Many creative and talented people choose to express themselves in performing arts such as acting and singing. But there are emotional and psychological consequences to the fame many performers gain.
Helen Hunt had a thoughtful comment about becoming famous as a movie and tv star:
“There’s a Rilke poem: ‘I want to unfold. / Let no place in me hold itself closed / for where I am closed, I am false.’ I found I was sort of walking around clenched and folded and angry at having my privacy invaded every five seconds. And I thought, shame on me, because I don’t want to live a life of being tight and clenched” [From the page Fame and celebrity.]
Susan Boyle, who has achieved such huge acclaim and celebrity for her singing performances on Britain’s Got Talent, was recently hospitalized after production staff of the tv show became concerned by her “strange behaviour.”
Her brother said, “I think her friends in America would call this an anxiety attack” and that she had been on a “tremendous rollercoaster” and was struggling to adjust to her new life.
Continued in article Entertainment psychology: Susan Boyle suffered anxiety attack.