Jewel checked in with fans on her official web site on Friday (March 27), sharing her thoughts on fame. The singer songwriter tells readers:
I often get asked about fame. Fame is an unfathomable creature that shifts shape, and one becomes even more aware of the mythical creature Fame when in LA. Many people want to be famous here. Here is what I have learned: Fame does not exist except in the minds of people. It is not real. It’s like the Easter Bunny, or Disneyland. It is not a real thing. It is not a tree or air or bread. It is a fantasy that is created and built on clouds in our collective minds. I guess mostly it reminds me of high school; everyone wants to be liked and popular. The difference with celebrity is that there is money to be made at this, and there is an entire industry built around manufacturing, selling and creating the illusion of celebrity.
I have always felt like an outsider- even in school. I have always been shy and introverted and watched the ‘cool’ kids, and I wrote about everything I saw. It shocked me that these writings led me to fame. Ty and I often talk about success, and have categorized famous people in two groups. One group is made of those who wanted to be excellent at their craft, and by being excellent became successful or famous as a side effect. For this group, being good at their craft was the goal. For the other group, fame is the destination, and they simply see music or sports, or whatever, as their vehicle to fame. When you meet someone, you can instantly see which of the two groups they fall in.
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