Do you long for the limelight? Do you hanker for the glare of the paparazzi? Have you sent off numerous applications to reality and talent TV shows? On the face of it celebrity status is covet-worthy, but really, is fame all that it’s cracked up to be? You might think again about wanting to be a celebrity when you read these reasons why fame is over-rated:
1. No Privacy
Imagine if every single time you went outside, you had to be worried about photographers hiding in bushes and following you in cars trying to get a shot? There is no real down time for celebrities; if they are snapped looking worse for wear or without makeup, the world responds. Imagine that much pressure every time you left your own home.
2. Fame Doesn’t = Happiness
Maybe the main reason why fame is overrated is that it does not ensure the happiness that you might be searching for. Yes, you may become rich, yes, you may have a wonderful career or home, but deep down these things are only material and fame still cannot guarantee emotional wellbeing and satisfaction.
3. Public Scrutiny
Once you are famous, you are almost, in a sense, property of the state. Everything you do, whether good or bad, will be monitored and scrutinized by the wider public. You would imagine that this constant scrutiny could be extremely draining for a person who just wants to do their own thing without never-ending repercussions.
4. Always Having to Put on a Smiley Face
People want their favorite celebrities to be the symbols of hope and happiness in their lives, and that means having to put on a smiley face for the cameras even when you don’t feel like smiling inside. Having to project a false version of yourself rather than who you really are in the moment can have a heavy toll on your attitude.
5. Wealth is Not a Given
You would be surprised just how many well known figures that we might expect to be rich are actually no better off than us normal people. Having a one hit wonder or being a onetime reality star might keep your face in the papers, but it certainly won’t continue to pay the bills when people become bored and move on to the next big thing.
6. A Slippery Slope in to Bad Behavior
Famous people, over time, usually tend to get surrounded by a team of ‘yes men’ that bow to their every wish and command. Not having a level headed presence on ones like can usually lead to bad behavior, both professionally and personally. We have seen countless young celebrities start to lose their manners and it is not a good look.
7. Role Model Expectations
The price a celebrity pays for being in the spotlight is that they will always be seen as a role model for a certain group of fans. This in itself may not be a bad thing, but the expectation and pressure to always have to consider public opinion before you do something can be extremely exhausting and draining.
8. You Are Mocked for Every Tiny Mistake
There are some many popular websites on the Internet these days that are dedicated to embarrassing celebrities that make tiny mistakes on the red carpet and other such occasions. God forbid you have a sweat patch or a tiny bit of cellulite - the Internet will never let you forget it!
9. Pressure to Always Look Your Best
Be honest, do you put your best clothes and make up on every single time you leave the house? No, of course not, so why should celebrities have to live by that rule? I’ll tell you why, because if they are ever caught looking like us ‘normal people’ then the illusion is shattered. What an exhausting and overrated why to have to live life!
Do you still want to see your name in lights?