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Hey A, I know you read this already when Teenage Paparazzo first came out, but I thought I'd contribute to the site. :) xo, Norie
High Five to "Teenage Paparazzo"When I was about ten years old, I wanted to become an actress. I wanted to make a career out of it. I went to two years of acting class during afternoons in elementary school and, upon entering middle school, immediately took part in every production put on by the drama department. But that was 1998, that was 1999, that was the early 2000's. That was before tabloids were coffee table regulars. I wanted to act for the pure joy of being on stage, rehearsing lines and spending hours in the mirror trying to learn a character; wanting to entertain and portray someone other than myself. There was no glam, aside from stage make up and there were no perks--in fact, I was picked on for being in plays.
I recently watched on HBO a documentary made by Entourage's, Adrian Grenier. "Entourage's, Adrian Grenier". That has to get annoying. Constantly being referred to by one project or job. I mean, if I was always referred to as the "Manor Oak Lifeguard, Norie Matthews" or "The Yard House waitress, Norie Matthews", I'd probably punch someone. Or in this case, a camera.
Adrian Grenier was leaving dinner, or the mall--that detail of the movie I can't remember--when he was bombarded by the paparazzi. Normally he would continue about until he noticed a 13 year old behind one of the cameras flashing multiple shots in his face. Now, any job taken up by a 13 year old usually will turn a head or two, but to have a job that is so looked down upon in Hollywood and to be so young having that job is a little more shocking. [But] how turned down upon is this job? Or how shocking is it that a 13 year old would want to be a paparazzo?
Grenier interviews multiple celebrities about their opinions on the paparazzi. Some saying that they are a royal pain in the ass, others describing them as a crutch to their career, in some cases, paying these camera junkies to snap photos so the "celebrity" can gain a little more public recognition. Those photos in In Touch Magazine's column, "Stars Are Just Like Us", yeah, those are being paid for. Britney Spears hitting a paparazzo with her umbrella? Probably genuinely true because, lets face it, she's Britney Spears and I don't think she needs to be paying dues to get a little attention.
(The gist of this film is to show that not only has the paparazzi invaded the privacy of celebrities lives, but how it has changed and even evolved the term "media" changing not only the lives of the celebrity but also the people who are reading these magazines and looking at their pictures.)
Grenier really captures the annoyance and the disruption of normal, every day lives caused by the paparazzi. He also captures that celebrities need the paparazzi to continue their careers. What is also mentioned is the idea that becoming famous, making a lifestyle and a career out of fame, has become a problem in our society. The media has "glammed" the lifestyle so much that children, rather than having an interest in the field of medicine or politics, have more interest in becoming an assistant to a celebrity over making changes in the world and in themselves. The constitution of our youth has become a narrow road of fame and fortune due to the constant visual stimulation of these tabloids and mediums.
While it is just as important for the schools and parents of the youth to raise a more concerned awareness of what is important for the child's life and future, it's also the responsibility of the media, the celebrities, the producers and directors, the writers and the editors, to see into what they have created. The more that Hollywood accentuates and glorifies our "everyday American" by creating these reality shows and movies based on personal lives, the more impersonal our lives are seemingly becoming. Now if you have money and are a housewife in a big city, you can have a television show. If you're in your early twenties, get drunk and party, you can have a television show. These things should come normal to society as a character of our being rather than an ideal of who/what to become.
I had always wanted to become an actress, that was until my friends started saying, "You just want to be famous". I had always wanted to become an actress, that was until the plots of movies became more and more dull and similar to one another. I had always wanted to become an actress, that was until Hollywood started to believe that people like me only saw the actors career as a money maker, and their lives as the glamorous fun.
I was picked on for years because of a passion that I had hoped to pursue, only to now watch the television and see what I had hoped and dreamed of become a mess of something I can't explain. "Teenage Paparazzo" captured the essence of what has been on the tip of my tongue for years. And I can't say I haven't been a victim of this media fever. For my dreams of catching a role in a film turned into auditions for The Real World, hoping someone would look at me and say "let's redirect this girl to where she really belongs".
In a world where reality to some is Snooki getting laid in Miami, (when the show is called The Jersey Shore), to others it's a genocide, it's starvation, it's not having a roof to sleep under or blankets to tuck themselves into at night. Those effected by the mediums are not only those watching these shows, movies and reading the magazines, but also the people on both sides of the camera. Grenier did something that I had hoped someone else would; he ridiculed not only himself but the media as a whole. He showed the dirty of both the photographers and the actors. He showed that it's not just our faults as Americans for not pursuing roles as doctors, politicians and teachers but also the media's for taking away what makes us humane and keeping the world spinning.
I hope more people watch "Teenage Paparazzo" and get a clear prospect of what life has become to so many, and I hope Adrian Grenier reads this column and understands that someone like myself, a 22 year old, appreciates what he has done.
pretty cool, pretty cool
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