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

Updated on October 6, 2019
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There are good, bad, and ugly sides to every industry. No more so than the entertainment industry.


Not so glitzy and glamorous!
Not so glitzy and glamorous!

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

Being Famous

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're rubbing shoulders and working with the rich and famous. You're enjoying 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.

Being famous: Spit out your gum, and watch how fast its 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. Be cautious who you trust. Employing your family members as staff can very well for many stars, but not so well for others.

Being famous, you'll end-up working along-side your childhood heroes and favourite celebrities at some of the best locations around the world, and being paid millions for the pleasure. Earnings are the equivalent of winning the lottery multiple times a year!

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 you're unable to leave your home. Your cars, homes and phones may be bugged. Drones and helicopters following your every move.

Being followed and spied on 24/7 by the press/paparazzi, the general 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 a famous person.

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 to stop them and their family and friends from being harassed in public.

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.

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".

You may have to move abroad while travelling in disguises with the help of their make-up artists. You'll never know how close you are to someone world famous as they travel around the cities anonymously, hidden behind helmets on moped and motorbikes is very common.

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

Video: Justin Bieber being deliberately harassed by a paparazzi

Your every move is scrutinised by the media - The Paparazzi

The Paparazzi (press and freelance photographers/papps) will always be there to follow your rise and sometimes fall from grace. Catch 22. You need the press, just as much as they need you. Its all ery 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 top talk shows, everyone wants a piece of you will eventually take its toll.

Some papps 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 of the videos on this page and trust me, when they take your picture, they're not always looking for the most flattering picture.

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 papps, and the obsessed crazy fans also on your tail.

Lady Gaga: You belong to everyone else".

Britney Spears shows her true feelings to the pappz.
Britney Spears shows her true feelings to the pappz.

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

Princess Diana was continually and relentlessly harassed by the papps. 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 papps 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. Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences - a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start".

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

The papps and fans will search through your trash bins hoping to find anything which has information or anything valuable like sTV scripts or hand-written notes. Some are looking for far more personal items such as anything which holds DNA or hair on. 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 take-outs, would you ever think about what the chef might do to your food because of something you may have said or done!

They may despise you for a character you played, or they don't like you. Either way, always be mindful. There are some food "additives" that 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 at a price, because finding true love will get harder. Will they love you for who you are or your celebrity status? Family and associates will be jealous/envious of your wealth an/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. Others get there via sex and drug scandals. Sex tapes leaked on the Internet, appearing on every reality show, or by fighting with other celebs or the paparazzi. Anything for attention-press exposure to become publicly well-known again for more work which can work.

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

It's a fantastic feeling to be featured in any magazine, but not with the titles, "Celebrities Go Horribly Wrong" 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 in 2018

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 invade your space you think is private.

Your activities and location revealed and posted on social network sites or even streamed live via various video streaming apps and websites. It really will be hard to take time-out unless you can afford those secluded, more secure holiday locations.

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. Celebrity endorsements from companies will cease. (a nice earner) Radio stations won't play their songs. The TV networks stop airing anything they've been in and when all income and any royalties 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.

Other potential problems to be aware of is plastic surgery problems, severe over-or-underweight issues due to the stress of work or life have turned many notoriously famous people into reclusive. Falling out with family and friends who have money, drug or alcohol problems, get fed up with the paparazzi attention or tire from the whole business completely.

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


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    • SylviaSky profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      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).

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      4 years ago

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

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      5 years ago

      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.

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      5 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

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      Sinclair Miller III 

      6 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      7 years ago

      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

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      7 years ago

      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!

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      Sign me up...I have the fame bug

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      7 years ago

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

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      William F. Torpey 

      7 years ago

      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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