I recently read an article about Lady Gaga in Vanity Fair. I found it extremely interesting and entertaining. In fact, I also find her extremely interesting and entertaining. I found out that Lady Gaga and I have (or maybe had) something in common…a huge thirst for fame.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be famous. I guess I mostly imagined that it would be for singing, but I have also imagined it would be for acting or modeling (don’t worry I knew for sure that last one was complete fantasy) and who among us haven’t imagined ourselves on a reality show?
Although the desire to sing has never left me, the wanting to be famous thing mostly has, although I would love to be one of those creative artists that puts on a great show for thousands of people at a time like Madonna, Pink, Shakira, Beyonce or of course Lady Gaga. At least I have had a few moments like that while singing (obviously not in front of thousands of people) where you are just…connected with the audience and everyone is having a great time and when they applaud after a song and MEAN it there is no other feeling like that in the world. I can see why people become addicted to it. You want to feel it over and over again. I can also see why people could be destroyed when they are no longer able to get that feeling.
I also now realize that most people probably don’t start out wanting to be famous, they want to be the best at their craft, i.e. musician, actor, painter, whatever, and if they achieve that, often times fame just comes along with it.
Fame has become a really different animal than it was when I was younger. People want to know every single detail about famous people and they love to see them hit rock bottom. Then, even more, they love to see them triumphantly rise from the ashes…the “comeback”.
A lot more people are famous for nothing now too. I mean, I guess they are famous for something, which is being on a reality show. Don’t worry, I am not going to preach about reality shows, I enjoy my share of them. However there are some that I am just not entertained by. The Jersey Shore is one of them. I tried to watch it but I couldn’t even make it through one episode. I guess I can see why teenagers might like it, but other than that, I don’t get it. And why are those ridiculous people on it famous? The Situation? Please, he is an ugly boy with great abs. Nice nickname too. Great accomplishment! Snookie? A ditsy chubby promiscuous girl with poor taste. You go girl! They should have just filmed my friends and I partying at college. The show would have been better and we dressed cooler and listened to better music.
I recently saw a show on MTV called My Life as Liz. It’s about a geeky (but very cool) girl who used to be popular but now she’s not. I actually made it through one entire episode, but I was left wondering…is this a reality show or a scripted show?? I couldn’t tell. Either way, at least this girl is a creative nerd hero who has a mind of her own.
I have always assumed that everyone else wanted to be famous too. I now know that’s not the case. I now realize there are loads of people who don’t want to be famous at all. I have now pretty much joined their ranks. I could however go for being rich.