Art and Culture #5: The Dishonesty of Fame

1 Feb
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            As the title will tell you, there’s a problem with being famous for art. Everyone says, “but you want to be paid for it.” Yes, but the problem is, being paid is not the same as the lie of being famous. Being famous is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Imagine if you did go through the arduous task of sending query letters to thousands of publishers, most of which will take up to ten plus years to getting in the door. It’s not fun. It’s like asking out every girl you meet on a date, and the problem is, you will get rejected 99.999 percent of the time. This is if you go the traditional route, and if you want to end up like one of Harvey Weinstein rape victim, it’s not the best way to go anymore.

            According to Donna Rockwell, “Developmentally, the celebrity often goes through a process of first loving, then hating fame; addiction; acceptance; and then adaptation (both positive and negative) to the fame experience. Becoming a celebrity alters the person’s being-in-the-world. Once fame hits, with its growing sense of isolation, mistrust, and lack of personal privacy, the person develops a kind of character-splitting between the “celebrity self” and the “authentic self,” as a survival technique in the hyperkinetic and heady atmosphere associated with celebrity life.” (“Fame is a Dangerous Drug: A phenomenological Glimpse of Celebrity.” Rockwell, Donna. https://www.saybrook.edu/unbound/fame-is-a-dangerous-drug/. 02/18/12. Found Feb. 01, 2021.)

            There’s a subconscious that fame will make things all better. But it doesn’t. Yes, it’s nice to be paid and not complain about having to pay the bills because you enjoy what you do. But the thing is, so many before the Internet Age, had to work really hard to attain that lifestyle.

            It’s why many authors fail because most of your life you will get rejected for it. Don’t believe the people who say, “It makes you tougher.” They are right to some degree, but the thing is, most of the publishers and agents don’t care anyway. They receive more manuscripts than they can count. If you don’t have what they are looking for, they don’t want to put time into you. They have a boomer aesthetic, if you can call it that. They want to make money as well. It used to be about nurturing talent, but the problem is, so much media exists out there. Hell, there are some people who don’t even read books let alone a blog article. But if you can read, you aren’t a a slave. Remember that in your life, and you will thank me later. 

            What the problem is about fame is that everyone wants to be like the greats. Hemingway, Faulkner, Stephen King, but the problem is the industry doesn’t care (and never did) about having talent. Being talented and famous are two separate issues all together. One doesn’t make you necessarily smarter for being famous, but it’s all about what can meet an imaginary audiences taste. 

            But fame is a dishonesty upon the human psyche. It allows the subconscious to arise, causing someone to break the psychic barriers. Too much adoration can cause this too. What can break someone is being accepted. You usually see in movies where the rock star, when he was accepted, and now he’s a millionaire doesn’t want to make music. Because it’s a lot of pressure having to live in the public eye. 

            In some form, it can be like living on social media. You’re connected, but after a while, the high doesn’t feel so good. Modern fame, as Alan Moore once said, is the equivalence to adventuring “on the sea” as “you would probably have to learn how to swim.” With fame, there are no instructions for fame. 

            Also, being cancelled is also akin to the dark side of fame. People know you but hate you. It’s the opposite of the reaction you want from people. If you entertain, you will please no one, but is there a danger in wanting to be famous for fame’s sake?

            It’s why so many young people are getting fire from there jobs. And I do believe that what you do on social media should have no bearing on your job. Unless in the case of wanting to knife people for saying “All Lives Matter” but those people never get thrown offline. The point is, being online is a status, and if you have that status taken away, it’s a punishment. 

            But dark fame can be combated. Jung would compare this to the dark psychic energies, and also, would this mean you also create the energy by being as dark too? When you feed into negativity and use your fame for dark measures, who are you to criticize others? 

            As Brets former manager said, in Lunar Park, after he evaded her attempts to help him recover from his drug addiction said, “You need to hit rock bottom” and he quipped, “How can you hit rock bottom when you are making seven mil a year?”

            But fame doesn’t allow a creative person to be who they were. Fame is when your soul dies, and you have to find another reason to live. You will have to stay in your house most of the time. If you have crazy annoying fans. But then, we aren’t some K-POP band, so that might help you in the end. 

            A painter, writer, might not have it as bad, but then, fame is a drug that shouldn’t be consumed all the time. For people who want fame would rather trade talent. The culture demands that people are famous before anyone listens to them. It doesn’t matter if you are talented, but that’s not always the case. 

            But the thing is, the industry only cares about making money. Not some deep philosophical perspective of losing all your ability to go out and get groceries. But then again, being accepted for your work is one thing. Do you really want to live like Bono? Yeah, he may have it all, but he lost creativity well into the 90’s. I do think about that line “you can’t hit rock bottom when you’re making 7 mill.” 

            The money will dry up at some point, so live well within your means. Besides, fame is worthless if you aren’t famous for what you want to be. Elon Musk chose being talented, not being famous. Hard work is what will make you talented. Fame is a prison, and nothing more, if the plan is to fail upward, just complain about Republicans, Capitalism, and beg for corporate sponsorship. But we all know that song and dance. I’m not ready to pretend that being famous would make things easier. I think having money is great, but if you don’t work hard at what you want, fame doesn’t mean anything.

            If you want to be famous for your work and being talented, start your own site and write and promote your work that way. Being rich doesn’t mean you’ll always keep the money too. But if money and wealth are what you want, go be a stockbroker. But Boomers are great at being part of the machine, Zoomers and Millennials are now privy to more avenues of wealth, and with diligence, can grow into successful entrepreneurs. Go do your thing, Kings and Queens.

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-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His latest work, Come Home, Young One, is out on Lulu.com, and available on other platforms and ebook at a later date. https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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