Radio Citrus #14: Hollywood is awesome (at being terrible)

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But seriously, Hollywood is awesome at being terrible:

  • It’s expensive
  • It’s lonely as hell heck
  • You aren’t good enough to “make it” (no really, you’re not)
  • And even if you “make it,” you still haven’t “made it” because it’s impossible to “make it” when there’s no clear definition of what “making it” is
  • You can turn Cleveland, Ohio (or your town) into Hollywood, but with 1/4 of the rent price

There’s a song that came out about seven years ago called “Hollywood is not America.” In many ways, this whiny singer makes a good point. Everyone who races off to California hoping they’ll find themselves, usually fail. It’s that old John Candy saying from Cool Runnings, where he says a gold medal is an empty prize, and that “if you’re not enough without it you’ll never be enough with it.” Just replace gold medal with fame, and there you go.

That said, Ferras is a friggin’ hypocrite. As Wikipedia aptly points out:

“Ferras Alqaisi (born July 2, 1984) (pronounced Fer-AHSS) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California.”

Nice of him to admit that Hollywood is nothing like his home town six blocks away. Yep.

But seriously, fame kind of stinks. You can’t quit being famous. You’ll have fat, smelly fans ambushing you at Chevron wanting to talk to go — even 20 years after your show ends and the money is gone.