Most people have wished at least once that they were famous, but is it really as extravagant as people make it out to be? I do not think that fame and fortune would bring me happiness. Not all celebrities have gone crazy under the pressure, but a lot have. Although it sometimes looks amazing, being famous isn’t as great as it seems to be. Not only is there stress to be a good performer, but there is also a lot of stress from the attention. Is giving up your happiness, friends, and family, worth all the attention and money?Since everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, there are some people that think that fame and fortune can make you happy. Fame looks exciting and glamorous, but when you take a closer look you see all the downsides. I do not think that fame and fortune could bring me true happiness.
Although it sometimes looks amazing, being famous isn’t as great as it seems to be. There is a lot of stress that comes with fame. According to the article, Can Fame Make You Happy?, "Turns out, the happiness that comes from fame is fleeting." It someone were to become famous, it may be fun at the beginning or when they go to prestigious events, but celebrities can never have a normal life style. In fact, because of the stress and pressure that is put on them, a lot of celebrities aren’t very good role models. Mackenzie Carro made many good points about how complicated the celebrity lifestyle is, including, “According to a study at the University of Rochester in New York, true happiness derives from having close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to your community.” Since celebrities are always on the run, or are given too much attention, they don’t have the privilege of having a simple life. We may think that celebrities have it better than us, but in reality, most of us have it better than them. Granted, they do have a lot of money, and can buy about whatever they’d like to, but they can’t take a break from the paparazzi or their fake friends.
Since everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, there are some people that think that fame and fortune can make you happy. The author made several good points on why fame can’t make you happy, but she also made good points on why it could make you happy. A lot of the upsides of fame were stated in the article, “She spends her days doing what she loves. She earns more money from one movie than most people make in a lifetime. Plus, she gets amazing perks, like free clothes from top designers, front-row seats at prestigious award shows, and trips around the world.” Along with amazing advantages, celebrities are also able to do something that isn’t considered cool and make it go viral. Celebrities are living a lifestyle that most people can only dream of having, but is it worth giving up you true happiness? Most people wouldn’t give up their friends or family to get the hottest new clothes, and some people would rather watch award shows in their living room, than in an elegant theatre. When it comes to friends, McKenzie Carro wrote, “But according to Rockwell, it can be difficult for a celebrity to trust others and to make and keep true friends. Stars have to wonder if their “friends” like them for who they are or for what they have.” This makes it very hard to have genuine relationships, and studies show that true happiness comes from close relationships with friends, family, your community, and overall yourself. We've all heard the saying, "Money can't buy happiness," and that is what a lot of celebrities try to do.
Not only is there stress to be a good performer, but there is also a lot of stress from the attention. Of course there is pressure on stage, but do you really know what it’s like off stage for celebrities? In the article the author, Mackenzie Carro, states “Beyoncé has said that though she likes attention when she’s onstage, she’d be happier if she could “cut it off” when she isn’t performing and just enjoy her life.” Although I don’t know any celebrities personally, I’m sure that most would say they don’t like that much attention. Mackenzie Carro also writes, "To outsiders, constant attention might seem glamorous. In reality, though, it brings an enormous amount of stress." The attention that celebrities get is outrageous, thus making any of the fun and happiness vanquish. Although celebrities do what they love for a lot of money, I’m sure they get tired of their managers telling them what they are supposed to do, what they’re supposed to look like, and how they perform. Since they are the ones performing, celebrities should be the ones to decide how they would like to do it, right? Well, that’s not the case. Managers are constantly telling celebrities that if they want more fans they will have to change the way they act, eat, dance, etc. A quote from the article says, “...true happiness derives from having close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to your community.” With managers changing the way celebrities act, it distracts them from working on personal growth. Like studies show, personal growth increases happiness, so no wonder celebrities aren’t as happy as they seem.
Fame looks exciting and glamorous, but when you take a closer look you see all the downsides. Along with being criticized, celebrities are expected to change themselves to gratify their fans and managers. They constantly have some type of pressure on them, whether it’s about the attention, about being a good performer, or just that they aren’t happy with the life they are living. Not all celebrities have gotten out of line, but there is a lot that have. This shows that ‘average’ people sometimes do have it better than the celebrities.