Fame is the name of the game

Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. ~ Erma Bombeck

I have always wondered what makes someone famous and what makes the other successful. What makes something a ‘hype’ and what makes another thing genuinely booming? When I stumbled upon various famous things on the Internet it made me realize how diverse the definition of ‘fame’ and ‘success’ are. Some people are famous because they made such remarkable achievements and contributions to the history of the world, while others are famous for their unparalleled skills and abilities. Some are famous for their athletic abilities while others are famous for being athletes despite their abilities. Some become famous at a young age while others are still famous even when their almost in their 60s. When it comes to success, though, it is a whole different story. Not all famous people are successful, in the same way that not all successful people are famous. Confusing, right? So what really determines fame and success? I often see this phenomenon in the entertainment business. Take for example the wide range of famous actors, both from the past and the present. One Internet site I visited showed various deciding factors as to why they think these are the most famous actors of all time. It depends on different aspects such as the popularity of the actor, number of movies done, his public appearances, his endorsements and other projects, his annual profit, and his bankability among others.

Look at Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, who took the number eight spot in that ‘most famous actors of all time’ list.

He is young and raw compared to the other actors on the list but he is considered both famous and successful. He has only been in one movie franchise and he instantly became a huge hit and a worldwide sensation. He will forever be remembered as “The boy who lived” and that definitely put him up on a pedestal. In my country, sensations and hypes often come and go. I think this is one important factor to find out whether or not something is famous or successful. People have the tendency to ride on the so-called bandwagon and that’s what marketers and advertisers are counting on.

There is this ice cream called Magnum, created by a company called Selecta.

It’s not a new product, actually, coz it has been around for quite some time now. Recently, though, due to its latest series of TVC, people have been Facebook-ing about it – posting pictures, shout outs, status updates or simply questioning what all the ‘hype’ is about. Before you know it, the 7-11 stores in my neighborhood ran out of stock. Some are quite happy and couldn’t stop ranting on and on about it, while others are still cynical and kept on criticizing and bashing it. Those who belong to the latter group would probably give in to the temptation and try it for themselves sooner or later. In short, this seemingly overpriced and not-so-special ice cream bar became an instant hit overnight. It is both famous and successful. At least in MY country, that is.

Fame doesn’t just apply to the good guys though, especially in movies and TV. I had quite a blast reading about the famous movie villains of all time in one site.  Just when you thought the protagonist gets to hog the spotlight all to himself, in comes some of the most famous actors portraying such awesome antagonist roles such as Anthony Hopkins aka Hannibal Lecter, Ralph Fiennes aka Voldemort, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. People despise them but you can’t deny the fact that they revolutionized the way we look at villains. Sometimes the villains are even more famous and successful than the protagonists.

Movies are either famous before they are successful or successful before they become famous. Most of the time though it’s both. Whether we like it or not, the line between fame and success is too blurred and vague nowadays. It takes an expert to determine what is successful, what is famous and what is simply a “passing hype”.

Disclaimer: Googled the pics so obviously I do not own them.

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One comment

  1. Jeyna Grace · March 28, 2012

    Magnum is awesome.. lol.. both the name and the ice cream.

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