Attention-starved celebrities feast on paparazzi

By Cielestia Calbay

Competitive, superficial and evil.

These are words that describe the entertainment industry.

It has always been a passion of mine, as well as a field that
I’ve wanted to venture into; but the more I delve into it, the more
unattractive it becomes.

My current internship experience at an entertainment firm has
given me a first-hand account of the ins and outs of the business,
and how to survive in the tough-skinned, fend-for-yourself arena.

There isn’t enough to be said about the industry, as it’s
definitely a field in which somebody is always talking about you
and watching your every move.

Despite its brutal nature, it has always been a great interest
of mine.

This column will explore my observations on the industry,
celebrities and their nonsense endeavors, as well as the scoop on
the big-time industry professionals.

My first topic: tipping off the paparazzi.

I could never be a celebrity.

Keeping up a presentable image at the fear of a photog capturing
your every move; having to deal with obsessive fans who may stalk
you; these and many other reasons hinder my desire and aspiration
of becoming famous.

It escapes me as to why celebrities hate having their picture
taken, despite the fact that they were the ones who tipped off the
press of their whereabouts.

Celebrities complain about how their life lacks tranquility
because of the fact that they’re constantly in the public eye.

But why complain about something you can do something about?

If you hate having a camera shoved up your face, then avoid

From Melrose to Third St., the paparazzi stalk every street
corner known to celebrities.

If you’re not up to having your picture taken, then take an
alternative route.

Everybody likes a little attention here and there, but some
celebrities constantly crave it.

I understand celebrities and their team tip off the paparazzi as
to where they’ll be in order to ensure they’ll get plenty of

It’s been known that their assistants often times call the
paparazzi and give them a schedule of the stars’ daily activities,
such as where they’ll be having lunch.

Take Miley Cyrus, who tipped off the press that she’d be at the
B2V Salon, or Lindsay Lohan, who notified photographers that she’d
be shopping at Lisa Kline.

Thanks girls, but I don’t need a play-by-play of how often you
touch up your highlights, or that you spent “X” dollars on your
failing line of leggings.

I understand promotion efforts, such as if an artist has an
album or film to be released and agents are working to generate
buzz for it.

But unless a celebrity has discovered radium or was involved in
an armed heist, I couldn’t care less about your whereabouts.

Celebrities aren’t superheroes ” they’re just people who got a
lucky break.

Sure, I’ve had instances where I’ve been star-struck by being in
the presence of one, but it eventually fazes out.

I get it ” you eat, you shop, you run errands; point taken.

Attention is like water for celebrities ” they’d do anything for

Celebrities are so starved for attention that they’d do anything
to make press, such as the time when Joss Stone was losing coverage
and decided to have lunch at the Ivy while on crutches.

The whole celebrity cliche has gotten so out of the control that
companies such as Celeb 4 a Day are offering packages in which
ordinary people can have the chance of being followed around by a
slew of photographers for a day, for only $729.99.

Basically, a week night’s stay at a decent hotel is the price of
turning a regular Joe into a Joe Jonas for the day.

Reach Cielestia Calbay at

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