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ganymede wrote:I'd personally prefer to be an author. Being a movie star sounds like hard work and I don't particularly fancy my private life appearing in every magazine under the sun. An author still gets that acclaim for their work but is less likely to be swarmed by the paparazzi going to the local cafe to get a cuppa!
DD Diva wrote:I'm with you Shelley, better to be known for your ability to write, educate (through reading) and live on in books than to impersonate characters, entertain for a while only to be forgotten in years to come!!! Though having said that, the legends of the big screen are remembered and revered for years after they're gone, eventually even those bright stars dimmer with each new generation!!!
Blitz wrote:DD Diva wrote:Hey! That's my livelihood you're speaking of!
Many books have been written and the authors have long been forgotten too. Whilst I haven't written a book yet, I have illustrated a few books. And while it is great to have the work in print the glory of it soon passes.
I'm not "A List" (more like "Z List") famous but I am occasionally recognised on the streets and have been asked for my autograph a few times. What I have learnt about it (abet in a minor way) is that it doesn't account for much in the end. Yes it is nice to be complimented by strangers but I've seen too many of my colleagues have their heads turned to fall for that trap.
What really counts is the joy that you give people. For a little while you have transported another human being to a special place of wonder. My father-in-law once recounted how he helped a magician on stage once when he was a boy. His face lit up as he told the tale how the poured milk into his ear and made it come out of his elbow...it was the boy that was telling me the tale. He concluded the story with how he always wondered how the magician did it. That was 70 years after the event. He asked me if I knew...I did...but didn't tell him - it would have destroyed the wonder.
When I perform I want to create a memory that will last to provide a moment of wonder for a lifetime.
Every Christmas Day for years now I'm booked to do the same job. Last year I finished the job and was leaving the venue when a woman ran after me. She wanted to thank me. I fobbed it off saying that it was a great venue, food and event etc but she pressed further.
She explained just how special my performances had been to her family particularly to her son. Every year at Christmas they would have a family dinner together but one year her father, the boy's grandfather had died and they couldn't face having the dinner at home without him. They decided to go out for dinner Christmas Day so as not to be reminded of what missing now.
So they are at the Christmas dinner at the venue when a magician fronts up at there table and delights them with his tricks. The son was enthralled...and he laughs and laughs...something he hadn't done since granddad had passed away. Apparently I had "made" their Christmas and they returned year after year. This year she had feared that I wouldn't stop at their table because the boy is now a young man...but I did stop...and delighted and fills them with wonder again(the young man especially).
For this boy maybe in 70 years time he will recount the memory of a magician with wonder.
To touch people's lives is better than fame.
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