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

Updated on March 24, 2019
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There are good, bad, and even ugly sides to every business and industry. No more so than the entertainment industry.

Fame

Being Famous

You will always pay a 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 famous, an overnight sensation, thrust into the limelight, you're in a huge fish bowl with 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.

Being famous, the celebrity lifestyle is awesome. People looking up to you. Rubbing shoulders and working with the rich and famous, VIP red carpet events, designer clothes, flash cars, jewellery, affording any and everything you desire. Power beyond your wildest dreams, and fans wanting to be you is also a great achievement so being a good role-model is key.

"Wages" are the equivalent of winning the lottery multiple times a year!

Being famous: Spit out your gum, and watch how fast its retrieved

Once a success, you'll have dozens of people working for you, including security staff, an agent, manager, financial adviser, media expert, make-up artist and stylist etc, while hoping they're all trustworthy and acting in your best interests. Be cautious who you trust. Employing family members as staff has worked very well for many stars but not so well for others.

You'll work along-side your childhood heroes and favourite celebrities at some of the best locations around the world, and being paid millions for the pleasure.

Fans will create websites and fan-bases in your honour. Statues, waxworks and portraits will be made of you. Everything you own or have worked with will become memorabilia. Even your autograph will have value! Most importantly, you will have created a long-lasting legacy.

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 your unable to leave your home. Your cars, homes and phones may be bugged. Tracking devices being hidden in vehicles. Drones and helicopters following your every move.

Being followed 24/7 by the press / paparazzi, aka papps, as well as the general public and obsessive fans constantly pestering you for autographs and selfies eventually takes its toll.

Famous people need those huge houses. To fit a cinema, bowling alley, basketball and tennis courts, even swimming pools because they're not always able to visit public facility's in fear of unwanted attention and to protect family and friends from being pestered all the time when socialising in public.

Then the more famous you became, the homes get bigger, the walls become higher, and the more reclusive some have to be. You may have to move abroad. Most famous people do, and they also travel in disguise using wigs. Hidden behind helmets on moped and motorbikes. Very popular among the rich and famous for getting from A-Z while keeping anonymous.

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".

Video: Justin Bieber being deliberately harassed by a paparazzi

Your every move is scrutinised by the media - The Paparazzi

The Paparazzi will always be there to follow your rise, and sometimes fall from grace. It's a catch 22, you need them just as much as they need you. At first, it's very exciting. Being followed and photographed. Seeing your pictures in all the newspapers and magazines. The endless radio and television interviews. Being a celebrity guest on top talk shows, everyone wanting a piece of you.

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 picture (the money shot) and story. 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 shots.

They say about the press, "when you dance with the devil, prepare to pay the price".

You may have to move 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 who are also on your tail.

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 with them 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."

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 go through trash bins hoping to find anything which has a famous persons DNA or hair on it. Or they're looking for private papers or hand-written notes which could be 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 visiting restaurants, staying in hotels, or ordering take-outs, who knows what the employees and chefs will do to your food, just for something you said or did. Or they may hate you for a character you played, or they just don't like you.

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 true friends are... at a price. Plus, finding true love will get harder. Will they love you for who you are or your celebrity status?

Once you're famous, your celebrity status will rise and fall. Take a look at those who've achieved the 'A' List before they drop 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 the attention-press exposure to become publicly well-known again for more work.

Once you're famous, all the secrets you thought were hidden in the closet are revealed by those who know you. They will sell-you-out, everyone has a price and the press will pay it for the truth.

You could end up in magazines titled, "celebrities exposed", or "when celebrities go horribly wrong" and "celebrity secrets revealed" so be careful who you trust. You want to be rich and famous not rich and shameless.

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 bring you down and ruin your career so delete them now. Be cautious of what you say-and-do in front of friends and frenemies who may secretly record any conversation you make which could come back to bite and haunt you when you're famous. Blackmail still exists. And, Being accused of a sexual misconduct or harassment which are false, or an exaggeration of the truth have ruined the life of many famous people

It's getting 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 thinks 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 does something very bad, no-one will want to work with them. Celebrity endorsements (a nice earner) from branded companies will cease. Radio stations will stop playing their songs. TV station will stop airing anything they've been in.All income and any royalties will stop. 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 career. Falling out with a manager, work colleagues, or band-mates. An injury could ruin your acting, singing or sports career. You could lose your voice, your marbles. 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.

Slander is thee worst thing to happen to anyone famous, especially when they're dead. Not being able to deny such slanderous lies and allegations made about you is not very nice, especially for loved-ones and family left behind.

You could easily become a recluse like many notoriously famous people. Hidden away from attention for many reasons including plastic surgery problems, severe over or underweight issues due to the stress of work. Falling out with family and friends because of money, drug and alcohol problems. These are just a few reasons for a celebrities seclusion.

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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2019 Update: This article was originally written in 2011. Since then, celebrities have become far more accessible to fans due to social media accounts. This means that most of the "con's" of being a famous person is not as severe as it once was.

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© 2011 Tony T

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    • SylviaSky profile image

      SylviaSky 

      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 

      3 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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      I-Spy 

      4 years ago

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

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 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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      jackx 

      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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      gsurvivor 

      5 years ago

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

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      Katrina 

      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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      Adrienne 

      6 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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      Bailey 

      6 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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      jahnai 

      6 years ago

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

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      Madalyn 

      6 years ago

      Sign me up...I have the fame bug

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      stephhicks68 

      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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