You Made it Weird - Pete Holmes
Love it. If you like the process of comedy and getting to know people, you'll love this. Pete is such a good guy.
Thank you for sharing. You have firsthand experience at the point I'm trying to make with this post, even if it's not "A-list" caliber.
Sure thing. I think it's hard for people to relate to the rich and famous, of which, I am neither. I have been around a few of them though and I'll tell you, to me, it doesn't seem worth it. Going out in public is awful. Everyone wants a picture or autograph and that person is never left alone. Everyone thinks they know them too, which in some ways I understand because they follow that person's work and may relate or connect to one of their characters, but that's it, it's a character, it's not them.
It's generally hard for famous folks to have friends because they never know who they can trust. Do they like them or just the idea of them or do they like the idea of being around a famous person?
In my job I've had occasion to be around many famous people and spend time with them not related to being on camera. They are for the most part pretty normal people just working a job. When they feel comfortable around you and they relax, then you can really get to know them and again, many of them are really good normal people.
Well except ex pro athletes. I've been around a lot of very famous and well-known ex pros and let me tell you, for the most part, those guys are dicks. That type A personality that got them to the top of their game doesn't go away just because they've gotten old and out of shape.
But I digress.
Honestly, I don't think I could handle being famous. I really don't.
I mean, crap, I already have trust issues from my normal life.
I couldn't imagine having to constantly guess if anything other than my money and status validates my personality. I couldn't stand always having to guard what I say, do, eat, think, BREATHE in case it's "bad for the press." I've already lived a version of that life, and I'll never do it again.
People are funny. We tend to think that because someone has more shiny things, they're more invincible than we are.
We're all people, but we all forget that sometimes.
It sucks for them. Some people have said that it's best to remain friends with people from back before the fame and fortune hit. Because they know the real you and you can trust them. I've seen that go miserably wrong for people as those friends of yours from back on the block and run a bank account dry. Some family thinks it's your job to support them now that you are rich and famous. I've seen it go bad that way.
Others think you can make new friends but you just have to be careful. It really depends who that new friend is. Why do famous people tend to hang out with other famous people? Well when Brad Pitt and George Clooney get together, neither has to worry if the other wants something from them. They both have everything they could need and they understand the life so it's just two dudes hanging out.
Want to be friends with that cool guy you met playing golf? Well that can be a hassle. He likes to tell his other friends that you and him are friends now and you get invited to tons of things. Because they want you there or they want "you" there? Hard to tell. Oh wait, until everyone there is asking to tell stories about what you do and asking for autographs and making the day all about you and your fame rather than about the family BBQ that you were invited to. Can't we just hang out and not have to talk about work?
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