I have a fascination for celebrities - especially when it comes to how they handle success. From Lilo to Robert Downey Jr, from Orson Welles to Marilyn Monroe, I study behavior and try to gather clues as to the correct way to behave to sustain a successful artistic career. The clues are there - just not always obvious.
Demi Moore's been having a spectacular fall from grace recently, what with her split from one of the coolest dudes on the planet, Ashton Kutcher, and her recent collapse after inhaling 'not marijuana' but some unspecified incense product (believe what you will.) And now apparently she's devastated by losing the title role in the upcoming film Lovelace, a bio pic based on the life of porn star Linda Lovelace. Ironic really, seeing as her career began to falter after the soft porn Striptease, you'd think she'd want to distance herself from 'that kind of film', especially at her age.
Celebrity is as much about perception as it is genuine talent and success - hence the spin we hear about actors when they begin to spiral out of control. Managing the media is now an important part of a successful public career. And no wonder - when the likes of Kate Moss can go into rehab and then return to the even bigger sponsorship deals then she had before. And Robert Downey Jr can go from a prison cell to Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes within a few short years. Clearly, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Quite the opposite.
Fame has a price they say but Oscar Wilde said it before anyone else: "There's only one thing worse than people talking about you - it's people not talking about you."
To Your Success!