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Aug

When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I have ever dreamed has come true a thousand times.

09

May

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egarding why shows like Gossip Girl and The Hills are so popular.


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking surrounding the fame fascination. Not that this entire blog isn’t dedicated to that but more specifically so, I’ve been considering why it is that the general public is so infatuated with celebrity. In other words, I’ve been trying to think in the reverse. Instead of pondering about what celebrities do with their platform, and what kind of power they hold in owning said platform, I’ve been thinking about what gives them the platform in the first place.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the Hollywood dream is actually not as appealing from a fame and fortune standpoint. I think young people are recognizing the pitfalls of celebrity via the missteps of Lindsay Lohan or Heidi Montag, for example. I think more so, the fascination is subconscious.

I believe that when a tween watches a show catered to their demographic, like Gossip Girl, there is more to the captivation than simply wishing they could be Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, or Chace Crawford. In actuality, I think they’re wishing they could live a little more like Serena, Blair, or Nate. I give young people a lot of credit, and I think kids are smarter than adults credit them to be. A normal teenager doesn’t do as much pondering on the subject as say I do, though, and so I think the line is somewhat blurred between actor and character. I’m not going to knock the viewer but what I will say is that maybe, for some, the best, and most logical, way to turn “pining for a more interesting life” into “living a more interesting life” is to try to break into Hollywood as an aspiring actor.

On the surface it’s, “if I get a role on Gossip Girl, I’ll be a celebrity.” Subconsciously the thought is, “if i get a role on Gossip Girl, I will live a life of excitement, adventure, wealth, romance, etc… as my character. My life will be perfect because, surrounded by chaos and drama, I’ll fall in love with someone who actually cares... like my character.”

but they’ll probably never realize that.

05

Feb

The Star Quality of Paul Newman and more

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o remember why I started writing and where I want to go.

I’ve had a lot of fun writing. I like that I started writing this blog in an attempt to rally for a job blogging with Vh1. I really like that Megan Hauserman of Vh1 fame has reposted my blog and contact information on her website in support. More importantly, I love that I kept writing both because I wanted to, and because people have actually been reading.

Thanks Megan!

Anyway, I started by posting some NYU film critiques, and by reviewing some reality shows. Once I started to pick up the pace, I started to focus my writing on things I was really interested in like Hollywood, inspiring facts, the fame platform, bad girl bombshells, and, of course, Paul Newman.

Having said that, and while I do love me some Jwoww, I just wanted to remind myself, and hopefully inspire at least one other reader, of why I dedicated this blog to my hero Paul Newman.

Paul was never the greatest technical actor, but he worked extremely hard, he never gave up on his dream, and above all else, he had star quality. More importantly than what he had, is what he did. As of 2008 (it’s now 2010, remember), Paul Newman is credited as donating over $280 million to charity, all due to a good head on his shoulders, a heart in the right place, and a massive platform.

Cool Hand Luke is my favorite Paul Newman movie because of it’s message:

There are always going to be people in your life who don’t get it. They’ll feel like they should have power over you, for one reason or another, but if you’re the right kind of person, a person with that star quality, that little something special, then they’ll always be a step behind, wondering what makes you tick.