The rejection letters of the successful and famous

Friday, 21 March, 2014

If you’ve ever had any creative idea, or pitch, of some sort rejected, then you’re in good company… so to did Bono, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Madonna, Tim Burton, Gertrude Stein, and Jim Lee.

By the way, there were some slightly NSFW ads in the sidebar when I looked at the page.

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Is fame and glory beyond our lifetime a thing of the past?

Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

Who living now, or in recent times – say the last 100 years – is likely to attain “immortal glory”, and be remembered in 500 years time, in the way that someone like Leonardo da Vinci, who died in 1519, is recalled today?

The great discoverers of science usually are remembered (or at least, those credited with the discovery are); on the other hand most of the great scientific discoveries of our age are perhaps yet to be made. Either that, or nobody has yet agreed who is going to take the credit for the discovery. As the ascendancy of Thomas Edison over Nikola Tesla shows, self-promotion can often be more important than achievement. But then another 500 years could change this, too.

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Here’s how you should deal with fame, by Frank Sinatra

Friday, 21 May, 2010

George Michael’s comments about “the tragedy of fame” in a 1990 issue of Calendar Magazine, prompted Frank Sinatra to write a letter in response, clarifying exactly what the tragedy of fame meant

And no more of that talk about “the tragedy of fame.” The tragedy of fame is when no one shows up and you’re singing to the cleaning lady in some empty joint that hasn’t seen a paying customer since Saint Swithin’s day.

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The secret of my success: I have taste and style, but not talent

Friday, 26 June, 2009

Fame itself is viral if the enduring popularity of some celebrities, even those who have not achieved or performed anything especially noteworthy in quite some time, is anything to go by.

Prominent people stay popular for longer than they ought to because they serve as conversational fodder, which in turn drives more media coverage. “Take Paris Hilton, somehow or another she became well known and now people are more likely to talk about her,” Fast says. Mark Schaller, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, agrees. “It does provide an answer to the question of why fame is self-perpetuating, even when the famous person isn’t doing anything fame-worthy anymore.”

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I used to be vain but now I’m perfectly happy

Thursday, 28 May, 2009

Fame and fortune do not make people healthy, wealthy, and wise, according to social sciences professor Edward Deci, rather personal growth and being of service to others are the keys to fulfillment.

Even though our culture puts a strong emphasis on attaining wealth and fame, pursuing these goals does not contribute to having a satisfying life. The things that make your life happy are growing as an individual, having loving relationships, and contributing to your community.

Lady Gaga take note.

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1,000 True Fans

Monday, 28 April, 2008

1,000 True Fans

When first went live ten or so years ago, it was one of about a million* websites that then existed, while today it is estimated there are from 15 to 30 billion sites about.

As with the ever fragmenting music industry, getting a slice of the fame-action online is also becoming increasingly difficult.

Rather than chase the masses though, Kevin Kelly suggests that finding 1000 true fans may be all it takes to make a living and “succeed”.

A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans.

*This is the best reference I could track down in regards to the number of websites that existed in 1997, and is a bit of a guestimate based on the changes between the 1998 and 1999 figures.

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