Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Keep Your Ego in Check - Don't Let Your Fake, Celebrity Status Get The Best of You

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Keep Your Ego in Check - Don't Let Your Fake, Celebrity Status Get The Best of You

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Please accept this as a rant...

I have lived in Chicago nearly my whole life, I started going to nightclubs at 17, which puts me in my first nightclub in Chicago in the late 80s. That's a long time. I've seen a lot of people come and go in and out of the Chicago nightclub "scene" (whatever that means). I managed to make a lot of friends in and around the bar and restaurant industry. Some who are more successful than others.

I grew up, went away to college, moved back to Chicago and started working in advertising. I worked for some large firms on some major accounts. There, I made friends who are senior executives that worked on some of the biggest accounts in Chicago. After my stint in the agency world, I worked for a professional services firm where I managed C-level executives. I met several CEOs who ran Fortune 500 companies and investors who helped fund those businesses.

Aside from that, I've met two United States Presidents (one while he was a Senator and the other post-White House). Along the way, I've hung out with a few sports stars and TV personalities. I've traveled around the world, been to over twenty countries. I saw Carmen in the opera house in Vienna and Nirvana play at the Metro.

I have a point to make...I'm not being snooty
What I am trying to express here is that I've been around and I have seen a lot of different things in a lot of different places and I met people who are justifiably important. I am NOT saying that makes me important, on the contrary. Most of the really interesting people I've met never needed to tell me how interesting or important they were. I knew it just by being in their presence.

I have met many others who have an over-inflated sense of self but I can honestly say that I've never seen anything like the self-proclaimed Social Media Celebrity. Who are these people? What have they done? So you put a camera to your face and posted a bunch of pictures and wrote a few sentences? Who cares.

Just because you may have a couple thousand followers on Twitter or Facebook does not make you important. It probably means you have too much time on your hands. Don't call yourself a "Major Player". Major player in what? What does that even mean? Stop gloating about inconsequential things.

The fake, internet, pseudo celebrity who fancy themselves as someone who deserves to be treated differently than others is terribly annoying to me. I hold a higher regard for Jared, the Subway guy who lost all that weight. Or Omarrosa from the Apprentice. Andy Warhol, are you rolling over yet?

A side note: I do have friends who are "Internet Celebrities" and most of them are truly humble and nice people. Many started out as something where they were in the public eye in another medium and the internet was the progression. These people also have other jobs where this "celebrity status" helps their business or work and it is not what makes them.

Related Post:
Self Promotion Takes Some Getting Used To (But I Still Hate It)

Related readings:
Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead

STAR POWER: Internet Celebrity: Successful Advertising, Marketing and Promoting to the Entertainment Industry on the Internet

Understanding Media: Inside Celebrity

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

This reminds me what Ze Frank said at VidCon, "Authenticity is hard work."

That being said, I do my best to stand by my blog byline, "I'm a nobody, but I hope to inspire somebody."

I'm not in this for the fame or money. I'm here to have fun, tell my story, meet amazing people and be inspired while hoping to inspire.