Here’s How the Weight of Fame Takes Its Toll On Celebrities’ Overall Health
Fame is a big word with a big meaning that many people who call it a big dream want to achieve. While there is much glory in being widely known, there also are hurdles that go with it.
Celebrities can attest to that because the fame they experience has a huge weight that affects their lives in the most life-changing ways. Being popular may look like living a life filled with rainbows and butterflies, getting what you want when you want it and achieving the bright spotlight all the time, but it’s not always like that. Every public figure knows that the high ground they are standing on got both the good and the bad sides of attention.
Indeed, most audiences see stars always ready to show their best on screen, on stage, on sets and even on streets. Celebrities show their smiles and display their enthusiasm for everyone, especially for their fans to see, and it’s truly fulfilling to accomplish their own passion and dreams while making people happy with their efforts.
What most people don’t realize though is this stardom that celebrities bear affects their general well-being. It may be living the dream, but even these superstars cannot deny that prominence isn’t everything one needs. If there’s one aspect of life tremendously impacted on, then it’s these personalities’ health. Whether they like it or not, this is a fact.
The purpose of this piece is for readers to understand a critical portion of the lives of the stars audiences look up to. This enlightenment will aid you to appreciate even more the profession of celebrities and to never underestimate their labor to produce the best outcomes not only for themselves but also for the public. Moreover, this will help you if you are dreaming to become one of them as well. Here’s how the weight of fame takes its toll on celebrities’ overall health. Keep reading!
1 – WORKING DAY AND NIGHT IS EXHAUSTING AND SICKENING.
Shooting for drama series, filming for movies, taping for variety shows, live recording for radios and many more… This is what makes up most of celebrities’ work time. Well, that’s just the surface. Talk about TV guestings, press conferences, mall tours, fan meetings, contract signings, script readings, advertisement shoots, acting workshops, dance practices, song rehearsals, concerts and all the other parts of their job which the public eye does not fully witness.
Celebrities work day and night, day to night, night to day and everything in between. Just imagine how exhausting that is. Regardless of the industry, their job, having media attention, is definitely not a joke. Before they attain recognition in their craft, they put in substantial effort, time and energy. Especially when they have shoots that require no sleep, yet they still have to look well and do well, it’s not easy. They always have to execute their best no matter the day, the time and the season.
Just stating the obvious because some people don’t think that stars are humans too, but yes, these popular people are humans too. Poor sleeping schedules and lack of sleep matched with using up their energy don’t make a good combination. They also get extremely tired at times because of their work. Sometimes, they experience fatigue and get sick.
2 – BUSY SCHEDULES SET ASIDE FAMILY TIME.
One of the saddest parts of celebrities’ general health being affected takes place where the time they spend with their families are terribly consumed by their overly busy schedules. When it comes to health, relationship with the family plays a significant role.
The family occupies a pivotal space in the life of every person including celebrities. It’s the circle that gives most support to them and from which they gain most strength. Unfortunately, most stars sacrifice their family time when they work diligently to reach their goals and when they value the fame they receive.
They also work for their loved ones, however, this is oftentimes a requirement. Tight entertainment calendars leave them with no choice but to wait very long before they can go home or before they can spend a getaway with their loved ones. This affects not only the lives of the celebs themselves but of their whole family’s bonds.
3 – FALSE RUMORS AND SCANDALS ARE WAITING TO BITE.
Fame puts stars on the center stage, but sometimes, the reason is the worst reason there is. Celebrities are targets of rumors and scandals waiting to bite and ruin them.
If the rumors are positive, then no worries regardless if they’re true or not, however, if they are negative, they taint the figures’ careers regardless if they’re factual or not.
Obviously, this presents agonizing mental health effects to celebrities who are just humans too. Their celebrity management company is sure to aid them in the battle against defaming scandals, but even when the negative rumors are proven false, still, the distress and troubles they bring are absolutely nerve-racking.
4 – BASHING AND HATRED FROM SOME PEOPLE CAUSE MENTAL DISTRESS.
The strains of the celeb life include the sky-scraping expectations of people from. It’s maddening how some people look at stars as possessions that need to meet their hopes in terms of the satisfaction of talents they exhibit.
Really, you cannot please everybody, and this saying is even truer when you are in stardom. Regretfully, celebrities go through torments affecting their mental health because of bashing and hatred they receive from some people even when they do nothing wrong.
Often, these haters are people who support someone else who’s considered to be the celebrity’s ‘competitor’ in the field. Annoyingly, they can also be just anyone who thinks highly of themselves. Most of them harshly judge and bash hardworking artists when they themselves cannot do what these talented personalities decently do.
5 – STALKERS EXIST.
Not all artists have stalkers, but when a certain celebrity has, it’s very distressing and disturbing.
Stalkers follow stars wherever they go and gather in-depth information about them, even personal ones, because of their obsession over these personalities. This is very dangerous because this can lead to privacy intrusion, harassment and injuries due to attacks.
Public figures who become victims of stalking or attempts of it suffer weighty psychological discomforts including anxiety, terror and feeling of insecurity. Especially when they directly experience assaults from their stalkers, they get shocked and traumatized.
With the help of their celebrity management company, these personalities work on legal actions to stop and apprehend their stalkers and prevent further danger caused by their unlikeable deeds.
6 – THEIR POPULARITY KEEPS THEM AWAY FROM NORMALLY SOCIALIZING WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOWBIZ.
Yes, celebrities are only humans, and they can actually be considered as ordinary as just anybody. Some people may say that it’s an overreaction to say that stars cannot live “normal lives”, but look around, it’s actually a reality that nobody cannot deny. Celebrities are only humans like any human, but they cannot fully live the lives of non celebrities.
Their popularity keeps them away from normally socializing and interacting with other people outside the entertainment industry. They have a golden image and reputation to protect, but more than that, they have their own lives and loved ones to keep comfortable as well. While they interact with fans and strangers, they have to also be totally careful. They have personal lives they need to safeguard and to set separately from their lives out in the open.
This affects the social health and interpersonal life of celebrities because they can never be reckless even when simply interacting with people and building relationships specifically outside showbiz. Some famous stars lack social networks which are essential for their health because their celebrity management company restricts them for their own image’s sake.
7 – THE PRESSURES OF SHOW BUSINESS ARE TAXING AND OVERWHELMING.
With great power comes great responsibility. It’s not only a quote that applies for fictional superheroes but especially for real-life superstars.
The show business isn’t snug as a bug on a rug like many people assume it is. It’s not as leisurely like the media portrays. The truth is that the pressures in the entertainment industry are taxing and overwhelming.
For personalities who begin from scratch, having no powerful connections but offering their talents and dedication alone, this is more arduous than anyone else’s journey to the top. Most of them begin from tough auditions and casting calls which give no assurance.
Many artists, especially singers, dancers, bands and performance groups, go through many years of toilsome training to season them and their skills before they step out into the real world of pop culture. The cruel traineeship is just a glimpse of the tensions that well-versed artists really encounter when they already are inside the battlefield.
The previous numbers are the specific components of the limelight’s pressures. All these greatly affect famous people’s mental and emotional well-being too. Needless to say, celebrities must possess a genuinely pleasing personality while guarded with a lion-hearted self.
THE WEIGHT OF FAME
A cloudland of cloud nine is what most people think about taking the limelight. Why? Because most popular celebrities are well-loved and acknowledged by a massive population, treated as VIPs, so oftentimes, they are the ones prioritized, admired and sought after. Basically, fame seems like what everybody needs to achieve their dreams, especially nowadays when social media is an influential factor in quickly becoming a sensation.
While all the favorable facets of stardom are so desirable, no one should disregard the burdens it puts on celebrities’ overall health. The effects aren’t only external but also internal which is much worse.
This is why it’s also heartwarming for fans who appreciate their favorite artists to see how these celebrities are receiving acclamation and awards. They are aware that many stars may have become notable, but it took them a long hard way to get there, so these supporters are glad and proud of their icons’ accomplishments.
The weight of fame is heavier than anybody knows. To be a star is to be ready for what the path of prestige inevitably carries, regardless if it’s fine or not.
Hopefully, non celebrities and fans learn to appreciate what hardworking celebrities do and avoid hating on those who don’t meet their expectations or who seem to be rivals in the industry with their own favorites. At the same time, here’s hoping that the celebrities the whole world cheers on get to take care of themselves and their health better amidst all the demands and afflictions of their occupation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for The Fordham Company, one of Australia’s leading celebrity talent management agencies located in Sydney. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.