Before anyone becomes a celebrity, they are first a human being with desires and a passion to do well at their craft.
Whether it’s acting, presenting or sports, it is their desire to succeed that drives them forward.
As they drive forward, Some others begin to take notice and others see opportunity and it is here where the problems are born.
Some others see opportunity to make money and enhance their own brand and drive their own passion forward through this person.
Some others think of themselves first.
Some agents, sponsorships, the press; some have their own agenda.
Some will say they care about the person as their journey forward grows.
Some only care about making money and making their own living.
The thing is we all have to make a living.
So how can the relationship between the media and celebrities change?
Two things stand out
- Celebrities and those in the public eye must have coaching in how to handle changes, challenges and those moments when it seems everything is going wrong.
- Agents, sponsors and the press must understand how to recognise when a person is struggling and back off and show support rather than dismiss them. They must understand, this person is striving to make a living in the only way they know how, just as they are.
This change isn’t just about being kind but understanding us humans make mistakes and as much as we love what we do, we don’t always get it right.
I’m sure there are people feeling guilty after what’s happened to Caroline flack and I say this to those people – if you could change how you spoke or reported on her on social media or the press, what would you do differently?
Change can happen. Change can be good and change can still provide you with a decent living, doing what you do best, WITHOUT creating an environment of destruction.
If you know of anyone struggling I urge you to pass on my details.