You see them everywhere. The smiling faces of the beautiful people splashed across every screen. The lucky few who lead a glamourous celebrity life that the rest of us could only ever dream of.
But is being famous really worth all of the baggage that comes with it? Surely all of that glitter has to come with a bitter aftertaste?
Well, that would depend on how worthwhile you think fame and fortune are. To get an idea, here are some of the ups and downs that come with living the high life.
The Glamour of the Rich and Famous
Being well known tends to come with some substantial material benefits. After all, you don’t associate celebrity life with bargain shopping, do you?
Yes, fame and fortune tend to go hand-in-hand. A lot of the time you get rich for the same reason you get famous; being an all-star athlete, Hollywood A-lister, or globetrotting pop star.
In the social media age, however, it’s easier than ever to be famous just for being famous. As the most highly-paid influencers can attest, it’s simple to turn that recognition into cold, hard cash.
Plus, with the red carpet treatment you’ll get, money will rarely be an issue.
Clubs, restaurants, and other discerning establishments love celebrities. When people will pay a premium for the chance to rub elbows with you it behooves these businesses to encourage your patronage. As such, the best tables, exclusive access, and VIP treatment will all become your new normal.
The Downsides of Celebrity Life
As no less than Bowie once sang, “fame puts you there where things are hollow”. Though you wouldn’t know it to look at them, it’s not all sunshine and daisies for the beautiful people.
The best-known drawback is the loss of privacy. Living in the spotlight starts to take on an almost literal meaning, with every move you make viewed under a microscope.
That’s fine if you’re perfect all the time, but less so if your adoring public catches you making mistakes. Not only that, but the constant attention can quickly get overbearing when you can’t even go to the grocery store without getting harassed.
Sometimes just being related to a famous person can prove challenging. Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, expressed in an interview that a great deal of pressure comes with being related to a beloved figure like his dad. Go check it out to get a first-person account of what growing up as showbiz royalty is like.
Being Famous Has Its Perks, but It’s Not for Everyone
The high life has its perks, but it’s far from a free ride. That A-list treatment comes at the cost of some of the simple dignities that ordinary folks can take for granted.
But then, everything worth doing comes with a cost. For a lot of us, we’d happily make a few compromises for a shot at being famous.
Famous or not, though, we all want to live our best lives. To help you out, remember to keep up with all the latest fashion, dining, and lifestyle news right here at View the Vibe.