Veteran actress Carrie Fisher has presumably penned an open letter to troubled teen stars like Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, urging them to “stop for a minute to appreciate where you could be”.
Fisher who became an icon for her role in Star Wars has also tackled her fair share of problems. Published in the latest issue of Black Book, Fisher writes:
Life in the spotlight can be cruel. It sets you apart from other people, so that life becomes more about what you are than who you are. That’s what happened to me. It’s a privileged job, which is why everyone wants it, but it used to mean you earned those privileges based on talent. Now you can become famous for being a spectacle.
Acquiring celebrity can be an exciting thing, but there never comes a time, once you have it, when you can relax and say, ‘Okay, I’m famous now. Isn’t this great?’ Fame is something you have to maintain, like a weird garden…Don’t imagine that Julia Roberts is just kicking back in her house with her kids.
My advice to Young Hollywood? If you’re an actor, learn another skill. Write a book or play an instrument — at the very least, learn to manage your own finances…I wish I’d known all of this earlier, and I wish I’d paid more attention to my life as it was going by.
Interesting advice from someone who has learned the hard way.