Wanting to join the cult of personality is one thing. Having the capacity for it is quite another. There are very few who are born with the uncanny ability to understand the power of image, and carry the strength and intelligence to play their own image to its full potential. It is certainly true that luck plays a large part of it, and perhaps is the most essential part of it. Being at the right place and at the right time is not something that anyone can plan for, but it is something that young talents have to hope for. In the meantime, there are ways of giving power to one’s own image.
Being able to manipulate one’s image with any level of savvy can be quite expensive. When it comes to wanting to be discovered, in terms of money, mutual complaints from aspiring stars revolve around unfair situations. The best parts always go to the actors that the directors already know, and those who are born into famous families already have a leg up on everybody else. While this may very well be the case, it’s often wiser to pretend that things are not the way they are. A little bit of blind optimism can do wonders for motivation, and it can give one just a little more audacity than the rest. Fortunately, there are no reviews for the performance of everyday life, and that makes the real world a wonderful playing field to test one’s mettle.
If there is one thing that separates the superstars from the usual, everyday stars, it’s that they do seem to have a history of performing themselves in their lives before having their moment in the spotlight. Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando all had practice becoming themselves. It’s a kind of schizophrenia, possibly, to be so acutely aware of the moment that one can enter into it and also simultaneously perform to it. But it is that very ability to maintain multiple levels of consciousness at the same time. Being in the moment and outside of it at once is a skill, and it doesn’t necessarily come entirely naturally.
It does, however, seem to come to those who have had extraordinarily lucky or unfortunate circumstances early on. Somewhere in the early development phase, where the individual starts to separate from the rest, there are traumas or unforgettable positive reinforcements, that make one feel somehow outside of the usual laws of time and space. Superstars often seem to think of themselves as above the usual laws of physics, and in many cases, that is sort of true. There is a certain sense of invulnerability that goes with the territory, and it’s very important to keep in mind that this is sometimes a survival tool, and sometimes a radical maladjustment. Because one thing that is also true of superstardom, it has never been able to beat mortality, and there are too many Hollywood tragedies to prove it.
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