You Want to be Famous. You Don’t Want to be Famous.
(Joe Jonas’ article in Flaunt Magazine)
I have come across two different kinds of people trying to make it — there are those that crave fame for itself and then there are those who love what they do because they can’t help it.
The entertainment business is filled with people with different goals, motives, intentions, and dreams. Some are driven by the desire to be famous and simply seek the best way to get there. Because fame allows them the opportunity to make money and be recognized. To drive the newest Ferrari and pull it up to the latest Hollywood sushi hotspot just in time to have their picture taken. To have a yacht in Greece, loaded with 30 models living off of expensive champagne I’ve seen these people. The mercenaries. It might appear that they have it all, but in the end, do they?
I meet young girls at our concerts who say to me that they want to be the next Lady Gaga. I ask them why, and many respond “Because I want to be famous.” You don’t want to be famous just to be famous. It can be a scary life.
And then there are those who love what they do because they can’t help it. They are passionate because they can’t envision doing anything else. They are hungry for work — hungry because they have passion for what they do.
The reason I keep doing this is because I can’t help myself. I enjoy music deeply. I grew up listening to my dad tell us: “Live like you’re at the bottom, even if you’re at the top.” Treat people with the respect that they deserve. Know that it is very easy for everything you’ve been blessed with to disappear in a flash.
Listen, I’m sure a lot of people reading this think it’s easy for me to say these things. I’m part of a band that made it. But trust me, there were roadblocks and setbacks along the way. Many people don’t remember this, but our band was dropped from our first label after our album didn’t meet their expectations. And my recent solo effort didn’t exactly set the charts on fire. But none of that changes the way I feel about music, or its centrality to my life and my career.
If there is anything to take away from this, it’s the importance of staying true to one’s self. Do things because you believe in them and because they make you happy, not for some ulterior motive.