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  •  In my career (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, Youffraita

    I have worked network TV, feature films, big time rock & roll, ballet, opera and have been happily ensconced on B'way for the last decade+.

    Crazed fans are crazed - frankly, the travails of movie stars are pretty tame to what the rock stars have to endure.

    As I've been lucky to see and interact with all manner of world class performers "behind the scenes", I don't understand the adulation.

    When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights) always with scary amounts of talent. Most are pretty "normal" when you get them away from the lights & cameras.

    As in any random group of people, you'll get a handful of nasty backstabbers, but, buy and large, they're just like everyone else; Trying to do the best they can with what they have.

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

    by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:42:05 AM PST

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    •  Oh, ARS, here's where you nailed it: (0+ / 0-)
      When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights)
      You certainly do.  I don't care which of the creative arts you are in -- everything/everyone is trying to beat you down.  If you don't have a scary ego, you're not gonna make it.

      You might as well just cave and work in a restaurant.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:24:01 PM PST

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      •  the difference is (0+ / 0-)

        in how those who have the egos to drive themselves also treat others.

        Some of the most amazing talents I've ever worked with have also been gracious, wonderful humans.
        Others have been absolute a-holes, even to those who make their careers actually happen.

        As I said - people are people. Most good, some not.

        "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

        by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:58:50 PM PST

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