The lovely Jonerz sent me this quote from the actor Benedict Cumberbatch (yes, that is his real name) on fame and I couldn’t help but think of David, and how he’s handled his “ever-shrinking island” of privacy, and other trade-offs for being a well-known face.
“You can’t imagine fame. You can only ever see it from an outsider and comment on it with the rueful wisdom of a non participant. When it happens to you, it doesn’t matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The important thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I’m being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It’s all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an ever shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn’t necessary have to get that way…”
I have always been impressed with the way David’s handled his “fame” since Star Search days. I noticed that whenever an interviewer asked him what it was like to be famous, he’d say something like, “It depends on what you mean by that word … more people know who I am now” … it really struck me what an accurate non-boastful way it was to describe celebrity.
Simply that more people know your face… and think they know you.
“If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I’m being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides.” In David’s case, you could think of that statement in terms of his music career but also the loftier goals he appears to set for himself … to help and serve others… to help and serve God.
What do you guys think? Will the assault on David’s privacy ever drive him from the music business? Or is he savvy enough to know that it’s part and parcel of the path he’s chosen to take? And will the fact that his career hasn’t blown up to Bieber-size proportions yet help him retain a more private personal life?
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend all my fellow Canucks!!!!!!! Thankful for all of you guys… oh, and David, too! 🙂