Day 26...I'll refrain from that cheesy joke.
I was going to write about something else. But, some Twitter beef made me change my mind.
This was beef between local people, from the 757 area of Hampton Roads, VA. If you're not familiar,the area consists of 7 cities, in Southeast Virginia. They are Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk.
The two people involved in the beef were taking shots at each other about who and what they do, in local entertainment. I struggle to understand where anyone can take those type of shots. Nobody's on a large enough scale around here. Getting your name shouted out by a host does not make one a celebrity.
I suppose if you were born and raised in this area, it can be easy to deem yourself a local celeb, if you run with certain people that have ties to the celebrities and athletes the come from the area. However, I'm not from this area. I see things for what they are because I've been exposed to a lot more.
I talk to the celebs and athletes I know, just like I would talk to any one of you. Their status never moved me. I support them, of course. But, you will never catch me name-dropping them, or making extra efforts to make sure I'm seen with them. People know me because of ME.
It's a great feeling to have people say good things about you because of things YOU do, not who you hang around. Conversely, it has to suck when someone gets up in the morning, goes to brush their teeth, looks in the mirror, and realizes that person they see is basically living vicariously through someone else. I hope those coattails have good shock absorbers. It could be a bumpy ride.
The bottom line is, if YOU don't do press, go outside of the area to perform, or any of the things true celebrities have to do, you've done NOTHING. Get some stamps on your passport, for fuck's sake.