What Price are you willing to pay for Fame?

So you think you want to be famous?

So you think you want to be famous?  You think it’s going to be great?  You think with fans adoring you, all will be well?  You think that more people will respect you?  You think that once you are famous everything is going to be just peachy?  I hate to burst your bubble but I will share with you what I have learned, this is what it is like to be famous.  What price are you will to pay for fame?

Family

First things first - Family - I used to listen when famous people say things like “My family keeps my feet on the ground” or “When things start getting crazy, I like to go home”. I always wondered exactly what that meant. Now I know.

Your family refuses to see you in a different light. To them you are not famous, you are just you. They still look to you to make dinner, wipe noses, change diapers, pick up their junk. Washing their dirty clothes has become a challenge. Why? Because now that you are famous they want to see how many clothes they can dirty. I swear they go and borrow dirty clothes just for you to wash.

Babies don’t care about fame, they still want you to pick them up, they still scream when you are extremely busy. They don’t care who is on the phone, when they want you, they want you now! No waiting, NOW! They are going to get teeth at times when it is not convenient for you. If you have 2 small children one will pick on the other at the most inopportune times, that is a promise and a guarantee you can take to the bank!

Your dogs don't care that you are famous. You might have had them before getting famous and now that you are, they are still going to eat your shoes, pee on your furniture and do whatever it is that dogs to. They REALLY don't care if you are famous.


Friends

Friends - These are the ones who probably helped to make you famous but they still see you as who you were before getting famous. They still have their problems they need you to help them with. They will still call you, and expect you to call them. More than likely on a daily basis. They might understand for a while that you are busy, will wait a little while for you to call. But it is guaranteed if you don’t do something to keep the friendship alive it will wither.   Friends need you, if you aren't there they will find a new 'bestie'. 

Fans

Fans - if you don’t keep your fans happy what is going to happen?  You will lose them, fans are fickle.  They really do love to be stroked.  If you don’t keep doing what it was that you did to get them, you will lose them.  Someone new will come along and replace you.   They may still love you, but you are easily put on the back burner.


The Big Wigs

The Big Wigs - These are the ones who gave you your chance in life.  The ones who looked at you and decided that you might be worth some of their time.  These folks have to be kept happy as well.  If you don’t keep up to your performance they will cut you quicker than you can say ‘Jack Robinson’.  They need you to make them money.  If you begin to slip a little, you will be replaced.  It’s that simple.


Paparazzi

The Paparazzi - Why do you need them?  You need to remain in the limelight.  Plain and simple.  You have to show your face once in a while so they can get a good picture.  If your fame starts slipping a little bit all you have to do is something stupid for them to capture on film.  It may not be good fame, but it’s fame nonetheless.  It gets your face out there once again.  Your ‘off again’ fans will see your picture on the tabloids and look up what work you have completed lately.  Maybe even going back to the things they liked to begin with.  This may make the big wigs some money and bring you back to the limelight again.


Can you handle the pressure?

So you think you want to be famous?  Are you sure you can handle the pressure?  Will your family understand when you have to cancel plans once again?  Are the babies going to wait while you do what it is that you do?  Will your friends be there when you need them if you haven‘t called them in years?  Are your fans going to wait for you to do something else?  Will the big wigs still keep you in mind after you’ve taken a break from the fame?  Will the Paparazzi catch you in a good picture for once?


The Money!!

The money?  Ahhh yes, that is what you were into it for wasn’t it?  The money MUST be great!  You’ve heard and read about all the money to be made for being famous!!  Shall I tell you where the money goes?  

An Agent

Well first you are going to need an agent.  Any good Agent wants between 10 and 15% of your earnings.  Why?  Because they got you in the limelight to begin with!  They did all the wheeling and dealing to get you seen!  They made the phone calls to the people ‘in the know’.  They were the ones who would look bad if you tanked.  It was their good reputation on the line.


An Assistant

Next you’re going to need an assistant.  This is an important person!  He/she is the one who makes your appointments and sees that you are there on time.  The one who carries around the calendar for the birthdays and anniversaries that you might miss.  The one who makes sure that you are dressed appropriately for the occasion you need to be at.  This person will expect to be paid and paid well, after all his/her life is going to be yours now.  They are going to be at your beck and call 24 hours a day.


Housekeeper

Your Housekeeper - This person will make sure that your house is up to par for company.  You will have visitors, and you certainly can’t have them coming over to dirty diapers all over, or clothing strewn in places that you didn’t know existed.  You are busy, you will need one of these.  If you have children they might double as a care giver.  This person will expect to be paid well because he/she is living in your home and believes that you have gazillions of dollars at your disposal.  Your secrets will need to be kept by someone trustworthy, good pay usually ensures that!  If you don’t pay them well you more than likely are going to see pictures of your messy house or heathen children on the cover of the tabloids.  Or any other things you might be doing behind closed doors!



Clothier

Your Clothier  - You can no longer shop at Walmart or Kmart for your clothing!  Why?  Well first you are going to feel that you have earned fancy expensive clothes.  After a while you will be expected to wear designer clothing.  You may have a personal shopper, your assistant will explain to them what type of clothing will be needed and when.  They will bring you more items than you really need for you to try on.  Some you may want to keep for future use.  This person will of course expect to be paid as well as the clothing you have need of.


Security

Security - You will need one or two people to help keep you safe.  Your fans may get out of control and accidentally hurt you just trying to touch you.  These people will keep you safe from harm.  Having bodyguards or Security people are not going to come cheaply.  If you’ve received hate mail (it happens) or even mail from a stalker (someone who loves you to death) you will need security.


Drivers

Drivers - Of course you can’t be expected to show up driving that Buick!  You need a nice Limousine service to attend certain functions.  Your driver will of course wait for you and will expect to be paid if you give them a nice tip they will make sure the next time foods and beverages are well stocked in the car.   Tips also ensure that secrets are kept, what you do in the back of the Limo will stay in the back, if you tip well.


Accountant

Accountants - Yes, these are important!  Making sure one is trust worthy is more so, why?  They are the ones who handle your money.  They make sure your bills are paid, but more importantly, your taxes.  They send out the checks to your Agent, your assistant, your clothier, your Limousine service, your every day living expenses are paid by your Accountant.  You now may have to hire someone to make sure all of these things are being taken care of.  Just look at what happened to Nicolas Cage and Willy Nelson!  You don't want that do you?


What is left of you?

What is left for you or of you for that matter?  Now you can’t even go out to shop in private because the fans you need, will surround you.  The Paparazzi will be taking pictures of you entering or leaving the store, making that surprise you were planning (for a loved one) out in the open.  When you go home to visit family and friends you will be surrounded by those who aren’t that close and want just a piece of you or your time.  


Ask yourself - Is it worth it?

Now you have to ask yourself, Is it worth it?  Is the price you have to pay worth all of the fame and fortune?  Do you still want to be famous?  Do you still want to see your name in lights?  Will your family and friends wait for you?  Will they drop everything they had planned when you decide you have time for them? 

What price are you willing to pay for fame?  Are you willing to give up everything you have come to know and love?  Are you capable of balancing all of it and still keep your sanity intact?   You’ve heard the phrase “It’s lonely at the top”, can you make sure that when you get to the top, you still have someone who Loves you?  Or will you be looking down at all of the heads you’ve trampled on to get there?


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Comments 32 comments

drbj profile image

drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

If a name and fame is what's desired

Read susie's hub for what is required.

You will then learn and you will soon see

Stardom's not what it's supposed to be.

Very clever, m'luv, enjoyed every meaningful word.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL - You are so clever with your poetry!! I love it! Thank you so much for being the first to comment!!


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fucsia 5 years ago

Definitely... do not worth it!!

Great Hub, very special topic.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I have to agree - I certainly am busy enough now... I couldn't imagine adding fame to it!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Dear Sweetsusieg you are not fooling me for a minute! I bet you practise your Emmy award speech in front of the mirror and wave to people like the Queen as you pass them on the street.Keep writing like this and someday...

Thanks for a great read.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Ya found me out! I thought you knew? Maybe I'm only famous in my mind - or on the Internet... The Paparazzi haven't found me yet!! I have really good disguises.....

Thanks for the laugh!


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tvpuram 5 years ago from India

With all hurdles you mention, people are still for it. Some of my child hood friends are celebrities. I remember them occasionally since they became celebrities. But doubt whether they ever remember me. As you said they miss intimacy.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

That is sad. But it happens. People get famous and move on, forgetting where they came from.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

The only fame I seek is to be known as a dutiful son of God. This is the only thing of any real importance, but Susie I loved the article and got a good laugh out of it all.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

That is a good thing to be Dave!! Thanks for stopping by!!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I am famous already. oh wait... that's infamous... nevermind.

I shall cast my lot with Dave Mathews above, we'll go trolling for a few souls.

- Harlan


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL - Yes you are!!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

To be famous, I am not sure if I would like to be that publicly "available" - there are some down sides, although I wouldn't mind the pay! Interesting write Susie!


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm not even sure the pay would be worth it... remember the first 10 to 15% goes to your agent!! It's just paying out money on top of money to everybody that comes along... The worry... I'm really not sure it would be worth it..


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

well... Saundra Bullock donates a million dollars every year to different charities. Which means she is making some good money I think. Fame has its advantages. I think people who say they want to be rich, I think many of us - don't care about being rich so much as we want certain pressures off our back which money allows. I don't find that to be wrong. Wrong is being rich and greedy and wanting more more more always.

- Harlan


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, this may be true and I dearly love Sandra's works!! I am SO glad she is willing to take the pressure and of all the hoopla along with it to appear on the big screen for our benefit! That is one great actress!!

There are many though who can't handle the pressure and sort of fall off the deep end. For those I truly feel sad.

I am thinking that those 'Uber' rich who are donating large portions of their wealth to help society are doing the right thing. They get to enjoy all that money buys and the 'feel' good feelings of helping others!

There will always be rich and greedy - they'll figure it out when they realize they can't take it with them...

Thanks for the comments!!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Sweetsusieg, you make me wonder something with your comment. I have always considered that the poor man who has no money, but donates his personal time and labor of love to help a charity is more noble than say a rich man who writes a fat check to a charity and never steps foot inside the facility. But something you said made me think - well don't sell the monetary donation too short because it is still noble too, even if they don't personally volunteer from their heart.

What say you Sweetsuse?

- Harlan


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Anytime you donate something from the heart you are doing a good service to mankind. It doesn't matter if it's monetary or time and labor as long as it comes from the heart. I am on the end of the volunteering with time and labor, yet I know those who write the check because that is what they 'do', either way as long as it is for good, what does it matter? The job gets done.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Well said, I like it.

Thank you

- Harlan


Rick Rudd 5 years ago

As long as I'm remembered after I'm gone, that's all I want. What people think of me isn't my interest; what matters is that they think of me regardless.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

A Great Hub, I find it very interesting.

Best Wishes.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Rick - That's an interesting perspective.

Kamalesh050 - Thanks

Thank you both for stopping by!


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I personally think they're something wrong with those who seek the spotlight by any means necessary. It's almost as if bad attention is better than no attention. I just want to be happy, not rich, not famous, just happy and live in peace. Life is hard enough without bringing attention to oneself with the limelight. Great subject matter, excellent write. Voted up, marked useful and beautiful.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I have no desire to be famous either. I just want my bills paid and maybe a little extra leftover for a dinner out once in a while... Maybe be able to buy all the kids something at Christmas time.

Thanks so much for the votes!! They are very much appreciated!


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smartlaw 5 years ago from Nigeria

Why paying a price to become famous?

Happiness is better than fame.

Be happy and forget about fame


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree with you!! Thanks for stopping by!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

To be at the limelight is just like baring yourself to the public. You are their property now. I'll choose to thrive with my family and friends. I've seen part of it already and too much pressure nearly defeat me physically. Thanks for sharing, Sweetsusieg.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I have been a busy parent/grand parent, that is busy enough for me!! Phone ringing off the hook, someone wanting something and not having a minute to think, yep that's enough for me...


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Not worth it to me. I would be so upset if I had hater fans! I try a little to hard to please people. If I had someone not like me I would get upset.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I have to agree with you! I see the 'rags' at the checkout stand and it upsets me to see all the 'hater' pictures...Who cares if someone has gained weight or has cellulite? As long as they continue to do a good job with their acting, singing or whatever it is they do, then it's alright with me..


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

It's the constant time spent traveling.;)The destinations are fine but the time spent getting there is not worth it.;)


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I have to agree with you. Being the wife of a truck driver I have spent hours upon hours with him in the truck, the drive can be tedious. If you are famous you have choices, fly and eat the cost or drive and waste time... Not worth it to me!

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