Top 10 Disadvantages of Being an Actor
There is a well known proverb which has stood the testimony of times: “grass is always greener on the other side”. It describes the basic human nature of never ending curiosity and dissatisfaction with whatever he possesses. As common men, we hold the famous public personalities in an altogether different view. We mount them on the pedestal of divinity and they cease to exhibit any normal human tendencies for us. Right from their lifestyle to their work environment, from their choice of clothes to their preferred vacation spots, we closely scrutinize every detail. Most of us are blinded by the life of glitz and glamour they lead and secretly wish to have something like that. Some wish to experience that luxury for a short period of time while others are so sick of their daily, monotonous life that they wish to completely replace it with the happening life of personalities. But have you ever thought that there’s much more to being a famous person than meets the eye? One of the most sought after profession for the kind of fame and luxury it provides is that of an actor. We see Bollywood actors strutting about in high style clothes, dining in lavish restaurants, attending fancy parties and galas, visiting high profile events and being loved and envied by all. But that is just what we see, or wish to see. There is a whole other side to being an actor, which is so detestable that I sometimes pity them. The following article highlights top 10 disadvantages of being so famous and rich:
10. Extreme Criticism
Who doesn’t have failures in his life? Who doesn’t fall in the race to success? What matters is how much you learned by those failures and how you recollected your strength and charged towards the goal again. Ultimately its your success that counts. But not if you are an actor. For them, one wrong decision, one flop movie, one bad role is a pit hole recovering from which takes ages and sometimes, becomes impossible! Film critics can destroy their career with one article and they would live to bear the consequences till the end of their career.
9. Need to be Politically Correct
Every word that actors say can be quoted in any situation and hence they need to be extra careful about what they speak. Imagine how scary and uncomfortable it is when you know that anything and everything that you say can be (mis)quoted out of the context and can make you look bad in the public eye. Having an audience like ours, which is so impressionable and believes whatever is told to them, they pay extra attention to their words. And those who don’t, end up being the laughing stock. Whether its about their next movie or their equation with a co-star or their plan to settle down in life, they have to fit in a filter in their vocal chords before uttering any word. Feels sick, right?
8. Constant Media Attack
Because we lead such plain lives, we always yearn for fame and feel ecstatic when we get recognition in public. For the same reason we think actors are so fortunate, they get media’s attention and fame. But what’s recognition and fame for us is probably hostility for those who are under media scanner 24×7. And by 24×7 I mean 24 hours of all 7 days in a week, literally. Media scrapes away their freedom to choose what to share and what to hide. From just-out-of-flight pictures to a ‘secret holiday’ with partner, every detail gets published. People know what they had for Sunday brunch, thanks to media. People know where they shopped last week, thanks to media. The moment they step out of their homes, paparazzi swarms around with their cameras, flashing lights and questions into their faces. What fun is there in such a havoc?
7. Pretentious Life
Since actors are public figures, their entire life is like an open book which anybody can read. They strive for recognition and acceptance by the audience. They work hard to remain in the good books of everyone. They don’t know when they might be confronted by a media person so they have to be prepared all the time. Both physically and mentally. They are required to keep up the make up, the style and the demeanor of a perfectly happy and cheerful person all the time. Imagine having to walk to your friend’s house for a chat in high heels and a branded dress. The pretence of keeping up to this fake lifestyle takes a toll on their peace of mind.
6. Unpleasant Rivalries
Actors are famous for their rivalries. Its an ugly side to being an actor which affects them more than what we think. We see actors avoiding each other at public events, mocking each other through indirect comments, indulging in verbal brawls on social networking sites. Such rivalries affects their professionalism, relationships and social standing. In some cases it harms them emotionally too, because lets not forget they are humans too.
5. Forced to Face Judgement
When someone constantly judges us, doesn’t that make us all nervous and conscious and low on self confidence? Why don’t we think about the actors in a similar way? They get judged for their every action and that too, mostly in a bad, demeaning sense. Aishwarya Rai was judged and condemned for her post-pregnancy fat. Do you think it wouldn’t affect her confidence every time she would step out of her house? Just because she is an actress why do people forget that she carried a live, breathing human being in her womb for 9 months and cannot pull off the fat in a day. So much for being a celebrity!
4. Maddening Rumours
When you hear about some fake news going around about your character or your family or your love life, don’t you feel angry and betrayed? Don’t you feel like breaking that person’s nose who started these rumours in the first place? Well, that’s exactly how actors feel. Lately it has become a trend to link up the actors to their co-stars, producers, directors or any other living soul of opposite sex they are spotted with. These rumours stem from the evil minds of sadist people who take pleasure in spoiling others’ image. Its highly unfair to expect the actors to react all calm and composed to such things but unfortunately they are left with no option but to ignore it and move on.
3. Uncertain Relationships
As adults, we all yearn for stability both professionally and personally. We wish to have a group of close friends who would be there for us in every phase of life. We wish to have a partner who would love us, respect us, support us and be ready to walk with us to the end of our lives. But poor actors! Their close relationships are so deeply scrutinized that sometimes even they cannot help to prevent the disasters. We have seen so many couples breaking up, so many friendships going sour, so many equations turning cold majorly because of the interference from outside world. When a relationship is constantly fed with questions, rumours, unethical data and third party information; insecurities and a feeling of distrust is bound to creep in which ultimately results in the break down! Why else do you think actors want to date people outside of the industry?
2. Crazy Fans
Being loved and appreciated is something that everyone wants. No matter how bad they may be at acting, every actor has his own fan following. Even Ram Gopal Verma has fans! It feels good to know that people are appreciating your work and love you for your talent. But this doesn’t stop here. Fans go over the board to do crazy, insane things to show their love. Some people slit their wrists, some become stalkers, some send weird gifts to their favorite actors, some turn up in front of media with fake news. Actors reporting about creepy stalkers and dangerous phone calls is a common sight. Having a fan following is fun, but at the cost of your safety and security? Not so much!
1. No Private Life
We might find it very interesting to know about the life of Kareena Kapoor after marriage or how Aishwarya Rai feels after becoming a mother or what is the equation between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh but imagine yourself to be at their place and then think. Imagine a life in which nothing is just yours, every thing is labelled as a public property and your privacy is intruded at every step. They can no longer enjoy a calm, long walk in the garden. Every news we read about a dinner or an outing of a pair of actors was actually meant to be a close, intimate, special moment spoiled by the media. Now do you feel sympathetic?