Come to think of it, what at all is fame? Is it to be celebrated for what you’re worth or just being popular to be newsworthy? Because I believe that to a large extent, everyone wants to be acknowledged for what he/she does but not everyone wants to have their private lives discussed on the airwaves in the name of entertainment.
Being famous has its perks, of course. You become an icon of inspiration to your community and the world at large. People want to know your story and be motivated that their time would come. Opportunities are granted to headline events and engage with people in worthy causes. Endorsement deals from well-known brands become the icing on the cake. Hey, people are inspired enough to name their babies after you. That’s a good feeling.
But the downside of fame can be depressing. Unseen eyes following your every move and reporting to tabloids and entertainment gossip shows what they thought they saw and heard. You have a wardrobe malfunction and the whole world must hear about it. People inquire about your love life like they are entitled to it. People judge for every single thing you do or not do. Too much pressure.
Bestie of fame? Ah well, one could say you’re perching or parasiting on someone’s fortune but every famous person loves to have a loyal friend around, right? It’s like getting the best part and staying away from the worst part. You get to attend the events you otherwise had no means or chance of attending but you get to keep your privacy. It’s like having one foot in each world. You get to be filled in on the scoop about the life of the famous first-hand which gives you the chance to consider if you’re fit for the clique or not. And since the famous are friends with other famous names, that’s a lot of networking opportunities to seize to your benefit.
As a writer, I do want to leave a legacy with my writing; to be recognized and appreciated for what I do. But to be gossip target for worldwide consumption for no relevant reason, no thank you. I’d rather be a friend to one than be the target myself.
What about you? Would you like to be famous? Or would you prefer to only be friends to those who are? Why is that? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2016