There once was a time not too long ago where the majority of children would aspire to be doctors, policemen, teachers, astronauts, and even the President of the United States. This was of course before Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Justin Bieber. Your teachers will tell you to educate yourself and you can be anything you want to be.
The truth is that famous doesn’t take much education. It might take a Youtube video going viral, a boyfriend/girlfriend in the “industry”, a stunt for huge media attention, or even a sex tape. The time of young people believing that becoming educated and skilled in a specific craft was gone when we opened the door to Reality TV and the internet. How can you honestly tell a young person it is more profitable to become a doctor, when being a Real Housewife puts you in a Mansion and you get to be a TV star.
We have people who are lawyers, doctors, and preachers trying to get a piece of the reality spotlight. And why wouldn’t they, when most reality stars are making anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 per episode?
I have worked in and around the music industry for 10 years and I can’t tell you how many “aspiring artists” I have met. Most of these artists did not create music for the love of music, but for the love of fame and money. The fact is that out of the hundreds of music artists I have worked around, only one has made a hit on the radio, and even he was a one hit wonder. The statistics for the aspiring famers are slim to none. Getting a shot at being famous as a music artist, or reality personality is like winning the lottery.
The media and television stations portray fame as something everyone can get a piece of. The reality is that you will probably spend your entire life trying. Most people who enter the world of fame do so with some type of friend or family connections. Others have found a way to be the most viewed on the internet and thus are able to sit side by side the famous. Fame is something you can acquire without being skilled or educated, which we saw first hand with the rise of the Kardashians. The example has been set for the future aspirations of our children.
What reality TV should be doing is showing the actual reality of what happens in the life of a “famous” person. With more money and attention, the problems are enormous. 99% of the people around you are trying to grab a piece of your spotlight. You can’t use a public bathroom without being followed by someone trying to destroy your image. Remember that a celebrity’s spotlight may be extremely bright, but it only means that there is a very dark side that we don’t see. When your child looks at you and says, I want to be famous when I grow up, what is your response going to be?