The Toxic Illusion of Fame

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Author: V. Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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  1. Interesting topic, Henry! I was waiting for the moment when you would make a link between being a famous movie star and being a famous vlogger, because – let’s face it, Henry – everyone who is following vlogs about the Philippines knows Reekay! It’s a different kind of fame. Not the kind of fame that makes you rich. But it is fame anyway. I’m sure you are frequently being recognised – especially when you are in the Philippines and among the expat community. I guess the feelings about that are double. On the one hand, it helps to build your brand. On the other hand, it’s an invasion of your privacy.

  2. I have a buddy that lives in Irvine, and he says the kids (10 to 18 range) view fame as the ultimate trump card over all other forms of recognition including wealth. Even if a distant relative that has spent 10 minutes on a TV show or movie, moves you up a notch in status. The kids are obsessed with creating their own fame and this is why TikTok and other forms of social media are so hot with youth.

  3. I’m of the same mindset as you. For me, having good financials, being retired, and flying under the radar is the perfect everyday life.

  4. Agreed, wealth and humility is the way to go. Fame is the worst thing one can get for the reasons you mentioned. In addition, the resulting over inflated ego leads to unhealthy inter-personal relationship.

  5. This is probably the best and most practical lifestyle perspective of fame I’ve ever heard. If I had kids I’d sit them down and let them watch this life lesson video. I guarantee I’d never hear a single complaint about not becoming prom king or queen, or being that popular school kid. Great video!

  6. Fame and fortune would have many negatives im sure, many would wrongly assume they have thick skins but they are simply human beings with a talent in my view….good subject Reekay

  7. I am with you. I would take the money but you can keep the fame. As far as I am concerned in my meek little life to many people think they know too much about me. My ex’s family comes to mind.

  8. I think fame is related to power and respect. So I think most people would like that. For me personally, I’d rather be under the radar with money. Like you said.

  9. Very few actors make it big time or last long in the industry. Less than 1% of the regulars on average TV sitcoms make it in the long run. Only the big names hold on. It’s a dirty filthy business for the most part. It’s the DPs and sound men that are always employed. It’s better in long run to be behind the camera than in front of the camera if you plan on a long term employment in the entertainment business. Acting schools are a dime a dozen today, but most of their students will never make it except for background extra work. A sag extra can make $300 a day and if lucky with overtime maybe $700.

  10. I think the same thing could be said about youtube as well. You could have all the subscribers in the world, and you can still be alone.

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