I remember the first dream job I ever had was to be an actress. I was in 3rd grade at the time and I wanted to be just like the actresses on TV, especially the Disney stars. It looked like so much fun, they looked like they were living the life.
I then wanted to be a singer (I wasn’t blessed with the voice but it was still a dream) I wanted to be like Beyonce’, Mariah Carey, or even the cheetah girls lol there were so many beautiful singers and girl groups that inspired me. Then I wanted to be a famous author writing books, scripts, poetry, and song lyrics.
That part hasn’t changed since. But now I’m more focused on kind of branding myself but not as just an author, or singer, etc. Back then it seemed like a dream that was only 1 in a million, but now it seems that even “15 minutes of fame” has become a bit easier to achieve. At a young age I wanted to live the luxury life of a celebrity without fully understanding that it isn’t as perfect of a life as it seems. Many of us would love to achieve some type of fame whether we admit it or not. With all of the aspiring musicians, models, actors, authors, even YouTubers it seems quite evident. We make goals to reach a certain amount of followers, likes, views, compliments etc.
No I’m not saying fame is the reason we all do certain things, but it has at the least crossed our minds and most of us wouldn’t turn it down. But many things come with a price, including fame.
From Old Hollywood To Now: The changing game of fame
Guest post by Laura from Lauzie’s Lifestyle
“Fame, I’m gonna live forever”
In a society that depicts fame as the ultimate “American Dream”, more and more of us are reaching for the dizzying heights of stardom. Since the burst of reality T.V and the wave of social-media, receiving a slice of fans and wealth through promotion suddenly seems to be in reach.
We have come a long way from the days of Old Hollywood, where studios had full control of their stars. You could hire an agent, but once you signed a contract, you almost signed over your life. Studio bosses were dominant men who decided on everything from your name, appearance, representation and what movies you had to star in.
Rita Hayworth is a classic case of a Golden Age icon that had to change her entire look, to appear less ‘Latin’. This included hairline electrolysis and red hair dye routinely. Another very famous case is Marilyn Monroe, who dyed her hair blonde and reportedly underwent minor nose and chin surgeries.
Fast-forward to now and we proudly confess to our own marketing. We have created new categories, everything from ‘reality stars’, ‘Instagram famous’ and even ‘micro-influencers’ – people who have around 10k+ following. We proudly applaud and consider it a success, if our videos go viral and have views in the midst of thousands.
It all comes across as perfect; wealth you could only imagine, freebies that you could never afford, adoring people ready to tell you how incredible, beautiful and wonderful you are, at any given moment. Not forgetting, the parties, events and lifestyle that you could lead.
However, the phrase “some things never change” certainly applies to the rich and famous. Drugs, alcohol, breakups, sex, meltdowns and overdone plastic surgery in a bid to stay youthful, continues to be alive and kicking. Considering that I am ‘normal’, I can only do so much analyzing from the outside world. But looking in, I would suggest that the pedal-stools that they are placed upon come with the hefty tag of maintenance.
Going into fame, it is easy to view how amazing they must feel. Perhaps they expect sheer happiness; a fish being watched in a fishbowl – only that fishbowl is everything that we are told is worthy and desired. It is almost comparable to being told that you will be trapped – people will try to exploit you at any given moment, but by being trapped, you have everything that you could ever wish for.
When discussing modern-day fame, the Kardashians have to be mentioned. They emphasise our love of purely being a ‘somebody’. You no longer choose acting, singing or modelling etc, but rather what your image will be and what kind of brand you would like to aspire too.
We need some fame credibility though. In this fame obsessed world, in order to be a successful blogger, writer, artist or even generally successful – how many jobs now ask you to be social-media savvy? – We need to build up our following. Personally, I would appreciate a minor-level of recognition. To gain the ability to attend lavish evenings, be offered free-gifts and yet still walk the streets without an awakening of paparazzi.
What are your views? How much fame could you handle and do you like where fame is heading? Comment your thoughts below.✨
Header image is a picture of Laura, her latest Instagram post.