The Disadvantages of Being a Famous Person

By Renae Marbury ; Updated September 15, 2017
A star waves from the window of a limousine.

Many people, especially as children, dream of being famous someday. Whether you aim to become a film star who captures the hearts of young moviegoers, the astute governor of a popular state or the inventor of the next generation of computer software, the idea of being famous can be very attractive. However, many people fail to realize that though fame may garner you admiration and respect from the masses, some aspects of being famous are less than favorable.

Invasion of Privacy

Camera people are lined up taking photographs.

The lives of film stars and entertainment figures seem so glamorous when we watch them on TV and in the movies. Politicians say all the right things and their families look so picture perfect in those campaign ads. But imagine being followed 24 hours of every day. Such is the life of a famous person. You must always go out looking your best for fear of a haggard picture appearing in a magazine. Additionally, you can expect no respect for personal or family boundaries.

Gossip Columnists

A woman tells another woman a secret.

Gossip columnists are relentless at finding out every single detail of your private life, including potentially embarrassing details you would never want to be publicized. All in all, the lives of famous people are not their own. If you actually do become famous, expect constant invasion of your private life. Working in tandem with the gossip columnists and perhaps even more aggressive, the paparazzi go to great lengths to snap intimate pictures of famous people engaged in less than savory acts.

Paparazzi

The paparazzi waits for a celebrity's arrival.

Paparazzi have little or no respect for the privacy of celebrities or their family members. They will chase their targets, hide, camp out and disguise themselves just to get that elusive shot. Many celebrities have sued paparazzi for thousands of dollars for publishing personal photos without their consent. Perhaps the most tragic example of paparazzi aggression was the high-speed pursuit of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in 1997, which resulted in their car crash and deaths. "Time" magazine reported that paparazzi were initially considered suspects in the case, and indeed, the final inquisition held that they were partly responsible.

Fan Expectations

Young fans take pictures of a male star.

People generally expect a lot more from you when you are a famous person. Fans expect celebrities to be absolutely perfect in every aspect of their lives, every single day. Such an expectation is impossible for any human being to fulfill. Thus, when famous people are reported as having done something wrong, they are highly scrutinized by the public. If the offense is small, you may be able to work your way back into good standing with good PR guidance. However, if the offense is nontrivial, such as the commitment of a felony or comments that alienate a segment of the population, fans may quite possibly turn their backs on you forever.

About the Author

Renae Marbury has enjoyed a successful 15-year career in corporate communications writing for large corporations. Her work has appeared in the "The Virginian Pilot" newspaper and "Prudential Relocation" magazine. She currently serves as corporate communications manager for a Fortune 500 company. She also possesses a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University.