Recently I read an interview in the Guardian’s Sunday Observer magazine with a well known public figure. Standard stuff really but what struck me was how honest the interview was.
In the interview the man spoke about how he’d struggled to find a place for him in the band he was in, he didn’t feel comfortable or confident in his abilities as he judged his worth by the amount of solos he was (or in the case wasn’t given) when the band first started out.
““A lot of people can take the piss out of that. But when you actually think about how that feels, standing on stage every single week, thinking: ‘What have I really done to contribute here? Sing a lower harmony that you can’t really hear in the mix?” He guesses, smiling wryly, that in those months he was best known as “The kid wearing espadrilles, stood in’t back.”
He went on to point out the positive characteristics of his fellow bandmates ending with “And then there was me.”
This is a guy who is trying to show the world that celebrities not matter the industry are people. They do a job, be it sing, act, it’s a job. Yes it’s not a traditional 9 to 5 job but it’s still a job. He explained how he struggles with not being seen as a real person by his own fans.
“Although my problems might look a hell of a lot different they’re actually, fundamentally, the same. Loss feels the same. Heartbreak feels the same. The fundamental hurtful things for a human are all the same. And I feel like I have to push that constantly, that humanised… The humanised feeling that…”
That you’re not a toy?
“Yeah. Honestly, it’s crazy. It’s hard for a lot of people who are fanatical to believe that you are a real entity and a person.”
To me everyone is the same. It doesn’t matter if your job means your face is on a billboard or on the cover of a magazine. It’s a human doing a job. A human who still eats,sleeps and socialises like the rest of us.
They are not gods just because they appear on TV or we hear them on the radio or see them on the big screen on a cinema. They are people. People who like every single one of us have family,friends and people who we love. The amount of money a person earns for the job they do should not be thing that makes us treat them different.
Tom Lamont who sat down and interviewed Louis Tomlinson for the interview raised some interesting questions as did Louis with his answers,on how we all treat people who have the so called “celebrity status”.
Why do we treat them differently?