advantages and five disadvantages of being a celebrity.

Five Major Advantages of Being a Celebrity

1. Celebrities get special treatment wherever they go. It is a no-brainer to assume that someone like Selena Gomez or Justin Bieber will get preferential treatment over other customers at a restaurant, don't you think? From special seats at theaters to special tables at restaurants, celebrities are given the advantage of being the preferred customers everywhere they go. Wouldn't you love it if you were given preferred entry at nightclubs, or given the first row seats at award functions? Of course you would—that is exactly why this perk of being famous is just too tempting.

2. Being famous generally means being richer. One of the very obvious advantages of being famous is that fame generally brings lots of fortune. Celebrities and other famous people are generally richer than the average Joe. Luxurious homes and cars, fancy gifts, expensive clothes and other such materialistic pleasures of life convert from a dream to a reality when people become famous celebrities. Forget homes—celebrities are also known to own entire islands. If you have a single ounce of doubt whether celebrities are actually rich, check out an episode of MTV Cribs, and all your doubts will magically disappear. In particular, watch the episode which showcases the home, cars, and lifestyle of 50 Cent.

One of the Many Advantages of Being Paris Hilton

3. Celebrities are recognized everywhere they go. Celebrities are recognized everywhere they go. This is an advantage because people often experience a massive ego boost when random bystanders recognize them. It can be a great opportunity to boast to a friend and say: "Gee, I'm so famous. Everyone recognizes me." Most seasoned celebrities get over this initial ego boost quickly, of course. However, being recognized, spotted, and pictured is quite a rush and a nice massage to the egos of some famous people, still.

4. Celebrities and famous people have fans. Fans are the people who adore their celebrity idols. They can have celebrity crushes or even real life admiration for their idols. Fan mail and other forms of appreciation that celebrities receive can be inspirational, motivational, and very humbling. After all, who wouldn't like to have their own fans, followers, and worshipers?

5. Many opportunities arise when people become famous. When people become famous, more opportunities arise in life, whether they are career related or not. For example, someone like Michael Jordan made a living not only from playing ball. He was also the face of Nike and promoted many other brands. Also, someone like Kim Kardashian can afford to dwell into newer businesses like fashion apparel and perfumes simply because she is famous and can afford to sustain and promote them. Being famous definitely opens many doors in life which would have remained shut had fame not been achieved. Many celebrities tend to embark upon the entrepreneurship path as soon as they achieve stardom. After all, if Kim Kardashian can reportedly charge in upwards of $8,000 for doing nothing but sending one tweet from her twitter account, then anything is possible!

Five Major Disadvantages of Being a Celebrity

1. Famous people can't do things that the average person can. What do you think would happen if Paris Hilton walked down to the supermarket on a regular day? She would be mobbed and hounded for autographs and pictures. Celebrities and other famous people cannot lead lives of normal people. They may be forced to live in their own little secluded world, and will generally be unable to do things that the average Joe can. This disadvantage of being famous can stop celebrities from indulging in the little pleasures of life, which can be very frustrating indeed. Some of these simple pleasures of life include:

  • Playing ball at the neighborhood playground
  • Going shopping at the grocery store
  • Going for an uninterrupted walk or a bicycle ride on the beach
  • Lying on the beach without being mobbed on a sunny day
  • Sitting on the park bench and reading a book without being asked "Can I take a picture of you?"
  • Have a quiet dinner with family at the local restaurant

2. Being famous or a celebrity can attract stalkers. We've all heard about those nasty cases of celebrity stalking that have gone out of control. Famous people are often followed or harassed by phone, email, or mail by fans or followers who cross the line and become obsessed. Obsession can turn into threats and even physical harm.

Kim Kardashion, who has reaped many and advantage and disadvantage from being famous.
Kim Kardashion, who has reaped many and advantage and disadvantage from being famous. | Source

3. A celebrity status can attract too many fake friends. From a celebrity's perspective, it'd become very hard to separate a genuine person who wants to be friends from many of the million wannabe friends who may want to befriend them for personal gain. As one would imagine, it'd be a nerve wracking experience to scrutinize each and every individual that comes into their lives. It would literally translate to being on-guard every single hour, minute and second of the day.

4. People constantly judge celebrities. Tabloids, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and other forms of media constantly judge celebrities on their personalities, habits, bodies, and a lot more. Reading demeaning, rude, nasty, insulting, and derogatory lies about one's own self is a part and parcel of a celebrity's daily routine. From a layperson's point of view, it's like having a million people talk behind your back on a daily basis. Imagine how hard-hitting this would it be if a tabloid talked about how fat you are or how sleazy you are.

5. Celebrities have no privacy. If Kim Kardashian wears a bikini and steps out on the beaches of Miami to catch some sun, the entire world is going to know about it. If Arnold Schwarzenegger heads out for a ride on his motorcycle on a sunny day, pictures of him are going to be splashed in the tabloids. If Paris Hilton and her beau have an argument or a fight in a nightclub, the whole world will know about it. Get the point? Lack of privacy is one of the biggest disadvantages of being a celebrity.

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    • laurathegentleman profile image

      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      A very interesting read - I have always thought it would be cool to be a celebrity, but I do have to remind myself that it's not always easy to be in the public eye...

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      An interesting hub, I really enjoyed reading. I just can't imagine what it must be like to have no privacy, I would hate that!

      Voted up.

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      Stacie L 5 years ago

      You pointed out the ups and downs of celebrity.Most people think it's a cake walk but it does take its toll. Many celebrities have emotional and mental problems before and after the fame dies.

      Good hub!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      It was easier to be a celebrity during the days before the internet, and especially during the studio system era when you were given a fake bio and press releases to the personality the studio wanted. Photoshoots and carefully chosen questions and public events were planned and celebrities attended. Then you went home. he press knew you were actually divorced or living with someone who is not your spouse or that you were homosexual. The Press were part of the studio system format and worked with celebrities. That ended when Frank sinatra divorced his wife to marry Ava Gardner. It's been downhill for privacy ever since.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Congratulations on reaching 300 followers!

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      laura

      It would be really cool to be a celebrity. But like you say, it'd be difficult to maintain composure when each and every eye on the street stares at you in awe, or otherwise. I'm glad you liked this.

      Movie Master

      Lack of privacy has often driven the best of celebrities to the brink of anger, frustration and even physical assault against paparazzi. Guess they didn't read the fine print when they stepped out to be a celebrity which probably said "Every moment of your public life will be photographed, whether you like it or not" Thanks for your stopping by and your appreciation.

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Stacie

      Yep, we've definitely seen many rock soid celebrities go through emotional and mental turmoil at a stage in their lives. Fame is like a rose - beautiful and fragrant, yet thorny.

      Princesswithapen

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Flora

      You've hit the nail on the head. Internet has indeed spelled doom for celebrities when it comes to privacy because they really don't have control over who posts what. But then again, isn't it like a double edged sword because it is an awesome free promotional platform too? Guess like everything else in life, there are no free lunches.

      Thanks for noticing the 300 mark. It is an awesome feeling to know that your hubs are getting a wider audience, don't you think? It is also a motivational boost to publish more hubs.

      Princesswithapen

    • Mari 3 years ago

      It is a very interresting piece to read. Things to keep in mind if I'd want to become famous one day...

    • mintymoo 5 months ago

      thanks for helping me with a speech i also thought i would be amazing to be a celebrity

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 months ago from London England

      With a lull in hub pages articles at this stage i thought it worthwhile to re visit sites i've been connected with to surprise myself with what i've contributed and possibly post more content.

    • BrodyMcCain 8 weeks ago

      Once I was on a music show and performed a song. I was nobody, but later was sitting at my friend's bar. The bar was empty at the time. So I gave him a copy of the show to watch on the TV in the bar. We were simply there watching it chit chatting suddenly two hot women entered the bar, paid absolutely no attention to me, didn't give me the time of day, I was invisible while they sat watching the music show on the bar TV. Then they started moving their eyes from the TV to me then back to the TV then back to me. They said "is that you on TV that guy looks alot like you!!!" I said "Yes it is" Suddenly I was somebody. I was something. Within an instance I had two chicks all over me. I don't think it would have mattered what I looked like at that point I had just gained my first two female groupies. Just like that! Simply by them thinking I was remotely famous or might be on my way to becoming famous. In otherwords you don't even need to be famous, just having people think you're about to be famous will do the trick. I had lots of free things come my way during that time. General managers at banks even willing to give me loans with no credit checks. It's amazing how quickly your life can change just by people thinking you're on your way to being famous. I was invited to big parties, lent nice automobiles to drive, don't worry about it they'd say. Everyone wanted to be my friend, just from me being on the show. It's like I just won the lottery. People wanted my autograph, cameras flashing each time I'd play even a coffee house. I'd open a local magazine and there I was in it. Women walked up to the stage during breaks handing me their motel room key. And I wasn't even famous. More of a local hero maybe. But not famous by far. Take from my story what you will. My point even people thinking you are on your way to being famous is like being famous. Just on a smaller scale. Strange.

    • Samah 3 weeks ago

      What a piece of reading

    • hamza 14 hours ago

      it is easy to be a celebrity person, but it will be stressful.

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