At my internship last week, I ran into Benji and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte. After getting over my initial shock at seeing them and their face tattoos, I got the elevator for them and told them where to go. I thought Benji and Joel had dropped off the face of the earth, but apparently they have something in the works besides being married to famous women.
When I went back to my intern friends and told them who I saw, none of them knew who I was talking about. I thought everyone knew who Benji and Joel Madden were. They were huge for me in middle school, but I guess not everyone has the same middle school experiences. This experience reminds me how working in the entertainment industry, I have to get used to seeing famous people and treating them like normal people, if they want to be treated that way.
It is also interesting to think about how once stars create an image for themselves, it is extremely difficult to change that image. Joel Madden now has 2 children, but he will forever be known as a punk band rocker who wears black eyeliner and has tattoos. But will he still be thought of like that when he is 80? Changing one's star image has to be an extremely hard thing to do because Americans are not fond of change, but I guess that is why celebrities have so many agents and managers to help construct their image.