COVID-19 has brought many thoughts and reflections on our tables and households. Jobs in the media industry are adapting more and more into online spaces, requesting a higher number of skills and qualifications. In a span of three full months, social media consumers have been also bombarded by news and trends on a massive wave. From high school students to middle-aged professionals, tons of individuals have been reevaluating their lifestyles and how they can sustain themselves. And in times like these is when fame can either be a gain or a jinx.
Good fame brings glamour into your life and there’s no one that can say the opposite. Being famous for your remarkable and talented services to the community comes with gratification. If you mess it up and do harm, you provoke an incompatible feeling with the collective audience you speak up to. Fame is a calamity that enters in private spaces, like with J.D. Salinger, the author of The Cather in the Rye (1951). That guy gained so much fame, but hated being under the spotlights. Fame is also the most desirable blessing that a person could get, and this is the one that needs to be analyzed. Why do you want to be famous?
In April, Drake released his single Toosie Slide, along which came up also a music video with the Canadian artist in his opulent residence. Comedian and beauty entrepreneur B Simone has launched her book, Baby Girl Manifest – Manifest the Life You Want (in March). Kyle Jenner from the Kardashians has purchased a $36.5 million mansion in Holmby Hills in the middle of a pandemic. Ariana Grande has just bought a multimillionaire house too. Other celebrities and major media personalities show us ways to cope and keep our game up during such uncertain times. For real, though: how do we really cope, we human being with no fat wallets, sometimes even no residence, no family or partners close to us? There are ways we can all admire and seek our satisfaction through media and education, by reading and being inspired, but at the end of the day, how does fame play a role in our existence? Is there ever gonna be a way to be inspired and reach fame, if it even exists?
Fame looks like the solution to everything. I’d rather be rich and sad rather than happy and broke. Really though? There are days I think this, but after a couple of minutes I correct myself and go with the cliche’ sayings like “you’re rich in your heart”, “money doesn’t buy the most important things”, etc. Even though I am solid in my beliefs, as a a young creative in the arts and a writer, I would like to be famous. But I should make a correction. What I would really like lays more on the dream of being listened and speak for an audience, be at service to them and being comfortable with what I do. Being part of that experience is a fun way to see and enjoy life. If fame comes along these circumstances, while I make the best out of my passions, then yes, I really want to be famous on my own terms.
When I was a first-year and a sophomore at Hofstra University, I was the social media manager of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) club. I liked that role because it allowed me to work with social media and for the first time ever I had an insight of what being a social manager meant. However, this wasn’t the first time I had attempted to have such a position in a club. Months before joining the Hofstra’s SPJ, I was collaborating with the campus’ fashion club as a social media manager. The experience took off well but didn’t end up being beneficial for me. Misunderstandings occurred between the board and I, where I felt my work wasn’t validated enough. Even though this very first experience didn’t go as well as I had planned, during that first attempt of working as social media manager I had both learned and mastered social media skills, in terms of managing multiple accounts, figuring out algorhythms, and scheduling a palette for the feed. With SPJ I was able to create and establish a vision among my team with homogeneity and a collaborative spirit from my club mates. Working with Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat for both a fashion club and a journalism one has given me a taste of different situations to navigate in. At the beginning of my junior year I decided to resign my role and quit the club, and that was another first time for me: I needed to see my work more validated, appreciated, and in balance with my mental health. That was the time I learned to say no to a position, no matter how much the perks or the job itself seemed appealing and in line with my academic career. My off-campus experience was very similar, even though much connected to my on campus life.
My online presence is most of the times a reflection of what is going on in my life. I started using social media as a way to connect with my friends and family, without any marketing agenda. I’ve also used social media to recover from and cope with some of the most difficult phases of my life. I’ve never expressed an interest in becoming an influencer or to become an Internet sensation or a trendy personality. During one of my merriest time in college, I created a lot of visual content that was engaging and aesthetically pleasing. There are times when I look back and think that I could have kept that energy up, but once that happy period of life wrapped itself up, I felt lost and with no will to continue being myself. I was torn apart and I couldn’t find solace in a lot of my passions for a long time. After a whole year, I started restoring that energy and willingness, but the market and the rules on social media had changed by the time my heart, mind, and body were doing fine. At this time, especially during these last months, clouts and likes play a major role and have the incredible capability to change your expectations. The number of micro-bloggers has escalated exponentially, expanding the chances to users from all over the world to create businesses and establish themselves as brands and online personalities. The global currency that is most requested and easily comprehended is fame, linked to numbers, likes, and views. But is this the goal, the mean, the way to gain fame? And what do you do once you have it? These questions keep coming back to me because as a writer I could use a bigger platform and reach more voices, but… do I really need that? For some people no, for some jobs yes… So what should I do? Is fame the answer and the currency I should look for, even if I don’t want to?
Excuse my story time, but I think it was low-key needed!
From a personal point of view, I would like to be famous. I won’t lie: being recognized for your words, storytelling, and civic engagement in both the fashion and media industry would be an amazing and much-appreciated step to achieve. Despite the perks and the amenities that I might be able to get from this status, I wouldn’t want to be empty in my purpose and its ultimate goal. My dream to be a bridge among communities and speak up for the underrepresented are allocated at the core of my mission. I see fame as an opportunity. I just want to channel and find these opportunities and turn them into something meaningful, for others and myself. How beautiful it would be to wake up every morning and do what you really want to do while being at service to the public in your own area of expertise? This is the only comfort zone I aspire to be stuck in.
I have questions for y’all:
- Why do you create music for?
- Why do you write what you write?
- Why do you like acting?
Entrepreneurs and others
Depending on the industry and audience you’re working with, your purpose might be multilateral, so I’m giving you different questions you can think an answer for:
Do you want to give employment to those you’re serving to?
Do you want to build a legacy with your name?
How do you want to create a name and be at service of others?
the curly flower