My view of fame — my definition of celebrity — is changing. I think it is due to the advent of micro-blogging sites like Twitter and social sites like My Space and Facebook. Some people on these sites just seem bigger than life, at least to me. So, it looks like I need to define some rules for me to follow. I do not want to annoy regular folks, who my mind now might view as a person of note, a celebrity.
Now, please remember. These are my definitions. Yours will hopefully vary. Otherwise, you might be thinking like me, which might not be good.
If you starred in Out of Africa, you are a celebrity. If you starred in a popular science fantasy television show that stopped airing over a decade ago and are still acting and also writing science fantasy novels, then you’re a celebrity, too. If you played a villain on that same show and are involved with short indy films and comic books, ditto. And, I feel the same about the creator and writers of that same television series. Add to that list voice-over actors.
It is without question if you are a member of the Loren and Wally morning show in Boston on WROR 105.7 — http://www.wror.com/ — you are a celebrity. I’ve felt this way before, during, and after interning for you and helping set up your roadshows.
To all those celebrities, should I recognize you by sight or by voice and depending on the circumstances, I might tip my hat and express thanks, but I will not hang around. You deserve your private life, unencumbered.
Now what about everyone else?
If you are connected to a well-known Linux technical journal, are a virtual assistant (VA), work for a school’s IT department, are a professional blogger, or are otherwise funny or interesting, well, to me, you are a celebrity.
Why is this so? It’s because you’re cool.
Neither moguls nor agents may ever call you, but your wacky exploits make you the stuff of legend, and I thank you.