So, you want to be a star? Maybe even a rock star like the one Nickelback sings about, hanging out at the coolest bars “in the VIP with the movie stars?”
While many other things mentioned in that song sound desirable, huge success is not always a good thing. Here are a few reasons why:
- No Privacy Issues
If you currently enjoy the freedom of being able to visit the supermarket unperturbed, then you would probably be better off not going mainstream. Many big name artists can’t step out their front doors without paparazzi and adoring fans hounding their every move. In addition, your personal business – from the type of meal you ate two Sundays ago to the name of your shrink – is not likely to wind up on TV or social media.
- Not Being Under the Microscope
As a small-time artist, whether you want to eat a double whopper with extra fries or go on hunger strike is not likely to be of no concern to anyone. Not so for the famous, who are constantly judged and ridiculed for every ounce of extra fat they lose or gain. Plus, if one area of your body seems well-proportioned, hardly anyone will be wondering if it’s ‘real’ or ‘fake.’
- More Creative Control
Unless you own your own record label, any musical work you create is subject to being chopped up and rearranged as deemed fit by the powers that be. As an independent artist, or if you’re a part of a low-key band, you will enjoy more control over what gets published.
- Avoid Fake Friends
They say if you want to know who your true friends are, you should pretend you’re dead…or just be an unknown artist. Many famous artists in the past quickly learned who their real friends were after falling from grace and landing on hard times. Staying small prevents you from having to go through all that to learn a simple life lesson.
If you read between the lines of many celebrity stories flooding the media, you would probably realize that there are quite a number of advantages in remaining a small-time artist. However, if after being warned, you still want to be a star, you should definitely go for it.