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Why We Crave Fame

August 23, 2017

The Psychology Behind the Search for the Limelight

Why is it that the majority of western civilization is awe-struck by celebrities?  Think about it; when it comes down to it, a celebrity is merely a person who is more recognizable, and generally makes more money than the masses.

If we admire these successful individuals because they make a great deal of money, then why don't we, as a collective society, get obsessed with people like John Collison?  For that matter, do most people know who these people are?   John Collison, age 26, is now the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, yet most people wouldn't be able to pick him out of a crowd.

Perhaps it is the mere talent we respect and admire. Bill Gates makes a lot of money, but will be the first to admit that he can be awkward during social interactions. He doesn't gravitate towards the limelight so people don't always recognize him.  As humans, perhaps we have the natural tendency to respect someone with a great amount of talent and/or attractiveness, so we're interested in the likes of Taylor Swift and Chris Hemsworth.

But if pure talent was the source of our star obsessions, then, ahem, let's be honest, why are we obsessed with people like the Kardashians?

Does it come down to recognizability?  Are we buying tabloid magazines and tuning in to TMZ because we somehow relate to the faces that crowd our TV screens each evening?  If that truly is the case, this is an exciting revelation to internalize, helping us put our desires in to perspective and allowing us to work towards our true passions and goals.

Truly successful young actors are those who are passionate about the work, not the fame. 

When children aren't focused on the money and recognizability associated with stars, and concentrate on improving their craft true talent is born.  CIF encourages a focus on healthy gossip and giving back to help young performers avoid the child-actor pitfalls that often plague our society.